Sometimes The Wolf - Fourteen Studies for Solo Guitar and Wind is Bryan Baker’s most current book to date, the result of an extended hiatus which found Bryan completely untethering himself from the yoke of previously used techniques and wholeheartedly embracing the classical guitar. Featuring layer upon layer of his signature harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic language transfused into the subtly introspective spacial environment that only solo instrumentation can provide, Sometimes The Wolf - Fourteen Studies for Solo Guitar and Wind is Bryan Baker's musical mind at its most contemplative, its most conceptual, its most free.
With each study focusing on a particular technique or method specific to the guitar, Sometimes The Wolf - Fourteen Studies for Solo Guitar and Wind not only provides the player with numerous compositional environments within which to work, but also employs those same environments as opportunities to hone and refine techniques particular to the guitar that are not generally found in the repertoire of the modern guitarist. Whether it be left hand arching and placement, chordal passages requiring large leaps, finger placement for ideal tonal response, intervallic and/or atonal melodic content, altered tunings, non-conventional time signatures, or the wide use of dynamic range, Sometimes The Wolf - Fourteen Studies for Solo Guitar and Wind seeks to do what all books written for the musician should seek: an increase in the artistic capacity of the reader.
Inspired by the story arch, as well as the chronology of the now-legendary American novel “Blood Meridian; or an Evening Redness in the West” by Cormac McCarthy, Sometimes The Wolf - Fourteen Studies for Solo Guitar and Wind is also a work of singular vision, transplanting the performer into an environment that is wholly otherworldly and transformative.
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