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 studios in Wichita, Kansas.
John's performance of Gymnopedie No. 1 can be found at:
The alto-guitar (altgitarr) has 11 nylon strings. Its top six are pitched a minor third higher than standard tuning, like the Renaissance lute. It's five extra bass strings drop diatonically as F-Eb-D-C-Bb. This would be like D-C-B-A-G on a standard guitar. The extra basses are not usually fretted, but are played open. They may also be tuned to fit a particular key. The alto allows for the unaltered performance of Renaissance and Baroque lute literature and enables nice arrangements of piano works such as this one. It opens new horizons for the guitar. This particular alto-guitar was dubbed "Carollos" by the inventor, Georg Bolin of Sweden and was built to order, in 1984, for late American guitarist and teacher Dave Markle. This is the second such guitar Francis has owned.
John Francis is an American guitarist and composer. He is best known for his use of extended-range classical guitars and his eclectic compositional style. As a composer and arranger for over thirty years, Francis has written & arranged music in styles ranging from Baroque to Blues, from Celtic to Rock, from Jazz to Samba to eclectic World Music. His primary emphasis has been the guitar in all its varieties.
Be sure to check out John's own "Coral Sunset."
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