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Music For Acoustic Guitar

by David Barrett

New music for solo six string acoustic and classical guitar - by guitarist David Barrett.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Roots Of War
2:57 $0.99
2. Leaving Nashville
1:59 $0.99
3. Prelude In C Minor
2:40 $0.99
4. Nadi
3:34 $0.99
5. Hummingbird
3:07 $0.99
6. Song For Claude
3:26 $0.99
7. Matinee
1:40 $0.99
8. I Know Why
3:18 $0.99
9. Brave
2:28 $0.99
10. Ava Maria
3:27 $0.99
11. The Flood
1:58 $0.99
12. The Way Of No Way
2:35 $0.99
13. Windhorse
2:47 $0.99
14. Devonshire
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is Canadian guitarist David Barrett's first all acoustic cd. The collection "Music For Acoustic Guitar' contains an arrangement of "Ava Maria" and the Agustin Barrios classic, "Prelude in C Minor". The rest of the disc contains original compositions by David Barrett, both on six string acoustic and classical guitar, the majority of which were written over the last year.



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Randy Finney - Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association

Many people have said to me over the last year that the TFGA has changed their life. Some say that they hadn't played the guitar for 10 or 15 years until being inspired by the TFGA to rediscover their forgotten love of the instrument. Some have found a new kindred spirit and mentor in one of the players we have brought here or in one of the other members they have met. Any one of these stories is enough to justify the existence of the TFGA.

David Barrett is one such story. David has toured with well known Rock acts for the better part of 20 years. The first time I heard him play, at least knowingly, was at a TFGA Open Stage a little less than a year ago. My first impression was that he was obviously a very accomplished musician in some musical genre but that, Fingerstyle Guitar didn't seem to be one of them.

However, never have I witnessed someone so single-mindedly immerse themselves in something in order to stimulate their own musical growth and redefine their musical path.

The result, so far, of this immersion is Barrett's first all acoustic guitar solo CD, David Barrett: Music For Acoustic Guitar.

What first strikes you while listening to this CD is that, although it is obvious that he has an incredibly strong command of technique at his disposal, Barrett is more interested in the spirit of the music than he is in "proving that he can play". This immediately sets this recording apart from hundreds of others - you can hear Barrett's musical purpose and you feel invited to come in and share the experience.

Of course, Barrett is well established as a composer of ambient, highly processed soundscapes. However, apart from some tasteful reverb, he lays his soul on line with just the sound of the guitar on this CD. This was a wise choice as his touch on both steel string and nylon string guitar is enough to carry the day.

Compositionally, the material is first rate. (Apart from "Prelude In C-Minor" by Agustin Barrios, and Ava Maria, there are 12 original compositions.) Barrett has a wonderful sense of "letting the melody do what it wants to do". Just listen to the opening phrase of "Song For Claude". Another one of my favourite Barrett melodies is "Leaving Nashville", although I might like to hear it taken at a slightly more relaxed tempo.

There is lots of compositional variety here. "The Roots Of War", and "Hummingbird" are both groove centred tunes which display Barrett's great ability to sound aggressive and laid back at the same time. "Devonshire" has a definite Celtic influence, and is the only track to employ any over dubs.

One of the most adventurous compositions on the CD is "The Way Of No Way". This tune is dedicated to the great John Knowles. When John was here in the Fall, he was telling us about this idea of mastering all systems so you are not limited by any one of them. Bruce Lee did this with regards to the Martial Arts and referred to it as the way of no way.

Lastly, I'll say this: once you have bought this CD and loaded it onto your ipod, I am willing to bet that it will stay in your current playlist for quite some time.