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John Francis

Tahirih's Theme by John Francis Solo Eleven String Guitar Altgitarr

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John Francis performs a version of "Tahirih's Theme" on eleven-string guitar on January 15, 2013 at Chained Sky studios in Wichita, Kansas. This original composition is part of a larger dramatic work.

The alto-guitar (altgitarr) has 11 nylon strings. Its top six are pitched a minor third higher than standard tuning, like the Renaissance lute. It's five extra bass strings drop diatonically as F-Eb-D-C-Bb. This would be like D-C-B-A-G on a standard guitar. The extra basses are not usually fretted, but are played open. They may also be tuned to fit a particular key. For this tune, an altered tuning is used which is similar to DADGAD if it were capoed at the third fret. The alto allows for the unaltered performance of Renaissance and Baroque lute literature and enables nice arrangements of piano works such as this one. It opens new horizons for the guitar. This particular alto-guitar was dubbed "Carollos" by the inventor, Georg Bolin of Sweden and was built to order, in 1984, for late American guitarist and teacher Dave Markle. This is the second such guitar Francis has owned.


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John Francis is an American guitarist and composer. He is best known for his use of extended-range classical guitars and his eclectic compositional style. As a composer and arranger for over thirty years, Francis has written & arranged music in styles ranging from Baroque to Blues, from Celtic to Rock, from Jazz to Samba to eclectic World Music. His primary emphasis has been the guitar in all its varieties.

For other altgitarr videos be sure to check out John's own "Coral Sunset" or search for Goran Sollscher here on youtube.

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John Francis is an American guitarist and composer. He is best known for his use of extended-range classical guitars and his eclectic compositional style. As a composer and arranger for over thirty years, John has written and arranged music in styles ranging from Baroque to Blues, from Celtic to Rock, from Jazz to eclectic World Music. His primary emphasis has been the guitar in all its varieties including multi-stringed instruments.

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Guitar Lessons With John Francis.

John Francis has been teaching for over thirty years. He is an extended range guitarist with an eclectic compositional style. He has performed and taught many styles on 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 stringed instruments. Skype lessons are often available, but space is limited. Ask for details.

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Maurice passed away on February 3rd. He was a great talent who performed on the guitar, lute and vihuela and taught both privately and at Cambridge, University, UK. He was an inspiration to many throughout the world.
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