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 am also working on my Year of the Guitar Series (YOTG). I’ve completed 11 and am currently working on #12. For this series I am also looking to compose about 20 pieces. Right now I am alternating composing a YOTG piece followed by a hymn. I am going to arrange Of the Father’s Love Begotten next.
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.
I made this video in a hotel room in Chicago. My wife had some business meetings during the morning so I decided it would be a good time spend some quality time with my guitar. The recording was made with my ipad with no editing of any kind. I think the audio turned out pretty good considering the mic on the ipad is not high quality. This is the first piece from a recital a couple of weeks ago (scroll down to see the video). I am not sure if I will include the electronics for the Red Guitar CD.
This is the final piece of my Red Guitar Suite. So in the end the suite consists of 14 pieces of which 12 are solo guitar and 2 are duets. I am going to record the suite this month with hopefully a release date in late March/early April. We’ll see. It took me 6 months longer than I thought to write the suite. After I record the suite I will prepare the score so that I can offer it on my website.