Cross-String Fantasy

Joe LoPiccolo of Sierra Madre, California, has an astonishingly smooth touch on the nylon-string guitar, as he proved with his recorded accompaniments on Andrew York’s book/CD package Jazz Guitar for Classical Cats, and as he proves again here with the rippling phrase presented below.
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“This is a long line that uses both the A Aeolian [1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7, or A, B, C, D, E, F, G] and A Dorian [1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7, or A, B, C, D, E, F#, G] modes over an Am chord,” elucidates LoPiccolo. “A static minor chord without a 6, such as Am, allows for both the flatted 6 [F] and natural 6 [F#] as scale choices. When fingered exactly as written using open strings, the line has a beautiful harp-like sound and is a wonderful ‘cross-stringing’ exercise.”

Hear this mesmerizing cascade of notes on “Waves” from LoPiccolo’s CD Passages [].