Last year (and the year before) I composed 12 laments for the classical guitar. The score/tabs for these can be found on my website for FREE.
I am excited about one thing. Ok, maybe a few things. It is super cold in Michigan (where I live) so that is nothing to be excited about. Anyways…I’ve always avoided making arrangements of copyrighted songs because I didn’t want to deal with the licensing issues involved. Long story short (thank you, Rob), I am going to start arranging copyrighted music. I made a list of pieces I would like to arrange. Here they are:
The Godfather (Love Theme), Nothing Else Matters, Hurt (Nine Inch Nails), Pirates of the Caribbean, Imagine, Stairway to Heaven, Hallelujah, Dust in the Wind, The Mission (Oboe Theme), Chariots of Fire, Schindler’s List, and so on and so on. There are like 200 on this list.
I’ve been a busy bee since school got out in early May. I have recorded 3 albums. For two of those albums I had to write a lot of music. For one, I just had to talk. None of them are available on iTunes or Spotify yet. Probably available in another week. You can currently listen to them on my Bandcamp site.
Over the last couple of years I have been writing a group of laments for the guitar. They started out as short, one-minute pieces. Over the last couple of months I have been expanding them into actual pieces of music. Scores/tabs are available here.
I get asked a lot of questions from people. How long have you played the guitar? Where are you from? Who influenced you? So I decided to record a spoken word album where I talk about those things. It is called, The Business of Being Rob.
Finally, I love messing with effects so I put together an album of guitar pieces that uses all kinds of different effects. There are a few songs on this album that don’t contain effects, but for the most part, this is an effects driven album called, Broken Glass.
Here is the ending of my 8th Lament. Last year I composed rough drafts of twelve laments. I am currently going through and expanding them. I am currently through eight of them.
This one uses tapping with the right hand to play the bass part. Tapping is fun and is easier to get a good sound on an electric guitar than a classical. When you tap the bass strings on a classical there is a lot of noise. If you tap on the upper three strings it’s tough to get a loud enough sound. Here is the score for this section…