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Guitar Techniques - - Play: Classical -

In this is­sue’s col­umn we re­turn to the work of the hugely in­flu­en­tial French com­poser Erik Satie (1866-1925). De­spite be­ing largely ig­nored, or dis­missed by the mu­si­cal es­tab­lish­ment as a mu­si­cally im­po­tent ec­cen­tric, Satie’s min­i­mal and hyp­notic work has gone on to in­flu­ence a wide range of com­posers, and left an in­deli­ble print on the de­vel­op­ment of Western art and popular mu­sic. His se­duc­tive and mes­meric com­po­si­tional voice echos through the di­verse gen­res of im­pres­sion­ism, jazz, min­i­mal­ism, process mu­sic, am­bi­ent mu­sic and even elec­tron­ica.

In this is­sue I’ve ar­ranged his Gymnopédie No.2, from his set of three short pi­ano works, known as the Gymnopédies. Char­ac­terised by an dis­arm­ing melodic simplicity, ex­otic har­mony and min­i­mal lilt­ing

You’ll want to de­velop tech­ni­cal flu­ency, so the melody is given lyri­cism, and the bass and chord are de­liv­ered with re­laxed ac­cu­racy.

Erik Satie: his ge­nius is bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ated to­day

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