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SOLO: Magnolia (Martin Tallstrom)

This tune by Martin Tallstrom features heavy use of left-hand slur techniques and harmonics.

Objectives

  • Learn how to tune your guitar to open D tuning (F—B♭—D—F—B♭—F)
  • Practice the tune slowly.
  • Listen to the music. This type of music is rhythmically complex and has much subtlety. It’s easier to learn by listening than by reading notes on a page. Put it on repeat and listen many, many times and it will be far easier to learn.
  • Be mindful of the many harmonic notes; they are all natural harmonics (frets V, VII and XII). They are marked with a diamond shape underneath the note.
  • Don’t worry as much about strict interpretation of the rhythm. Instead, worry more about the coherence of each phrase. This is not the kind of tune you’d play along with a metronome.

The Form

In Martin Tallstrom’s performance, the Theme at mm21 is actually played as an intro.

  • (Optional) Play the Theme (mm21-mm24) as an intro.
  • Play from beginning (1st verse) all the way to D.S. al Coda at mm55.
  • The D.S. al Coda instructs us to return to del Segno (mm17) and play onwards, this time in search of instructions to skip to the coda. So play from mm17 to mm24 (To Coda). Skip the last two notes of mm24.
  • At the end of mm24, skip to coda (mm56).

Tuning

Open F (F—B♭—D—F—B♭—F)

Melody/Lead Sheet


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