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Off To California arr. electric and bass guitar

The hornpipe is found in the folk music of England, Scotland and Ireland and has a traditional association with sailors in that dancing was used on long sea journeys to keep personnel fit. Hornpipes are usually associated with other hornpipes in a performance context in what is described as a dance set. This arrangement is notated conventionally and players will move on to possibly explore the folk rock style in their ensemble playing. The realisation plays at 132 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute and the hornpipe is in AB (Binary) form. The music needs to be played with a triplet feel as demonstrated in the realisation. The repeats are not played in the realisation and there is no ornamentation of the melodic line. The score is presented with minimal score detail as is usually the case with folk music. Understand that the playing of ornaments whilst very relevant in repetitive music of this kind requires a special study and is governed by the instrument being played, the music tradition represented and sometimes geography/locality. A study of ornamentation in folk music the music editor suggests is not for the faint-hearted! There are also examples of hornpipes in baroque music including Handel’s Water Music.

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Off To California arr. electric and bass guitar + TAB

The hornpipe is found in the folk music of England, Scotland and Ireland and has a traditional association with sailors in that dancing was used on long sea journeys to keep personnel fit. Hornpipes are usually associated with other hornpipes in a performance context in what is described as a dance set. This arrangement includes both conventional notation and TAB and players can possibly explore the folk rock style in their ensemble playing. The realisation plays at 132 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute and the hornpipe is in AB (Binary) form. The music needs to be played with a triplet feel as demonstrated in the realisation. The repeats are not played in the realisation and there is no ornamentation of the melodic line. The score is presented with minimal score detail as is usually the case with folk music. Understand that the playing of ornaments whilst very relevant in repetitive music of this kind requires a special study and is governed by the instrument being played, the music tradition represented and sometimes geography/locality. A study of ornamentation in folk music the music editor suggests is not for the faint-hearted! There are also examples of hornpipes in baroque music including Handel’s Water Music.

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Sicilienne arr. electric guitar & acoustic guitar

A sicilienne is a slow tempo movement usually in a minor key with lilting rhythmic patterns and dotted notes enabling it to be described as a slow jig. This movement dates from 1893 and exists with several different instrument combinations. Fauré’s music possesses subtlety and as a composer he has a great awareness of instrument colour. Careful attention needs to be paid to the reading of accidentals as frequently different voices are sounding in what seem to be conflicting versions of a note. This is attributable to the modal element that it is a strong component of Fauré’s music. Apart from this, attention needs to be made to the reading of the notes and the score detail particularly in respect to knowing which notes are tied. In preparing the score the most appropriate ranges of the instruments are explored and consequently there has been some simplifying of the texture in the guitar 2 part. The realisation plays at a tempo of 50 dotted quarter notes to the minute – the music editor’s view is that many performances of the work are played too quickly. In this arrangement A minor is the chosen key although G minor is the natural and most appropriate key for the work. G minor is however a challenging key for the guitar player whilst the work is definitely playable in A minor although some of the chord voicing in the guitar 2 part may need to further simplified. The realization features an electric and an acoustic guitar.

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Cantabile arr. electric guitar + acoustic guitar

This is an excellent piece for an instrument player because it is challenging to play both from the pitch range the player has to manage and the opportunities it offers to explore tonal range of the solo guitar. Triplets are shown in the solo instrument part but only in the first two bars of the piano accompaniment. This arrangement is intended to be performance piece and although there has been some re-scoring of the solo part to make it just a little more playable for a range of different instruments. Not all the intended ornaments are included in the score to enable the focus to be on playing the melody. The original Paganini version as one would expect has some very challenging moments but is well worth listening to particularly in its original form played on the violin. The limitations of the staff notation system are challenged particularly in the closing cadenza section at bar 45 which needs to be played with a clear sense of pulse being communicated. Paganini is a unique and quite captivating figure in the history of music who was a major influence on many romantic composers influencing both performance practice and also composition. He was the outstanding violinist of his age and in addition was an excellent guitarist although his performances on this instrument were shared with friends rather than the public.

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Any Rags? arr. two guitars & bass

An arrangement for two guitars and electric bass of this song chorus that demonstrates many of the essential elements of an emerging popular music style at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a characterful and musical piece suited to being played as a link between scenes in a show or something with a similar context. In the realisation the melody is played by a muted electric guitar the chords are played by an acoustic guitar and the bass by a fretted bass guitar. There are chord symbols/diagrams to assist the acoustic guitar player whilst the slash chord symbol is used to indicate the rhythm of the strumming pattern in conventional staff notation.

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Any Rags? arr. two guitars & bass

An arrangement for two guitars and electric bass, all with TAB, of this song chorus that demonstrates many of the essential elements of an emerging popular music style at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a characterful and musical piece suited to being played as a link between scenes in a show or something with a similar context. In the realisation the melody is played by a muted electric guitar, whilst selected notes of the chord are sounded by an acoustic guitar and the bass by a fretted bass guitar.

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Any Rags? arr. two guitars & bass

An arrangement for two guitars and electric bass of this song chorus that demonstrates many of the essential elements of an emerging popular music style at the beginning of the 20th century. It is a characterful and musical piece suited to being played as a link between scenes in a show or something with a similar context. In the realisation the melody is played by a muted electric guitar, whilst selected notes of the chord are sounded by an acoustic guitar and the bass by a fretted bass guitar. There is no TAB support in this version.

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Wilson’s Rag arr. two guitars with TAB

An arrangement of this ragtime waltz for two guitars with Tab. In the realisation one electric guitar is featured and one acoustic. The second guitar plays voiced chords and a bass line. A tempo of 110 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute is suggested and is used in the realisation.

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El Choclo arr. electric guitar & bass

This very popular tango dates from 1903. The English translation of El Choclo is the "The Ear of Corn". The instruments specified are electric guitar & bass guitar but these could be substituted by acoustic instruments. The slur markings appear in the conventionally notated music score but not the TAB version. Players once they are familiar with the music can introduced and apply some guitar techniques characteristic of the instrument - "pull offs" and "hammer ons" - to the melody line. However, it may also be necessary to change some of the TAB positions and strings currently specified to ensure consistency in the playing approach. This is probably quite a challenge for an improver level guitarist but the TAB support should help and the triplet figuration has been omitted. A tempo of 60-66 quarter note (crotchet) notes to the minute is recommended. Ángel Villoldo (1861-1919) was an Argentinian composer and a pioneer of tango which became very popular from both the music and dancing point of view towards the end of the nineteenth century. It is popular today both in Argentina from where it originates and is a familiar and recognisable music style around the world.

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Over the Waves arr. two guitars with TAB

A familiar waltz melody that lends itself to being played by a wide variety of instruments. This arrangement for two guitars has TAB support and in the realisation the melody is sounded by an electric guitar. Rosas was a Mexican composer and violinist who began his career as a street musician. After a visit to Cuba in 1894 he became very poorly and sadly died at the young age of 26. "Over the Waves" (Sobre las Olas) was published in Mexico in 1888 and has become one of the best known Latin American pieces interpreted by many stylistically different types of performing groups. A tempo of between 89-92 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute is recommended. the more capable guitarist may like to explore playing the melody in different octave ranges.

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Minuet in A minor BWV App.115 arr. electric & bass guitar

An arrangement for electric and bass guitar of this minuet from the Anna Magdalena Notebook transcribed to the key of A minor and like most dance music from this era in AB or binary form. The movement has a haunting quality and like so much of the music from the collection it is a great study piece for students and can be played by a combination of different instruments. Keep the eighth notes (quavers) as even as possible and a tempo of around 116 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute is suggested.

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Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring arr. electric guitar & bass guitar

This is a simplified and shortened version of one of J.S.Bach's famous pieces based on a chorale (hymn) melody arranged for electric or acoustic guitar and bass guitar with both notated and tab parts. There is a strong bass line and this is combined with the figuration gives the movement both character and appeal. This two part version has been notated in 9/8 time (three dotted quarter note beats to the bar) and provides very good opportunities to develop ensemble playing. Bach's music demands that performers have secure technical ability and this piece is ideal for developing a fluent and flowing playing style.

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Sleeper\'s Wake arr. for guitar & bass guitar

An arrangement for acoustic or electric guitar and electric bass with tab. This is music based on a chorale (hymn) tune that would have been familiar to Bach's congregations. This is a shortened two part version of this movement familiarising players with its rhythmic figuration and bass line. The rhythmic shapes sound modern and not surprisingly the movement has been subject to being arranged by a number of contemporary performing groups in a variety of styles.

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Invention No.8 in F arr. electric guitar & bass guitar

Whilst conceived as solo keyboard pieces the Inventions work really well when played as ensemble pieces and this arrangement for electric guitar and bass with tab is in the original key (F major). This busy uplifting movement requires a good technique and level of musicianship to be played accurately and at the recommended tempo of 96 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute. The players are not confined to playing the notes in the positions specified in the TAB charts as the guitar offers choices as to where notes can be played.

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Bourrée in Em BWV 996 arr. electric guitar & bass guitar

A bourrée is a dance often found in the baroque suite having two half note (minim) beats to the bar with a moderate to fast tempo beginning with an upbeat on the last quarter note of the bar. Arranged for electric guitar and electric bass with conventional notation and TAB this particular this example shouldn't be played too quickly and a tempo of around 60 half note (minim) beats to the minute is suggested. The musical lines are of equal performance and technical difficulty and make it an ideal ensemble piece for a guitar duo. The realisation is lacking in tonal contrast.

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Invention No. 4 in Dm arr. for electric guitar & bass with TAB

An arrangement for electric guitar and electric bass guitar in the key of D minor for this music originally conceived as a keyboard piece. This flowing and reflective movement which should be played at a tempo which gives the music an uplifting feel rather a plodding one. A tempo of 72 dotted eighth note beats (dotted quaver) to the minute is suggested. These pieces are excellent for developing secure performing technique and an understanding of compositional techique in the baroque era. Both parts are notated in traditionally notated with TAB.

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Invention No.14 in Bb arr. acoustic guitar & bass guitar

Arranged for acoustic/electric guitar and electric bass with tab the playing needs to be even and balanced. This, like much of Bach's music, is a very adaptable movement suited to being played by several different combinations of instruments. A tempo of around 54 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the bar is suggested.

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Invention No.13 in Am arr. electric guitar & bass guitar + TAB

Whilst conceived as solo keyboard pieces the Two Part Inventions work really well when played as ensemble pieces and this particular work can be played successfully by a number of different instrument combinations. Remember that in this style of music every note is important so a secure technique is essential. Whilst the realisations have a tempo of 72 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute the movement can be performed at tempi both faster and slower than this. The conventionally notated scores are supported by TAB.

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Minuet in A minor arr for electric & bass guitar

Arranged for electric guitar and electric bass players may well want to add drums to make the arrangement more complete. The music has been transcibed into the key of A minor.

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March in D arr for electric guitar and bass

An arrangement for electric guitar and electric bass of this characterful and lively march in cut time by C.P.E.Bach. Both parts are notated conventionally and also in TAB.

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Minuet in B flat BWV App.114 arr. for alto saxophone & electric guitar

This familiar Baroque melody arranged for electric guitar and alto saxophone and sounding in the key of Bb The guitar part also has a TAB chart.

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