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Published on May 17, 2010
This is a 7/8 prelude I composed as a tribute to Alex Lifeson of the band Rush. Many people who know me, know that Rush is my all time favorite band, and so I wanted to compose a tribute to my favorite guitarist! I have learned so much from his playing, and realized that you have to follow your heart with your music. When I was composing this piece I wanted to capture a minimalistic type quality with the rhythm, and I tried to use 19th century harmony found in the composers works of the Romantic period. I also used very open chords in spots, and I even used the Fmaj9 voicing that Alex used in the intro of the song "Tears" from the Album 2112. I also took a risk with the right hand fingering of this piece, I played the following pattern: p,m,a,p,a,p,m. I never use the "i" finger throughout the piece at all. I felt this fingering allowed the "p" (thumb) to accent more, and bring out the lower voices better. I hope you enjoy, Brandon Dyke http://www.brandondyke.com guitar I am playing check out http://www.lubosnaprstek.com/