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Theme from Shaft - Jasmine and Gianni Pascuzzi

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Published on Jun 17, 2007

A tribute to the Theme from Shaft, the 1971 groundbreaking action movie. It stars my 8 year old German Shepherd "Jasmine". I played the funky rhythm guitar part on a bowed instrument called an "igil" (pronounced ee-GIL). It is a 2-string bowed instrument from the country of Tuva, and is traditionally used to accompany Tuvan Throat Singing. I play it a little differently though :)
All the backing tracks were recorded on keyboard with the help of Jasmine. A tribute to the great Isaac Hayes and his tune that broke a lot of ground, making Isaac Hayes the first African-American composer to win an Academy Award.

On the igil, basically what's happening is that every time I make a full downstroke and upstroke, the bow is flexing bouncing off the strings 4 times. So in this song it's bouncing and scratching on the strings 480 times per minute, or 4 times per beat, or every time you hear the cymbal hi-hat.

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