The original Poltergeist came out in 1982 and is a classic movie. I first saw the movie when I was way too young. I was 9 or 10. My parents were out with friends and we had a babysitter. The movie was on HBO and I told the babysitter that I was allowed to watch it. It scared me so badly that I slept in my parents bed at night for the next 3 weeks!
It’s a beautiful melody composed by Jerry Goldsmith. Sounds very much like a lullaby which makes sense because the central character is a young child.
Fire Dance at Dusk is piece I composed last week for the intermediate-level guitarist. It alternates between a fast section in simple meter (4/4) and a slow section in compound meter (6/8). Last week I witnessed a beautiful sunset over Lake Michigan. It turned the sky fiery red. That image inspired this piece.
Hungarian Dance No. 5 comes from a set of 21 pieces that Brahms finished in 1879. Originally these were composed for piano duet. This particular piece was based on a piece by the Hungarian composer, Bela Keler.
The original was composed in G minor and I have transposed this arrangement to the key of A minor in an effort to make it as easy as possible to play.
Spanish Romance is a popular piece for classical/fingerstyle guitarists, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful melody. I have no idea who wrote this piece. Doing a little research online it seems that there are several people who have claimed to have written the song but it seems as if there is nothing definitive.
For this version, I change the bass line a bit in the E minor section. For the final repeat of the E minor section I had a note in two spots to add a little spice. 95% of this arrangement has not different compared to the way that most people play it.
In this guitar lesson I teach you the classic song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, from the movie, Wizard of Oz. Not gonna lie, when I was a child, I was in love with Judy Garland.
This song, composed by Harold Arlen, contains a beautiful melody and is a good example of the AABA song form. Overall, I tried to make this arrangement as easy as possible so that the performer can really focus on making the melody sing.
Adelita was composed by the great Spanish composer/guitarist, Francisco Tarrega. Tarrega is my favorite guitar composer and this is one of my favorite pieces by him. I have been playing this for a loooooooong time and I never get tired of it.
Adelita is composed in the style of a Mazurka, which is a type of Polish dance in triple time. Generally the accents fall on the second or third beat. This makes sense for me because I have always felt that Tarrega was inspired by the Polish composer, Chopin.
The SpongBob SquarePants Theme song was composed by Mark Harrison, Blaise Smith, Steve Hillenburg and Derek Drymon. I have always loved this show and if I walk into a room and somebody is watching it, I will sit down and watch it. The show premiered in 1999 and ran for 13 seasons.