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"Son of Life" a solo guitar tribute to Alex Lifeson of Rush

This is a 7/8 prelude I composed as a tribute to Alex Lifeson of the band Rush. Many people who know me, know that Rush is my all time favorite band, and so I wanted to compose a tribute to my favorite guitarist! I have learned so much from his playing, and realized that you have to follow your heart with your music. When I was composing this piece I wanted to capture a minimalistic type quality with the rhythm, and I tried to use 19th century harmony found in the composers works of the Romantic period. I also used very open chords in spots, and I even used the Fmaj9 voicing that Alex used in the intro of the song "Tears" from the Album 2112. I also took a risk with the right hand fingering of this piece, I played the following pattern: p,m,a,p,a,p,m. I never use the "i" finger throughout the piece at all. I felt this fingering allowed the "p" (thumb) to accent more, and bring out the lower voices better. I hope you enjoy, Brandon

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Comment by Brandon Dyke on April 14, 2012 at 8:01pm

Thanks so much Frank! Glad you enjoyed the EP as well.  The guitar is a custom classical guitar built by Lubos Naprstek :)  here is a link to his webpage.  Great to meet you Frank!

Comment by Frank Abong on April 4, 2012 at 5:18pm

Awesome work Brandon! And I agree using the "p" definitely brings those voices out front and maintains a more prominent rhythm versus using the "i". Recently got my hands on your "Timeless Moments" excellent !!! What is the make and model of the guitar you are playing in this video? Keep up the great work!

Comment by Brandon Dyke on August 26, 2010 at 8:12pm
thanks so much Joseph and Taz!
Comment by Taz on August 26, 2010 at 6:40pm
Very nice indeed ~ a big ooppps on getting back to You ~ in the middle of Oklahoma with wifi very spotty at best.
Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on May 31, 2010 at 6:44pm
Very fluid, nice changes, great interpretation, and obviously from your heart, the best of all places. Thanks for letting me enjoy. J. Zarola

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