This is one of the very beautiful Ukrainian folk song arrangements by Jacobus Olevsiensis. Played on a lute by Bill Samson. I very much enjoy playing these arrangements discovered by Roman Turovsky, who also made the video…
Something a bit unusual, perhaps… Here are two test recordings I’ve done of pieces of cello music by Bach, which I’ve arranged for the Gold Tone Cello Banjo (CEB-4). I think they work really well, and have confirmed my decision to arrange the first three cello suites of Bach for the Tenor and Cello Banjos. The publishing giant, Mel Bay, has agreed to publish the arrangements, and that book will have an accompanying CD.
Here are the two cello banjo performances:
I already recorded the full first cello suite, played on a magnificent Tenor Banjo by Deering, the Eagle II:
In this workshop I’ll be looking at how people have played fingerstyle over the years, the changing styles and techniques, and how their technique affected the music they played. I will also perform some classical guitar, some ragtime, as well as my own arrangements of Scottish music in Open D tuning.
Monday 27 May – Ukulele for Guitarists
I will introduce the family of ukuleles, the techniques used, a little background history, and perform lots of items from my seven ukulele fingerstyle books.
I use a modern copy of the type of guitar favoured by Sor, a Lacote by Michael Nalysnyk of http://www.historicalguitars.co.uk, using gut and silk strings by Aquila-Corde, specially formulated for the early 19th-century repertoire.
I have also tried to get as close as possible to the technique outlined by Sor in his Method.
Not familiar with Fernando Sor? Think Mozart and Schubert, with a Spanish-French influence…
The album is set at a low price, and once downloaded can be played on your computer, iPad, phone, or burned to a CD. The CD Baby page includes Programme Notes.
Time is flying by, so I should take stock of what has happened this year.
I had some fun with a guitar by Michael Nalysnyk of http://www.historicalguitars.co.uk. He made a copy of a Lacote guitar, the type favoured by Fernando Sor. So, I made a few videos of Sor’s music on this beautiful instrument (which is on loan from Michael – many thanks!)
I also added a few more to my Mickey Baker Jazz Guitar book series, including:
And a very beautiful arrangement from 1950s, by Barry Galbraith, of Lerner and Loewe’s “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face”
As usual, I’m getting torn between different styles, instruments, periods, but life would be tedious otherwise. I love all the music I play, therfore there is no problem. I’d like to do more jazz, maybe working with a singer.
What a year! Four ukulele books and two banjo books, each with a CD and TAB, plus a banjo download album (on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, etc) and a recording of 17th-century Scottish music with baroque guitar and viol. The final two uke books have just appeared. Check out the links (the author info needs updating!).
Mel Bay Publications have just brought the second of my two banjo books, this one is the Early Irish-American Banjo:
This one has music by Irish Americans of the 19th century, played on a gut-strung banjo. The TAB is for 5-string banjos, plus two tunings of tenor banjo: GDAE and CGDA. Click the photo for a link to the Mel Bay site. Available as hard copy with CD, or download with mp3 files.