This is an entertaining video that teaches one to notate the various types of augmented 6th chords. For those that know Estudio 1 (Andres Segovia Edition) by Fernando Sor: try and find the Italian Augmented 6th. Hint, notate the chord in D minor.
I’m still trying to figure out the strum pattern. What I have written is not exactly what I am playing.
I am trying to finish up two projects as fast as humanly possible. I am working on this series as well as trying to finish my hymn arrangements. I’ve reached the point where I am looking forward to other projects (other arrangements, Max/MSP pieces, longer original guitar pieces, non-guitar pieces, etc).
It’s not easy these days to find a lot of time to compose. We are currently remodeling a few rooms in our house, doing outside projects, and of course, a 5-week-old is not going to let you do much for very long. A typical composing hour in my life goes like this:
1. Compose (10 min)
2. Baby cries. Rock baby to sleep (10 min)
3. Compose (5 min)
4. Oldest son has a question. Answer question and mentally prepare for follow up questions (5 min)
5. Compose (10 min)
6. Two sons fight. Must break up fight. (5 min)
7. Compose (10 min)
8. Baby wakes up from very short nap. Change diaper. (5 min)
Luckily I compose rather quickly because that is a typical free hour in my life.
For the past month or so I have really gotten into the flamenco guitarist, Sabicas. Watching this video you will notice the ease at which he plays this piece. He really has mastered it. I am searching for that ease in my own playing.
This is a fun piece by Paul Chasman, a guitarist/composer living in Oregon (notice the extra strings). I have a few of his CDs and I would recommend checking him out if you have the chance. My personal favorites are the Sonatas and Songs from the Bay. I would also recommend checking out his My Page Archives. There he gives all kinds of advise on composing and playing the guitar.