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  • #110522
    unknown-user
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    the sound… the harp… the music…

    http://web.mac.com/danieljordan.harp

    #110523

    Your photo on the home page is a bit dark, it is a little hard to see you, can you lighten the contrast?

    #110524
    kreig-kitts
    Member

    I personally wouldn’t do a photo with a Beatles t-shirt on. It makes it look more like the work of a fan and less of a professional. I also think it establishes the site too much as a “Beatles music on the harp” site, rather than as a harpist site.

    I listened to the recording of Asturias, and I think you really got the feel of that piece and translated it quite well into the harp’s sound. I prefer your interpretation to a recording I have of a very well-known harpist playing it, who I think missed the mark on it.

    #110525
    unknown-user
    Participant

    Hi Dan,

    I really like the look of your harp, the beautiful wood on the soundboard is rather snazzy and the sound it very clear and crisp – and your playing is very clean…so bravo! And I find that

    #110526
    unknown-user
    Participant

    Hi Kreig

    In simple words because I don��t speak english really. Only a few words. I��m sorry.

    Asturias is a region at the north of Spain, but that music (chords, etc) is of the South (Andalucia) you know? … flamenco, etc. That great harpist who recorded that (died 1993) borned in the North and wasn��t easy for him change his mind … (I don��t know who to say that). Is better the Zoraida Avila version from Venezuela.

    I��ll use that Beatles fhoto in the new beatles album (The Beatles on the harp-2) that will be ready in few days in that site. At home page I will put another, don��y worry…

    Thank you very much

    #110527
    unknown-user
    Participant

    Hi Rosemary

    My english… I m sorry…

    I will change that fhoto … I know what you mean.

    But is interesting what you said “where you are playing a harmonic”. I wasn t really. I play all the time with my fingers … looking to the sky. Another way to play: your left hand is all the time ready to stop the sound.

    Thank you Rosemary

    #110528
    unknown-user
    Participant
    Hi Saul
    I d recorded that The Beatles on the harp in April, 2004. A few months latter, Jim Palmer also done it in your country. More info: http://harpisticpublications.com

    I will change that fhoto…

    Thank you, Saul

    #110529
    kreig-kitts
    Member

    I’ve always found it curious that the piece got the title “Asturias” when the sound is so evocative of southern Spain.

    I wasn’t aware what region Zabaleta was from. Perhaps explains some of his interpretation. Also, I understand that while it is a standard piece for guitar, it was originally written for piano. Perhaps Zabaleta was trying to imitate how it would sound on the

    #110530
    unknown-user
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    Hi Kreig

    Albeniz travel a lot and made “presents” for ex. to the Town Hall of that new city where he was. When he arrived to Oviedo the capital of Asturias gave to… the people that score. He noticed that that will be an error and tried to rectified. He gave then another title to that music: Leyenda (Leyend). Then is a score with two “opus”. But… was late. The music became a sucess on the guitar of Francisco T��rrega with the original title of Asturias. Late. Albeniz prefer the guitar version than his own piano version because the… feeling… (I don t know in english).

    On the harp, I try to go on the guitar tempo, first and the guitar arrangement. On the piano score, there is a silence on the right hand in each chord because the distance on the piano… is very difficult to play it well. The guitar don t has that problem and, the harp, I think that is ok too… I think.

    Zabaleta was born in Guipuzcoa, Pa��s Vasco.

    I have to go to the school to learn english yet.

    #110531
    unknown-user
    Participant

    I enjoyed the Asturias and the Recuerdos….I’m really a guitarist just lurking here because I haven’t gotten my harp yet….first time I’ve heard them on the harp…I have recordings of the guitar versions…

    #110532
    unknown-user
    Participant

    Forgot to ask, how did you do the tremolo part of Recuerdos on the harp? Is it like the way you do it on guitar by rapidly alternating fingers on the same string?

    #110533
    unknown-user
    Participant

    Hi
    The left hand is playing the part of de fat finger over the guitar… ok. The right hand is all the time with the tremolo.
    Is very difficult for me to explain with words (… and in english). Your hand must be on the soundboard. Fingers 2 and 3 go to the string straight. You have to move the string up and down alternatively. The other finger is waiting to attack another note. That s the simple tremolo what I used on that recording.

    There is another way to do: is the double tremolo. Fingers 2 and 3 over the same string. I d used this on Ritual dance of the fire (M. Falla)
    Usually I play Recuerdos de la Alhambra with double tremolo but, over an electric harp in recording like that, it will be a little noisy: you add a percussion on the pick-ups…

    #110534

    Just for the interest, Zabaleta was of a Sephardic family.

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