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Piazzolla Astor Adios Nonino

Piazzolla Astor, "Adios Nonino"

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Astor Piazzolla is without a doubt one of the greatest composers of all times. A pure breed Italo/Argentinean Bandeon player, Astor composed some of the most memorable and electrifying Tangos ever. Libertango is perhaps one of the most played Argentinean pieces ever. "Adios Nonino", Goodbye Granpa is one of my favorite compositions with a grand Tango style opening and staggering rhythms that lead into the most beautiful melody you can imagine. Tenderness, nostalgia and love are present in this memorable passage and it speaks to the heart. You will have to work slides and fast position changes to master this beautiful work and use your playing apparatus very intelligently in order to grasp and broadcast the amazing spirit of this work. The intelligent use of the open strings will allow you to diminish the gap in the many position changes that the work demands. You will have to keep your breathing constant and allow for both micro and macro relaxations every chance you get. Keep your right hand fingering constant in order to minimize the possibility of mistakes to enter your playing. Most Left hand mistakes are originated in the right hand (the plucking hand). Read through the Technique Highlight section before venturing in the piece so as to dissipate all doubts concerning the technique. Do not hesitate in sending comments or suggestions writing to my mail: renato@mangore.com Good Luck!  S.D.G.

Staff & Video 1

The challenges in the first staff are posed by the descending and ascending slurs. Secure the finger in position and carry the finger across the frets with the assistance of the arm

Video 1

Staff & Video 2

The main challenge in staff #2 is the F# on string 4. Reach it with the help of the arm avoiding string squeaks at all cost. See how to get the elbow by the side HERE>>

Video 2

Staff & Video 3

Divide the staff into smaller units and work each one separately: Change position to perform the D-B-C sequence on string 1 and then go back to first position for the filling rhythm adding a very soft vibrato. More on Vibrato HERE>>More on changes of position HERE>>

Video 3

Staff & Video 4

This is probably the most demanding staff of the entire work because of the high notes on fret 15 both on the first and second strings. You must get your whole playing apparatus involved in order to reach the fret with precision. Read more on the playing apparatus HERE>>

Video 4

Staff & Video 5

Apply micro and macro relaxations. Remember that unless you use relaxations  while you're playing, you will sound tense. Read more about relaxations HERE>>

Video 5
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