American Fingerstyle Guitarist

I have begun negotiating to regain rights to my 1979 record, "Art of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar," which was my 4th Kicking Mule record. Earlier this year I regained the rights to the other four. There remain some tracks recorded for various anthologies, but at some point next year virtually all of my early recordings should be available and mostly under my own control. Now I just have to figure out a way to sell this stuff! ... See MoreSee Less

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On July 15th of this year, a concert was given at the Maramotti Collection museum of contemporary art in Reggio Emilia, devoted to music I wrote as part of a commission called “Pareto Sketches.” The concert was also the occasion to introduce a 2-CD set of some 21 tunes that were part of those produced for the commission. Besides myself, four other guitarists (Michele Calgaro, Val Bonetti, Davide Mastrangelo, Luigi Maramotti) and a mandolinist (Massimo Gatti) performed on “Pareto Sketches,” both as soloists and in various duo combinations. But a surprise at the concert was an arrangement of one of the new compositions made for the occasion by the classical flautist Giovanni Mareggini, for two flutes and vibraphone. Then, during the interval, there was a dinner served in a cafeteria adjacent to the museum, and the audience and I got another surprise. A group of young vocalists that call themselves Come un’orchestra performed another of the tunes not included on the CD set, called “Little Larry.” John Monteleone caught most of the performance on his phone.

The tune is dedicated to Larry McCullough, of Baton Rouge. Larry and I grew up in Richmond, VA in the 1960s, and played in bands together as teenagers. “Little Larry” was the name the slightly older kids had for him, when he was about 15 and the “star” of the Pine Street Gang jug band. The rest of the members were college age.

Obviously this is not a finished product in any way, but it’s certainly a nice souvenir for those of us who were there, as well as anyone who knew Larry & I back when the world was young.
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Someone asked how many tunings have I used on record. Here's the skinny as far as I can remember. And I'm pretty unlikely to add to the list at this point. Where I can remember only one tune in a tuning I have indicated what it was. The last three I "invented," though I would be surprised to learn that others invented them, too!

C-G-D-G-A-D ("Squaring the Triangle")
D-A-D-F#-A-D (songs, not tunes)
D-G-D-G-C-F ("Huggerth The Puss")
D-A-D-G-C-F (songs, not tunes - as far as I recall)
Eb-A-D-G-B-E ("House Party Starting")

I have also used F-G-D-G-B-E for a couple of arrangements not recorded as yet.
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