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.
I finally finished another Year of the Guitar piece:
This is the 11th in the series. This piece originally began as an improvisation in drop D tuning that I wrote about in a previous blog. This series is consists of 25ish short, intermediate-level pieces for classical guitar. You can download the tab/score at my store.
Last night I was trying to get some basic ideas down on paper for my next YOTG piece. All of my ideas sounded absolutely terrible! It was like pulling teeth. I decided to turn on the zoom and do a quick improv (my version of a hail mary) before going to watch another episode of Walker, Texas Ranger (is there a better way to spend a Saturday night?). I d-tuned my 6th string, hit the first tambora and my ears just about exploded. It sounded so good! Here is the improv: YOTG #11 Improv
As far as what comes after that initial tambora, some of it usable, most is not. At least that is what I think today. Maybe tomorrow I will think differently. To me it sounds like walking through a forest, not sure of what is around the next corner.
I’ve also added a ton of reverb because I think it helps with the drama. I had a composition professor tell me once that too much reverb makes you sound like an amateur. Personally, I think this reverb sounds awesome.
This is the 10th piece from my Year of the Guitar series. There will be 25 total pieces. This particular one is on the sad side. I’ve had a lot of death in my life recently. From friends parents dying, to my wife’s high school friend, to a young family member, I don’t recall a period in my life quite like this.