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🎸🎶 Attention Classical Guitarists: Introducing the "Two Week Intensive" with Eduardo Inestal on "Interpretating Spanish Repertoire" 🎶🎸

Hola tonebuddies and fellow guitar aficionados!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for our community of classical guitarists: a "Two Week Intensive" course on "Interpreting Spanish Repertoire" with the world-renowned guitarist Eduardo Inestal!

This unique course is designed to provide in-depth insights into the heart and soul of Spanish guitar music. Throughout the two weeks, Eduardo will share his immense knowledge of Spanish idioms, techniques, and interpretation, enriching your playing and enabling you to truly understand and convey the passion behind this beautiful musical tradition.

During the course, participants will be immersed in the rich history and cultural context of Spanish guitar music, while receiving personalized guidance from Eduardo himself. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for classical guitarists looking to enhance their repertoire and expertise.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from a true guitar maestro. We can't wait to see you at the Two Week Intensive with Eduardo Inestal!

🎵 Happy plucking, amigos! 🎵

Details

  • Sign-Up: May 11th - May 14th in an extra thread!
  • Course Period: May 15th - May 26th
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: tba

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Assignments

In the assignment videos, you will:

  1. Discover the rich tapestry of Spanish music and journey through five centuries of its history, from the Spanish vihuela school to today's contemporary compositions.

  2. Immerse yourself in the passionate era of Spanish romanticism and nationalism, exploring the profound changes in music during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  3. Understand the profound influence of popular music and folklore on classical music. Dive into the works of great composers like Gaspar Sanz, Scarlatti, Aguado, Llobet, Falla, and more contemporary authors.

  4. Feel the rhythm and power of flamenco as you examine its influence on the classical guitar. Master the "rasgeado" technique through the music of Joaquín Turina, Joaquín Rodrigo, Ángel Barrios, and Regino Sáinz de la Maza.

  5. Identify and interpret the typical elements of Spanish music on the classical guitar, including recurring motives and the "Cadencia Andaluza". Discover how popular song has left its mark on these timeless pieces.

  6. Unleash the Spanish "fire" in your playing, embodying the unique character and spirit of Spanish music. Appreciate the importance of understanding the mentality of the people to truly capture the essence of their music.

This immersive course is designed to not only educate but also to inspire, as you delve deep into the soul of Spanish music and learn to interpret it on the classical guitar with authenticity and passion.

Assignment 1 - Introduction and Rasgueado

  • Watch Eduardo's Introduction about Spanish Music!
  • Learn about Eduardo's approach to Rasgueado (starts at 6:00)
  • Share a video with Eduardo's Rasgueado Exercices with the regular Rasgueado (ami) and with the additional index finger (ami i)
  • Find a piece where you can use that Rasgueado (the most famous piece for guitar for example ;). Also feel free to share great examples of Rasgueado!
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    • Barney
    • Barney
    • 10 mths ago
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    It's nice to see you again Eduardo!  I'm looking forward to participating in this TWI  with you and the others members  of Group 2.  Thanks for returning to us for this great topic.

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    • Barney Great to greet you again! looking foward to hearing and seeing you!

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    • Where can I get the score for this exercise?  If I try on line it takes two --three weeks to deliver. 

      and includes the whole orchestra version. 

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    • peter hancock there you go!

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      • Calin Lupa
      • Calin_Lupa
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal thank you, I am excited to learn how to play the first cords of the most popular guitar concerto!

      ]Here is my recording, much more practice is needed to get the fluency and constancy of the rhythm. I hope to join tomorrow check-in,  not sure though as I am on Pacific time  so it is during working hours. 

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    • Calin Lupa Thank you very much for your video (aparently I didnt see it before, and for that reason I am answering you now after 5 days. Sorry for that).

       

      It has power and I love it! Here a couple of things:

       

      1. I said you played with power and thats great, but we have to make a crescendo while the chords are getting into higher pitch. If we start forte, we dont have room for increasing the volume. So try to start a bit more mezzo.

       

      2. Pay attention to the rhytm. Is not correct. In measure 2, you forgot the silences. And you play an extra group of quarver-semi semi-quarver. so it sounds at the beggining a 9/8 Bar. 

       

      3. Try to play it slower, in order to get the chords shift a tempo. It should help and once you achieve it, you can increase the bmp.

       

      4. Rasgueado works fine, but i would try to let the fingers m-i to hit the string a bit faster, in order to get a more percussive sound. 

       

      Great Job!!!

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      • Calin Lupa
      • Calin_Lupa
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal thank you very much for the detailed advice.  The control of the volume and more percussive sound on m-i (and a) , are areas where I'll focus next.

      Btw I was going to ask  if you can advise on how to play Rasgueado on a specific piece, the last bars of Ruiz Pipo's Danza.

      The score I have (arr Nicola Minev) doesn't indicate rasgueado, see below my attempt to play it as per the score, but I saw most interpreters use rasgueado, using the tumb too I believe.  

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    • Calin Lupa What a beautiful piece is Canción y Danza by Pipó! Love it and also how you play it. Beautiful sound! I will take a look into that, and I will upload a video with my suggestion. Is going to take a bit (on wednsday you will have it!)

      Btw. I love the energy you play!! this thumb on the base strings is just awesome!!

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      • Calin Lupa
      • Calin_Lupa
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal I feel also that the 3 fingers rasgueado version has more percussion and energy. 

      Very helpful all the versions you mentioned, I am going to try them all.

      Thank you so much!

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    • Calin Lupa you are very welcome!!

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  • Hi Everyone, here a small explanation video with a couple of tricks:

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal It is easy to use the Thumb as a springboard to flick out each of the fingers - e-a-m-i when doing it without the guitar (in the air).

      However, how can this be done on the guitar with the Thumb sitting on a bass string(for stability)?  It is tricky to put the ami at that point on the Thumb.

      While the thumb is on the 6th string, It is easier to place the ami fingers at the big muscle of the thumb inside the palm...Is this what you do?  Thanks!!

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    • Eduardo Inestal  Liked you tips very in interesting and will employ them in my practice. 

      Do you recommend I drink the beer out of the bottle first.? 

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    • Barney Hi Barney, 

      Barney said:
      springboard to flick out each of the fingers

       You said so nice! I wish I could talk like you :)

      You are right, when the Thumb is on a string, you can not always place the other fingers on the top of your Thumb (first Phalanx) but in between the 2nd Phalanx. The muscle would be a bit too far away. Check the video with the bottle and pay attention where do i place my fingers.

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    • peter hancock 

      Definetly drink it first! of course :)

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal Hi Eduardo, Your English is excellent!  I understand everything you say.

      Thanks for your advice on that finger placement.  Perhaps in the next video you can show the position of thumb and fingers on the guitar as the Rasgueado is demonstrated.  Thanks!

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    • Barney I will do it, for sure!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal Great, thanks!

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal Hi Eduardo, this is Jack from Oakland, Ca. I'm sorry for not posting sooner but, as you can see from my video, I have a long way to go. I have been practicing this every day - it is actually better than when I started (as painful as that might be to imagine!🙂). I include this in my daily warmup. Even if I don't ever achieve proficiency I am confident it will strengthen my right hand in the long run.

      I hope to see your comments and suggestions. I can't imagine I will be able to attempt the Aranjuez but that is ok.

      BTW, I just realized I missed the zoom session this morning. I will watch it later. Thanks.

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    • Jack Stewart Hi Jack, Thank you for for posting your video. I love the way you prepare your fingers before each rasgueado.! You did a terrific job. 

      I will only point out one thing. Try not to move (for this kind of rasgueado) your wrist at all. Only let your fingers do the movement. The more movement in this kind of rasgueado, the less precise we are going to be. 

      So only fingers! 

      But besides that, very good! 

      Aranjuez will be soon there! keep going!

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal Thanks for your comments and support Eduardo, I did notice the hand movement when I watched the video. I will concentrate on that. Actually this was a big improvement over my previous video which I did not post. Still more work to do!!

      I am sure Aranjuez will always be there - just not so sure I will be!🙂

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  • I find your exercises great. Just using a,m,,i  i. But trying to find a piece using just those fingers has been unfruitful for me. I have a book for years by Juan Serrano "Flamenco" It has many different exercises for. Rasgueado and pieces. I have been using those exercises. They use all four fingers.  For the three finger style I have just made up my own Resgueados by playing bar chords A, F, E,  up and down the fret board to follow your instructions. I will probably use this to video my technique with the Three fingers a.m. and i.  Any suggestions to pieces with only the three fingers Rasgueado?  

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    • peter hancock 

      What about Gallardo del Rey. He is able to marry Classical guitar with flamenco guitar. My suggestion:

      Tell me what do you think about it!

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    • Eduardo Inestal  Yes I liked it. I tried to buy it but could not download it after I paid for it . So I guess I will have to wait to see if they mail it to me. I will be practicing "Sevillanas I" for now but it will take me long than two weeks. I will go back to my original plan mentioned above. Thanks so much for directing to his(Jose Maria) music. 

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