I just published a new track on my YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe here, by the way). It’s a piece with a working name From the Realm of Elves and Pixies. I chose this name because the beginning melody reminds me of the Shire and melodies composed by Howard Shore from the Lord of the Rings series. Those tracks gained him immortality indeed. Anyway, mine attempt has some fantasy patterns and if I close my mind, I find myself travelling trough a magical glade or something, so that’s for the name.
The first idea just came by when I was doing my regular exercises on guitar; I really hate sticking to the guidelines and working solely on my technique, because I consider my soul and my creativity to be at least of the same importance. No wonder I often get distracted while doing the routine.
And when this happens and I just wander aimlessly on the the fretboard, I sometimes receive a blessing from the gods of music and a gift from their realm is sent to me. Moments like this are so rare to be thrown away, so I record everything on my phone, write down what’s on my mind and start giving my ideas a better shape.
That’s exactly what happened with this theme as well. The first idea just was there, I didn’t have to do anything, I just played the first notes and continued until the end of the motif. I was all in the mood to continue with that cheerful melody, but I felt that there’s a space for more emotions. I didn’t want to abandon the fantasy realm entirely, though, so I decided to stay to continue with the major key and see what happens. It turned out to be a good choice and when I look in retrospective, there was nothing to be afraid of: The same progression is often found in songs by Fairyland and even Tobias Sammet himself used it on Avantasia’s Farewell. So I had a melody that was eerie, mystical and wistful. Good, but what next?
Sometimes you make huge leaps and sometimes only little steps
I tried several ideas, but nothing seemed to work this time. I got stuck for two weeks before the solution came to me at night. All the time I’d wanted to go back to the cheerful melody as soon as possible, but it was still too early. I tried to continue in the sad fashion, but it was not of much use either. I had a favorite for the next melody, but it was too different from the previous motives. After a couple of tries I resigned and focused on what was to be done next. The next part was surprisingly easy and the next day I naturally changed the ending of the previous parts, so that it all clicked together. And, finally, I could afford to repeat the main motive again and finish the piece.
Here it is. I had the orchestra in mind all the time, but it will take some time for the arrangements to be finished, so I just recorded it on the guitar. I can already hear the harps, flutes, bells and lyrical strings there, but I’ll have to wait a while. We’re currently working on new (totally cool) material with Falcar and it has #1 priority. I wanted to enjoy this little pleasant distraction, however, so I gave myself no more than one take to record it and publish it. It was not aimed for perfection (I’m gonna save this aspect for the orchestra), it was aimed for fun and also to show you what’s coming out in the future. I tested and measured this piece live a week ago when we played an acoustic set with Davey and the audience seemed to like it. I was even asked by some if there would be a chance to hear it again. For those of you – behold and enjoy. I’m getting back to Falcar orchestral samples.