I will soon record a piece I worked on during my two month stay in Naples.
It is called Persnickety.
I proceeded from the title which means:

“Placing emphasis on minor details, fussy. Requiring a particularly precise or careful approach.”

This meant writing somewhat detailed music that also makes a lot of use of space as well as intricate patterns.
This challenge was a good starting point.
I also liked the sound of the word “persnickety”.
It sounds like the kind of title Monk would use.

I labored long and hard on this piece which is something that is becoming my method more and more as I get older.
This approach can pay high rewards if one is patient enough.

When the piece is finished I will most likely have a YouTube video created for it and when that is up and running I will post the link here.
Look for that by Spring.
In the meantime, I am happy winter is nearly over and while I was away, a lot of new performances have been posted on the Shows page.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

As the year winds down, I am busy booking 2018 dates that will commence in March.
I will be trying to compose some new material for next year.
As usual I will be playing in two trios.
East Side with Matt Senjem and Michael Bissonnette, and Sidewalk Cafe with Gary Schulte and Jeff Brueske.
There will also be a smattering of solo guitar gigs and performing with singers like Lee Engele and Rhonda Laurie as well.

I am currently doing a lot of research on Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943).
Rachmaninoff was a great composer and pianist.
I love his Preludes, Piano Concertos and Sonatas but his three larger works based on Theme and Variations (on themes by Paganini, Chopin and Corelli) are of special interest.
I was amazed to hear how much my old piece called “Time” resembled the Corelli theme. I always thought “Time” had a distinct baroque feel to it now I see why.
At any rate, I am working on a set of variations on the theme from “Time.”
It is both fun and hard work. I had always wanted to write a theme and variations piece.
Now I’m doing it.
I wish everyone a great 2018 and I will keep you posted right here.