“STAY WITH ME” – SAM SMITH – INSTRUMENTAL ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Performed and produced by Mark Jeffery Campayno/USA
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This is what I’d call a solo guitar work in three parts, which seems a bit contradictory. But this was an off the cuff improvisation of sorts in three parts. I played and recorded them all in under 15 minutes. It is a creation that was intended to give only the spirit of the original by Sam Smith.
A very simple constuction in the work makes for a very interesting process. . With a basic harmony guitar and two melody tracks on top, I’m happy with the result. Not overbearing, I held firm to a more simplistic approach.
The song consists of three main chords and an occasional fourth at the turnaround of the progression. The song is basically in a minor using a typical i-IV-vi progression. The turnaround is the creative point at which you make the decision usually on the fly. I didn’t make a big deal of that but concentrated on the melodic content, especially the harmonies.
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