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In African-American culture there's a practice and tradition called signifying. I think my compositions often come close to that tradition. What? Sounds a bit far-fetched? Maybe so, but hear me out.

Signifying is usually a kind of wordplay, but it can be music too. Like Gena Dagel Caponi writes:

"Signifyin(g) is also a way of demonstrating respect for, or poking fun at a musical style or practice through parody, pastische, humor, tone- or word-play... Signifyin(g) shows, among other things, either reverence or irreverence toward musical statements and values."

My guitar music is of course first and foremost pedagogical and educational, but its musical content is quite well described by the quote above. Some pieces show it more than others; River for example is clearly derivative of several musical tropes and recollections of past musical experiences, my way of showing respect for them. Homage to D. Scarlatti pokes a little fun at Scarlatti's characteristic sudden changes of affect, while A Pretty Good Morning in The Highlands takes a folksy, Mark Knopflerish  sound and gives it a classical spin as the composition closes.

Ever since romanticism in the 19th century, originality has been overrated in the art world. Trying to be different just to be different - that ain't where it's at. Take any old thing, tell it again, with honesty - and you've got something! That's the way I see it anyway 🙂

Well, that was quick, if I do say so myself!

Like I wrote in the last post, I hoped to get my music online before the summer. As it turns out, it's already done! Thanks for that go to modern tools available to webmasters, like WordPress and Easy Digital Downloads plugin. With tools like these it's incredibly easy to put up a website like this!

I added this site to Google - now I'll have to start promoting myself. That's not very easy for me usually, but I guess I'll have to try, otherwise newcenturyguitar.com will remain an isolated, lonely island in the web... So, watch out, I'll be promoting like mad from now on 🙂

At last I'm getting my music online!

This is the first posting on my new blog on my brand new website, newcenturyguitar.com. Hopefully many more posts will follow!

This website is about my pedagogic compositions for guitar. I've been writing music for a few years, and now, finally, I'm putting them out there, getting them published. I've already uploadedMe my compositions on this server and put up this small website that the pieces can be purchased from. I've also begun to make recordings and upload them to SoundCloud. Before summer is here I hope to have all of my compositions accessible to people.

That's me, by the way, with my custom 8-stringer that I built in 2008. Probably a topic for some future blog post 🙂