Guitar Stylings

Alexander Variations

Alexander Variations, by Nick Dinka

The simple theme this piece is based around came to me while I was sitting on the couch with my infant son Alexander, noodling on the guitar as I am wont to do.

It was inspired by his presence, somehow capturing the feeling he gave me in those early days. A little while later I cooked up the rest of the piece, which consists of nine brief sections, one for each of the months he spent growing in my wife Tina’s belly.

Each section is also inspired by some phase in my own musical development over the years, with references to Eddie Van Halen, Neil Young and the violinist Niccolo Paganini, among others. Hope you enjoy!