Monday, January 26, 2015

Ruud and I play Corrento

After about five weeks, my nails are back in their proper shape :-)
Ruud van den Berg and I have now recorded this anonymous Renaissance dance arranged for two guitars by Allan Alexander and Jessica Walsh. Ruud plays the Guitar 2 line, while I play the melodic Guitar 1 part.

This is the first recording of my next album Horizons, in preparation:

  Connecting the Dots

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Turtle Dove revisited

To my delight, Italian musician Fausto Bottai has added various instruments upon my Silent Guitar recording of this traditional English air. Here is the result.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Turtle Dove on my Silent Guitar

Here is another ancient piece of the English traditional repertoire which I play in "gliding" or "floating" mode with my Silent Guitar. I shot the movie while flying over Bretagne on a professional trip. I am grateful to Antonio Stangherlin for making me discover this charming piece.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fandalism and Soundcloud

A selection of my videos is now posted on a new Fandalism channel.

Also, audio files are progressively being made available at Soundcloud.

Check the new Follow me button.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pablo Acosta plays La Neuville

This morning, I had the pleasure to discover the nice interpretation of my composition La Neuville by YouTube friend Pablo Acosta (Uruguay).

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Playing the classical guitar without nails

Two weeks ago, I cut the nails of my right hand in order to properly learn the lute. What a strange feeling, as I had kept them long for the last 41 years...

I must say I quickly felt unhappy and frustrated with what had become my guitar playing. Accuracy and tones are much degraded. Moreover, my fingers must pull the strings with a much higher force to get a decent volume, at the risk of hurting myself.

I met a lute professor last week and we had a long conversation about this. We concluded that the best solution, at my advanced age which may not endure such a drastic revolution, will be to play the lute single-strung (i.e. one string per course, instead of two), with nails and a classical guitar technique for the right hand. As a word of encouragement, this is precisely what the great Julian Bream did in his famous lute recordings :-)

Here is a souvenir of my attempt at playing the classical guitar without nails. In this recording, I play John Dowland's Mr Dowland's Midnight. I don't really like what I hear, so let's have these nails back in their proper shape. Good news: I'm told that drinking good Belgian beer does accelerate the nail growing process :-)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Playing Dowland with my Silent Guitar

My Silent Guitar has been...silent for quite a while. In this recording, I play John Dowland's Mr Dowland's Midnight. I shot the movie with my phone while flying over Bretagne on a professional trip. "Musique planante", as we would say in French :-)