crazyrach97 wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:15 pm
Stephen Kenyon wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Hence the development of the, I have to say, extremely fine Solo Now!
books which all promote tirando technique.
Oh dear... one person who loves the Solo Now books and another who thinks they suck... whom do I listen to?
I can't buy everything! Stephen, can you expand a little on the content of those books and what is good about them?
It is however extremely well observed that a question has to be asked about how the 'a' finger tackles this...
So are you suggesting then that we should
use rest stroke on #3 for the top voice? My BF feels otherwise not because of stylistic authenticity (he doesn't care about that) but because it kills the second string arpeggio note. ...
Sorry to be rather behind the curve here ...
I'll say a few words about Solo Now but its off-topic so might start one just for that. The point about them specifically is that they are to develop "mainly broken-chord configurations using the tirando
stroke" (from the preface), in the manner of much 19th century early-stage repertoire, and so actually a bit on-topic in the end.
Re Carcassi 3, no I prefer not to apoyando the melody - most of the time. Your BF (I think he deserves a name, since you cite him so often
) is right in objecting to the silencing of the B string especially in that the B string note is often harmonically crucial, e.g. in the first bar it supplies the major 3rd, in the second bar it supplies the 7th of the dominant chord. In fact the lead architect of the Solo Now! series himself said of this question, in this piece, (to paraphrase) 'these guys were harmonists and to stop the 2nd string is against their whole approach'.
Note that it has become I'd guess the majority practice to apoyando there, at least in the last few decades. Fine to do so to practice the technique, but then I'd rather do so in other contexts where there is no such question mark over the whole matter.
Adrian Allan wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:28 pm
Opinions on guitar collections are obviously subjective. What struck me is that many of the "composers" are quite prominent guitar teachers who seem to have been drafted in to have a go at composition. I don't think that is an ideal situation - composing is a life-long process, and as I said in my last post, shorter pieces are actually more of an artistic challenge to compose.
I am afraid I have to strongly disagree, and supply some evidence.
Solo Now! vol 1 has the following contributors;
Richard Wright; the aforementioned architect & not the keyboardist of Pink Floyd!. Has written many TV scores, library music, teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School, was responsible for the formation of Laura Snowdon among others. Plays cello and piano as well as guitar. Has performed in many ensembles, orchestras, film and TV recordings etc etc. Also on TV in the 1980s playing in 'Latin Quarter'.
David Cottam; guitarist, very experienced educational composer, widely published.
Timothy Bowers (Dr); not a guitarist, composer and professor of the Royal Academy of Music. Also, examiner at my DipABRSM!
Vincent Lindsey-Clark; guitarist, widely published and performed composer and ensemble player.
Peter Batchelar; guitarist, arranger of much music for the Bream-Williams duo. The nearest thing to Adrian's ("merely", implied, prominent guitar teacher).
Stephen Goss (Dr); guitarist, professor of composition at Surrey University. Founder member Tetra guitar quartet.
Vojislav Ivanovic; guitarist, widely published composer.
Steve Waters; "prominent guitar teacher".
Colin Downs; as above but also widely published, has been guitar teacher at Royal Academy.
In other words, and yes I could go on and on with volumes 2&3, most of these contributors are extremely well qualified composers who have indeed put in the life-time's work that Adrian advocates.
The additional composers in Vols 2&3 btw are;
This btw is excluding the more recent Preparatory Book.
Indeed these things are subjective, and no I don't like everything in all these volumes. To decry others' work is one thing, to do so on the basis of questionable reasoning ...
PS in writing the above I hadn't actually noticed the posts immediately above, because the notification took me to the last one I'd read.