My arrangements of popular song for solo guitar are now available on my sheet music page. I have had a lot of requests for these scores and so have scores each song carefully with fingerings, hand positions and technique markings.
I have tried to make each arrangement as detailed as possible whilst maintaining a simple and easy to follow format. Here is a sample of one of my solo guitar arrangements.
The arrangements are available as manuscript only, manuscript and TAB and TAB only.
I hope you enjoy working on these arrangements and I welcome any suggestions for future songs that you would like to see arranged for solo guitar.
Solo Guitar Arrangements
I have recently been working with Charley Bird, an excellent young talented singer from Basildon, Essex.
Charley recently found fame as a finalist on Simon Cowell’s talent show X Factor as part of the duo 2 Shoes. The duo play on the Essex theme and have been very successful, touring up and down the country playing at nightclubs.
Here is a song I recently recorded with Charley called Joy:
Joy | Charley Bird and David Buckingham
Also, check my video page to see a video clip with Charley Bird from 2 Shoes.
I will keep you posted on the project…
This anecdote comes from a producer who I work with regularly. He was touring as sound engineer with Scottish comedian Billy Connolly before Billy had become famous.
They arrived at an open-air ampitheatre on a miserable grey day and set up and did a sound check. The day got gloomier and gloomier until about one hour before the gig the heavens opened and it absolutely poured down. Assuming the concert was a wash out, Billy nevertheless took a look at the public area to make sure it was empty. To his surprise there was one man sitting there with his arms folded enduring the heavy rain waiting for the show to begin. Billy said that if he was willing to watch him in pouring rain, then he ought to put on a show for him, so he performed the whole first act. During the interval Billy thought that the man would probably call it a day and not endure another half hour of relentless rain….. but there he was, arms folded, hood up, waiting for Billy to do his thing, so Billy went out and performed the second half of his show.
Towards the end Billy stopped his routine and said to the man “You’re the only person here so if there’s any particular sketch that you’d like to see or a routine from one of my videos I’ll do it for you as you’ve sat through the pouring rain”. The man replied “No, it’s ok Mr. Connolly, you just tell me when you’ve finished and I’ll get the chairs packed up and we can all go home!”
A friend of mine was in Ireland working on a Van Morrison album when the sax player did something minor that upset Morrison and Morrison hurled a torrent of verbal abuse at him. When the sax player tried to defend himself Morrison told him to shut up that he was sacked and that he would never work with him again.
The next morning it was time to record some sax parts and Morrison asked where the sax player was. My friend and the rest of the crew looked around sheepishly and wondered whether or not to remind him that he’d sacked him the previous day. “For Christ’s sake” said Morrison as he started dialing on his phone:
“John, where the bloody hell are you? We’re about to record the brass!”
“Er… you sacked me yesterday Van…”
“Oh don’t be such an over-sensitive big girl’s blouse! Get yourself to the studio in the next hour, I want to get this finished today!”
This anecdote comes courtesy of Guy Pratt, a bassist who has toured extensively with many great rock bands and thus has many a great story to tell. This isn’t a particularly in depth or scandalous story but just one that makes me giggle and gives a sense of the vibe of life on the road.
Guy was touring with Pink Floyd and a Saudi prince had lent the band his Boeing 737 for the tour (if you can’t join them, lend them your jet) which of course was not your average 737 – this one had been kitted out with marble walls and the latest gadgets. As in standard flights, when the aircraft was about to hit turbulence, the pilot would announce this through the tannoy and recommend that everybody remain seated and fasten their seat belts. This was when the band shot to their feet and, without holding on to anything, starting the competition of who could stay on their feet the longest.