Thierry Tisserand : Melocoton Blues for 3 guitars
Updated: Sep 10, 2021
Les Productions D’Oz: Score and separate parts (8, 3, 3, and 3 pages respectively)
I have seen numerous pieces by this composer over the years and I yet to come across one that isn’t wonderful, superbly guitaristic, and great fun to play.
This piece, originally a work for 5 guitars and re-arranged by the composer, has the swing instruction at the top, meaning that straight quavers on the score are to be swung like a triplet, with the first note a crotchet, and the second a quaver. It is a proper 12 bar blues in form right from the outset, and is in the key of E Major. All the parts are relatively complex so a decent technique is required to make this piece work in the way that it should, but apart from that , everything is lots of fun, with all the guitars blending beautifully, and guitar 3 usually ( but not always) providing most of the accompaniment material. There is even from bars 49 to 60 the opportunity for guitars 1 and 2 to improvise over guitar 3’s accompaniment. A lot of the flow in the music is via bunches or triplets, and so a good knowledge of the entire fingerboard is essential. As all good blues, it slows right down at the end and finishes on a flourish! This is great fun and an ideal piece for a good trio to get their hands around and so I can utterly recommend this publication.