bert wrote:That was fun. Enjoyed that. It must be nice to have another guitarist in the family. Did you have a lot of time to practice together?
Hi Bert. We started working on our 4 duets last April! I am here in California and my nephew is in Chile. He's got a family, a full time job and plays the guitar for fun when he has a chance. So we took it slowly. We first looked at many possibilities and eventually landed on 4:
Pernambuco's Sons de Carrilhões;
Machado's Charanga do Vovô (Grandpa's jalopy);
Fleury's Milonga del Ayer; and
Tesar's Aria from his Suite Karussel.
I encouraged him to choose the first guitar so that he could play those pieces as solos in the future. We sent each other recordings of our guitars ever so slowly at the beginning. I used GarageBand to record and put together our various versions of the duets. By the end of July we could already play our parts while listening to the other on a Mac device. From then on it was a question of experience and increasing the tempo. When we finally got together face to face in Santiago, we only rehearsed three time and were ready to face our audience! My nephew loved this first time musical experience (I had done it before) and is now all encouraged to do more!