In 2002 I recorded a little set of Etudes by Fernando Sor (1778- 1839) with the Fostex. The strong point of Sor is that he provides a nice musical and melodic quality even with pieces that look easy on paper.
I played them on my just-purchased Bernabe guitar. It took some effort to get used to the recording stress, I remember that sweat was dripping from my back. It is weird, rehearsals before recording are OK, but as soon as you pressed the Record button, things become completely different!
My challenge in this recording was: keep breathing and easy does it! I had to resist the temptation of acceleration. I noticed that I had to learn some concerning the recording technique too, there is some casual clipping in the piece that causes distortion.
I have given a copy of the recordings to my then guitar teacher Ed Westerik. I guess that he had to get used to listening to a student from the distance, but it was a useful experience for me.
Etude No. 1
The challenge in the recording of this Etude was to keep breathing and keep the tempo from accelerating. With respect to the recording technique there are some improvements to make too, there is some clipping here and there. Unfortunately, I do not have the original files any more.
Etude No. 2
This piece has two corner sections and a middle part. The corner sections have a few scale passages, the middle section features a number of awkward chord changes. My main challenge was to keep breathing, particularly in the scales. I did not succeed completely, those scales are sooo tempting for acceleration.
Etude No. 3
This piece is a challenge to maintain a constant speed. Particularly the middle section entices you to speed up. And then you meet the variations in the last section! I now hear that consequently I was in some hurry in some places, feeling a bit short of breath.
Etude No. 4
This piece has some points of interest for the left hand. I noticed a pull in speed that was caused by these trouble spots. It looks like an inclination to pass these spots as fast as possible to be through with them. That’s a pitfall indeed! Consequentially you might hear less control at trouble spots than would have been more secure and more comfortable.
Below you can playback the pieces. 😊One at the time!