Classical Guitar

Music Break-Christopher Parkening Plays Bach’s ‘Sleepers Awake’

Weekend Music-Three Versions Of Handel’s Sarabande In D Minor

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Repost-Some Music: Beatbox Sax & Bach’s Chaconne In D Minor

A lot of breathing, technique, and multiphonics going on here. That can’t be easy. Smooth funk?

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From what I’m told, it’s really tough to get the fingering, and the feel, and the different voices of a Bach piece working together, but Ireland’s John Feeley does a really fine job:

You Never Go Full ‘Adult Contemporary’-Some Links

I’ve wondered why Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells, English guitarist and smart composer, New-Agey prog rock but deep…out there) seemed so popular in Spain.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an appeal to a sense of the deeply tragic going on, well-designed but emotionally intense songs; compositions with some classical influence and historical context, but still functioning as popular/bar songs.

He manages to work with excellent singers too.

Going For Baroque (get it?):

I imagine a bunch of little kids slowly waking-up in a loft, daylight breaking through shutters, the cobwebs of sleep still filling the room.

A simple wonder at the architecture of things:

Ewan Dobson Via Youtube-Winter By The Sea

A Scottish/Irish bar song, via Canada, via a Classical Guitar background, via a video game influence?:

This guy’s got serious technique and finger-independence:

Scott Tennant-Couperin’s ‘The Mysterious Barricades’

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He’s a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

As to the title of Couperin’s piece, the mystery continues, from women’s eyelashes to a train and all that mass, slowly gaining momentum as each constituent car clacks along, picking up speed.

An ‘American Folk’ uptempo version by Christopher Parkening:

 

Christopher Parkening-Simple Gifts

Quaker Roots…

John Williams: Asturias Leyenda

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