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First Movement (from December Suite for Guitar)


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Tom Atwood

 Genre: Classical

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First things last--here is the opening movement to the December Suite for Guitar. (Two, three and four have already been posted.) This is in standard tuning, except the 6th string has been dropped to a D.
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Uploaded: Jan 05, 2005 - 07:09:43 PM
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2005 - 09:38:11 PM Last Played: Jul 06, 2019 - 05:38:05 AM
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TobinMueller said 5372 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Gorgeous
Fantastic. Great playing, great pacing, great recording,
great heart. You have captured a perfect moment with
soul and breadth, skill and insight. Even the missed notes
are woven perfectly into the articulations of the moment,
adding to the flow of meaning and sweep of emotion
coming out of this track. Simple, elegant craftsmanship;
great writing. I love this music so much. Peace to you as
well.
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Tom Atwood said 5372 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Gorgeous
Thanks so much. For years I have played--literally--in the closet. That's
where this was recorded. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen and
comment. You even managed to make me feel good about those 'missed
notes.' Thanks again.
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failteband said 5372 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Skillful playing!
Wonderful piece of music. What kind of mic and guitar did
you use.?
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Tom Atwood said 5372 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Skillful playing!
Thanks.The guitar is an old Alvarez nylon string (1970) that my father had in
his music store. I sort of permanently 'borrowed' it from him in high school. I
have two mics--a Fender and a Sennheiser. Not sure which I used on this
piece. Neither mic is very good, the Fender can be kind of bassy.
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Bob Ancona said 5372 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Very tasty
I like the third movement the best. But the entire Suite is
real sweet. Have you ever listened to Andrew York? He is
a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and a
composer. Classically oriented but his compositions go
beyond "classical." You might enjoy him. Oh, and you're
into January so you might have to revise the title. :-)
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Iseae said 5372 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Beautiful
Beautiful piece, my only complaint if any is that I didn't
feel that you got the best sound out of your guitar. The
recording seemed a little too bass friendly and didn't do
it's best to bring out the beautiful timbre of you guitar.
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thetiler said 5371 days ago (January 6th, 2005)
Nice
Love those dropped d tunnings:)

Liked that harmonic at the end.
Loved those sliding double notes.
Lots of expression.
I am giving you a higher score that what you have up
there! gulp! :)
As of now I am five back.
O well such is life.

Good luck to you!

Bill
"thetiler"
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Tom Atwood said 5371 days ago (January 7th, 2005)
Nice
It doesn't matter. I'm always much more interested in the comments than the
scores. Thanks for yours, Bob.
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Uber said 5371 days ago (January 7th, 2005)
Fine, Fine, Fine
Good stuff Maynard.....so many interesting little things going on....I like the fading chord in the midlle that you subtly bend just before it fades out...nice touch.......missed the trills in the intro but I still heard them in my mind...my only nit.......love the subtle suggestions of India in there-again just enough.....also love some of the bass notes you chose to combine with melody notes,,,that gave those passages a big feel...nice....OK Im totally jealous!
Tom Atwood said 5371 days ago (January 7th, 2005)
Fine, Fine, Fine
Thanks for the careful listen & kind words, Uber.
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SlimGirlFat said 5371 days ago (January 7th, 2005)
Wow
I loved this track, beautifully played..

SlimGirlFat
Tom Atwood said 5371 days ago (January 7th, 2005)
Wow
Thanks SGF. I appreciate it.
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schroter said 5371 days ago (January 7th, 2005)
beautiful playing
This piece has a beautiful flow. I'm curious, did you
record this in one take? Someone had a nice comment on
missed notes, and man, that's the beauty of guitar - it's
so expressive in the right hands, like singing or speaking
- too sterile if too perfect. Keep it up. You deserve a
higher production value. You should see what you can do
even with this recording.
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Tom Atwood said 5370 days ago (January 7th, 2005)
beautiful playing
Thanks Schroter. It was recorded in one take, although not the 1st take, I'm
pretty sure. I remember spending alot of time in the closet...
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bloosman1 said 5370 days ago (January 8th, 2005)
Awsome!!!
Sometimes, for me at least, it's good to step away from
analizing how a song or peice is made, and just enjoy the
music!! This is that time. I could listen to your playing all
day without being distracted by the 'technical ins and
outs'. You create art. I like art.
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Cameron said 5370 days ago (January 8th, 2005)
imaginative fingerwork
You provide a lot of harmonic and melodic interest with
your excellent placement of notes on this tune.

The chord progressions are nice. There are some good
melodic bits, but they need to be developed a bit more to
pull the piece together, make it more "identifiable" and
distinctive. I would have enjoyed hearing a more extended
version of this piece.

The recording sounded slightly muffled and far away; your
excellent guitar playing is not shown to its best
advantage, but overall, this is a very pleasant track.

The chord progressions and general treatment don't really
reflect the classical genre; this might fit better in the New
Age/Acoustic category.
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Tom Atwood said 5369 days ago (January 8th, 2005)
imaginative fingerwork
Thanks. Figuring out exactly where my music fits has been a long problem for
me. Maybe that's why I am in the closet?
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said 5368 days ago (January 10th, 2005)
Thanks...
for sharing such a moving expression. Really
fantastic playing. Love the little ambient noise just
b4 the last harmonic. So much creative talent.
Outstanding! 4 x 10.
said 5367 days ago (January 10th, 2005)
I 10'd this puppy...
Don't exactly "classical" but a great great piece!
mars said 5367 days ago (January 11th, 2005)
Love it.
Great recording, beautifully played, lovely song.
I'm in your world now. : D


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fosod said 5366 days ago (January 12th, 2005)
Ah...
This is beatiful. I can't wait to hear this on a good set of
speakers.
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Cori Ander said 5353 days ago (January 25th, 2005)
How do you mik?
I really wonder how you mick up your guitar. You're
getting such a nice tone out of the recordings. Is there a
Sunrise pickup involved somewhere?
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daphna said 5326 days ago (February 20th, 2005)
beautiful
piece. I feel bad that I missed it when you first posted it.
Thank you for sharing.
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bronco said 5292 days ago (March 27th, 2005)
Another Good One
Beautiful guitar piece. Have you been playing these for
years or did you just recently write them? They sound like
you have been playing them for years. Again so clean and
precise and melodic. My playing is like a bull in a china
shop in comparison. Loved that part towards the end
where it sounded like you were sliding triads back and
forth. Whatever it was it sounded fine.
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composerclark said 4776 days ago (August 25th, 2006)
alliteration
Beautiful, mellow, moody music makes me marvel. At your talent.

I learned today that your dad had a music store, which explains where
that amazing talent comes from, and that you must have a very large
closet, since you played guitar in there.

To go back to the composition, it's pretty much perfect. The fact that
you don't modulate does not disturb me at all. The only thing that
disturbs me is the thought that maybe you're not making music any
more, since you've stopped posting here. Come back, Tom! We hardly
knew ye!

Okay, maybe we knew ye all too well, but we miss your music!
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