Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) on guitar

The history of the guitar has so far left only two significant works, which are based on the stroke of tremolo. This is “Memoirs of the Alhambra” (1896) by Francisco Tarrega (more known as RDLA or Recuerdos de la Alhambra) and “The Last tremolo” (1944) by Augustine Barrios. “The memoris of the Alhambra” I heard about 40 years ago, and was immediately shocked, because in addition to beautiful music, it was not clear how this can be done. Barrios for some reason came to Europe and to us only closer to the end of the 20th century, and his “Last tremolo” is not so known. Of course, there are other successful compositions on tremolo, but “Memoirs of the Alhambra” is perhaps the most famous.
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“Dreams” (Ivanov-Kramskoy), tremolo on guitar

In fact, there are two guitar compositions called “Dreams”, which are based on tremolo. One of them belongs to F. Tarrega and more known as “Sueño”, the second to A. Ivanov-Kramskoy more known as “Грёзы” (in Russian the most exact meaning is daydream). It’s about the Dreams of Ivanov-Kramskoy.
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“Feelings” on guitar

The composition Feelings is known since 1975. In the original performance, Morris Albert immediately took the world, and the author went down in history as a “one-hit wonder”. It was re-played (covered) many times, and in general popularity does not fall. I found a good arrangement for guitar, the author does not know me. As a video, I used the photo and video of bicycle season in summer 2017.

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Bach prelude in C major on guitar

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) composed the first volume of “Well Tempered Clavier” in 1722. I like the version that it was just a tutorial for Bach’s children. Opens the volume prelude in the C major key (number in the “Bach Catalog of Works” BWV 846). This composition fits poorly into the “guitar” tone range, so in “typical” arrangement for the guitar, the key is transposed into D major and the sixth string is retune to Re. I do not like to retune the string, so I long time looked for a good arrangement in the original C major key.

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“Padam, padam” on guitar

I remember melody “Padam, padam” from childhood. It was sang by Mireille Mathieu, but it has always reported that it is a song of Edith Piaf (Édith Piaf), 1915-1963. The motive went to memory once and for all. What is this song about not interested as music was enough. Found on the Internet a good arrangement for guitar.  Continue reading “Padam, padam” on guitar

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Alaska Pik fingers picks, 2 years experience

Nails – a headache of guitarist playing on nylon strings. One of the radical solutions is the use of Alaska Pik plectrums attached to each finger.  Continue reading Alaska Pik fingers picks, 2 years experience

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Unchained melody on guitar

I heard at first time Unchained Melody in movie Ghost. Found good scores for   Unchained Melody on guitar. Story of composition looks very interesting 🙂
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Recording Classical Guitar

In this note I describe configuration for recording classical guitar at home. Continue reading Recording Classical Guitar

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Key feature of guitar “Artista Membrane”

Every day I play on guitar made by luthier Dieter Hopf, model “Artista Membrane” .  Continue reading Key feature of guitar “Artista Membrane”

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Guitar: top-3 by views

On my YouTube channel it posted records of guitar, made in home studio, mainly for long-term project “Dolls + Guitar”.

Here I briefly talk about compositions at first three places on the quantity of views. Continue reading Guitar: top-3 by views

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