after last week's exercise, I got bitten by the
bug to look through the standard repertoire for
goodies. And you knew I'd find one!
One of my
all-time favorite pieces is the d
minor Chaconne by Johann Sebastian
Bach. Albert Valdes-Blain told me that no
guitarist should play this piece in a recital
until they'd reached their fortieth birthday. He
felt a younger man couldn't possibly have built
up the emotional 'bank account' to successfully
impart anything to the music. My personal
opinion? I don't believe any player will
successfully find, interpret and deliver the full
range of emotional content Bach wrote into this
piece. It is a masterwork, some argue the one of
the brightest lights of Western culture.
Chaconne is a set of variations stemming from a
brooding, dark theme crafted from a series of
three and four note chords. Originally written
for the violin, the violinist dreads the chordal
variations and runs through the scale stuff. The
guitarist breaths a sigh of relief on the chordal
stuff and sweats the scales! One man's poison...
Well, about two pages into the Segovia edition we
find the first brutally quick scale passages. Due
to the complexity of the implied harmonies in
these melodic runs, the guitarist must articulate
every note. Each note is a gem set by a master.
This is not a chance to show off chops, it is an
opportunity to touch souls!
note the drop D tuning. Practice this passage
slowly and with an open ear. The harmonies are
simply spectacular. As with all exercises I've
given you, practice slowly and cleanly with high
articulation. Feel free to play with different
fingerings and string voicings. A metronome will
come in very handy!
You can see plainly that
I've messed with Segovia's work. This is what works for me; it
doesn't mean that's the way you have to perform the passage.
Find a copy of the violin score and note the legato markings.
You know, whenever you learn a piece transcribed from another
instrument's repertoire, go back tot he original score and check
it out. You may see something that the transcriber missed.
again, you can find a rendition edited by Eythor
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