Tárrega, Francisco - Preludio en la minor - D04

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Tárrega, Francisco - Preludio en la minor - D04

Postby tateharmann » Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:26 pm

This isn't my first try at playing without nails...but it is the first after trying to learn the technique better a la Rob MacKillop. Guitar is my Aparicio and strings are Aquila Ambra 900 tuned to A=415Hz. The sound has not been altered in any way, it's straight off of the guitar and into a Tascam DR-40. Let me know what you think.

UPDATE 10-13-15 I've re-recorded...technique is getting a little better...but still not what I'd like it to be :)

This time I added the customary splash of reverb and amplification...I always add this to my other recordings with nails so I might as well do it here for the sake of comparison.
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Preludio en la minor - D04

Postby RobMacKillop » Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:38 pm

Well done - your first serious attempt at no-nail playing. Very beautiful, and a very nicely romantic interpretation. Some of the high notes at the beginning sound weak - don't worry about that. Your finger pads need time to adapt to their new, more important role. Don't play too much for a while - just allow the pads to get to know the strings, without forcing the issue. Use hand cream before and after each session. You don't want hard callouses to form, as they will give you a bad sound. Try tuning even lower - it might not be to your taste, but your finger pads will appreciate it. Through time you can creep back up to 415 or higher.

A great start! Mellow, baby!

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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Preludio en la minor - D04

Postby Traveller » Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:06 am

Sounds nice, I liked your playing. :merci:

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Postby tateharmann » Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:27 pm

Thanks! Yes, I will have to keep working on achieving that smooth, pure sound! I've made a lot of progress in a month...what I'm still struggling on, though, are the artificial harmonics. Any tips for those?
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Postby RobMacKillop » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:59 pm

You need to dig in a little deeper with both fingers of the right hand, make a strong contact, and right at the octave point above the note. Well, that's what I try to do, and when it works, it works.

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Postby tateharmann » Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:41 am

Ok great thanks I will definitely practice that!
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Postby lucy » Sun Oct 04, 2015 6:44 pm

Sounded lovely! :bravo: :casque:
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Postby tateharmann » Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:34 am

Thanks Lucy!
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Preludio en la minor - D04

Postby RobMacKillop » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:13 pm

I've just listened to the new version - it really is very beautiful, both the tone production and the interpretation. I remember this piece from David Russell's Tàrrega recording, and he plays it nicely, but rushes through it in a few seconds. I much prefer your languorous interpretation, and am tempted to look at the piece now, which I wasn't before. Well done.

As for the technique, I can hear you shaping each note, you seem to be much more physically involved than you might have been with your old nail technique. I love it!
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Postby RobMacKillop » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:14 pm

PS do it again when you get your gut and silk set...

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Postby tateharmann » Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:46 pm

Great, thanks Rob! The gut and silk are intended for the Redman Torres guitar...which is 640mm scale length and much lighter than the Aparicio. It has a different sound altogether, but I will definitely get some recordings of that setup once I get it ready :)
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Preludio en la minor - D04

Postby avins » Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:28 pm

Beautifully played , I think Tarrega, in general is becoming one of my favourite composers (in additions to Issac Albenize)
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Re: Tárrega, Francisco - Preludio en la minor - D04

Postby tateharmann » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:24 am

Thanks! Yes he is one of my favorites too:)

Him and Emilio Pujol, one of his students.
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