Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by pmiklitz » Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:27 pm

hesson11 wrote:
Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:26 pm
Judging from most of the guitar stores I visit, I'd say it's "Stairway to Heaven."

-Bob
That's forbidden since "Wayne's World"! :contrat:

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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by ben etow » Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:38 pm

I forgot to mention the introduction of Piazzolla's Café 1930.

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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by Soho » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:59 am

kloeten wrote:
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:02 am
I prefer playing (phrases of) pieces that need a lot of 'work' to sound well on my current guitar.
That helps me assess whether a new guitar has something to offer or not.
I do the same thing for the same reason :)

Here is the list:

Sebastián Yradier - La Paloma (arr. Francisco Tarrega)
Eduardo Sainz de la Maza - Habanera
Cancion de Cuna (Berceuse) - arr. Leo Brouwer
Chopin - Nocturne op. 9 no. 2
Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio (arr. Francisco Tarrega)

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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by zupfgeiger » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:48 am

I just learned Tarrega's little minuet style etude which David Russell beautifully plays on yt. It's good for checking the higher registers of an unknown or new guitar. But also for judging sweetness of tone, particularly on trebles. It goes up and down the fretboard. A real gem.
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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by rikroberts » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:58 pm

I tend to just improvise initially, it helps me to explore the guitar's tone pallet and response quickly, as what I improvise is governed by the questions I have in my mind about the guitar. Example: "how does it handle big chords" ...I then play big chords. "what about harmonics?"...etc, etc. Playing a repertoire piece doesn't enable you to answer such questions quickly when you are trying out five or six guitars.

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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by Jack Douglas » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:19 am

zupfgeiger wrote:
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:48 am
I just learned Tarrega's little minuet style etude which David Russell beautifully plays on yt. It's good for checking the higher registers of an unknown or new guitar. But also for judging sweetness of tone, particularly on trebles. It goes up and down the fretboard. A real gem.
Is that the one on 'Integral de Guitarra'? It's quite beautiful as are the other pieces.
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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by zupfgeiger » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:35 pm

I think so Jack. I included that piece into my daily practicing routine. Really worth learning it. Now I learn another Tarrega etude. Not so known but beautiful as well. Really challenging if played in the original allegretto style. Particularly the second part. It's the etude after Cramer. There is a delcamp version which I use.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started (Mark Twain)

Tobias Braun, Santos copy, spruce/yew, 2017
Andrea Tacchi, Enrique Garcia model, Spruce/BRAZ, 2016
Giovanni Tacchi, Daniel Friederich copy, cedar/EIR, 2017
Alain Raifort, cedar/EIR, 2004

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Re: Your preference piece(s) to play when trying out a guitar

Post by es335 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:43 am

Ponce's etude no. 16 in the Schott issue (no. 5) transposed to b minor is my favorite to investigate the balance along and across the neck. Particularly when it comes to C on string 4 in bar 5 and G flat on string 5 in bar 6 you what it's all about! :wink:

Another nice piece to check separation and harmonic interference of the strings is Leo Brouwer's Etude Simple No. VI !

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