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John Francis
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  • Wichita, KS
  • United States
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Composer / Arranger / Musician / Producer / Publisher

"Paving the way as a guitarist who's inspiring many."

"A wonderful mixture of sounds, superb."

"Sensitive and chillingly intimate."

As a composer and arranger for over thirty years, I have written and arranged music for many instruments, but my primary emphasis has remained the guitar in all its varieties including multi-stringed instruments. My musical influences are diverse, ranging from the Baroque to the Blues, from Celtic to Rock, from Jazz to many eclectic World Musics. I enjoy writing and performing many styles and blending the different elements together. From the simplest melody and rhythm, to the most complex harmony and counterpoint, I believe that music has the ability to captivate the spirit. For me, one of the most unique and important aspects of music is its ability to communicate, even without words. I try to express something genuine with each of my compositions. "The Last Leaf" a collection of my tunes written in an eclectic classical style, is slated to be released on Heartside Music in 2009. An all original collaborative mix of jazz, samba, bolero, blues and more, is also in the works. I am available for limited writing, recording and performance engagements.


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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Music teacher, Instructional material publisher (books/video/website), Guitar-related website, Guitar camp/workshop, Music festival, Retail shop, Record company
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Georg Bolin: Eleven-String Classical Altgitarr (Alto Guitar)
Jimmy De Cava: Ten String Cassical
Lakewood: M32 CP Steel String
Schertler: Dyn-G
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
classical, jazz, world, blues, samba, eclectic
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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Transcriptions (No. 2: Frederic Chopin - "Prelude 20")

This brooding and haunting piece was played at Chopin's funeral.

Frederic Chopin was one of the greatest piano composers in history. Fortunately for guitarists many of his pieces have been transcribed. Chopin did not confine himself to one key. Notice the amount of accidentals in this 80-second prelude. This piece was originally written in C minor (3 flats). I have transposed it here to A minor. The low E string has been dropped to D. Only necessary liberties were…

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 10:30am

Dealing with Squeaks!

How should guitarists deal with the string noises that are inherent to their instrument? In the past, the pristine quality of recordings were judged by whether the squeaking of the fingers on the strings could be heard. Today, however, most audiences find them annoying, and unless artists make a conscious effort to diminish them, they are likely to rear their ugly heads at the most inopportune moment. The most logical way seems to be simply lifting one`s hand when shifting…

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Fingernails, Flesh And Other Fodder

The widest range of tone color and dynamics is achieved with a combination of nail and flesh. By varying the angle of the fingers one can use either more or less nail. The optimum length is one that allows you to just see the nail over the tips of the finger when looking at the palm. The nail should follow the contour of the fingertip. It is also important to make sure the sides of the nails don't have any corners that will catch the string or catch other things and crack…

Posted on July 21, 2009 at 4:23am — 2 Comments

Transcriptions: No. 1: Johannes Brahms "Lullaby" Waltz No. 15 • Drop D Notation with Tab

Brahms Famous Lullaby Arranged For Solo Guitar by John Francis

Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833 to a poor family. His father was a double-bass player. His mother was a seamstress. Brahms began studies on the piano at the age of seven. By the age of thirteen he was able to support himself by playing piano at bars and brothels and arranging light music. He soon began writing sonatas, piano trios, and many…

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 2:28pm

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At 9:34pm on June 1, 2010, Eric F. Lemieux said…
Hey John, I discovered this site throught your space. Thanks for your visit. All the Best. Eric
At 9:16am on December 31, 2009, Bob Evans said…
Hi John. Thanks for the invite. Just watched the video with your 11-string. Great design. I have a more traditional 10 string classical. But the layout of the headstock is very interesting on yours.

At 8:15pm on October 21, 2009, Patrick Smith said…
Hi John,

Love your sound and your playing. Would love to hear the Chopin on guitar. I recall seeing a cd of Chopin for guitar, may need to find it. Stop by and have a listen sometime. Scattered Hearts

At 12:20pm on October 21, 2009, Luis Motta da Silva said…
Hi, John!
Just dropped into your page, saw the videos, read your profile. Congratulations, your work is very interesting, and you display a fine and sensitive musicianship.
Since you're interested in "world music", I invite you to my page (although I doubt you may call "world music" to the music you'll find there. And, since I make my instruments, and I am always curious about different and outstanding ones, I wonder if you can indicate what pages, or sites, should I search to learn about the struttings for altgittars and/or 10, or 11 stringed guitars. Thank you. And, once again, congratulations.
At 4:15pm on August 17, 2009, Volkmar Zimmermann said…
Thank you, John :-)
see ya on FB.
At 7:49am on July 25, 2009, JJ Haaz said…
Thanks John. I actually have some more from that show. I just didn't edit them yet. I am also shooting some new music vids.
At 11:20am on July 21, 2009, JJ Haaz said…
Yeah, this is a cool place. Thanx for turning me on to it.
At 4:05am on July 20, 2009, Tony Hogan said…
Thanks John. It's been very quiet here today, and great to see you, I was waiting for a few friendly faces that I know, I signed up a week ago after receiving many many emails. I am very familiar with this Network platform because I administer a local network for IT development. If you have any questions, let me know. I have a stack of IT students who will be creating tutorials for this Network Application, there are some already created.

Cheers Tony

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My Funny Valentine (with kittens) Solo Guitar Music by John Francis

John Francis performs "My Funny Valentine" by Rogers and Hart on solo guitar on February 14, 2013 to the accompaniment of beautiful images including flowers and heart warming kittens. Audio remixed in Auria with the MicroWarmer plugin. Guitar:…
Feb 15, 2014
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Eclectic Guitar

A place for those who appreciate guitar music which crosses stylistic and technical boundaries.
Sep 29, 2013
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Eclectic Guitar

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"We Shall Overcome" Earth Duo: Marcela Kadlecová and John Francis

"Earthduo" perform "We Shall Overcome" or "Jednou budem dal" as it is known in Czech. John Francis: Seven String Guitar. Marcela Kadlecová: Vocals and Melodi...
Jun 2, 2013
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John Francis: Urdu Blue for 11 string solo guitar

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John Francis: Gymnopedie No. 3 by Erik Satie 11 string guitar

John Francis performs his arrangement of Erik Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 3" from "Trois Gymnopédies" on eleven string guitar on July 18, 2012 at Chained Sky stu...
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