Here are a few of the compositions I've written over the years. The tunes have been captured in MP3 or MIDI format for you to listen to. I hope you enjoy these tunes as I have over the years.
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"Rainbow Blues" by Paul Kucharski © 2000
This tune is played in Standard tuning in the key of E. It combines alternating bass, boogie bass and monotonic bass techniques. The second theme with the boogie bass will require some work to get down, but it's well worth the effort. My best advice is to take it slow at first and speed up only after you have the finger movements down pat. This tune is a great study in some of the great blues turnarounds possible in key of E.
MP3: Rainbow Blues
As generated by TablEdit
"John Henry's Son" by Paul Kucharski © 1999
This tune is played in Open D. This piece is pretty up-tempo and consists of around 6 different themes interlaced together (including a lick from Jefferson Airplane!). I usually don't play the darn thing the same way twice, but the TAB here represents the most common embodiment of the tune. The opening theme is actually a portion of John Fahey's version of John Henry; thus the title of the tune, since it all started from trying to work out that piece. But from that point on, it diverges pretty significantly. It's fun to play and will give your fingers a workout.
Have a listen to this piece played on a Larrivee Baritone
MP3 John Henry's Son
MP3 as generated by TablEdit
"SummerTree" by Paul Kucharski © 1980
This tune is played in Open G. The melody is built on top of an alternating bass and it uses harmonics on the 12th fret to provide for a more interesting tonal color. It also sounds best when played on a 12 string so I created a 12 string sound in the MIDI version below. Unfortunately, the Godin can't capture harmonics as well as I'd like, but at least you can get the basic idea. It should be played rather slowly and deliberately to allow the notes to ring out as long as they can.
Played by Paul Kucharski on a Godin Multiac Guitar, simulated 12 string sound (recorded in 1998)
"Runabout" by Paul Kucharski © 1980
This tune is played in Open D. It is a bit more challenging in that it uses some rather unique right hand fingerings to get the correct sound. It sounds best when played up to full speed as can be heard in the MIDI example. The melody of this tune travels across 5 strings and therefore the bass and melody are tightly integrated together. Although I never seem to play this thing the same way twice, the notation provides suggested fingerings.
MP3: Run About
As generated by TablEdit
"Joey" by Paul Kucharski © 1980
This piece is played in Open D and uses an alternating bass throughout. Like most pieces written for open tunings, it takes extensive advantage of the open strings to get unique soundings that would be difficult to obtain otherwise. These days I usually play this piece on a baritone guitar because I like the sound of the tune in that low register (effectively Open B). Like most open tunings, it's best to start with the tab notation to figure out the fingerings and chords first.
Have a listen to the piece played on a Larrivee Baritone
MIDI as generated by TablEdit
Standard Notation andTablature
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