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Old 12-18-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Arrow Minimalist Guitar music??

Hello

I want to learn a minimalist guitar piece for a recital coming up, And I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or pieces they could recommend to me. Anything, and by any composers would be great!
I really like Electric counterpoint by Reich, but I was wondering if there were any other suggestions people had

Thank you

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Old 12-18-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:49 PM   #3
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Well Minimalism, so I guess anything thing by composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley etc
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:17 PM   #4
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Like the 'New York Hypnotic School' that sort of stuff, as in the movement in music..
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #5
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Maybe something by Rhys Chatham?

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #6
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Thanks, but I don't think that's really Minimalist as such, I mean like, minimalist music, as in the movement in 'classical' music during the 80s
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:37 PM   #7
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Have you thought about transcriptions of piano music?
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:42 PM   #8
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Thanks, but I don't think that's really Minimalist as such, I mean like, minimalist music, as in the movement in 'classical' music during the 80s


He's a minimalist and "avant-garde" composer, and that's not his only piece. Maybe not the type of minimalism you're looking for, but that one song is not necessarily representative of all of his work. Was just a sample (which happens to be my favorite by him, so far... maybe I haven't explored his music enough). Just thought of his name because he's a known minimalist composer and conveniently uses the guitar a lot.

If you liked it somewhat, check more of his stuff out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhys_Chatham
His Crimson Grail concert is really good (imo, anyway), too. Maybe something else fits the type of minimalism you're looking for?

edit: if it doesn't work for you, do what jrf suggested. Maybe look first if there's already a transcription for guitar of the piece in question, though.

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:45 PM   #9
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Yes, perhaps, I do play piano as well, but I wanted to have a guitar part of the recital also, and do something like Electric counterpoint. Looking to keep my options open really.

Also it would be tricky to transcribe as piano is written on too staves, my brain would ache a little
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #10
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He's a minimalist and "avant-garde" composer, and that's not his only piece. Maybe not the type of minimalism you're looking for, but that one song is not necessarily representative of all of his work. Was just a sample (which happens to be my favorite by him, so far... maybe I haven't explored his music enough). Just thought of his name because he's a known minimalist composer and conveniently uses the guitar a lot.

If you liked it somewhat, check more of his stuff out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhys_Chatham
His Crimson Grail concert is really good (imo, anyway), too. Maybe something else fits the type of minimalism you're looking for?

If not, then go ahead disregard all of his music. Doesn't affect me


Thanks, I will check it out Well that's just based on what you posted, because I don't think that particular piece is minimalist, at least not in a strict sense of the word, But I shall look into his work
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Thanks, I will check it out Well that's just based on what you posted, because I don't think that particular piece is minimalist, at least not in a strict sense of the word, But I shall look into his work


Yeah I edited my post because I realized maybe you're looking for a specific sound he doesn't have (again, maybe he does... I haven't listened to ALL of his works to tell you for sure, and I don't want to pretend I have). Max Richter and John Cage are other possible names that come to mind. You can look into their work too.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #12
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Yeah I think I will, do you have any suggestions on where to look, in terms of web sites? As I've never really had to search for guitar sheet music before, only piano
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:58 PM   #13
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So glad others know about Chatham. One of the only drone composers I can find that utilizes a classical influence. Sunn O)))'s Agartha is very minimal, and for something lighter Asva do some. Ore do drone on tubas, so there's that option.

edit; oh, classical. you wont find much minimal classical. chathams CG is about as close as it gets unless you go into the memory banks of experts

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:03 PM   #14
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Yeah I think I will, do you have any suggestions on where to look, in terms of web sites? As I've never really had to search for guitar sheet music before, only piano


Can't say I've found a reliable source, sorry. If it's not in one of my books, I try to look it up online and there's usually blogs that post sheet music for classical and popular works. If that fails, I'm on the same boat... I'm thinking about subscribing to one of the paid sites, but not sure which one has the widest selection of both classical and popular (ranging from old nursery rhymes and xmas carols and regional folk to bebop and swing, etc). Hopefully somebody has a suggestion.

edit: Forgot to mention Moondog , especially his early work. Click on the link for a video of someone playing one of his songs on guitar.

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:07 PM   #15
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Okay thanks guys, and yeah, I'll see if there's anything that anyones posted, maybe off youtube??
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:16 PM   #16
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Okay thanks guys, and yeah, I'll see if there's anything that anyones posted, maybe off youtube??


Forgot to mention Moondog. Click on the name for a youtube video of someone playing one of his songs on guitar. Hopefully that helps.
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Minimalist. The Ramones. Blitzkreig Bop.

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