Koyunbaba was composed back in 1984/85 and is Carlo Domeniconi’s most popular piece. In Domeniconi’s own words, “it is a piece which has continuously changed over the course of time.” The composer recently released a CD of three different versions of the piece: one from 1985, 1991, 2008.
Here is a live performance of the piece performed by Domeniconi:
I was surfing around on youtube and came across this video about practicing by Tommy Emmanuel:
Come to find out he practices the same way I do. As he puts it, he:
1. “plays songs”
2. plays harder songs over and over, “purely for motor skills.”
I’ve never been a highly disciplined player. I’ve never had a set practice schedule. I have, in the past, tried to plan out practice sessions, but that usually lasts 20 minutes. Instead I view practicing (as I do composing) as a way to explore music. Usually, I will play pieces that I feel like playing, and when I am tired of a piece, I will go on to the next piece that sounds good. Occasionally I will take a piece, or a section of a piece, and play it over and over. I usually do this with difficult pieces. For example, when I am practicing Leyenda I will often just repeat the first section over and over. When practicing Recuerdos I might repeat the piece 10 times (including repeats). I find that after a few repetitions I get into a groove.
The only thing that changes this practice routine is if I have a performance coming up. If I know ahead of time, I like to play the piece, or pieces once a day starting around a month before the performance. At least I try to do that. If I am playing a full concert I might play one section one day, and another section the next day.
I think the most important aspect of practicing (or composing) is that it should be enjoyable. If you are not enjoying your time practicing than I would try a different approach.
Eliot Fisk is one of my favorite guitar players. What I love best about his playing is the energy and wildness he brings to his performance. It seems as though many people do not share this opinion. Just check out any number of his videos on youtube and you will see a larger percentage of dislikes in his videos compared to other big-named guitarists. (Of course, the validity of dislikes is a whole other topic)
My personal favorite is of his performance of Cordaba by Albéniz.
There is a wonderful comment below this video at youtube:
“One thing I can always say about Mr. Fisk’s playing is that for better or for worse, I am never bored. Whether I’m amazed or downright offended, he always delivers something unexpected and fresh sounding. This is certainly an example that amazes me, and even though his interpretations don’t always line up with my tastes, I certainly appreciate his courage an willingness to put himself out there and try something different. Never change, Mr. Fisk.” aclouti6 1 year ago
Fisk is also known for his recording of the 24 Caprices by Paganini.
Here is a video of Fisk playing #24:
It is a little rough around the edges in certain parts but you have to admire the energy.
In a time where many of the younger guitarist are full of technique but short on personality, it is nice to have Mr. Fisk around to put the “art” in playing.