Tarrega, Francisco - Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Video

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Tarrega, Francisco - Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Video

Post by lucy » Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:51 pm

Hi Everyone

Live performance from the other week.

I think I've got the tremolo at the speed I want now. Not too fast!

Any thoughts?

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Post by AggabaggA » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:03 am

Hi Lucy, I like it played at this tempo, it is a piece that is played either too fast, or too slow, some play it with not enough rubato, or too much as well. It is a very difficult piece, I think I might have played it right once about 10 years ago!!! I hope you enjoyed giving your performance & well done for offering the audience the pleasure of this lovely piece! All the best, AggabaggA
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Post by erichert » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:22 pm

Very nice and perfect tempo I think!

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Post by attila57 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:59 am

Bravo Lucy! That's very beautiful indeed!
It must have been a lot of practice, too!
Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Tarrega, Francisco - Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Video

Post by segobreawill » Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:03 pm

I wish the recording were better, i.e., clearer. But yes - sounds good to me. Well done! :)

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Post by SteveL123 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:14 pm

lucy wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:51 pm
Hi Everyone

Live performance from the other week.

I think I've got the tremolo at the speed I want now. Not too fast!

Any thoughts?

Yes, nice tempo! Certainly within the range of the great masters performances of this piece. One comment I have is that there is a second melody, the base line, which is not well defined in both dynamics or rhythm in your playing. You also missed quite a few notes on the thumb. I feel the base line is what makes the piece and gives it its magic and mystique character. W/o it the "main" melody would be oh so boring.

You seem to be concentrated switching between sight reading (wish I can do that!) and looking at your left hand. Do you not have the piece memorized? I think having it memorized would allow you to focus more on the music.

As for the base melody, have you tried playing it alone? Thumb only, no ami fingers, i.e. no tremolo. The base line is what I focus on when I practice this piece.

This reminds me to get back to learning/ practicing this piece, which I have not touched for months!

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Post by lucy » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:47 am

Thanks for the positive comments about the tempo everyone. :)

I think it could now do with a little more rubato. More swells and troughs too. :casque:
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Post by lucy » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:58 am

SteveL123 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:14 pm
lucy wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:51 pm
Hi Everyone

Live performance from the other week.

I think I've got the tremolo at the speed I want now. Not too fast!

Any thoughts?

Yes, nice tempo! Certainly within the range of the great masters performances of this piece. One comment I have is that there is a second melody, the base line, which is not well defined in both dynamics or rhythm in your playing. You also missed quite a few notes on the thumb. I feel the base line is what makes the piece and gives it its magic and mystique character. W/o it the "main" melody would be oh so boring.

You seem to be concentrated switching between sight reading (wish I can do that!) and looking at your left hand. Do you not have the piece memorized? I think having it memorized would allow you to focus more on the music.

As for the base melody, have you tried playing it alone? Thumb only, no ami fingers, i.e. no tremolo. The base line is what I focus on when I practice this piece.

This reminds me to get back to learning/ practicing this piece, which I have not touched for months!
Thanks very much for your detailed comments, Steve. :)

I agree about making more of the accompaniment. :casque:

I wasn't sight-reading, I played it from memory.

The reason for the lack of fluency in the left hand and a few other things, is more to do with this:

“The player of the inner game comes to value the art of relaxed concentration above all other skills; he discovers a true basis for self-confidence; and he learns that the secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard.”

“Letting it happen is not making it happen. It is not trying hard.”

W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis

I looked at this book, very briefly, a few years ago, but didn't really take it in. However, when I started performing in public, regularly, two years ago, I ended up following its principles. Someone told me the other day, what you're doing is all in that book!! So, I looked it up online. (There are loads of companion books too, on different subjects.)

The good news is I'm now developing a "relaxed concentration" - the key was not trying to "hit the right shots"!!

Hope that makes sense. I think I'm moving onto another stage: I'm going to start work on playing the right notes - in the right order. :wink:
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By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world."
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Re: Tarrega, Francisco - Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Video

Post by Brian99 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:15 pm

Hi Lucy

I loved it.. very nice playing, tempo and feel..

the footstools are a hit too!

is that a new guitar, and were you using amplification?

cheers
Brian

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