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Drunken Armadillo

Posted in Instrumental Music, Solo Guitar, Soundtrack Music on May 5, 2009 by alopecoid

This was recorded the same day as “Onda Feels Better”. Again, I was in the process of restringing my guitar and stopped in this strange, slack-key tuning and started messing around. This is one of my favorite things to do on guitar, and can be quite amusing. Sometimes I’ll leave the strings in some completely out of tune manner and start playing a song as though they were in tune. It’s endlessly amusing to me, and endlessly annoying to anyone else around, I’m sure.

I was thinking about my friend Jon Martin, and Ry Cooder’s soundtrack to Paris, Texas, which he turned me on to. Real western, desert feel. I’ve never really messed around much with bending strings, I think largely because I always have thicker gauge strings which make it difficult. But, with the strings so slack and out of tune, it was suddenly easier. I like that you can hear the uncut ends of the strings rattling at the end of the song. I’m not really sold on the name, and would be open to suggestions.

Sunday Morning

Posted in Instrumental Music, Solo Guitar, Soundtrack Music on May 5, 2009 by alopecoid

This was recorded, surprisingly, on a Sunday morning when no one was around the house but me. I had just restrung my friend James’ Taylor (get it?), and kept it in a kind of open C/G tuning that I had just picked up from learning a Richard Thompson song.

I don’t think there’s anything too hyperbolic to say about it. This is the kind of playing that I often do just sitting around, staying in a simple chord progression and seeing what I can do with it. I will say that this is all improvised and unedited. Just me sitting in front of the big windows in the living room, with a cup of coffee sitting nearby.