for solo acoustic guitar
Although my first instrument was originally the guitar I always found it very difficult to write for, this recently rediscovered little ditty being about the most satisfactory effort I made in that direction. I composed it, partly from improvisation, in the early 1980s as something of a throwback to my folky, finger-picking days of a decade or so earlier. It’s heavily influenced by the late John Renbourn, a number of whose pieces I used to play back then — it could even be taken as a tribute to him, although that wasn’t the conscious intention at the time.
There’s no PDF score extract available here because the whole thing’s only three pages long, so you’ll have to make do with the snapshot on the right, and you can follow the whole score with the YouTube video below.
It’s intended to be played on a steel-strung acoustic guitar — there are a few bends in there, and anyway I like the sound. At the time I wrote it I could play it, but I’d need a good deal of practice to manage it now — so it’s yet another MIDI recording below...
...oh, and please don’t ask me why it’s called Face, which is lost in the mists of antiquity — all I can say, if you’re a musician, is that it’s nothing to do with Fmaj7, which doesn’t occur anywhere in the piece (Amaj7 does — you can see it in the snapshot — but Ac#eg# doesn’t have the same title potential).
- steel (or possibly nylon) strung acoustic guitar
Performances / broadcasts / ‘real’ recordings
None so far... anyone?
Listen to MIDI version (2:27)
This is the identical recording twice, the choice being offered in case of technical hiccups on either of the ‘mother ships’. Note: these two players will run simultaneously, so unless you fancy a double dose (out of sync) of my ‘spiritual output’, I recommend that you take care to avoid this happening!
This a computer-generated mockup of music entirely or partially for ‘real’ instruments. Clearly it is no substitute for a live performance, but it’s all I’ve got — or perhaps all I can make public for various reasons. There’s a fuller disclaimer on the Listen page.
Or just in case YouTube isn’t co-operating today...
- Sequencer: MOTU Digital Performer (Mac)
- Three different guitars!
- 1st and 2nd strings, 4th string harmonics: Steel String 1 Finger (host: IK Multimedia SampleTank 4)
- 3rd and 4th strings: Guild Guitar Medium (host: UVI Workstation)
- 5th and 6th strings: Martin Guitar Soft (host: UVI Workstation)
Note: these two strings had to be mixed down to a mono track, as they had an odd habit of alternating between two different stereo positions from note to note!
- Score: MakeMusic Finale
- Movie: Apple iMovie
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