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Bailas. New Album. Spanish Guitar Music Vocal Quartet. Melbourne
Bailas is one my latest compositions that I have released on Itunes as Thomas Lorenzo. Please accept my invitation and preview the track embedded above.
I have chosen in this case as instrumentation for my arrangement a vocal quartet that I generally perform with and the Spanish Guitar, also known as the nylon string guitar.
The character of this Spanish guitar music composition is minimalistic in nature. All melodic lines you hear are of great predominance. This is achieved by doubling all such melodic lines and also by avoiding simultaneous prominent sustained harmony in both back ground or foreground melodies.
You will notice that the guitar is not playing chords in a traditional manner. I do not just strum chords. Quite the contrary. I love to feel then tension the chords can create by defining them through melodies.
The Spanish Guitar, in this case a flamenco hand crafted Hermanos Conde, has great carrying power in all ranges. Overtones and harmonics allow for single note accompaniment to be heard with clarity within a vocal quartet.
In this composition of Spanish Guitar music The vocal harmony is diatonic and triad in nature. My arrangement has given more consideration to vertical resolution of melodies than horizontal definition of chordal structures. The maximum tension towards the end of the composition is created by exploring extreme registers while the vocal quartet underlines the basic major or minor sound in thirds.
I adore vocal harmonies and enjoy performing in this format that allows contrast to the non sustained character of the guitar. The guitar is more of a percussive instrument producing shorter sounds in comparison to those a lyrical instrument as a violin or voice can produce. The sustained vocal lines allow me to create a harmonic pad that the guitar cannot create on it´s own.
At my Guitar school here in Melbourne we explore Spanish Guitar music and also the electric and or acoustic guitar in all styles and settings reflection of our contemporary music scene.
The guitar is a very versatile instrument allowing us to develop our inner creativity composing sounds, harmonies and melodies that reflect our personal vision of well being.
Join us at the Creative Guitar School here in Melbourne Eastern Suburbs. Shine and be unique in your playing .