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..
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!
Here’s a video lesson on how you can shape your tone by flesh harmonics. By allowing the flesh of your thumb or finger to also touch the string when you pick a note, you can access new dimensions of tone. Good tone starts with the instrument and your technique!
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.