Week 1: A Continent Full of Music! 🌴

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  • in the last 2,5 years I played mostly peaces of brazilian composers or Piazzolaarrangements or modern compositions like Ahmeds. It happened because I tried to learn guitar after a two decade break again and by accident I had always such peaces...my teacher gave me or I had a workshop...and it was that stuff... I want to make some videos of several Piazzolaarrangemens if I can make it, because I have to work a lot this month....but I`ll try.

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      Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz so beautiful!!! As Eric Phillips I have never played any pieces by Piazolla which is kind of unbelievable. My guitar was actually built for Roberto Aussel to whom Piazolla's Five Pieces were dedicated and written for.

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz That was great! The rhythms and the harmonies are so striking.

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    • Martin So you know what to do!!!!!! ;-)

    • Eric Phillips the second part needs to be worked over... but I havent made videos for a long time and it was now the first, but today I made two of cancon da cuna and ojos brujos...not too bad, I will load them up when I have a photograph of my fingerings, that are for people with small pinky;-)

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      Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz Brava! You play so nice, thank you! Piazzolla is one of my favorite composers, I was introduced to his music by listening to an LP, one side with Piazzolla and another side with Susana Rinaldi. Gosh... I have no idea how many times I listened to these pieces. Thank you again!

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    • Moyses Lopes I had a cd with Vivaldi 4 Jahreszeiten und Piazzola 4 Jahreszeiten. But I fell in love with the music when I saw a concert in our city of a group namen "un tango más", they were incredible, so so sood. Later I had a Celloversion for Quartett and performed Oblivion- such a great peace!!! I love zhat peace. But I haven´t found a nice arrangement  for guitar until yet- Roland Dyens worked on an arrangement short before he died, but thats anothet level, I cant play his arrangements now...I have an arrangement which does not really represent Oblivion to me, but I will try to record it in the following weeks.Today I have practised an other peace so long and can play so little..I.just work on;-), hoping to progress. Today I tried out an arrangement of Mumuki by Gary Ryan. Looks so easy but it is real work. I started with 40 beats and then worked up to 60, tomorrow I will repeat....Now I will google out Susanna Rinaldi, thank you for the clue!!!

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz bravo! Gary Ryan seems to arrange Piazzolla in an interesting way. Hope to hear you play more out of this book over the month.

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    • Martin Wow that's awesome! By any chance you also got Aussel's Firederich? 😮 But I think you got a challenge for this month since your guitar was meant to play Piazzolla's Five Pieces! 💪

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  • Barrios - Prelude No 5 in E major

    This piece is completely new to me. I found it on Edson Lopes' website (score attached below). I'm surprised it's not played more often. It's definitely easier than most of Barrios' music. In addition to being good music, I think it's a great exercise in slurs, arpeggios, shifting, and bass note damping.

    • Eric Phillips Thank you for the score, just printed it

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz Edson Lopes' website is a real treasure trove.

      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Gm5cK_XYrfyCR-pKBKhidaymmfZKOh87TsJxJqFMd_s/edit#gid=973991856

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      Eric Phillips Oh wow, doesn't look too easy to me!

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    • Martin Thanks Martin. Definitely not easy, but easier than most Barrios,

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    • Eric Phillips nice work, Eric.. great slurs, too. Well timed and clean

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    • joosje Thanks. I missed a few of them. It really feels like a slur study to me.

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    • Eric Phillips that was great Eric, any chance you would play Barrios' Preludio in Cm?

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    • Blaise Laflamme I’ve started it a few times, but I’ve never finished it. I remember it being harder than it sounds. Maybe I should be sure to get to it this challenge.

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      Eric Phillips Well done, Eric. But - where's the melancholy!!

      That is a nice and gentle piece that I was not familiar with. 

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    • Jack Stewart I know, I seem to like sad music!

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    • Eric Phillips this is a beautiful piece. It is not easier than other Barrios pieces at all. You are playing it so clean and beautifully! Nice damping of basses, good articulation. Bravo Eric!

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    • Khiem Nguyen Thanks, Khiem.

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  • Ariel Ramirez – Balada Para Martín Fierro

    This is from a 1968 Argentinean film called Martín Fierro based on an epic poem by the same name. Fierro is a renegade gaucho, something like an Argentinean cowboy. I find this music to be quite sad and beautiful.

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    • Eric Phillips very beautiful. Yes, sad and romantic 

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