The Answer Is in Front of You (Pay Attention)
Page 4, Main Theme, Lines 4-7 (phrases 2 & 3)
As I learn this transcription, it’s easy to forget, that everything is negotiable.
By that I mean since the piece is originally for piano, and the arranger will make decisions as to how things will work on the guitar. This is also allows me the freedom to make changes as needed (for me and my hands).
Notes will be removed, raised or lowered (in terms of the octave), and unusual fingerings may need to be created or reimagined).
Today, I found myself stuck on a particular measure trying to decipher the arranger’s idea with little information.
Also, I never trust the suggested fingerings. To me, they’re a possible suggestion (like the wine recommendation that comes on the menu of a restaurant when looking at the main courses).
“This dish pairs well with our Califorina Sauvignion Blanc.”
Really? Says who? How would they know what works for my palette?
Still, one thing that is beneficial about using someone else’s transcription is that it allows you the chance, if you slow down, to understand how they see the guitar. You get to see the instrument from their perspective and what they value (musically speaking). Bonus: You might walk away learning something new from their point of view.
Some days it’s harder to do that than others (like today).
See you tomorrow.