Options = Happiness.

12/07/20 - week 5 TuneDarn That Dream is one of the more sophisticated Great American Songbook tunes. Modulating down a major 3rd for the bridge and a tritone 2-5 before you even reach bar 2 makes it a tricky progression. Searching for versions of this standard, I came…

The fingers and (the awkward) thumb.

05/07/20 - week 4 TuneThe late Spanish maestro, Fernando Sor, composed a plethora of beautiful classical guitar pieces in the early 1800s. Study No. 8, Op. 6 is a lesson in the art of diatonic lyricism - it's obvious why Sor is frequently dubbed 'Beethoven of the guitar'.…

Nelson Faria's YouTube empire.

28/06/20 - week 3 TuneIn my quest for beautiful nylon string tones, I stumbled across Nelson Faria's extensive body of collaborative material. Faria is a giant of Brazilian guitar and interviews Hermeto Pascoal and João Bosco among others. My favourite is a duet with Toninho Horta where they…

Mike Walker time.

21/06/20 - week 2 TuneDiscovering Julian Argüelles' album Home Truths has been an enormous amount of inspiration. Mike Walker's playing on this lesser known session is magic, and I was lucky enough to ask him a few questions via Zoom this week. Mike, like many other brilliant harmonists,…

Johnny Smith's close voicings.

14/06/20 - week 1 TuneToninho Horta's 'Litoral' has kept my nylon string practice in check. This was a brilliant next step after studying some of Giuliani's right hand studies (from Pumping Nylon). The dotted rhythm in the fingers against quavers in the thumb is a coordination nightmare, but…