Melancholy comes from my Red Guitar Suite. It is a group of pieces I composed, inspired by my 1972 Ramirez. The score/tab is free at my website.
I have gotten a questions lately about how to go about doing free improvisations. My two main points are…
1. Try and be in the moment
2. There are no wrong notes
I have been composing more lately (as opposed to making arrangements). One way I will compose is by improvising on an idea in order to generate ideas for the piece. I’d like to make a solo guitar arrangement of a piece I improvised using the program Max/MSP. The piece is called, Gentle Waves…
I like the melody and the basic idea but I would like to play it on guitar without using Max/MSP. I just did this improvisation using some of the basic ideas of the piece…
Here is my arrangement of Scarborough Fair. Score/tab is available here. I’ve always loved this melody. It’s an old English folk song that uses the dorian mode.
To create the dorian mode, you first begin with the natural minor…
and then raise the 6th note in the scale (C becomes C-sharp)….
Like many people, I first heard this song from the Simon and Garfunkel version….
I decided to compose guitar music for the Grimm Fairy Tale, Little Red Riding Hood, because I thought it would be fun. I started this project back in October (2019) and finished writing it about a week ago. I got sidetracked with other projects which is why it took so long.
Throughout this piece I use a lot of different extended techniques for the guitar to try and create various moods. At times I pluck the string to the left of my left hand fingers, I hit the fingerboard with my right hand, I strum notes over the sound hole and so on. I hope you enjoy it. I don’t have the best voice to be a narrator but since I am stuck at home because of the virus, that is really all I’ve got.
Here is a little improvisation I did using the Redline Reverb setting, Lush Universe.
We wanted to do something special for Easter this year. It’s going to be a different kind of Easter with the virus. She lives in Hawaii and I live in Michigan so I recorded my part, sent it to her, she recorded her part and then sent that back to me. I then put the video together. It has been a lot of fun collaborating with her.
The Erhu is a beautiful instrument. You can hear her perform with an orchestra here: