Week 1: "Villa-Lobos Vibe"

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of "Villa-Lobos Voyage" practice challenge! 

  1. Select a mesmerizing piece from Villa-Lobos or a composer connected to his Brazilian heritage. Whether it's a soulful Villa-Lobos composition, a rhythmic Brazilian-inspired work, or a piece by another artist inspired by the Brazilian musical tradition, the choice is yours! 🎼

  2. Commit to regular practice and share your progress with the community. Strive to practice daily and upload at least two videos per week to showcase your musical voyage. This not only keeps you motivated but also allows you to share your artistic journey with our tonebase family. 🎥

  3. Share your favorite performance or recording that captures the spirit of the "Villa-Lobos-Voyage Challenge." Your submission will inspire others and create a vibrant collection of potential pieces for fellow members to explore. 🎧

↓ Happy Sharing! ↓

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    • Steve Pederson
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    HVL - Choros No 1, Section A. 

    I know this piece is probably a bit cliché, but I've been wanting to learn it for a long time, and this seems as good a time as any. 😉

    I just started taking a look at this first part this morning, so I am just muddling my way through it. 

    Making smooth chord changes is probably my first task, which would involve making sure I have the best fingering. After multiple run-throughs this morning my left wrist was starting to get a little sore/fatigued, so I'll have to be careful not to over-do it with this one. 

    The noise in the background is not eggs frying, but cars driving in the rain outside my open windows. 

    This piece reminds me a bit in some ways of Sons de Carrilhõe by João Pernambuco.

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    • Steve Pederson Very nice piece Steve. You already have good control and making your own faces like Bream 😂 Thanks for sharing your progress

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      • David Krupka
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      Steve Pederson What with those cigars and fancy suits, he definitely has that 'roaring twenties' gangster vibe going on!

       

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Steve Pederson Great start, Steve. I imagine this piece would be a lot of fun to play, and by the sound of it you are well on your way after such a short time.

      I don't think you fully understand what 'muddling thru' means. If you heard me trying to work up something for this challenge you would have a much better grasp of the phrase.🙂

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    • Steve Pederson great start for this beautiful Choro Steve! I personally don't consider it «cliché» and probably one of the most beautiful Choro that exists (my preferred one being Barrios's Choro da Saudade)! This piece has a lot to offer and is enough challenging, what I find sad is that a lot of guitarists play it more in a Spanish style instead of making us dance to these Brazilian rhythms. My favorite version is without a doubt that one by master Pierri...

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    • Steve Pederson great start, Steve.  Looking forward to see and hear you work on the piece. Btw It’s not a cliche, it’s an evergreen, always sounding new (so familiar but new) when someone is playing it the way he or she feels all those rubatos and syncopes.

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      • Ronnull
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      Steve Pederson Really great start Steve! This piece is one of my  all time favourites. It was hearing a recording of Bream playing it that intorduced me to the classical guitar!

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      • David Krupka
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      Blaise Laflamme Thanks for sharing this, Blaise. Definitely a 'cool' performance that has a unique 'vibe' - quite different from Bream's, for sure! (And what a 'smooth' relaxed technique he has too - one could think this is the easiest repertoire in the world!) He takes some very interesting liberties with the score. I guess when you're that good, you get away with it!

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    • David Krupka you're right, listening and watching him looks like that's easy stuff! 😂For sure he likes to enhance repeated part and in this case he also takes a few liberties by introducing some chromatisme and rhythms, but in the end he renders well the light and dancing side. You can watch the whole concert, I just pinned the Choro, the Torroba Sonatine is just enlightening!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      don Thanks Don. Yes, it's a good reminder that not everyone has heard something I may have heard many times. 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      Andre Bernier Thanks Andre! Ha, good noticing of the faces! 😄

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      • Steve Pederson
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      David Krupka Yes, exactly! With a smile like that, you've gotta wonder what they were up to! 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      Jack Stewart Thanks Jack. Ha! I guess we all muddle in our own way! 😄

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      • Steve Pederson
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      Blaise Laflamme Wow Blaise, I've never even heard of Pierri before! 😲 How did I miss him? This is amazing! Thanks for sharing. 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      joosje Thanks Joosje! I appreciate it! 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      Ron Thanks Ron. Wow, that's so cool about Bream inspiring you to play CG. He certainly had a major influence on me as well. 

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    • Steve Pederson I'm glad you liked it, he's not well known enough for my taste, that said listen to the whole concert it worth every notes!

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    • don
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    Valseana

    This is a piece that I really love and I've spent a lot of time on this piece before.  I've forgotten most of it and while I had to read the music to play it, I was surprised how my fingers still remember some parts of it. 

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    • don Very nice Don. This is a nice piece and you are doing well 👋

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      • Jack Stewart
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      don Great start (or, rather, restart) Don. This is a beautiful piece and you seem to have retained  much of it. I am looking forward to your progress on this piece.

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    • don very nice Don. Such a beautiful piece. Keep going…. You have the feel for this music..

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    • don that's indeed a beautiful piece and it already flows well under your fingers, keep the good work!

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      • Ronnull
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      don Such a lovely piece Don and well remembered! You certainly have a great feel for it. Well done

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    • don A great choice, and you're off to a great start!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      don Lovely piece Don! I'm assuming this is the Sergio Assad piece? So beautiful! 

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      • don
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      Steve Pederson Yes this is Sergio Assad's Valseana. Thanks!

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