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.
This is my arrangement of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I have a 7-year-old guitar student who loves to play Twinkle in the minor mode. After the lesson I started improvising on the melody and came up with this arrangement.
This video is pretty self-explanatory. This is a remix I did of the famous, Lagrima, by Francisco Tarrega. The first time I posted this video I received a lot of really bad comments. I took the video down. I have decided to repost the remix.
Sharon Isbin is a wonderful guitarist I have had the pleasure of seeing a couple times in concert. She has won multiple Grammy awards and has done much to enrich the classical guitar repertoire by commissioning and premiering works by the top composers of her time. I would recommend checking out her website: http://www.sharonisbin.com
My personal favorite Sharon Isbin CD is Road to the Sun: Latin Romances for Guitar.
It includes classic works like La Catedral (Barrios), Invocation et Danse (Rodrigo), Caprichio árabe (Tárrega), and Asturias (Albéniz).
Here is a wonderful interview she gave to GuitarTV:
Here are a few highlights:
Villa-lobos Etude No.1 and Recuerdos de la Alhambra: 3:39