I’m dropping in partly just to say, “yes, I’m still alive.” I’ve been working on a guitar instruction book which is taking up some time, as well as playing, teaching etc. I also thought I’d highlight this semi-recent video of me playing the classic Wizard of Oz tune.
I’ve been talking a lot on here about various ways of picking notes on a guitar. To see some of these techniques in action (edge picking, pick slanting, etc.) look no further than this video of Paco de Lucia, Al di Meola and John McLaughlin playing the song “Spain.”
I recently watched an interview with guitarist Al Di Meola as part of a Google video program called Talks at Google. Al, a noted speed picker, plays a few tunes during the show and I noticed something relevant to my recent article, “A Survey of Guitar Picking, pt 2.” In that post I mentioned the idea…… Continue reading Observing Al Di Meola’s edge picking (with video)
Note: To understand this article you’ll need to be familiar with basic chord theory and the use of Roman numerals to notate chords. (This link can fill you in.) I often find myself having to learn songs quickly. (Related article: How to learn a lot of songs fast.) Often I’ll end up scouring the internet…… Continue reading Songs can be harmonized in different ways
This post is really a pointer to an article of mine that’s a few years old. I was surprised to find that there was not much on the web on the topic of writing music suitable for horror movie and game scores. It’s a fun genre to write in and I include several of my…… Continue reading How to write horror music