I chose to play "Alhambra"?
was my second public performance in a competition, almost two
months ahead of my eighth birthday.
I decided on playing Alhambra a few weeks before, also keeping it a secret to
surprise my teacher.
At the time, my dad and I were playing with a MIDI file of Malaguena, in which
we added a tremolo style. It sounded different from the original piece and for
fun, I started to practice it that way.
Afterwards, while going through my music library, I looked at the Pumping Nylon
book and video by the Classical guitarist Scott
Tennant, published by Alfred
Halfway through the video, Scott Tennant played Alhambra. His tremolo technique
was called planting. It's a way to shut off the strings immediately, very staccato.
I was getting used to the tremolo, which Scott Tennant does so well, with articulation
and evenness. His speed burst exercises helped me daily. I found breaking down
tremolo into pieces makes it easy.
So I memorised Alhambra, one bar at a time.
|Memories of the event
In the Open division, the concert hall
was full of guitarists of all levels, either competitors or as observers,
and the event progressed till late in the evening.
It was strange to be surrounded for the first time by so many guitarists. I didn't
know where they came from. From all over Australia I suppose, and I was just
a small part in the event. Finally the end of the day came, and we drove home.
I couldn't sleep that night and I still remember it even now.
Please excuse the fidgeting with my feet. That day I forgot to bring the foot
rest with me, and while my father was looking around to borrow one, I already
I hope you enjoy it nevertheless.