Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - first 31 measures...

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Rojer Ramjet

Re: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - first 31 measures...

Postby Rojer Ramjet » Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:33 am

Previously I'd really only played flamenco and a dozen or so Spanish pieces; I picked up Hal Leonard book because it had several Tarrega pieces - I'd learned to play them by ear, but had never seen the sheet music.

I've learned a couple of the Carcassi pieces, Guiliani, Sanz, Sor, the Beethoven piece you referenced and am now working on Bach's Jesu. Its a nice book; I had the spine cut off my copy, and then had it mounted in a 5 ring binder; of course, when I'm practicing a piece I'll make a copy and write all over it, preserving my original.

And, thanks for the link, Hank.

Grasshopper

Re: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - first 31 measures...

Postby Grasshopper » Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:05 pm

J.S. Bach works brilliant for classical guitar and this piece is one of the best. I use a transcription by Marcel Robinson which I bought years ago in a book "Finger Picking J.S. Bach" which is slightly more complex than the one you play.

The comment I would make about this is that you don't seem to be playing the melody notes "apoyando" (the rest stroke) - so they don't stand out as they should. You seem to be playing all the notes tirando which is not the intention.

Grasshopper

Re: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - first 31 measures...

Postby Grasshopper » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:00 pm

The comment I would make is that you seem to be playing the piece tirando, and I think the idea is to play the melody notes apoyando (rest stroke). This makes the melody stand out from the background - but it does introduce another element of difficulty for the right hand. It will improve the sound though.


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