Home Country Hero Mini Challenge
Our musical journey continues! This month, we’re venturing into a challenge that pays homage to our roots. As each of us possesses a unique musical heritage, what better way to celebrate than by diving deep into the melodies that have shaped our cultures, identities, and histories? Let's embark on the "Home Country Hero Challenge" together and weave a tapestry of diverse soundscapes.
We invite you to record and upload a video of yourself performing a piece by a composer from your home country or your heritage. Dive deep into the traditions, styles, and stories that these compositions bring to the fore and enlighten us on how they resonate with your own cultural connection. Feel free to share a composition from another country than your own, if you have something that you deeply connect with!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Record a video of yourself performing your chosen piece from your home country. Upload your video to your preferred platform (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Share the link to your video in the comments section below. Along with your performance, narrate a short backstory of the composer and the significance of the piece in your culture.
Bonus Points: Share a link to a performance of your chosen piece by a renowned guitarist from your country!
INTERACT AND ENGAGE:
Let's travel the world through our strings! Engage with your fellow tonebuddies by leaving comments, offering constructive feedback, and expressing appreciation for their cultural revelations. Let’s connect deeper, not just through music but through our shared human stories.
While there's no tangible prize, the reward lies in the bridges we build, the knowledge we share, and the connections we foster with guitarists worldwide. You might just find yourself inspired by a faraway land!
READY, SET, EXPLORE!
We're keen to embark on this global musical voyage with you, uncovering hidden gems and rediscovering national treasures. Let's celebrate the diversity and richness that each of our musical heritages brings to the global guitar community.
HAPPY PLUCKING, TONEBUDDIES!
Brian Katz – School Blues
When I first saw this mini-challenge, I wasn’t sure what to do, since there is not a long tradition of composition for classical guitar in the United States, and I have played only a small handful of pieces by American composers. When I went to my music scores (books and electronic), I found precious little there, most of it too difficult to learn quickly. But then I found this, and it fits this challenge perfectly.
I am not sure if Brian Katz is from the United States or Canada, as his website (https://briankatz.com/) only says that he has studied and performed music in both countries. But this little piece is definitely American in its roots. When I first started playing guitar at age 13, I played mostly blues-based rock until I got to college and studied classical. So, not only is this piece very American, it’s also very me, combining my blues background with classical technique.
The score (attached) did not say to swing the eighth-notes, but it just sounded right to do so. I also embellished the ending a bit!
George Gershwin - Somebody Loves Me
Right after going to bed last night, I remembered that I have a book of Gershwin songs arranged for solo guitar, but I didn't know where it was. I don't remember seeing it for years. Well, early this morning, I went searching through some boxes in my basement, and I found it!
This song belongs in the category known as the Great American Songbook. The arrangement is by Stan Ayeroff, who I knew nothing about. After looking him up, I have discovered that he is a master arranger of jazz standards, and his arrangements sound great on the classical guitar.
So, I have three videos to share:
- Me playing Somebody Loves Me
- Somebody Loves Me performed by Ella Fitzgerald, perhaps the greatest singer ever in this genre
- Stan Ayeroff playing his arrangement of When You Wish Upon a Star, a song made famous by Disney (I particularly love what he does at the end)
Something completely different from here. Annette Kruisbrink is a Dutch guitarist and composer (born in Amsterdam ). I am planning to practice her piece Ahimsa. To get to know her sound and language I tried some pieces from her educational series “ Knock before you enter”
these 2 pieces I chose are not too complicated, but with a bit melancholic, meditative mood, especially compared to Eric’s nice and groovy sound. Hope you’ll appreciate them anyway.
after this I’ll try to find something more lively.