Art Davis

ArtGuitarArt Davis is a Folk-Jazz composer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist living in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin. While his music is rooted in Jazz, it is his incorporation of elements from American/Celtic/English folk traditions and classical composition that gives his sound unique and broad appeal. Fans describe Art Davis as Andrew York meets Phillip Glass meets Bill Frisell. His music is meditative, with strong melodies and textures, and demonstrates an individual sense of harmony melding jazz with simpler folk, and ethnic influences.

Art Davis Guitar Music will be posting blogs and links to video content covering several topics related to Learning to Play, Write, and Record Acoustic Guitar Music in Your Home Studio. These topics will include tutorials on music composition/theory, songwriting, lyric writing, arranging for the guitarrecording/mixing, home studio setup and equipment recommendations, featured reviews of guitarists that Art finds interesting, and links to many resources for all things guitar related.

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Daria Semikina–Guitarist, Composer, Arranger

Daria Semikina

This is the first installment of a series of blog posts I have planned. I want to publish one review a month as part of Art Davis Guitar Music. I will review a guitarist and provide links to some videos of their work.

This first installment features Daria Semikina. Daria is a Russian acoustic and electric guitarist that has an extensive catalog of videos (107 videos) on her YouTube Channel and on Facebook.

I’m not sure I remember exactly how I discovered Daria’s work. I think it was on YouTube. Her videos are top shelf. The audio recording is excellent and her video production is simple and elegant. Her biographical info on line is (intentionally I assume) sparse. She has a very broad and wide set of stylistic interests.

Her playing is very controlled and demonstrates a light touch that is very expressive. The recordings are first rate and her Ramirez 130 Años (spruce top) nylon string guitar is a good match for her sense of touch. She has very delicate tone. Her phrasing is very thoughtful and contemplative. I find her music mesmerizing.

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Composition: Add Variety To Your Chord Progressions Part II – Mapping Functions To Modes

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The the previous post Composition: Add Variety To Your Chord Progressions Part I   we looked at how the seven chords in a major key fall into three categories or Functions (Tonic, Sub-Dominant, Dominant). And we explored how any chords in a given Function are interchangeable with each other exemplifying the concept of Chord Substitution.

This post assumes you understand the concepts in the previous post sited above.

So as a next step:  In this post we will take a look at how to do the same thing using different modes. In addition, we will examine different ways of using modes to expand your harmonic palette.

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Composition: Add Variety To Your Chord Progressions – Part I

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This topic will be presented in multiple parts as separate blog posts. Part I will start out with a very simple concept and in subsequent Parts the concepts will gain in complexity and build on one another.

In Part I we will look into a very simple concept of chord function and explore what the alternatives are for that function and different ways to think about chord function. If you have studied this concept as part of traditional classical music theory or as part of jazz theory what I’m going to share won’t track 100 percent. The reason being:

Popular music for the most part doesn’t follow those paradigms 100 percent. Classical music theory uses the Bach Chorales as a model and presents a set of rules for chord movement and individual chord part movement. Jazz theory involves a much more complex harmonic language than most popular music makes use of. So what I’ve done is taken some of the concepts from both these traditions and adapted them to the musical language used in folk, pop, rock, blues, fusion, and other popular styles.

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