Guitar Stylings

Latin: Malagueña

Malagueña, by Ernesto Lecuona, arrangement by Ben Woods

The guitar stylings project continues. This outing features Latin noodlings in a flamenco-inspired vein by the Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona. ¡Olé!, bitches.

Guitar Stylings

Slap bass: Phunkdified

Phunkdified, by Justin King

Welcome to my silly new project to record guitar pieces in as many different styles as possible. This first effort features “slap bass” played on the acoustic guitar. Take that, Seinfeld.

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!