Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

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Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by rob8624 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:05 pm

Quick recording of this. Any input for improvement, as always much appreciated. The sound levels peak at a couple of places, I'm sure, this could be sorted via some software, but that's beyond my recording capabilities!
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by RobMacKillop » Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:30 pm

Well done, Rob.

A Section: You put accents on the first note of each bar, but Tarraga places accents on the 2nd beat, as befits a mazurka. So, aim for that second beat each time: one TWO three, one TWO three. Be aware also that the notes on that second beat (B, F#, D#, B) outline the Dominant V chord, B Major. This is an interesting compositional device, to highlight the V chord, even though the chords under those notes might not be the V chord. For example: the first B (Bar 1, beat2, fret 7) is on top of the I chord, Em.

B Section: Note that, by contrast, the second beat is avoided by the melody (not always). This is another clever compositional device, setting you up with those second beat accents in the A section, and surprising you in the B section by avoiding them. There is a mind at work in this piece, not just a heart. We must rise to the occasion.

Overall, notice the tempo indication of Lento at the beginning. I would say you are playing it (like most people, I feel I must add) too fast for Lento.

One of the interpretational choices is whether to play this piece in a largely regular rhythm, as you do here, and as many mazurkas are danced in Poland, or not. I'm not aware Tarrega ever visited Poland, or danced a mazurka, so I personally do not feel a need to keep a set rhythm throughout. For me, this is a very Romantic piece, and it can take quite a bit of pushing and pulling of the tempo: rubato, in another word.

I hope you don't mind these comments?

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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by rob8624 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:57 pm

Thanks for the reply Rob, really great comments there. I'm going to take them on board certainly.
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by Mick the Ramirez Man » Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:06 pm

Enjoyed your recording. I play this as well. Though it's a relatively easy piece to play, I struggle more with Adelita than anything else in my repertoire. It's all about feeling and sometimes I play it too mechanically. :(
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by oski79 » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:31 am

Well done! I would echo RobMacKillop's comment about the accent on the second beat. That's how this is usually played.

Keep it up!
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by rob8624 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:06 pm

Indeed, I've never realised this before! It's been a while since I played it, that's my excuse. Thanks for the input, much improved now, shall re-record.

Mick - yes, technically pretty easy, getting the emotion and feel of the piece through is the hard part.

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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by CraigB » Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:22 am

I've never heard Adelita played quite like like but it's certainly beautiful the way you play it. Thank you for
sharing! :)

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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Adelita

Post by rob8624 » Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:32 pm

Cheers CraigB

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