michaelva

guitar · New York

Paris born guitarist/composer/arranger/teacher based in New York city.

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From a practice session over Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee". When I practice a tune I like to just play over it for a while until I can improvise a convincing solo version while keeping good time and connecting ideas together wether they are melodic or harmonic. More…

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Here's an idea over A Phrygian - or more exactly Phrygian dominant scale. The phrase is composed of two groups of sixteen notes : one group of 11 and one group of 9. For this one I figured that it was pretty easily playable with my fingers as well as with the pick. Also a cool lick to work on pull-offs. Hope you'll enjoy More…

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Reading through or, in this case transcribing Bach's music is always a learning experience. Everything is just always so perfectly balanced and yet never boring or redundant. I used the Arthur Grumiaux interpretation which I like very much for its unaffected quality. For me, Bach's music is always a reminder that there is so much you can do with fairly simple melodic and harmonic structures. Here you have plenty of great examples of how to use Open Triads. Disclaimer : I made a small mistake at the very end of bar 9 but the chart is correct :) Feel free to comment, cover, or ask any question. More…

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This is the first half of an arrangement for solo guitar of French composer Gabriel Fauré's "Après Un Rêve". The piece was originally written for piano and voice. A lot of versions have also been recorded with piano and cello. More…

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