That's right. One guitar.
Instrumental guitar albums vary hugely from record to record. But no-one has ever released a record like this:
No other instruments
No double tracking
Just. One. Guitar.
You read that right. This record is a single electric guitar, one a single track. It wasn’t even double tracked.
One electric guitar. Two microphones. Three precent of my life.
This record is not a performance of a piece of music. It is a story. A story that I would like to share with you. A story that started 6 years ago with hearing a piece of music and thinking:
So I learnt it. And performed it for my mother’s wedding. Have you ever played your mother down the aisle? Talk about pressure.
Then for a few years... I didn’t do anything with it.
Then, and I can’t remember the reason why, I decided to make a record of it.
So I rehearsed, hours a day, for months on end. For nearly a whole year. Slowly getting it better and better, bit by bit; finely crafting each note until it was just right.
You rarely hear a new story. There’s Nothing New Under the Sun. Well, not until now.
A unique piece of music, performed in a unique way, re-crafting a unique story.
It’s been said that Bach’s music is very personal. A performer can take Bach’s music, and create a new story with every performance, just by changing the way the notes are played. Just by changing how those 6,528 notes are played. A 300 year old story re-invented, and re-told. And now re-produced, for you to hear. For you to experience. For you to immerse yourself in.
It's a beautiful piece of music and the electric guitar throws a whole new perspective on it.
This transcription for a plucked instrument naturally sounds very different from the usual performances on the instrument for which Bach wrote the piece. However Bach himself was no stranger to transcribing music written for string instrument to keyboard, when he transformed Vivaldi violin concertos to harpsichord concertos. For that matter, pieces Bach wrote for harpsichord are regularly played on modern pianos by some of the greatest modern pianists--more usually than not, in fact. So enjoy this presentation of a great old work in a very new sound. The playing is clear, delicate even, and quite pleasurable..
R James Tolbin, Classical.net
A very thoughtful, tranquil and beautifully articulated performance, a must hear!
Jacqueline Phillips, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
...Overall Impression: Classical music on electric guitar can sometimes be quite a gamble (ask Dave Mustaine), but performing it with grace and dignity, and staying true to the intentions of the original composer, can sometimes yield excellent results. While this is not the first time Bach's first cello suite in G major has been transcribed for guitar, this still stands as a rather unique version, and the style of playing throughout shows Sam Russell's tasteful mastery of the instrument. If you're into baroque music, you will definitely enjoy this rendition. And even if you're not, you might find yourself surprised, as I was, by the movement of the music, as well as how well it translates to electric guitar.
Definitely an excellent record, and something I'd recommend checking out.
PS Are you a guitar player? I wrote the music out especially for you. You can see how the music was arranged for electric guitar and have a go yourself! Get your copy today!