longer classical tunes
Greetings form the north of Quebec ! My very first issue that I still have was purchased in December 1994 and I have been a subscriber for close to ten years now, so me complaining about the magazine would be kinda hard to do. But I have two suggestions I’d like you to consider.
I always give a try to Bridget’s columns, and even have one of my classical guitars always tuned to drop D, just in case! How about asking Bridget to commit to something of a long run like Bach’s Chaconne? Not in a single issue, of course, but spread over the number of months that would be required to master this, section by section. I would also look forward to what she would have to tell us about this wonderful piece.
The other is, memorable guitar solos. I enjoy playing along the guitar solo of the songs I like, especially if they are not too challenging. One example that comes to mind is the solo in a wonderful Art Garfunkel song: Scissor’s Cut. It breaks my heart every time I hear it, and I love playing it over and over. I suppose that your team with all its contacts could also write about the actual, often unknown player behind some of those short moments that bring a song to another level. Voilà ! Hi Michel. The idea of a long classical piece transcribed over several months is intriguing. I’d be interested to hear if others would find that appealing too - magazines usually worry about repetition, as we like to be able to put something new on the cover each month. Maybe a two-month article would be a starting point? Any other suggestions for long pieces would be greatfully received - if something absolutely amazing was suggested, who knows? Regarding tabbled solos, we used to do it regularly in both Guitarist (Phil Hilborne’s Solo Analysis) and in GT - we tabbed three great solos from Christopher Cross’s debut album, for instance. Sadly, it’s just too expensive these days so we’ve stopped tabbing any copyright material. Were that ever to change, I think solos would be the first thing to return.
Phil’s Solo Analysis was a Guitarist favourite