advanced I'm Confessin" (that I love you) standard tuning|
Well here we are at the
last song of the site. I hope you have enjoyed the journey and hopefully gained some insight, or at least
pleasure, out of some of the pieces presented here. As I mentioned before, the music on this site is
a collection of studies in my classroom over the past 15 years about which students have come up to me
and said, "I really like this piece" or "I'm still playing these songs that you taught me ten years ago"
or I see their smiles while they're learning the piece of music in the classroom. And that's the most
important thing: that you enjoy yourself and that you hone your skills until you can see an improvement
in your playing. Maybe you'll search out some of the music of the people that I've covered or even buy
some of my CD's......? Whatever happens, I hope you keep music in your life.
I don't claim to be
a jazz guitarist, but I do love jazz and have always tried to incorporate it in my own compositions and
arrangements. "I'm Confessin" is a beautiful song that I derived from an arrangement from the pianist
Thelonius Monk. He recorded this song on his album "Solo Monk" which I still find an inspirational
album and listen to regularly. I've made other arrangements from this recording and will probably make
a few more. I like Monk because he plays slowly, and he carves out his ideas and variations at a speed
that I can comprehend and not be overwhelmed by. This is a student arrangement of my recording on "Kind
Heroes", and is the tour de force of this fingerstyle academy. I mentioned earlier in session six with
the "Eighth Of January" that you should learn the student version before trying to tackle my full-blown
arrangements. This will get you through the piece and imprint the harmonic changes in your head, which
will hopefully help you come up with your own arrangement.
There is an "A" and "B" section to this
song. Line 1 and the first two measures of line 2 are pretty straightforward. The first ending is the
turnaround and a lot of fun to play. Look and listen very carefully to both the slow and fast versions.
The second ending was probably the hardest thing I ever tried to decipher off a record and translate
to the guitar. After the A chord, I do a descending d minor arpeggio starting on the first string working
my way down to the sixth string. Look at the right hand fingering that I've indicated. Practice that
arpeggio until it's smooth and even. Take special care and pay attention to the right hand. Did I mention
the right hand? It's all in the right hand !!
The second part of the song is also straightforward
and ventures all the way up to the 14th & 15th fret! After line five you go back to the beginning until
you get to the "coda" sign.
I think the coda is probably one of the coolest and most fun licks I've
ever come up with. Milk it, play it slow and sexy, and end it with that beautiful descending d minor
arpeggio going into an ascending A 6 arpeggio capped off with a false harmonic. Good luck, be patient
with yourself, and play the guitar.
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