Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Your reviews and recommendations. To promote your own CDs, use the Members' Announcements section.
Philosopherguy
Posts: 817
Joined: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:40 am
Location: Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by Philosopherguy » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:34 am

I just thought I would let everyone know about a new set of DVD's I got by guitarist Tariq Harb from Canada. The DVD is focussing on Sor's 20 studies as collected by Segovia and goes through each study with an educational section for each study followed by a performance of each study. I have watched most of it since I have had it and I think it has plenty of great insights into these studies. He gives advice on dynamics, fingerings, context, interpretation, technique and just overall musicality when approaching Sor and music in general. You can watch the sections for each study by itself from the DVD menu, or watch them one after the other in order. They are probably better watched first in order, because they do tend to build on each other a little and he talks about "as we discussed before" in the later studies, but that doesn't stop you from jumping around a little and getting the idea of what he is talking about. I think anyone who buys this will find themselves watching numerous sections over and over again to really get the most out of this DVD set.

The educational sections of each study are great because he just sits there with his guitar and explains little problem sections or interesting parts and gives you good examples of how he interprets the studies. It is like you are getting a little masterclass on each of the Segovia's collected Sor studies.

The performance sections of each study are pretty self explanatory. He just plays the piece and exemplifies his interpretation that he just finished explaining in the educational section.

These DVD's are not for the beginner guitarist, as they don't teach you "how to play" the studies, or give you the tab or anything. These DVD's assume you can read the music and have the Segovia Sor studies book with the 20 pieces, as it doesn't include the music. My opinion is that this DVD set is worthwhile for anyone studying, or wanting to study, these Etudes and those likely in the Royal Conservatory grade 4-5(likely Delcamp level D04 or higher) for some of the pieces, a little higher for others. But, it might be worthwhile for those in lower grades if you just want to follow a great guitarist and see how he "thinks" about these pieces. It would definitely be something to look forward to in your playing. I also think this set might be good for advanced guitarists to really get new interpretations of the Sor studies, or some interesting interpretations to bring to students if you are teaching lessons to newer guitarists. He does have some different ideas and fingering suggestions from those of Segovia, and he gives his reasoning for each.

In total the 2 DVD's are 221 minutes and are $30US plus shipping. So, given that these might save you having to spend too much time in lessons on these studies, they are well worth the small investment. Likely if you were to pay for private instruction on each of these pieces you are talking into the hundreds of dollars. These DVD's you can watch over and over and never exhaust until you have mastered each piece.

I can't say that I agree 100% with ALL his suggestions of fingering and everything. But, I would say that they all make sense and are a very valid approach. If you follow his advice, you won't go wrong. Some things are just personal opinions on whether to follow Segovia's original fingerings, or take a new approach. So far, I think this set was one of the best investments I have made for DVD lessons. There is so much material to learn in a good format that isn't talking down to you and is just clear, concise and to the point. I give this set a strong recommendation.
*************************************************************
2013 Ramirez 130 Anos - Spruce
2013 Ramirez 4NE - Cedar
1998 Dean Harrington - Spruce
1977 Kuniharu Nobe - Spruce
1971 Yamaha GC3 - Spruce

Philosopherguy
Posts: 817
Joined: Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:40 am
Location: Niagara, Ontario, Canada

Re: Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by Philosopherguy » Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:23 am

I just edited the original post to correct the price. It is $30US, not $35 as was originally indicated in the post. Sorry everyone!

So, $30US+shipping.

Martin
*************************************************************
2013 Ramirez 130 Anos - Spruce
2013 Ramirez 4NE - Cedar
1998 Dean Harrington - Spruce
1977 Kuniharu Nobe - Spruce
1971 Yamaha GC3 - Spruce

User avatar
Cary W
Posts: 4641
Joined: Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:12 pm
Location: North of Montreal

Re: Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by Cary W » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:30 pm

Tariq Harb is a very fine player and a nice guy too...I like his interpretations of the Sor studies.

It is true that many of the fingerings in the Segovia edition were good for Segovia, not so good for the rest of us.
2008 Yamaha GC31C Indian/cedar D'Addario EJ46
1987 Yamaha GC-3 Indian/cedar D'Addario EJ45

User avatar
Giuseppe Gasparini
Student of the online lessons
Posts: 470
Joined: Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:28 pm
Location: Genova-Italia

Re: Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by Giuseppe Gasparini » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:19 pm

Oh buy the DVD of Tariq,is beautiful :D :D :bye:

JohnB
Posts: 561
Joined: Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:17 pm
Location: Bristol, UK

Re: Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by JohnB » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:44 pm

Never having heard Tariq Harb I've just listened to his performance of the fugue from Bach's Violin Sonata No 1, BWV 1001 on YouTube

Very, very, very impressive indeed, both technically and (more important) musically.
Hermanos Conde 1968, Stephen Frith 2007 "Guijoso"

User avatar
Giuseppe Gasparini
Student of the online lessons
Posts: 470
Joined: Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:28 pm
Location: Genova-Italia

Re: Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by Giuseppe Gasparini » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:01 pm

JohnB wrote:Never having heard Tariq Harb I've just listened to his performance of the fugue from Bach's Violin Sonata No 1, BWV 1001 on YouTube

Very, very, very impressive indeed, both technically and (more important) musically.
20 large classes, considering that I am Italian and I understand not well :casque: :bravo: :bye:

User avatar
Muggins Simoon
Posts: 151
Joined: Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:27 pm
Location: Michigan, USA

Re: Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by Muggins Simoon » Mon May 16, 2016 7:58 pm

I bought the DVD and agree with the original poster. It is an excellent instructional video. He is an excellent musician and teacher. The video packs in a ton of information and is easily worth hundreds of dollars in private lessons. I highly recommend it.
2011 Mathieu Trepanier Sitka/Koa
2000 Otto Vowinkel Concert Spruce/Brazilian
1998 Christopher Dean Spruce/Indian
1995 Richard Schneider Sequoia/Brazilian
1979 Dauphin Model 40 (Japan-signed label) Cedar/Indian

User avatar
Eberhard Mueller
Posts: 80
Joined: Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:58 pm
Location: British Columbia, Canada

Re: Tariq Harb - Harb Plays Sor Studies: An Educational DVD

Post by Eberhard Mueller » Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:48 pm

The DVDs came in the mail a couple weeks ago. I agree with the points made by the reviewer. Indeed, the $30 + shipping in US dollars purchase is well worth it. Alas, the landed price is more like $50 in Canadian funds, as one has to pay in US dollars and suffer the conversion rate and fees, even though it is sourced from Montreal. My disappointment is more to do with video quality. I've forgotten how poor DVD resolution is compared to current HD video, as seen on Youtube, etc. A second, but minor disappointment is in how brief some of the lessons are, even though the 20 lessons span two DVDs. For instance, in study no. 7, helpfully, he dwells on one difficult stretch. Yes, that is important, as is also the point of legato playing of the thirds. But, there is more to this piece and any discussion of the second part is skipped entirely. Therefore, it really helps to watch the performance section. (No. 7 is dear to my heart since that is as far as I have managed to get in my journey through the Segovia.) OK, Harb's DVDs are great for supplementary understanding of requisite musicality and technique for the Segovia edition Sor studies. But most students of these pieces would still need instruction from other sources. So yes, these are classes not for beginners, but, to assist in refining what has already been learned or, to one's horror, what may have been "mislearned."
Neil Douglas 2001 (German Spruce / German Maple)
Neil Douglas 1992 (Engelmann Spruce / Brazilian Rosewood)
La Patrie Motif
Cordoba Mini M

Return to “Classical Guitar CDs and DVDs”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: cgratham, CommonCrawl [Bot], Gary Macleod and 0 guests