The masters play innovative renditions of Malaquena and other works. ("Avoid ad-ware popups during embeds")
CINCO DE MAYO WORLD WIDE YOU-TUBE MALAGUENA GUITAR PROJECT FOR BEGINNERS
The song: Malaquena
composed by Earnesto Lecuona.
Here is a fun project for beginners (myself included) now learning this wonderful song, to perform it using the world wide medium of YouTube. Simply learn the song, play it on guitar, add improvisation if you like, record and upload your best performance to YouTube the week prior to May 5, 2017. Participants have 6 months from now 11/2016 to master some form this piece.
A fun event suggested by taowriter5000.com
A website devoted to history, writing, and now, music.
taowriter5000.com is a non commercial experimental website.
LEARNING
MASTERING
ON CINCO DE MAYO 2014 (week prior)
See the two lesson YouTube tutorial on Malaquena offered by lessonsbyjames
Download his excellent PDF tab score
Carefully listen to all of the masters play this song.
Once you know the piece begin mastering it by playing it many times.
You might budget your time to a month of picado, a month of strum technique, the chords and intricate note improvs.
Your final performance might include hints of hard work on all of these things.
upload your performance to YouTube using the following title line:
"Beginner Malaquena Performance {user name} {class Z} or {class E}"
Class Z -never played and instrument
Class E-some music training
From your study, try to emulate their feeling and style into each note you play.
There are several YouTube lessons on Malaguena. From the original version in 1923, many artists have added improvisation and interpretation. Yet, the song rings as a recognizable and timeless powerfull melody. I used YouTube-"lessonsbyjames" but there are other tutorials and PDF tabs on line. Tomas Muchaud also offers excellent Spanish guitar and other instruction.
Getting Started
I began only over a year ago studying the many forms of guitar genre. I settled on Blues and Classical then set out, taking YouTube and other lessons, to fill my tool box with guitar skills. Learning Malaguena is my challenge to myself. Working a bit each day, I see an improvement and feel I can do it. All beginners can enjoy this same progress with work and good instruction private or YouTube.
What if I'm not ready by May 5?
As a beginner like you, I found I did not know the song well enough. So I keep practicing with a new goal of next Cinco de Mayo 2015. See you there!
You Tube performances on this page begin with the John Clarke. Certainly no beginner he is a rising star in the guitar, Classical and Flamenco world. Playing with the great masters looking on, his many classical sessions on You Tube signal exciting new blood emerging in the world of Classical Music. Among giants like Sor, Parkining, Segovia, Montoya, Williams, Bream and Volk, Romero, the young concert seasoned comet Ana Vidovic, Michael Lucarelli; the names Lebosse',Clarke and Goryachev promise to dominate the future stage. Classical Guitar master teachers like Marcelo Berestovoy offer a door way into classical guitar for young promising beginners. To these beginners I send out this web page invitation. Cinco de Mayo...You Tube 2015...we (I) shall try again to make music!
Here is a slide show story of a guitar reconstruction. Along with learning basic guitar, I apprenticed myself to the volumes of You Tube lessons in the old art of Lutherie. The first project is the restoration of a destroyed Thirties Arch Top Guitar found road side. It turned out to be the ideal learning tool for several builds planned over the winter.

I'm better than I was. Not as good as I wish to be.













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Here's an excellent You-Tube piano series by Julian Bradley: "Playing By Ear" Struggling with the why of chords and melody on guitar or piano? Julian's fine series covers music theory in many crystal clear lessons. You will get his fine sounds on your instrument in no time and know why it's happening. Check out Julian's "Jazz Theory Explained, Once and For All".




New book by Brian 
Forbes

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