Scherzo by Carulli

Continuing with Eythor Thorlaksson‘s free Guitar Moment II collection, here is Scherzo by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841).

This is the hardest piece I’ve learned so far and as you might expect it’s taken me quite a while to get it to an acceptable level. I spent around four hours on it over the course of about a month. It’s not free from mistakes – although as usual I have played it better in practice, honest! – but I’m happy with the recording nonetheless.

I found it difficult in general because of its fast tempo and its relentlessness. Yes, I could have simply slowed it down, but it never lets up. It’s the most densely packed score I’ve played from. It’s a constant stream of quavers. I found the chord progression in bars 11-12 in particular difficult to play and this took a lot of repetition to get right even before bringing it up to speed.

As before, the pause in the middle is me scrolling down the computer screen. This is the second piece I haven’t memorised despite spending so long learning it. I’m going to make an effort to memorise the music.


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