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I’ve been learning how to play guitar. That is, I learned all my basic chords back in high school and I learned how to play leads in college. I left my bass and my electric guitar and all of my amps and processors back in the States when I moved to Botswana a few weeks ago. Since all I have is my acoustic, I've been trying to figure out how to use it as a solo instrument.

I've always loved fingerstyle guitar. Have been inspired by artists like Cori Ander on this site to start practicing.

This recording is a "proof of concept" for me as a fingerstyle player. First thing I've ever recorded playing with my fingers instead of a pick.

My voice is kind of off in a few places, but I think it lends the song a back-porch lo fi vibe which appeals to me personally.
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Roxylee said 4341 days ago (October 3rd, 2007)
Nice fingerstyle!
This is your first recording playing fingerstyle guitar? Impressive! I like your rendition of Amazing Grace- simple and heartfelt. I'm curious- why did you move to Botswana? I'm glad you can still recored. :-)
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Cori Ander said 4341 days ago (October 3rd, 2007)
I really dig the nakedness here. A man and a guitar and a heartfelt song!

Great to find another digger of this tune (after many years of companionship with the song I still play it often today and have been holding myself back not to post more than one version of it).

Nice to hear how your'e exploring the fab dropped-D-tuning. It is soooo useful and has gradually become standard tuning for me.

I really dig your solos and the melody slides you do.
It is medicine for the heart.

PS Me too is curious to hear why you moved to Botswana!
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eorthman said 4341 days ago (October 4th, 2007)
On Botswana and drop-D
The drone quality of this song makes it a great place to, as you say, dig into it. I've learned it in Spanish, standard, and this DADGAD version which really brings out the Scot Irish character of the melody. The bassline is almost all open strings, which frees my fingers up to do melodic things on the high strings. I have a long way to go, but I'm learning.

On Botswana: in real life, I work as a "Vernacular Media Specialist," encouraging the development of non-print Scripture material for uses in churches in traditionally oral cultures. In southern Africa, Scripture can be placed into songs in a way that becomes a tool for memory, worship, and discipleship. I did projects with the Naro (listen online at http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemusic.cfm?bandID=598255), Nama, and Dhimba people groups last year and have been invited back. Currently, on a 3-month visa. Have applied for a 1-year in Botswana and a 3-year in neighboring Namibia. It's a non-profit organization which survives by donations. http://web.mac.com/reveith
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said 4341 days ago (October 3rd, 2007)
Rob, Very Great Guitar work, kind of Irish music, the guitar sounds so great, the vocal is very nice !
Cori Ander have been one of my favorite artists of all the time ! My Newest piece also inspired by him !

Will be looking for more of yours ! I'll try to check your earlier stuffs ! KUDOS !

Take Care
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ziti said 4340 days ago (October 4th, 2007)
you are looking
in the right direction when you look to Cori Ander for inspiration. He is not only a master player, but one of god's better creations. We love him.

this is a beautiful, touching, soulful rendition of one of my favorite songs....the guitar tone is totally sweet, and the purity and innocence of the performance are quite moving.

KEEP PLAYING!!!!! you have a nice song to send the world, my friend

best regards

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Godchaser said 4339 days ago (October 5th, 2007)
Humble beginnings...
can lead to some wonderful endings.Like the open,honest,raw nature of your rendition of such a great song.Thanks for your wilingness to share.

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thetiler said 4185 days ago (March 7th, 2008)
Enjoy reading your description
singing and acoustic guitar playing.

Thanks for sharing!
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Back in my early 20s, I was practicing bass three hours a day, playing in a band with a drummer who practiced six hours a day and a guitarist who was one the "up and coming" lead guitar players of my home town. Plus, I was writing a song every day. I... [see more]

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