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Uploaded on May 11, 2007
John Francis performs his original work "Coral Sunset" for the alto-guitar May 10, 2007 at KCTU TV studios in Wichita, Kansas. You may visit John's youtube channel at: http://youtube.com/johnfrancismusic
Director/Photographer: Rick Dunbar. This particular alto-guitar was dubbed "Carollos" by the inventor, Georg Bolin of Sweden. Bolin did not like serial numbers. He built this guitar to order, in 1984, for late American guitarist and teacher Dave Markle. The alto-guitar (altgitarr or altgitarren) 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. The alto allows for the unaltered performance of Renaissance and Baroque lute literature, and opens new horizons for the guitar..
********************* 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.
"I enjoy writing and performing many styles and often blend the different elements together. From the simplest melody and rhythm, to the most complex harmony and counterpoint, I believe that music has the ability to captivate the spirit. For me, one of the most unique and important aspects of music is its ability to communicate, even without words. I try to express something genuine with each of my compositions." - John Francis
For more altgitarr videos search for Goran Sollscher here on youtube