Sometimes it is fun just to play and not think about right/wrong notes.
This is an improvisation I did a year ago which Bhadra then added words to it.
Here are the lyrics: How could I not love your little ocean blue eyes?
How can I just not see the only sun which shone through, all those years of terrible grey skies? How could I not just love you… For all the times you’ve been there…
Mending all those broken strings of my heart…?
How could I not… … … Just love you?
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 a little improvisation I did using the Redline Reverb setting, Lush Universe.
Here is something I haven’t posted before: an improvisation with some vocalizing. I certainly wouldn’t call it singing. At some point I would really like to learn how to overtone sing. I can get it a little but it certainly isn’t something I can control. If you are unfamiliar with this type of singing check out this video:
I also love the singing style of Manuel Molina. He just belts it out:
I also love the all-white suit!! I need one of those!
I just uploaded a video I recorded back in December. I recorded myself playing for about a 1/2 hour and then cut it down to this. The order of songs is:
Texting and Improvisation
A Little Waltz for a Little Girl 1:28
Grey Skies 5:28
Fur Elise 7:17
Amazing Grace 8:18
Fantasia (Red Guitar Suite) 10:47
I finally finished the Piano Trio piece I was working on:
The piece is going to be performed in April. It’s going to be on a program of Beethoven pieces so I incorporated a few of my favorite Beethoven melodies and themes into this piece. Some are obvious and some are not so obvious. You can download and listen to the full score here:
On a side note I got booties for my dog which he hates. Here is a picture of him being like, “if I don’t see him, he’s not there.”
I teach at Lake Michigan College. I have taught there on and off since 1997 and last week I taught in a place in the building that I have never taught before and saw this:
I have taught in this building for over 20 years and just now seeing this!!! My wife does tell me I am not the most observant person but DANG. Very cool. Looking down in this picture.
I hope everyone is doing well.
Messing around with effects courtesy of Guitar Rig…
I am currently writing a set of 8 etudes for the guitar. Each of them includes some kind of an extended technique. This particular one uses a slide which isn’t used a lot in the classical guitar literature. I have always loved the sound. Check this video out…
And if haven’t already checked out the famous Messiahsez, by all means do…
There were a couple surprises that I found sounded interesting in my improv. The first was that when the slide is used with tremolo it produces a pretty cool sound. Also, artificial harmonics can slide around with a slide. Often before writing a piece I will improvise around on an idea or two. That is what I am doing in this video.