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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to BarkellWH

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The interesting (or odd) thing about it in my case is I find the flamenco tremolo (p-iami) easier to control and to maintain a dead-on steady, shimmering melody than with the classical tremolo (p-ami).


I have had the same experience, so wondered about it. I think it might have to do with the extra 'i' providing a sense of better anchoring of the i, m , and a fingers on that one string where they play the tremolo. This sense of better stability may also be enhanced by the apoyando thumb in flamenco tremolo vs. the tirando thumb in classical tremolo. But I think the feeling of better stability or consistency mostly comes from the extra ''i before 'ami' keeping the ami from flying off having too much freedom.

(Didn't see anyone responding back in 2015)

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to kitarist

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I have had the same experience, so wondered about it. I think it might have to do with the extra 'i' providing a sense of better anchoring of the i, m , and a fingers on that one string where they play the tremolo. This sense of better stability may also be enhanced by the apoyando thumb in flamenco tremolo vs. the tirando thumb in classical tremolo. But I think the feeling of better stability or consistency mostly comes from the extra ''i before 'ami' keeping the ami from flying off having too much freedom.


I had not given it much thought at the time I described my experience in 2015. I think you have nailed it, though, Kitarist. The extra "i" in the flamenco tremolo would provide the stability, anchor, and balance that would enhance a controlled, steady, shimmering melody and, as you so vividly put it, "keep the 'ami' from flying off having too much freedom."

I wonder if other Foro members have had the same experience regarding the flamenco vs. the classical tremolo?

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to BarkellWH

Talk about getting sick and tired of hearing the same old piece done over and over and over and over. Other than barrios why haven’t classical guitarists even ARRANGED other beautiful melodies for tremolo tech like the flamenco guys have done. I just don’t get it.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to Ricardo

Well, There's Eduardo Sainz de la Maza's "Campanas del Alba." It seems fairly popular: 8 pages on youtube, 18 performances per page, pro and amateur. I haven't listened to it, but the David Russell version ought to be pretty good.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to Richard Jernigan

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Well, There's Eduardo Sainz de la Maza's "Campanas del Alba." It seems fairly popular: 8 pages on youtube, 18 performances per page, pro and amateur. I haven't listened to it, but the David Russell version ought to be pretty good.

RNJ


That's a beautiful one, yes. There is also a really beautiful tremolo section in a large piece called Nocturne "Reverie" Op. 19 by Giulio Regondi. Have a listen starting at about 2:26 - it goes on for about 2 minutes from there; and then again from 6:20 to the end:



Of course it helps also that Drew Henderson has a really nice, even and expressive tremolo.

@Ricardo: I think it might have to do with classical guitar community's culture focusing on playing existing pieces rather than doing a lot of composing or arranging - at least in comparison to flamencos. But that still does not explain why Regondi's Reverie is not done more (because it is not a stand-alone piece?) - I find it more beautiful; also Campanas del Alba's emerging popularity is only a recent phenomenon. It really used to be that Recuerdos was the only show/tremolo in town.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to Ricardo

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Talk about getting sick and tired of hearing the same old piece done over and over and over and over. Other than barrios why haven’t classical guitarists even ARRANGED other beautiful melodies for tremolo tech like the flamenco guys have done. I just don’t get it.


For some reason classical guitar doesn't seem to focus on the development of virtuoso technique to the same extent as flamenco guitar. Maybe because for so long the CG repertoire was based on lute music and other less technically developed music from centuries ago. CG's focus is less dramatic and flashy and more subtle than flamenco.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to rombsix

TK, maybe slow the piece down and let it breathe to add more emotion to it. You seem to speed up during transitions to and from difficult fingerings. You could focus on those parts. Overall, your performance was good!

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to Pgh_flamenco

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Talk about getting sick and tired of hearing the same old piece done over and over and over and over. Other than barrios why haven’t classical guitarists even ARRANGED other beautiful melodies for tremolo tech like the flamenco guys have done. I just don’t get it.


For some reason classical guitar doesn't seem to focus on the development of virtuoso technique to the same extent as flamenco guitar. Maybe because for so long the CG repertoire was based on lute music and other less technically developed music from centuries ago. CG's focus is less dramatic and flashy and more subtle than flamenco.


That makes not much sense to me. I look at Recuerdos or lute music etc as very technically challenging. The point is once they got recuerdos they already HAVE the technique to use as an expressive tool, which they inexplicably fail to do despite the scope for possibility. And I don’t mean composition I mean arrangement, which a huge portion of classical guitar is about. So it’s more like the focus on 3 little pieces are nothing more than exercises or etudes and they leave it there, where as in Flamenco, the idea is to elongate and express a slower melody that would otherwise fade out with a short percussive attack, not to be flashy. The way I see it anyway.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to Ricardo

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I look at Recuerdos or lute music etc as very technically challenging. The point is once they got recuerdos they already HAVE the technique to use as an expressive tool, which they inexplicably fail to do despite the scope for possibility. And I don’t mean composition I mean arrangement, which a huge portion of classical guitar is about. So it’s more like the focus on 3 little pieces are nothing more than exercises or etudes and they leave it there...


I agree that Recuerdos is a technically challenging piece. There are too many obstacles in classical music because composition and performance on classical guitar are carried out by different people. Players and composers have to win awards in their respective areas to be taken seriously and promoted to the public. There must be some opposition to players sharing their own arrangements of existing compositions as a result of this or perhaps there aren’t many CG players whose arrangements are good enough to capture the public’s ear.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to tk

Have you tried playing recuerdos with p-imi tremolo? It sounds very nice when executed properly.
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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to jg7238

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Have you tried playing recuerdos with p-imi tremolo? It sounds very nice when executed properly.




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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to rombsix

Yep. That is exactly who I was thinking of when I posted. Thanks!
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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to rombsix

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Have you tried playing recuerdos with p-imi tremolo? It sounds very nice when executed properly.





Except she does p-mim (You can see it most clearly about 2:30 in the video; slow down youtube to 0.5 speed.)

I read that she is using p-mim because she never liked how her "a" sounds in the p-ami tremolo pattern.

p-imi would be awkward for most. However, any combination executed well will sound good.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to kitarist

Yes kitarist! You are correct. The funny thing is that frankly p-mim feels weird to me. I can do it but p-imi feels more natural to me.
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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to jg7238

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p-mim feels weird to me. I can do it but p-imi feels more natural to me.


Same for me...

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to Ricardo

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Other than barrios why haven’t classical guitarists even ARRANGED other beautiful melodies for tremolo tech like the flamenco guys have done. I just don’t get it.


OK, how about the Habanera from Carmen? I did the arrangement after hearing a rather feeble version that was alleged to be by Lucía, but appears actually to be Cañizares.

The tremolo part may of of interest, since it’s a bit different from the usual.

I’ve posted the music in Tabs (although it’s in staff notation).
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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to Paul Magnussen

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Other than barrios why haven’t classical guitarists even ARRANGED other beautiful melodies for tremolo tech like the flamenco guys have done. I just don’t get it.


OK, how about the Habanera from Carmen? I did the arrangement after hearing a rather feeble version that was alleged to be by Lucía, but appears actually to be Cañizares.

The tremolo part may of of interest, since it’s a bit different from the usual.

I’ve posted the music in Tabs (although it’s in staff notation).

Nice! But I consider you and cañizares Flamenco minded folk.

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p-mim feels weird to me. I can do it but p-imi feels more natural to me.


Same for me...


Hmm.. maybe I have it backwards..

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to tk

I think you did a very nice job.

Xuefei Yang is my favorite performer of this piece. Maybe she will inspire you to new heights.



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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to kitarist

I would like to hear a classical player add this to their repertoire:



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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to rombsix

In my opinion, Christopher Parkening's Recuerdos is one of the best interpretation. Very consistent, clean, not too fast, not too slow.



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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to constructordeguitarras

It's not a piece I listen to much any more, but I really like Alirio Diaz's version. Beautifully warm, but controlled and insistent with no pointless 'artistic' accelerandos/ralls. The melody is paramount and respected. It seems to me that it is only the market that allows/requires continual re-interpretation of something that has been done perfectly already. I guess why not? but in an exhausted marketplace demanding novelty many interpretations are trivial and seek to squeeze blood out of a bloodless stone. For the same reasoning I prefer the cool Paul Tortellier Elgar cello concerto vs the Du Pré sopping wet emotion-fest.
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Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces: A R... (in reply to Ricardo

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Talk about getting sick and tired of hearing the same old piece done over and over and over and over. Other than barrios why haven’t classical guitarists even ARRANGED other beautiful melodies for tremolo tech like the flamenco guys have done. I just don’t get it.


Hi all,

Over the last few months I got curious about finding classical guitar tremolo pieces, after this discussion about way too few tremolo pieces being in regular circulation by concert (or other) guitarists.

I ended up compiling a list of more than 100 pieces, which I thought would be of general interest to forum members. It contains info beyond a name and composer - like number of tremolo measures, time signature, key, alternate tuning if applicable, tremolo pattern if different from (p)ami, as well as bpm estimates for the ones I was able to find video examples of being played, and links to the videos. It is curious how tremolo seems to invite the frequent use of a triple meter as well as of parallel keys.

I discovered many interesting tremolos that way and thought others might enjoy the same exploration. Again, this is a list of tremolo pieces which are not flamenco tremolo (no piami).

Apart from the images below (right-click->View-Image to embiggen), here is a link to the list as a pdf document.





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RE: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces:... (in reply to kitarist

Wow great resource.... been listening to several right now

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RE: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces:... (in reply to kitarist

Fantastic work kitarist!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

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RE: Classical Guitar Tremolo Pieces:... (in reply to Piwin

You are very welcome

From the comments on the classical guitar forum, it looks like I should not have included the Carcassi piece; also the Koshkin piece is at 160, not 80, bpm (per 4). I will see what else people find and make the corrections for the second pdf edition.

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to rombsix

You can add to this list my old time college friend Steve Lin's arrangement of Piazzolla's "Tanti anni primo". Honestly, one of the most gorgeous tremolo pieces I've heard. Probably not his best performance, as this was recorded at an event, but you can see how well it works.

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You can add to this list my old time college friend Steve Lin's arrangement of Piazzolla's "Tanti anni primo". Honestly, one of the most gorgeous tremolo pieces I've heard. Probably not his best performance, as this was recorded at an event, but you can see how well it works.




That's really beautiful. Do you know how I can get my hands on the sheet music so I can add the piece to the list with all the data (measures, key , time etc etc.) I do for the other pieces? I suppose it can be done from the video, but I'd like to have less work to do :-)

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RE: My attempt for Recuerdos de la A... (in reply to rombsix

I know he has the score, because he offered it to me. However, it isn't published yet. I can call and ask if you'd like.
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