Compostion for Guitar

Jazz Waltz for Guitar

This jazzy tune in 3/4 features a simple melody supported by some rich extended and altered chords. The pedal E in the lower voice in the beginning provides a measure-level pulse, but also creates some extra dissonance that obscures the harmony. Can you name the chord in the first measure? Maybe it's an Ebmb5#7/E (yikes!)… Continue reading Jazz Waltz for Guitar

Compostion for Guitar, music theory

Fanfare No. 2

Fanfare No. 2 below is a variation of the piece, Fanfare, introduced in the previous post. The main difference is that this composition uses minor triads instead of major ones. This leads to a subtle change in the melody in certain places, but overall, it sounds very similar to the original. Recomposing this piece was… Continue reading Fanfare No. 2

music theory

Neo-Riemannian Transformations/Fanfare

Neo-Riemannian theory in music in short describes pitch relationships between major and minor triads. It examines the effect of efficient voice leading, or in other words, what happens when one pitch of a triad changes by a tone or semi-tone. These single pitch changes are categorized into three basic triadic transformations: P=parallel, R=relative and L=leading-tone… Continue reading Neo-Riemannian Transformations/Fanfare

Compostion for Guitar

Gigue en Cinq

A gigue, or jig, is a type of dance that usually uses a compound meter. This piece, Gigue en Cinq, as implied in the title, uses an irregular compound meter, 5/8, resulting in an underlying beat that sounds uneven. Sometimes an irregular time signature like 5/8 or 5/4 is used for convenience, and the music… Continue reading Gigue en Cinq

Compostion for Guitar

Blue Blues

A hexatonic scale is any scale consisting of six pitches. There are numerous ways to construct such a scale, but some of them are used more often than others and even have their own names. The so-called tritone scale is a hexatonic scale constructed from two triads related by a tritone. For example, combining the… Continue reading Blue Blues