Etude 8 (Improvisation)

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.

House of the Rising Sun

Possibly my most favorite song, ever, of all-time. I love the version by The Animals. Who doesn’t?? Recently I have been listening to Bob Dylan’s version of the song which, I must say, is amazing. I have made a couple arrangements for solo guitar. It can be found in my Easy Arrangements, Vol. 1. You can listen to that arrangement here:

I have also made longer version that is a touch more difficult. It begins by playing the theme slowly…

The theme then moves to the bass…

Then to the upper voice…

Then I speed it up. First in triplets…

Tremolo….

and for the finale I switch it to strumming…

Here is me performing the full arrangement in concert a few weeks ago…

The full arrangement…

The arrangement is available here.

-Rob