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John Dowland lute music on slide guitar

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I've just had a go at taking a 400 year old lute piece by John Dowland and playing it straight on a classical guitar, then on a slide guitar, and finally on a slide guitar with looper. Had fun doing it. Sad tunes from early music fit on the blues scale quite nicely. John Dowland's original piece is still the best though...

Posted : 29/08/2011 3:31 pm
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Just uploaded a better track in my second attempt at Renaissance Blues. John Dowland's "Mr Dowland's Midnight" was a better fit to the blues as it is a minor key. Please let me know what you think. You can find the clip at

Posted : 04/09/2011 4:57 pm
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Good music is good music, no matter when it's from. I have to agree that the second song works better.

Great idea. You don't have to worry about copyrights if you go back far enough.


Posted : 08/09/2011 10:03 pm
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It's highly addictive listening, and I'm sitting here with the Dowland score open on the desk working out what you've done. Putting the Classical Guitar version at the end is an inspired touch.

I really like the approach. There's always scope for a new take on the core guitar repertoire, and John Dowland's music rates amongst the very best.

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Posted : 09/09/2011 5:39 am
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Wow, this was really cool...I'm a big fan of Dowland, and these were fantastic takes.

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Posted : 15/09/2011 6:27 am