Sylvan Melodies


Three Takamine acoustic guitars dance together in this playful celebration of sound.


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Live Takamine acoustic guitars - Lee Fitzsimmons * Live 5-string bass - Lee Fitzsimmons * Talking drums and sleigh bells - Lee Fitzsimmons


Triple-tracked Takamine acoustic guitars form the basic harmonic and melodic essence of this work, while the bass not only supplies the lower portion of the foundation but also contributes to many of the melodic features as well. The piece begins with guitar flutters in three-part harmonies that establish the sylvan flavors of the compostition, while the bass rest firmly on the root tones. A quick Eastern-flavored section immediately follows that allows the bass in join in on the melodic contours of the piece. An arpeggiated section that invokes the sounds of the flowing streams and waterfalls then follows and places the bass in a role that allows it to provide some very colorful harmonic textures as it leaps in fifths in a syncopated rhythm. The piece then relaxes into some simple open chord strums before repeating the entire form a second time.

A bridge with very thick chords then follows. This new area of the composition is the climax of the frenzied dance of the forest folk, as the dance climaxes into a mass celebration of life. The piece then repeats the original section before fading peacefully into its own dream...

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