This lesson on Koyunbaba by Carlo Domeniconi is going to show you how to learn this fantastic classical guitar piece. We will break it down bar by bar, highlighting the fingering, and hacks you need to perform this great piece of music.
Learn Koyunbaba by Domeniconi – tuning
Learning Koyunbaba will first require you to de-tune your guitar strings, quite a bit. So have a little patience with this process as it will take time for your guitar to settle. The video below will step you through two ways of getting that guitar into the C# tuning this piece requires.
Koyunbaba by Domeniconi has one additional challenge to it. Reading the score! The score has scordatura in it, which poses a slight bump in the road when reading straight off. Take a look at the small snippet below and it could be a tad confusing. Which score do I choose to read?
The bottom line is the scordatura or TAB. Yes! That is classical guitar TAB. The top line is the actual piece at pitch. In the case of Domeniconi’s Koyunbaba you need to read the bottom line but as if you are playing a guitar in Drop D tuning (lowered E string to D). Again the video above will help you step through this process.
Koyunbaba by Domeniconi – inspiration
Koyunbaba means shepherd in Turkish, however Koyunbaba is also a neighborhood of Bodrum in Southwestern Turkey. Domeniconi was head of the guitar program of the İstanbul University Conservatory, and its founder. And so he is familiar with the area, its culture and more importantly its music. Koyunbaba is infused with Turkish musical elements: its tuning, the poly-rhythms, the ornaments, and the modes. All are Turkish derived. But you don’t need to take my word for it. Here is an interview by Carlo Domeniconi in which he discusses Koyunbaba.
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