Phrasing and musicianship

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Re: Phrasing and musicianship

Post by Wuuthrad » Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:34 pm

VasquezBob wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:42 pm
I was trying to explain phrasing to a friend today by using the "ABC song". I hope that I got the 'emPHAsis" correct; and, we also used a melisma at the end. Fun stuff.
You're quite welcome, and I like your idea of using song to explain phrasing very much!

I feel that song is an important element of (mostly instrumental) classical guitar that is too often overlooked, sometimes to the detriment of phrasing or musicality so to speak.
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Re: Phrasing and musicianship

Post by Rognvald » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:35 pm

"The Art of Interpretation," by Pablo Casals. An indispensable book for any serious musician. Playing again . . . Rognvald
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Re: Phrasing and musicianship

Post by Larry McDonald » Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:52 pm

Determining "my" phrasing/dynamics is the first thing I do when considering a new piece. I do this without a guitar in my hands. Then I plan a fingering that will match my intentions. If I can't find a fingering (or a suitable alternative), I discard the piece.

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Re: Phrasing and musicianship

Post by robin loops » Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:38 pm

I don’t learn songs measure by measure. I work through the whole thing and then focus on perfecting it by breaking it down into phrases rather than by measures.
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