Solo Piece: A damp afternoon.

Here is a solo guitar piece in A major, I have entitled “A damp afternoon”. In it I seek to evoke a strange combination of ennui and mild rapture resulting from the enforced idleness of a damp afternoon contemplating the beauty of drizzle and grey skies. The composition is built around the major scale harmonised in sixths, or inverted thirds. After repetition of an A and B phrases, the same melody is largely repeated a fourth higher, in the key of D, with the final section replaced by desending sixths to the dominant chord, E, before repeating the melody again. In the second repeat of the melody, the defending sixths are replaced by ascending sixths finishing on the root an octave above. A middle eight follows of desending chords, starting on the fourth, which becomes minor, and moving through various shapes to a dominant chord, E. The first theme is repeated again, and concludes with descending sixths over an E pedal tone, before resolving to A major to end..

The music score is available for purchase from Sheet Music Direct

Improvisation in A minor

Here’s me noodling away to entertain myself! One of the great things about being able to play the guitar is that you can always enjoy creating some nice music for yourself, and indeed for others too! This piece is based around A minor, using the open A, D and E strings to create a bass pedal tone. Its important to be able to control the pick and move quickly from string to string, and you will observe that I use a floating hand technique to achieve this! This technique, combined with some scale and arpeggio knowledge, allows one to come up with solo pieces that sound rich and full! At least I think so, but have a listen, and you can form your own opinion!

Rob’s Gigs in April

Acoustic Jazz

You can catch me down at the Samford Homestead Restaurant on Friday  nights in April, starting from Friday 12th April. Phone Steve on  3289 1485 for bookings and to confirm that there have been no late changes. Music starts at 6:30pm.

Here is a sample of what’s on the musical menu:

All of Me, by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons. Performed by Rob Reeves.

Electric jazz and funky grooves

I am also playing Zegatos at the Ashgrove Golf Club on Saturday nights starting Saturday 6th April. This month I will be presenting a new set of electric jazz and funky grooves! Phone Shane or Tony  on 3366 1842 for bookings and to confirm that there have been no late changes! Music starts at 6:30pm, and goes through till 9:30pm.


Rob’s Residency at the Homestead Continues

You can still catch me down at the Samford Homestead Restaurant on Friday nights in February and March – (except Friday 2nd March). I play from 6:30pm till 10:00ish.

Phone Steve at the restaurant for bookings or more information, on 3289 1485.

I do a set of guitar jazz favorites, accompanying myself using looping pedal! Here is my version of the theme from Black Orpheus – a Bossa Nova classic by Luis Bonfa! Enjoy!