I have been busy this week making six new videos for my Plectrum Guitar page:
The main source for the scores has been Masters Of The Plectrum Guitar from Mel Bay Publications. This introduced me to the music of Harry Volpe, a name unknown to me before. His music crosses the classical-jazz divide, with much of it published in the 1930s. I have since tracked down (via Abe Books) a couple of old books by him, which should be with me soon.
Mel Bay, himself, turns out to be a fine arranger. Check out his beautiful versions of Sweet Lorraine and Mighty Lak’ A Rose.
Trying to get as much guitar playing in as possible before my new 13-course baroque lute arrives from Malcolm Prior in a week or two…
Dear Mr Mackillop.
I own practically the same guitar as you do (LH600 Loar) and I wonder what strings you used to produce that beautiful sound playing music of Harry Volpe.I am a jazz rhythm player and use medium bronze strings for that.These sounding more harsh when playing these Volpe pieces.
Adrian Otte/ The Netherlands
Rob MacKillop said:
Hi Adrian. I just used D’Addario Phosphor Bronze strings, 12s, because that’s all my local store had. I thought they would just be temporary until I got some expensive strings, but I liked the sound, so have kept them.
The plectrum also has a lot to do with the sound. I use a Gibson Extra Heavy, and often use just the round edge of the plectrum, not the pointed end. Sometimes I use the pointed end to get a different sound.
I have the action set low, and I have a light touch.
Hope that helps?