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Launching New Guitar Workshop

Delighted to announce my new guitar workshop which I’ll be launching as part of a Concert + Workshop series beginning in Aug this year.

The workshop titled ‘Explorations with Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar‘ is an introductory workshop exploring the very beautiful acoustic guitar technique and style of Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar.

Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar involves the playing of traditional Celtic melodies (tunes) as arrangements for solo acoustic guitar. These are melodies that are primarily written for solo fiddle (violin), pipes (bagpipes/uilleann pipes) or played as group arrangements in traditional Celtic bands (whistle, pipes, fiddle, bodhran…). The idea is to try and mimic the sounds and techniques of these traditional instruments using the solo guitar… read more

During the workshop we will be exploring:

  • Basic Fingerstyle Technique
  • Altered Guitar Tunings
  • Separating the Melody from the Bass
  • Traditional Ornamentation and Altered Tuning Techniques
  • A full Celtic Fingerstyle arrangement of a popular Irish Jig in the DADGAD Altered Tuning

 

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I’m very much looking forward to launching and sharing the workshop as I love this guitar style and technique, it is so enjoyable and rewarding to play. It’s debut will be launched at The Lyth Arts Centre in Wick/Scotland on Thurs 9th August, commencing at 2pm. The workshop will be held in the afternoon before an evening performance of a solo Wilson Noble concert.

Look forward to seeing you there. Contact me if you have any questions.

Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar

Within the last four years I have been studying Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar. It has been, and continues to be, such a pleasure learning and performing in this style of music.

The style involves performing traditional celtic melodies (tunes) as arrangements for solo acoustic guitar – these are tunes that are primarily written for solo fiddle (violin), pipes (bagpipes/uilleann pipes) or played as group arrangements in traditional celtic bands (whistles, pipes, fiddle, bodhran, bazouki…). The idea is to try and mimic (to a degree) the sounds of these traditional instruments using the solo guitar.

To achieve this we aim to use the full register of the guitar usually keeping the melody in the top register and playing a separate bassline in the bottom register. The idea is to accompany yourself whilst playing the melody on the guitar. In many cases we use altered guitar tunings to capture this, these can offer the use of drones throughout the arrangements, increased guitar resonance, and often easier access to the melody notes.

Below is an example of a Traditional Irish Jig called ‘Banish Misfortune’ which is arranged in DADGAD tuning for solo fingerstyle guitar (arr. R. Thompson).

Just some of the other popular altered tunings for this style are CGCGCD (Csus2), DADGBE (Drop D), CGDGCD (Orkney Tuning). And some of the great guitar players that incorporate this style in their playing and composition are John Renbourn, Tony McManus, Martin Simpson, Steve Baughman, Franco Morone, and more recently Jean Banwarth and Stephen Wake.

Below is another example. A traditonal Irish Jig called ‘The Blarney Pilgrim’ which is arranged in DADGAD tuning (arr D. Ernst). Ths tune is traditionally played on the uilleann pipes (Irish pipes).

 

Keep an eye and ear out as in the coming months I will be recording and releasing a small E.P. of arrangements that I have been working on in Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar.

I look forward to sharing more of this music as time and practice allows!

Video Interview – Jan 2018

Had a really nice time at North Highland College in Alness/Scotland (Highlands) last month being interviewed and recorded by two music students for a Monthly Podcast.

One of the music students ‘Ryan Raymond’ captured our interview on camera and has created the the video interview below.

In it we talk about my musical influences, background, guitar playing, song meanings, use of equipment and all round musical happenings in the land of Mr Noble (that’s me!).

As well as this we capture two separate live performances of two of my newest songs, both of which use live looping arrangements throughout the compositions. The first one is my song ‘Home‘, which is a devotional song about partnership and finding, building and nurturing a sense of Home with your significant other. The second song ‘Awakening‘ is a guitar instrumental that utilises the building of live arrangements and improvisation.

I really enjoyed my time at the College and had a lot of fun recording and being interviewed by the students. They held such an open friendly and professional space (Cheers guys!).

Hit play and check out the Video Above ^

January Podcast with North Highland College UHI (Recording + Interview)

Happy to share I visited North Highland College in Alness/Scotland earlier this month to record a couple of songs and take part in an interview for a January podcast that some of the music students were creating for their coursework.

I had one tutor and two students working with me for the podcast. It was a really nice experience, very relaxed and professional. We all worked hard and managed to record two songs in the studio and carry out an interview all in the space of 4 hours. I was very happy with the working environment and made to feel really at ease.

Above are pictures from my time in the studio.

I brought in my loop pedal (Boss RC-1) and recorded one song ‘Home’ and one instrumental ‘Awakening’. We captured both of these as live recordings and overdubbed just one part, a shaker as extra percussion on my song ‘Home’. It was really interesting to hear how a live-set using my live-looping arrangements was going to turn out in the studio as I’d never done this before and alongside this I’ve never recorded ‘Home’ before so all in all some new experiences for me.

Alongside this we recorded an interview for the podcast, audio student ‘Ryan Raymond’ interviewed me asking questions about my songs, equipment, influences, and all round questions on what I’m up to as a musician/singer-songwriter. It was a great experience and I enjoyed sharing it all, this was Ryan’s first ever interview and I reckon he did really well!

You can listen to the final podcast here:

Alignment – New Video for a New Year!

Happy New Year folks!  –  here we go into 2018…

For the new year yesterday I published a new video for my recent release ‘Alignment’. Alignment is a very mellow and meditative song of acoustic guitar + vocal.

I recorded this song in my home studio in Perth/Scotland 2015 (between my kitchen and hallway) after having it on the back burner for a number of years. Performed only a handful of times over the years, I composed Alignment back in 2007 whilst I was living in Edinburgh/Scotland – it was part of a new wave of inspiration, and songs I was composing from that time. Finally Alignment was mastered in 2016 whilst I was living in Elgin/Scotland – this song has had a tour in itself!

Alignment – Video

The video – you can watch below – was filmed whilst visiting family for Christmas on Dec 25th 2015 at Fraserburgh Beach in the North-East of Scotland.

On a calm winters day whilst out walking on the beach I was pleasantly surprised just how calm it was for a winters day and also how quiet it was, given it was Christmas day. Feeling inspired, I sat and filmed this footage on an ipad propped up on my rucksack to try and get a good angle. I had a feeling I would synchronise the footage with one of my songs but didn’t know which one it would be at the time. Just over a year and half later in 2017 I decided to synchronise my track alignment with the video footage, and here it is below!

I am really happy with how it turned out, I enjoy its simplicity…. and the independent music endevour it took for me to put it together. This is the first track where I have done every single element of its creation and release barring just one, the only aspect I never personally completed was mastering the recording.


Alignment is track four of Wilson Noble’s album ‘Here Now’
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New Video – Uprising (Live Looping Arrangement)

I’ve been enjoying creating Live Looping arrangements for my songs. Here is a clip of a Live Looped Arrangement for my song ‘Uprising(Release Details T.B.A.)

Lyrics
And there will come a time
Where all of mankind
Will live as one
With one heart and mind
And one great soul
This is our goal

Uprising, Uprising, Uprising
Rising up, Rising up, Rising up, We’re rising up

This is a Tribal song about the Uprising of Humanity, inspired from the culture and history of Scotlands Uprising to Independence in the 13th and 14th Centuries.

Music and Lyrics.
Copyright 2017 Twin Soul Music / Wilson Noble

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