Here is a sample of a recent lesson I did with my NYC Guitar School student Roberta! We’ve been working on soloing with the pentatonic scales and negotiating key changes. Also, in the last two weeks we’ve been using the classic children’s tune “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” to learn how to develop a solo from [...]
I did this transcription of a nice little Bach Prelude for the guitar for MakeMusic’s release of Finale 2012, (it comes with the software, just look in the programs “Repertoire” folder if you’re curious). The purpose of the engraving was to show Finale’s capabilities when it comes to engraving pieces for guitar, which I think [...]
Haven’t you always said “Gee I wish someone would arrange O Tannenbaum into a tremolo study? Well now I have, and I threw in a Jazzed up version of Silent Night to boot! Never mind that it’s June, start practicing them now and they’ll be in tip top shape for all those holiday parties come [...]
I wrote this piece to demonstrate how we can adapt the musical staff to better reflect a composition’s intentions. In this case the looped staff allows the composition to display a retrograde inversion without having to write out any additional music (a bit confusing but just read the “Notes” section).
Dance is a piece I composed for the guitar in the Winter of 2010, it is loosely based off the rhythm of a polka (I did live in Wisconsin for four years after all) with some jazz inspired harmonies and just a touch of Debussy. I’ve included a rough recording of the piece and [...]
This is an unmeasured prelude for lute written by the Renaissance composer Ennemond Gaultier. I arranged the piece for classical guitar and tried to maintain the piece’s feel of rhythmic freedom and also maintain Gaultier’s original intentions. The signs that look like small commas next to individual noteheads indicate that the performer should [...]