I've tried to order that book but my payment was refunded because it's not in print or available any more; do you know any source for this book (apart from these second hand offers at 100 bucks)?JohnW400 wrote:I believe he tuned it to B.
There is a book of transcriptions for tunes from his CD's floating around the web. According to the transcription for "Luiza" the lowest open note is B. do a search for Fernando Presta and you should come up with a link to a book containing the arrangement .
He was a monster player. I have 4 or 5 of his CD's. They were not east to come by.
Thanks for your suggestions. A agree about the need of having one's own investigation and developing a language that is suitable to one's musical ideas. That's what I try to do. But I found Rafael Rabellos' sound interesting and worth looking into.attila57 wrote:Hi,
I hope your 7-string issue has been solved by now. Anyway, a few tips, if you don't mind.
The Brazilians have a great heritage of 7-string music, which I don't know well. The Russians also come to play when it's about 7 strings, but their tuning is different: D-G-H-d-g-h-d, which to me is rather harsh-sounding. Anyway, there's a lot of music around for that tuning. But if you really want to justify your investment on 7 strings, you must get away from these and invent your own tuning, which is suitable to the kind of music you want to play. It takes time and effort to figure out the right one and it will completely turn up your well established practice, but it's well worth. Or else you'll just hopelessly try to find occasional uses for the extra string. Oh, and an extra point: your guitar's resonance is an important factor, too. It might be well suited to one tuning and absolutely wrong for the other...
Thanks for this theme! very interesting !rojarosguitar wrote:Just came across a youtube video of Raphael Rabello playing Recuerdos. Looks like his seventh string is much thinner than the bass E string.
Does anybody here know whether that's true and what kind of tuning he is using there?
Can't confirm that. I have B below the usual E as deepest bass as my regular tuning (Using a Hannabach C-string tuned half step lower, because Hannabach are quite high tension) and the B that is coming out of my 7-strings flamenca negra built by Alexandru Marian (member here) is as alive as it can be. I sometimes even tune it down to A, and, while it looses some focus, is still musically usable.attila57 wrote:Hello again,
I've been practising intensively on my 7-string guitar, and have just come to the conclusion, that going below C with the bass string is nonsense, because I lose all life in the bass tone.