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TaviJinariu
Nov 14, 2017

Favorite Piece to Play?

26 comments

Granada by Isaac Albeniz has become one of my very favorites. What do you enjoy playing these days? This is recorded with Cordoba's 20th anniversary guitar. I lovely, sensitve instrument.

 

glewis86
Nov 15, 2017

Hi Tavi

I’ve been learning Tango 3 by Ferrer on my own lately. Tangos have such wonderful rhythms. On the site I’m about to start Cancion de cuna. It is probably a bit advanced for me but I love the tune.

 

George Lewis

TaviJinariu
Nov 15, 2017Edited: Nov 15, 2017

Hi George, that sounds great! I love tangos! I am not familiar with Ferrer's tango; can you share a link with one of your favorite recordings of the piece? Good luck with Cancion de Cuna. I love this piece so much. Check out this brief article that talks about interpretive approaches to lullabies.

Here are some of the questions I am asking there:

What if your goal in playing a certain lullaby would be to describe various aspects of the sleeping process? What if you could musically portray the sensation of falling or slipping that many experience at some point or another right before they  begin to enter the REM (rapid eye movement) stages? Why not attempt to portray a brief bizarre dream or a short instrusive nightmare? How would you express the return to the sweet sleep in the REM stages through your playing? How would you replicate the singing of lullabies in your playing? Would you maintain metronomical rhythmic consistency or would you bend the rhythm to account for the informal approach to lullaby singing? How would you express with your instrument tonal colors and volume changes? How would express the transition from full voice to falsetto singing and, at times, even rhythmic whispering that is so much part of lullaby singing?

 

 

 

glewis86
Nov 15, 2017

Thanks Tavi, lots to think about there. For tango 3 I’ve been watching Alan Mathews from classical guitar shed on YouTube.His version is the most straight forward and smoothest I can find.

GregAlfred
Nov 17, 2017

Suite del Plata No. 1 by Maximo Diego Pujol. If there is one piece I play that I find myself coming back to over and over again over the years, it's this piece. In particular, I think the third movement, Milonga, epitomizes what is beautiful about the sounds produced from a nylon stringed guitar.

TaviJinariu
Nov 17, 2017

Yes, GregAlfred, I love this Milonga. One of my students plays the Cardoso Milonga that is also wonderful. For the rest of the folks wondering what Pujol's Milonga sounds like, here it is.

 

dleagjeld
Nov 20, 2017

One song I would love to play is Lament by Andrew York. I'm slowly picking away at it if I can play it on a professional level in a year I will be happy. If you haven't seen Tavi's video of him playing it on a 37 Hauser I highly recommend it.

TaviJinariu
Nov 20, 2017

Hi DLeagjeld! That is such a beautiful, beautiful piece. I think of all the recodings I made at GSI, the guitar, the piece and overall sound quality came together the best. I look forward to hearing you play it. Andrew York's compositional genius comes through this piece in a very udnerstated and yet profound way.

volodymyr.sidorenko
Nov 30, 2017

Hi, Tavi!

I've also appreciated your Asturias. It's really a very perfect plaing and very good record with Cordoba Master Series.

Can you make tutorial how to learn to play this piece of music by Isaac Albéniz?

My son wants to learn it.

Anyway thank you very much for your job.

 

TaviJinariu
Dec 1, 2017

Hi Volodymyr,

Thanks for the comment. Yes, this is such a great piece of music. Yes, I actually just recorded a tutorial for this piece a couple of weeks ago. It will be a long tutorial but I am hoping it will be very helpful to folks wanting to tackle it. Keep up the good work. The tutorial will be available in the coming week.

volodymyr.sidorenko
Dec 1, 2017

Hi, Tavi! Thank you for such great possibility to learn it with your help!

TaviJinariu
Dec 17, 2017

Hi Volodymyr, just wanted to let you know that the tutorial and sheet music + tablature for Leyenda (Asturias) by Albeniz is not up and available on the site. Let me know how this works out for you.

volodymyr.sidorenko
Dec 17, 2017

Hi, Tavi! Thank you. I've downloaded and started to study it!

 

volodymyr.sidorenko
Dec 17, 2017

I've shown your tutorial to my son and we work on your part 3 now.

 

Ramon Tristani
Nov 23, 2018

Granada! I struggle with this beautiful piece. My ring finger refuses to move on it’s own. So frustrating!! So I am back to practicing my favorite Tarrega piece, La Traviata

TaviJinariu
Nov 25, 2018

Let me know if you would like some additional help. Shoot us an email at info@eliteguitarist.com and we will set up some additional help for you. Cheers!

Jim Marvin
Dec 29, 2018

For now Wild Mountain Thyme. Tavi, what is the name of the Afro-Cuban lullaby you referenced in the vibrato technique?

TaviJinariu
Jan 4

Hi Jim, the Afro-Cuban lullaby is referred to as either Berceuse by Leo Brouwer or Drume Negrita by Lew Brouwer. Cheers! P.S. Wild Mountain Thyme has to be one of my personal favorites.

Jim Marvin
Jan 24

Tavi - I've been searching for De Visee's Suite D Minor, Allemand, in drop D like the Prelude. I can't find it. Is there one available that you know of? Please and thanks!

TaviJinariu
Jan 31

@Jim Marvin Hi Jim, I have made some changes to the suite based on my preferences but if you buy Parkening's book entitled Solo Pieces the suite in D minor is there. Overall it is a great transcription.

normanhanser
Jan 28

Hi Tavi, I saw you playing Natalia on YouTube. Such a beautiful rendition of this piece. Can we expect a tutorial of this song? I would love to learn this song.

Nathan
Jan 31

I've been watching the Andreina tutorial performance quite a bit and considering taking it on. I've just found this..

so it looks like Natalia might be on the way too.

TaviJinariu
Jan 31

Yes, I just recorded a tutorial of Natalia last night. Stay tuned for a February release.

Nathan
Jan 31

Great news, are no.2 and 3 meant to be played together, similar to the 3 parts of La Catedral?

There's a video of Ana Vidovic I saw playing Natalia after Andreina with just a brief pause between them.

normanhanser
Feb 1

That's great news Tavi. Thanks!

Nathan
Feb 3Edited: Feb 3

I worked on Andreina all day yesterday, great piece to learn and I'm very glad to have finally decided to go for it. Bar 6 is tricky with the little finger pull off, and also grabbing the chord in bar 19 is quite tough with the stretch. It's quite difficult to avoid buzzing of the 5th string as I keep pressure on the sixth, so this will take a lot of effort and practice to get right. I'm going to work on it every day until the Natalia tutorial arrives, really looking forward to it now!

Nathan
Feb 13Edited: Feb 13

Practicing Andreina every day and still struggling with bar 6, hardest part of the song for me. The rest I'm quite happy with and grabbing the bar 19 chord is getting quicker.

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