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notionally acoustic

track: 01

recorded: 20140320 - 20140321

duration: 2:10

type: active

with every new app, especially higher-end apps like notion, I like to start out with something relatively simple and straightforward, just to get a feel for the app, how it works, how it sounds, and so on,

so with some difficulty, I avoided the temptation of massed basses, violas, violins, woodwinds, brass and all the other parts of my own private orchestra, and decided to try a piece for two acoustic guitars. so I loaded them in, designated one as rhythm and one as melody - in my head, anyway - and began to score.

I used the point and add note method, rather than the guitar neck - not because there is any fault with the guitar neck, but more because I really, really want to improve my notation skills, and one of the main reasons for acquiring notion is to do just that.

so I thought it best if I start out without using guitar, keyboard or pads, and just notate - and I am very glad of this decision, because, over the course of two weeks and three compositions (one of which is still in progress as I write this) I have learned much that I had forgotten and much that I didn't ever learn.

I can see if I continue on this course, that in a relatively short time (I give it about a year) I will be able to write notation much, much better than I can now, and at the same time, it is my hope that by notating rather than "playing" these pieces, that I can truly understand the nuances of the written language of music well enough to begin to really "sight read" - another skill that I barely acquired, and have mostly lost - I find it very difficult to sight read, and play very, very slowly, only the most basic pieces.

so by the time I retire at 65, I hope to be able to play a simple J.S. Bach score, using sight reading. I hope to do that - not sure I will !

in any case, "notionally acoustic" presented some interesting challenged from the get-go, and I was most pleased that I was able to incorporate both close harmony and a short section of counterpoint, that I was able to use a classic ritard to slow the end section, and that I remembered that all measures should really only have four beats in them, if the time signature is 4/4 :-)

I really like this simple tune, and I also believe that my next challenge should be to attempt to learn to actually play it on a real guitar - now that it's written down, that shouldn't be that difficult.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy "notionally acoustic" - I absolutely loved creating it, and I hope to create more like it in the fullness of time. peaceful, lazy sunday afternoon acoustic music - a good thing, surely.




from music for apps: notion - an eternal album, released April 17, 2014
dave stafford: notion application

instruments used: 2 acoustic guitars

composed, arranged, scored, mixed, mastered and produced by dave stafford for pureambient records


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dave stafford Stirling, UK

ambient loop guitarist dave stafford performed on stage with robert fripp and the orchestra of crafty guitarists in early 2009, and again with robert fripp and the symphony of crafty guitarists in 2015, and has worked with ambient music and looping for over twenty years. stafford has a rich back catalogue of ambient and loop music, +rock, prog or acoustic crafty guitar music: www.pureambient.com ... more

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