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Listening Hands

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Eleven original, solo acoustic guitar instrumentals, utilizing 10 altered guitar tunings. (Released: 2001)

Sans Souci
South Portage Lake Road
Ashtanga
Listening Hands
Passing Lane
Wind Flowers
3 Portals, 3 Keys
Borderline Blues
Django Townshend
Oroborous
Howl



Triple Heater

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Ten original instrumentals using 10 altered tunings. All compositions are solo acoustic guitar, with the addition of bass on Bounce and Joao's Gem, and bass and percussion on Tarlika's Shadow. Spinal Chords features Martin on electric guitar. (Released: 1999).

Triple Heater
Tarlika's Shadow
Orison
Bounce
Burning Bush
Spinal Chords
Son of Finlay
Starburst
Jewelled Lights
Joao's Gem


About the instrumentals :

Listening Hands . . .

SANS SOUCI

(French: "without care".) This tune has a joyful lilt to it; hence the title.

SOUTH PORTAGE LAKE ROAD

Written the day after I took a walk with a friend on this road, which is located off Highway 11, on the way to Huntsville, Ontario. Winter was losing its bite, and spring was beginning to manifest slowly.

ASHTANGA

I wrote this shortly after beginning Ashtanga yoga. It displays the strength, fluidity, and supple qualities required in Ashtanga yoga. I am still joyfully addicted...

LISTENING HANDS

Named after a term used in CranioSacral Therapy to describe the receptivity required to do this type of bodywork.

PASSING LANE

Weaves, changes time, and drives apace.

WIND FLOWERS

Written outdoors, one breezy spring day.

3 PORTALS, 3 KEYS

Refers to Mind, Body, and Spirit: the keys to balance and harmony.

BORDERLINE BLUES

This starts with a seemingly traditional blues progression, but quickly changes direction and goes off on a hopeful tangent, before returning to the original blues theme.

DJANGO TOWNSHEND

Only a guitarist could dream of the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt jamming with Pete Townshend, the guitarist for the rock band, The Who! This fiery instrumental was written the day after that dream, and while it isn't a traditional gypsy jazz instrumental, it does include some octave playing - which Django loved - and some of Pete's patented suspended chords.

OROBOROUS

The picture of oroborous (a snake eating its tail) is used by some as a symbol for reincarnation, and by Jungians as an involution process.

HOWL

Nothing to say about this one. Feel free to howl along!


Triple Heater . . .

TRIPLE HEATER

... is the name of an acupuncture meridian whose partial role, as I understand it, is to aid in maintaining the warmth of the body. This instrumental is in triple meter for the most part (it changes time signatures in the bridge), and is a hot number, hence the name.

BURNING BUSH

One of my early influences was the fiery mandolin/fiddle player Sam Bush, who was playing in the band New Grass Revival. This instrumental is dedicated to him.

SON OF FINLAY

... was written after a conversation with my friend Josh Finlayson (who plays in a band called the Skydiggers) about crosspicking, which is a technique used by guitarists and mandolinists to emulate the crossbowing techniques used by fiddle players.