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Prelude # 7 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield

Posted on Jun 9, 2016

Prelude # 7 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield   Prelude # 7 is one of the shortest of the 12 Preludes in this collection. It is also one of the pieces that feels most like a prelude (but in ways that differ from Preludes # 1 and   # 3, two others that we have already addressed which also feel like traditional preludes). Despite its less...

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Prelude # 6 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield

Posted on Jun 2, 2016

  Prelude # 6 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield   The first thing the observant will notice about Prelude # 6 (at least after the rubato intro) is that it is a samba. But unlike most sambas, which are in 2/4, this one is in 3/4. To perform this prelude correctly you must understand its rhythmic structure and play it with the right...

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Prelude # 5 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield

Posted on May 26, 2016

Prelude # 5 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield   Prelude # 5 is a deeper exploration of concepts I introduced in the guitar tip for Prelude # 2, i.e., the use of a key signature to represent more than the traditional Major/minor tonalities we’ve all been taught to associate with each of the 12 key signatures of the western harmonic...

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Prelude # 4 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield

Posted on May 19, 2016

Prelude # 4 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield   Some of you will recognize that Prelude # 4 is basically a blues, or, more accurately, it is based on the relationships between the three primary tonal centers characteristic of all blues: I, IV & V. Like many of the more sophisticated blues chord progressions that jazz musicians have...

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Prelude # 3 from 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar by Ken Hatfield

Posted on May 12, 2016

Prelude # 3 is one of the shortest and simplest of the 12 preludes in this collection. It is very much in the “unconnected” style (see references and definitions of the three historical prelude styles in previous prelude posts). It is also reminiscent of the preludes of the Baroque era (though more Vivaldi than Bach). And it remains predominantly in the...

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