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TP #2: Bossa Nova, Rock Heroes, and a Voice-Guitar Arrangement

TP #2: Bossa Nova, Rock Heroes, and a Voice-Guitar Arrangement

“Long regarded as the song which launched the modern music publishing industry, ‘After the Ball’ was the first to sell five million copies.” -Stephen Aron

Dr. Jonathan L. Smith
Dr. Jonathan L. Smith

The Pluck: a simple newsletter designed to inform composers, guitarists, and producers about the latest guitar discoveries.

/South American

First “slice” in a Bossa Nova style

Part of my mission is to teach how accessible the guitar can be to players, composers, and producers.

What students need are visuals to accompany audio content. I found Soundslice to be an attractive tool, so I gave it a shot with a style I know very well—the Bossa Nova.

Check it out in a recent blog post or the full version on Soundslice’s website.

For more South American music, watch this exciting video by my flute and guitar ensemble, GS Duo. (Yes, you are right. That is my bomb-ass wife on flute.)

/Rock

My Rock Heroes Show Up Again

Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Metallica, and Hendrix.

A few of my idols while learning guitar as a youngster have appeared on Guitar World’s front cover 79 times.

Read the fully story here to step back into my childhood or head straight to Guitar World’s post.

Listen to these influences wrapped up in an electric guitar solo from my past.

/Arrangements

Long regarded as the song which launched the modern music publishing industry, “After the Ball” was the first to sell five million copies. -Stephen Aron

My former teacher, Stephen Aron, published a YouTube recording of his arrangement of, “After The Ball,” written by Charles K. Harris (1892). After only one year, Harris was receiving over $25,000/week from royalties (in 1893!).

Read more about the history and listen to Maestro Stephen Aron and his wife, JoNell, perform this lovely song on YouTube.

If you like YouTube, you may like my channel. New video content is in the works!


/Wrap Up The Pluck

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Until next time, keep plucking.