The new CD is here!

This new CD features 21 – mostly unreleased (except for YouTube) – solo guitar pieces. With the exception of a few tracks, the pieces are new compositions from the past few years.
The CD comes with a 12-page booklet with background information on the compositions and pictures. Except for one piece, all are played on the steel string guitar. Only “Mariage des Quatre Valses” was recorded on the classical guitar. Several of the pieces are written to be played with a variety of different partial capos.
If you are interested in the CD please contact me via e-mail by clicking here.

Mythos at Sunset

This guitar piece is an improvisation on a subject and describes a certain mood. “Mythos” is the name of a Greek beer. The video recordings of the sunset were taken during autumn of one of the last years on the south coast of Crete. It is a very special feeling in “Taverna Odysseas” (the ones who know it, know where to find it) to open the fridge, take out a beer and then experience the sunset with (mostly) fitting music. I hope I managed to capture it to some extent!

Between the Beaches

A new composition for guitar, played in the standard tuning with capo in the second fret. This piece was made at home in Allendorf at the beginning of 2020 and is inspired by the longing for summer and the sea.
I have already put the piece down in notes and Tabs, which you can find as a PDF download under the „TABs“ section.

A bigger travel guitar…

My travel companion during the last years has been the travel guitar “Little Jane” by Furch. This summer, I saw a short article in a guitar magazine about an American manufacturer that sells travel guitars as well and produces them in China. The travel guitar I was looking at is the company’s largest model and significantly larger than the Furch guitar. It has a
65 cm scale and the neck is almost 45 mm wide – exactly what I had been looking for.

I was able to find a seller in Germany and ordered the “Journey Instruments FF412C”. The body of the guitar is just under 40 cm wide and 50 cm long without the neck. Taking off the neck is easy to do. On its widest point the guitar has a depth of 13 cm. So this model comes very close to a full-size guitar which is also reflected in its sound – it is not overly loud though. The soundboard is made from solid Sitka spruce and the back and sides are sapele mahagony. The guitar ist comfortable to play. Unlike the Furch model, the detachable neck is in one piece. The neck itself has a length of 57 cm. The problem with this guitar when it comes to travelling is the size of the back pack that it comes with.

All three measurements of the backpack surpass the airlines’ standards for carry-on luggage. In order to check it in as a regular luggage item the back pack is not suitable either since it doesn’t provide sufficient protection for the guitar. Also, this defeats the purpose of taking a travel guitar in my opinion. I have already had an issue with the size of the guitar on a Eurowings flight. After a lengthy discussion the staff allowed me to “one time only” take the guitar on board with me as a carry-on (on my flight back with the same airline I had no issues).
In order to prevent incidents like this in the future I will have a new bag made for the guitar that stays within the allowed measurements for carry-on luggage – perhaps I will also transport the neck in my checked luggage.

Mariage des Quatre Valses

After a little while, I have gone back to writing a new composition for the classical (nylon string) guitar. The piece combines several short waltzes – four to be exact – some of which I had already written sometime ago. It is fun to play the classical guitar again for a change.
I have already put the piece down in notes and Tabs, which you can find as a PDF download under the „TABs“ section.