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Archive of entries posted on August 2012

Christmas Guitar Portraits Book

The Christmas season has always been special to me. It is a season that has crystalized the hopes, aspirations and faith of millions of people through the centuries. The amount of music written for Christmas is monumental. This book contains 14 scores from my Christmas Guitar Portraits recording. I selected various genres dear to me. First, there are selections [...]

Acoustic Guitar Portraits Book

Acoustic Guitar Portraits is a collection of scores from my recording of the same name. The music reflects a rich variety of musical styles and is original. The rhythms are contemporary and the harmonies are lush. The duos feature an intricate dialog between the two acoustic guitars. It has been my goal to present performance or concert material for [...]

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken Audio Recording

 03 Glorious Things of Thee are Spoke I recorded this piece on a hand made Tom Bills 7 string flattop guitar.  I tune the 7th string to low A.  You will hear many low A pedal tones on this arrangement.

Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

lkj;lkj;jk   Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken is an early American Shaped Note hymn.  I have always loved this beautiful minor melody.  I have scored it here for guitar solo.  I play it on a 7 string guitar with the 7th string tuned to low A.  However, if you are using a 6 string [...]

Acoustic Guitar Portraits Recording

Acoustic Guitar Portraits is a collection of 15 original compositions for two acoustic guitars written and recorded by William Bay. The recording features an eclectic array of musical genres and was recorded on 4 different hand made acoustic steel string guitars. Three of the guitars are 7 string acoustic models and one is a 6 [...]

Guitar Images CD

This is the companion dual CD for “Guitar Images” solo collection. The solos in this collection present a myriad of moods on the guitar. They were written to be very expressive, contemplative pieces which could be performed in a variety of secular and sacred settings. Most of the pieces are from three solo collections previously released, entitled “Guitar Meditations”, “Guitar Airs [...]

Guitar Images Book

The solos in this collection present a myriad of moods on the guitar. They were written to be very expressive, contemplative pieces which could be performed in a variety of secular and sacred settings. Most of them are from three solo collections previously released, entitled “Guitar Meditations”, “Guitar Airs and Ballads” and “Timeless Solos for Guitar”. [...]

Timeless Solos for Guitar

The phrase “Timeless Solos” is a play on words. The solos in this volume contain no time signatures or bar lines.  Thus the title, Timeless Solos.  I wrote the solos without time signatures or bar lines because I wanted the solos to be very expressive in interpretation yet “free-form” in structure. The companion recording presents my interpretation [...]

Guitar Airs and Ballads

I have always loved the warmth of slow concert pieces played on the plectrum guitar.  In this collection I composed nine solos  written with the tradition of the Celtic ballad and Scottish Aire. Many of the solos call for a 7 string guitar but can certainly be played on a 6 string. I have shown alternate notes [...]

Guitar Meditations-Contemplative Solos for Plectrum Guitar

When I wrote these solos, I wanted to present pieces which reflected the chordal beauty and introspective nature of concert plectrum guitar music. I was influenced by a wide range of musical styles and many are reflected in these solos.   These concert pieces are meant to be played with a pick, although they certainly can [...]