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55 M.M.

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2 22

22

a

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string about a tone or detune the string at

(Improvise using the same

free dynamic

scratch

p Either use the whammy bar to lower the

IMPROVISATION

-

p

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fingerboard

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scratch ("over pressured")

⑤/⑥ ad lib.

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sound elements as before but in a more

chaotic way)

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NOTE: lower

string tuning in

preparation for

coming section(s)

f

if wanted.


q = 55

E

( * ) Use the whammy bar to lower the ⑥ string until a desired percussion alike sound is achieved, then gradually lower string's tuning pin while releasing the whammy bar

60

I M P R O V I S A T I O N E.G.

-

Improvise while keeping the percussion alike sound constant (or sseemingly constant) on the background

Heavy, drum like

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î

F

tuning pin

f

are residual "percussive" sounds from previous section contrasted with higher pitch melodic-like elements.

expressive

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heavy

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sempre l.v. X. X X > X X X X X X > - v -

l.v.

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X v

X. X.

l.v.

free dynamic

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sempre l.v.

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free dynamic

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78

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( R 1 )

free dynamic Track 2 A.F.

Delay : ON (ca. 1 second) Stop R1

Start recording (R2)

scratch

84

br

fb

⑥~~~~~~~~

~~~~

(IMPROVISATION + RECORDING)

free dynamic

A.F.

t.p.

Start recording guitar's performance in tempo (R1) : The following measures are to be recorded and reproduced (in reverse) a couple measures later. The lowest sounds

66

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w.b.

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p

X -

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sempre l.v.

( * ) Percussion like sound. During previous improvised passage modify

⑥ string tuning in order to change percussive sound's quality.

3


Stop recording & Play R2

90 (Delay : ON)

X >X X -

XX X X >

E.G.

E.G.

p

X -

XX >.

X. X. X >

. X XX X X X . X. . X >

X XX X. > . X.

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XX >.

g g g

X -

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Grain like sound

Î.

fsub

g .. g ... g.

(*)

ï

p

A.F.

( * ) Thick wavy line represents the string(s)' course to be followed by the tremolo on this passage

(Delay : ON)

Stop R2 & Start recording (R3)

(Let R2 start over)

Stop recording & Play R3

(*)

96 E.G.

p

free dynamic

ï

A.F.

U

H

R3 looped

103

,

I

J

Play and lopp a recorded (or YouTube live performed,

maybe) call center 'Please hold' message of your choice

Stop R3

loop fading out

U

(with or without music, but preferably with).

D

Delay : OFF

attaca

guitar fading out

K 106

Stop "Please hold" message

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j

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@

@ XX X X X X @ -

.

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-

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j

k

£

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Track 3 A.F.

Delay : ON

112

j

E.G.

f A.F.

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£

£

£

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118

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A.F.

4 ⑥

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130

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f

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O. O. >

p

F sharp octave tone higher (and F three quarters tones higher on measure later on measure 141) is an approximation of the fingering distance from the bridge where written E harmonic is to be found according to a fingerboard's mirror image over the

⑥ string, this fingering allowing a sharper pluck and piercing sound.

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