Walter Becker, together with Donald Fagen as Steely Dan created unique and brilliant music that set the bar to a new height for rock and roll. RIP, Walter, your music lives on and will continue to inspire us. Here’s an mp3 of my arrangement of Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, certainly one of your best known songs.
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Join me for my CD Release Concert on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Greg Lawson Galleries in West Sedona! We have put together a perfect evening out:
It is our intent to create a new concert series which offers a memorable evening of dining, live music and stunning art by collaborating with two of West Sedona’s finest restaurants, Golden Goose American Grill and Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen and the treasure that is Greg Lawson Galleries. All are within a short walk or drive of one another: Gerardo’s is right next door to the gallery, Golden Goose is literally around the corner!
The gallery where I will be performing my CD Release Concert is an overwhelming feast for the eyes featuring Mr. Lawson’s exquisite nature and wildlife photography from every corner of the globe. I’m excited to be showcasing the new album in this inspiring setting… and there will be a special guest cameo flute and guitar performance by Meadowlark during the evening! The gallery will remain open for a while after the concert so guests can explore and enjoy Greg Lawson’s work and meet the artist!
“GUITARtistry 2,” the new solo fingerstyle guitar CD, is a follow up to my debut CD as a solo guitarist, ‘GUITARtistry.” It features a sampling of my favorite songs and melodies from the Baby Boomer era (1950’s-80’s). See the track list and listen to samples here. The CD, regularly priced at $20, will be just $10 at the performance that night only!
By purchasing your tickets in advance for the concert, you will receive a 20% Off coupon for dinner the night of the show at Golden Goose American Grill AND a 15% Off coupon for dinner that night at Gerardo’s Italian Kitchen. You choose which of these exceptional dining establishments to visit for dinner! Tickets are $15 each / 2 for $25. Simply purchase your ticket(s) online by clicking the link below and your ticket(s) and coupons will be emailed to you. (You MUST include your email address in the comment box when you order). You may also purchase your tickets at Greg Lawson Galleries and receive your tickets and coupons there at the time of purchase.
Seating for the concert is limited so don’t wait – purchase your tickets today!
Dinner reservations are strongly suggested to allow time for both dining and the concert during the evening.
This is a sample of one of my favorite arrangements on the new recording. As with any Steely Dan song, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” is a complex piece with so many layers and such intricate harmonic structure. I enjoyed the challenge of arranging it for fingerstyle guitar. I was able to combine the vocals (some, not all of the harmonies), the guitar riffs and harmonic changes onto a single fretboard with the obvious exception of the solo guitar break in the middle. I did overdub the solo. The rhythm section tracks of bass and drum kit with brushes is meant to give the basic feel of the original but with a more subtle feel to keep out of the way of the guitar.
To hear more samples form GUITARtistry 2, click here.
If you’d like an mp3 of the whole track, email your email address with the phrase “Free Rikki download” in the body of the email to GUITARtistry@rickcyge.com, and I’ll send you a free mp3! I’d love your feedback on the tune!
This recording, a follow up to my debut fingestyle guitar CD, “GUITARtistry” has been over a year in the making. The process of selecting songs to include was a somewhat daunting task! So many songs, so little room on the CD!! A lot of life happened to Lynn & I during this tumultuous year that slowed and interrupted the project. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
But I am very pleased with the final product. I have created what I feel is a fun and exciting collection of fingerstyle guitar interpretations of great songs from my favorite era, the Baby Boomer Years (mid ‘50s to mid ‘80s). The arrangements vary from solo unaccompanied guitar on pieces like David Gates’ “If” to a full string band and rhythm section of the opening track, Brian Wilson’s “California Girls”! I’ve featured songs by many of my favorite songwriters & performers: The Beach Boys, Steely Dan, Elton John, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Eagles & more. You may notice a conspicuous absence of music by certain artists, especially The Beatles. This is not by accident. I have already embarked on my next project, a fingerstyle guitar CD of some of my favorite Beatles songs.
So, I hope you’ll decide to own a copy of the new recording, “GUITARtistry 2“. If you do, may I offer a suggestion? This recording is best enjoyed sitting in a comfortable chair (no chores to attend to or company to entertain – unless they, too, want to listen) and listening with the sound turned up generously so you can experience the full spectrum of sound and all the subtle detail of the arrangements. Happy listening, and , as always, thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm!
P.S.: HINT…. GUITARtistry 2 makes wonderful stocking stuffers!
The passing of Sir George Martin at age 90 is a great loss to us all. He was such a profound force in the shaping of the music and sound of The Beatles. I have been an avid fan of The Beatles since they first emerged when I was a wee tyke of 13! As you already know, if you have heard my ‘GUITARtistry” performances, I feature a healthy sampling of fingerstyle guitar arrangements of Beatles music each night. In honor of Sir George, I will be dusting off more of their vast repertoire and adding more of their amazing songs to my performances. If you, too, are a fan of the Fab Four, come join me at one of my upcoming performances and enjoy the nostalgia!
I’ve recorded tracks for 4 cuts on the new solo project. The first one I’ve completed is “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”. In my opinion, one of THE most romantic ballads of ALL time! Simple and pure in approach. Here’s a rough mix. Hope you Like it! Would love your feedback!