Peter Moran | Guitar Required
"If you're interested in purity, listen to
Napalm Death." John Zorn
If you‚re reading this, you may be listening
to the accompanying compact disk, which consists of music
culled from several "Learn How To Play..." instructional
CDs. These recordings are usually tucked in plastic sleeves
in the back of songbooks, and frequently found in music stores,
schools, libraries, and possibly your home.
The breadth of sounds available within the genre
is enormous. The music, and the literature it
supplements, can reveal a surprising degree of humor and
self-awareness, while even hinting at the songs and pedagogy
popular in a given era. Out of context, the results are often
astounding sonic artifacts.
Following their original intent, these recordings
distinctly ask the listener to participate actively in their
realization. This can be unusual especially when we leave
sampled music circles. If this music's ultimate aim is education,
its end must be musical purity: music without inflection
or embellishments. In this sense, itss impervious to criticism.
By traditional standards at least, it's always played
Besides playing along, the listener could invent
new lyrics to these songs *. Personally, I also enjoy
listening passively. A comforting host usually presents the
music. And even with implicit designs to discipline the listener
(enough to practice regularly, possibly to encourage purchase
of Volume Two in a series), this form stands opposite most
radio programming presently heard on the air. While
commercial stations may broadcast similar material, by default
they limit the listener's participation with it.
Strictly to facilitate the given purpose of these
recordings in some manner, I restricted the selections on
this CD to acoustic guitar tracks. If the listener is so
inclined, a detailed listing of the music on this CD is
available at www.geocities.com/guitarrequired for further
*Andrew Bar, from the Children's Hour, introduced
me to this form of expression.
Red76 Arts Group