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Monferrine nos 1, 6, 7 and 9 by Giuliani

http://robmackillop.net Note the use of the thumb in the second, and the glissandi in the fourth pieces.

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Comment by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen on May 12, 2012 at 21:09

I dont recall reading somewhere that Giuliani played with nails. On the other hand I havent read that he did. But as You Rob I prefer playing with no nails.

Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 12, 2012 at 9:04

I agree, Thomas. Playing with gut, especially without using nails, is a completely different world, and it is what Sor preferred. Did Giuliani play with nails? I suspect he might have. Maybe someone here knows for sure? One thing is for sure, just as today with the electric guitar, there is no one single way to play 19th-century guitar.

Comment by Thomas Schmitt on May 12, 2012 at 8:30

Very nice guitar sound. I like this timbre. To tell you the truth, with gut strings you get into other dimensions.

Saludos, Thomas

Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 11, 2012 at 16:07

These are far from his 'show pieces', although they could be played faster. I think they are good student pieces. That's a great edition from Tecla (no, I'm not a stakeholder!). There are waltzes, Ecossaises, Landler, and 'Balli Nazionalli'. I look forward to exploring some of them on video soonish.

Comment by Bill Samson on May 11, 2012 at 15:38
I LOVE Giuliani! Real 'show pieces'. Very different from Sor. And here was me thinking it was Hank B.Marvin who came up with the LH thumb on the 6th string. Nothing new under the sun. I wonder if he did the Shads' footwork when he was playing, too?
Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 10, 2012 at 13:39
Yes, as you know, Lars, Giuliani, Diabelli and others, often used their LH thumb on the sixth string. Here it stays on F throughout. I've lowered the angle of the neck compared to the position I use for Sor's music. All these little things help to get 'in the zone'.
And all the glissandi in the last piece are original.
One day I'd like to do these on a Vienese guitar...
Comment by Lars Hedelius-Strikkertsen on May 10, 2012 at 12:07
So You've started taking up Giuliani now. nice. And as always You have a delicate touch. I'm very much into that myself. It seem that number two is an excersice for the L H thumb.
Comment by Rob MacKillop on May 10, 2012 at 10:50

Exploring Giuliani's easier pieces. Note the use of the LH thumb in the second piece, and the glissandi in the fourth piece. Aquila gut strings on Michael Nalysnyk's Lacote.

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