Traditional Russian Folk Song
Performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
“Dark Eyes” is literally the first song I ever learned. I was probably about ten years old.
The song was in the Nick Monoloff book my guitar teacher used (he did not use the Mel Bay method).
My grandfather, who also played guitar, also knew this tune as many Eastern Europeans did.
It is, after all, considered the gypsy anthem.
I learned this song in E minor and that is the key I still play it in.
It is commonly done in D minor,
I have been slowly developing my solo rendition of this song for over fifty years.
It has never left my repertoire.
Its Russian title is, “Ochi Chernye” (Black Eyes), and the French title is, “Les Yeux Noirs”.
Written and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek
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Every morning by 8:00 A. M, I have my coffee and start one hour of practice. The very first piece I play each day is “Chartreuse.”
It just seems to be a pleasant way to start the day.
I don’t often practice scales and arpeggios anymore but I did quite a lot when I was younger.
These days my practice regimen is mostly playing through the many solo acoustic guitar pieces I have accumulated both original and pieces written by others.
“Chartreuse” is, like much of my solo guitar music, both jazz and classical influenced.
This piece has a little Chopin in it, I guess.
Besides Django, I would say Chopin has been in the background of a lot of my stuff.