guitar pieces

guitar pieces

i am looking for some self accompanied guitar pieces for an album irish or scothish, dadgad or standard, im having trouble finding any nice ones and would appreciate some help from any of you guitar players out there.
thanks a mil.
ross

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Do you mean someone playing the melody as well as guitar accompaniment?

On Out of the Woods, Randall Bays plays fiddle and accompanies himself on guitar. Nice recording.

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Try Dan ar Bras or Tony MacManus

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I think your best bet would be to arrange some tunes yourself. The thing is, this being an aural tradition, there isn’t much in the way of written arrangements for solo guitar. I’ve heard some pretty good arrangements of the Bucks and a couple other tunes before, but I don’t think the guys wrote down and published the arrangements

this sort of self accompanied arrangement is usually played on a nylon string classical guitar, too, and that instrument isn’t loud enough to play with the other instruments in this music, so that is working against you there as well.

so pick out a tune, work with it for a while, and it will come to you. The first one is the hardest, but each one after that gets easier.

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Glenn Weiser put out a book of arrangements a while back (like twenty years ago…) that had some tolerably fair stuff in it.
I always liked what he did with Planxty George Brabazon, until I realized he’d snipped out two bars somewhere, and I couldn’t play it with anyone else who knew the tune.

Nate’s right, though, your best bet is to arrange your own. Use other people’s arrangements for ideas, then make stuff that suits you.

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What are "self accompanied guitar pieces"?

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my advices is do not use dadgad but use dgdgbd, get a flat pick and start picking out melodies, when you wish to fill out notes uses a 5 string banjo type bum ditty, fill out melody notes by picking up or down the string below, this idea comes from5string banjo, its called drop thumbing , but the plectrum replaces the thumb for half beats.
or finger pick like this
look up steve baughman
on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb2-6Lq15LU

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David Russell released an album of some nice guitar arrangements of Irish and Scottish tunes. He published a book with many of the arrangements.
Here are examples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQQVno0JH3k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S2pcUPz-OM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkMeROhW7jo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzHkCFuEydI


Also for a nice Planxty arrangement by David Rogers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5KkZ22PeQc

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The tuning you use is not so important - some people will assure you that their preference is the only way to go, when they do that, smile and nod and give it a try, but don’t assume that someone else’s preferences should work for you, even if you like their sound.

The important thing is that you figure out what you want to hear in a guitar arrangement and find or make those arrangements. If you know a very little about harmony - basically, major and minor triads - you can work out simple arrangements without a lot of difficulty. It’s definitely something where you’ll improve a lot faster if you’re doing it (and maybe reading about it or something) than if you’re reading about it (and maybe once in a while doing it).

The trouble with fingerstyle arrangements, of course, is that you can’t really play them in a session unless you can shut up the rest of the players and the punters and the scourge of the nation as well - this is why I sort of quit with them after a while, but it’s no reason not to give them a go.

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You might find inspiration in the Masters of the Irish Guitar cd. It includes Randall Bays, John Doyle, Arty McGlynn and many others.

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Are "self accompanied" guitar pieces what I would call arrangements for solo guitar? If so El McMeen is worth checking out. And although mostly flatpick style there are some lovely fingerstyle pieces on "Close To Home" by Donal Clancy. I have an old LP here from Kicking Mule Records(KM 157) "Irish Reels,Jigs,Hornpipes &Airs" featuring Davey Graham,Dave Evans,Dan Ar Bras, and Duck Baker. Also Baker’s "My Heart Belongs to Jenny".

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El McMeen is another.

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If you’re open to influences a bit outside the smooth, easy-listening Celtic fingerstyle genre (not meaning to be pejorative), check out Martin Carthy. He plays (his own) fingerstyle, but with infectious rhythm and drive.

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have a listen to my Lisaniska and see what you think …

john