This is my first set of Preludes for solo guitar. Preludes #1 and #4 were originally called “Simple Studies,” but I decided to call them preludes instead. All of five these pieces do work as studies though, of varying difficulty, as each one focuses on a few specific musical or technical challenges.
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Prelude #1: Lullaby from a Paper Boat
This is a study in delicacy of expression and in balancing two musical voices to create a whole picture.
It’s the easiest piece in this collection, and can be played by anyone who’s at the beginning-intermediate stage.
Prelude #2 With Variation
This piece has a storytelling, Latin American feel to it. The variation also works great as a study in strengthening your “a m i” arpeggio technique while at the same time making it more expressive and musical.
Prelude #3: Vivo (Brook-rolick)
of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.“the church is lovely for its bucolic setting”]
This is a short but fun little piece. It’s got the bucolic feel of a little Irish brook, dancing a jig, so I called it “Brook-rolick”. It also works great as a study for developing your pull-offs. The score and tabs will be available soon! Enjoy!
Prelude #4: Maestoso–Like a Passacaglia
This evocative piece is based on a 4-note descending chromatic figure: F-E-Eb-D, which is what gives it a certain ancient harmonic exoticism that I find really cool. See if you can catch the two measures where those notes reverse themselves: (D-Eb-E-natural-F)
I say “like a passacaglia” in part because most passacaglias go on for a lot longer….still, it’s got an intense Baroque passacaglia feel to it, with a touch of Renaissance flair.
There are a number of barres in this piece, making it perhaps the most difficult one of the entire set.
Prelude #5: Moto Perpetuo
This piece evokes a feeling of spring for me. It’s to be played with a very gentle sense of perpetual motion. It is also a wonderful study in left hand slur technique. I call this a “left-hand finger-twister,” because of the many places where you’ll have to convince this hand it’s doing the right thing in taking over from what the right hand is used to doing.
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