Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known as Horace by his English-speaking friends, offered friendly, entertaining advice for fellow poets in the form of a poem titled Ars Poetica. Written somewhere around 8 BC, Ars Poetica inspired the art of poetry for many hundreds of years to come.
Amongst the 30 maxims in Ars Poetica, Horace advises that a poem demands unity, harmony and proportion, which should be balanced with meter and style, and crafted around a theme or character. Horace also professes "ut pictura poesis," or, "as is painting so is poetry.”
Quintus Horatius Flaccus and celebrated composer, prolific recording artist and virtuoso guitarist Peppino D’Agostino have very much in common. TrueFire is proud to welcome Peppino to the TrueFire family and introduce his Acoustic Poetica to our entire student community.
“Acoustic Poetica is a very appropriate title because composing music on my guitar is very much like writing poetry. There are rhythms in the rhymes of a poem and there are rhythms in musical phrases. Both art forms capture the essence of an experience or emotion and express it in a visceral way to connect me to my audience.
My musical compositions are very similar to paintings. For example, in a landscape, you might see the silhouette of a tree being closer than the mountain range in the background. In the same fashion, when you compose a piece, you may want the melody to be upfront and the chords in the background.”
Whatever style of music you play, the inspirational value of Peppino’s Acoustic Poetica demands a spot in your library. Just watching this master perform and break down the four featured performance studies, is worth the price of admission alone. Peppino also presents ten key creative concepts and technical approaches with detailed explanations and demonstrations — these are priceless maxims for any and every acoustic guitarist.
Acoustic Poetica is organized into two sections. The first section focuses on what Peppino considers to be essential techniques and creative approaches: Open Tunings, Melody in Open Tunings, Harmony in Open Tunings, Lower Register Melodies, Harmonizing a Melody, Left Hand Only, Palm and Finger Percussion, Muted Percussive Finger Strum, Thumb Slap and Using Harmonics.
The second section puts all of the first section’s creative approaches and techniques to work across four featured full-length, original composition performance studies (2 in standard tuning and 2 in very evocative open tunings): The Blue Ocean (76 measures - Tuning: DADEAE), Barefoot in Rio (111 measures - Standard Tuning), Nine White Kites (79 measures - Tuning: C#G#EF#BD#) and Street Pulse (65 measures - Standard Tuning).
All of the performance studies (and many of the previous section’s examples and demonstrations) are tabbed and notated, plus you’ll get Guitar Pro files as well (Windows & Mac compatible).
Peppino’s Acoustic Poetica is a magical, enlightening learning experience that will be a treat for your eyes and ears and inspire your imagination and creative prowess.