"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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
"My Telecaster is finished. Sounds and feels great. Lowest and fastest action I've ever played. Tiny bit of low E and A string buzz. Will get Mike at GC Cherry Hill to do a set up for me. Sounds and feels great though. Fun and rewarding project."