Nicky had his 18th birthday, Thursday, April 17th. We are so proud of him, but he still can’t have the car keys.

Nicky had his 18th birthday, Thursday, April 17th. We are so proud of him, but he still can’t have the car keys.

What’s better than a #Tritone? Two, three, four… Hahaha… Just a little #guitar #groove #intro

#Andante in C Major for #solo #guitar - Introducing #pedal #tones

#Andante in C Major for #solo #guitar - Introducing #pedal #tones

"Nothing to see here! Move along!"

"Nothing to see here! Move along!"

Avon Calling!

Avon Calling!

Castle of Dromore - Virtual Tour of Irish Castle Ruins - John Francis Solo Guitar from John Francis on Vimeo.

Castle of Dromore as performed by John Francis on solo classical guitar. Explore the ruins of this great Irish castle to the traditional tune associated with it. Based on an arrangement by El McMeen. Recorded for St Patrick’s Day, 2013. Thanks to Pat Conroy and Ireland In Ruins Blog for their photographs. (links below)

There are at least four castles named Castle of Dromore or Dromore Castle in the counties Down, Kerry, Limerick and Tyrone. Several discussions on the Internet are dedicated to pinpoint the geographical location of the lullaby Castle of Dromore without decisive outcome. I have chosen the Castle in Limerick for the setting of this lullaby, which is one of the oldest extant Irish songs. This tune is sometimes called October Winds after the lyrics of Sir Harold Boulton published for it in 1892.

Photo Credits:
Pat Conroy’s Youtube: youtube.com/oliverpcful
and S. Hill’s Ireland In Ruins: irelandinruins.blogspot.com

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Gourmet that’s almost as good as the box.

Gourmet that’s almost as good as the box.

The entire suite will soon be made available in a single standard notation edition, as well as an edition with both notation and tablature. Completely fingered with performance notes. The pieces are each in a different minor key: B minor, C# minor, and A minor, with hints of a relative major here and there. The set covers a lot of ground. Suitable for the Intermediate player.

The entire suite will soon be made available in a single standard notation edition, as well as an edition with both notation and tablature. Completely fingered with performance notes. The pieces are each in a different minor key: B minor, C# minor, and A minor, with hints of a relative major here and there. The set covers a lot of ground. Suitable for the Intermediate player.

Over The Rainbow for Seven String Guitar by John Francis from John Francis on Vimeo.

John Francis performs his arrangement of “Over The Rainbow” for seven string guitar on October 24, 2013 at Chained Sky studios in Wichita, Kansas. The music was written by Harold Arlen for the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.’

Guitar: Kremona Orpheus Valley Fiesta F65CW-7 (nut width of 55 mm) flat fingerboard. Ask for details.

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"We Shall Overcome" Earth Duo: Marcela Kadlecová and John Francis from John Francis on Vimeo.

"Earthduo" perform "We Shall Overcome" or "Jednou budem dal" as it is known in the Czech Republic. John Francis: Seven String Guitar. Marcela Kadlecová: Vocals and Melodica. The origins of the work can be traced back to the late 18th century aria "Caro Mio Ben" by Giuseppe Giordini. It has become most closely associated with the civil rights movement. Charles Albert Tindley and Pete Seeger are the key contributors to the lyrics associated with it today. We hope you will enjoy our version of this uplifting tune and that it may inspire you as it has us. Inquiries are welcome.

First Verse: (English)

We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
Some day
Deep in my heart
I do believe
We shall overcome
Some day

Second Verse: (Czech)

Jednou budem dál
Jednou budem dál
Jednou budem dál,
Já vím
Jen víru mít
Doufat a jít
Jednou budem dál,
já vím
Jednou budem dál,
já vím…

-=-=-

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Marcela Kadlecová: Vocal, Melodica
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John Francis: Seven String Guitar
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Tahirih’s Theme by John Francis Solo Eleven String Guitar from John Francis on Vimeo.

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 normally 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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Tahirih’s Theme by John Francis Solo Eleven String Guitar from John Francis on Vimeo.

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 normally 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.

You may also like to visit the following:
altoguitar.com/

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Tahirih Justice Center: tahirih.org/‎

Tahirih’s Theme by John Francis Solo Eleven String Guitar from John Francis on Vimeo.

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 normally 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.

You may also like to visit the following:
altoguitar.com/

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Tahirih Justice Center: tahirih.org/‎

Taking it to the streets…

Taking it to the streets…

"Apparition" Solo Guitar Music by John Francis from John Francis on Vimeo.

Music by John Francis, “Apparition” for solo guitar follows various beams of light in the forest. The piece contains classical, jazz and blues elements. It was inspired by the poetry of Irma Wassall and written after her 100th birthday, which was September 23, 2008. Irma was a close friend who also founded the Wichita Guitar Society in 1956. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 26, 2012 at the age of 103.

Guitar: Apparicio AA100 (cedar top)

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