Guitarist Cameron Mizell

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"Gymnopedie No. 1" for Solo Guitar

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While flipping through my binder of classical guitar music, I came across a few pieces by one of my favorite 20th Century composers, Erik Satie, arranged by guitarist Christopher Parkening. "Gymnopedie No. 1" is perhaps one of the best known of Satie's melodies.

Satie's music, especially the Gymnopedies, could be considered the beginning of the minimalist movement, and in many ways, ambient music. So I decided to tackle it with electric guitar and some delay and reverb. It was actually a nice challenge, as the electric guitar brings out nuances much more clearly than a classical guitar. Touching the string in the slightest amount produces a sound, and your technique is much more exposed.

For the gear heads, in this video I used: American Std Fender Telecaster w/ Porter Pickups mini humbucker, Z-Vex Super Hard On, Electro-Harmonix Memory Toy, Mr. Black Supermoon, modified Fender Blues Jr.