Sunday, February 04, 2007

Live Acoustic Guitar at the Library

On a very cold Sunday afternoon in Fairfield, Ohio, I sit near the lobby of the Lane Public Library and am enjoying guitarist David Cochran and his fingerpicking style. For the past few minutes, he has played mostly classical music, and it's been wonderful to watch his technique.

We have begun timing our visits to this library so that we can make it to these Sunday Sounds series events:

One big key to playing well, as I'm watching him, is being able to move up and down the fretboard with ease, without the aid of a capo to transform the key in which the guitar is tuned. He makes it look so easy, but I know that such grace is anything but.

I see two other acoustic guitars on stands next to him; perhaps these are tuned differently for different styles, and we'll be sure to hear something from them soon.

Oh how cool is that? He just launched into a beautiful rendition of "Here, There, and Everywhere" by The Beatles! Having finished that song, he just said that he's got a few more for us.

Others in the audience ask him about his style in between songs, and it's very cool to hear the interaction. I'm definitely impressed with the use of barre chords and variety of fingerstyles.

Now comes "Michelle" by The Beatles. The acoustic guitar is such a beautiful instrument.

The library's Sound Series occurs on the first Sunday of every month, and free coffee is provided. Just be careful not to spill it on the carpeting like I just did!

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