Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby ArthurG » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:06 pm

Haunting!

I would dearly love to be able to play this.

Could anyone comment on what level of playing is needed to play this fairly well?

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby lagartija » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:14 pm

Erik....I don't know how I missed this when you first posted it. It is absolutely lovely. :casque:
I loved how you made the melody line sing out. Lovely tone, too. This is something I would love to play someday....
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Kenbobpdx » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:37 pm

ArthurG wrote:Haunting!

I would dearly love to be able to play this.

Could anyone comment on what level of playing is needed to play this fairly well?


Cookie's transcription is not especially difficult if you have reasonable technical skills. The transcription brings out the melody line clearly while keeping complex harmonies at a minimum. It makes for a very good, solid piece of music to play. It does cover the fretboard so you will need to be comfortable reading notation up the neck. Hope this helps.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby ArthurG » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:40 pm

Thanks Kenbob, perhaps I need to wait a while then. I've been playing CG about 4 months.

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Kenbobpdx » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:48 pm

ArthurG wrote:Thanks Kenbob, perhaps I need to wait a while then. I've been playing CG about 4 months.


Unless you have prior fingerstyle guitar playing experience the piece would most be out of range for the average person who has only played for 4 months. I am not one to state that one has to have x number of years under the belt before tackling a given piece but realistically I would maybe keep this on the back burner. Of course, you might try reading through the first section anyway for the challenge. Just don't frustrate yourself if its not there.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Erik Zurcher » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:51 pm

ArthurG wrote:Thanks Kenbob, perhaps I need to wait a while then. I've been playing CG about 4 months.


If you like the piece, give it a try. Take your time.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby David Crooks » Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:09 pm

ArthurG wrote:Haunting!

I would dearly love to be able to play this.

Could anyone comment on what level of playing is needed to play this fairly well?


Hi Arthur

If this arrangement is a bit beyond you at the moment, you could try the easier version of Hector The Hero, another slow air, here:

http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=64938

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Erik Zurcher » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:44 pm

There is confusion about the spelling of the name Niel Gow: Niel Gow signed his own name by spelling it Niel, his son spelled it Neil. I suppose that spelling wasn't fixed during the 19th century. I prefer Niel's original signature.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Les Backshall » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:14 pm

My brother's name is Neil - rhymes with wheel - but I know two people called Niel, and both pronounce their name like the river.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby ArthurG » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:41 am

cookie wrote:Hi Arthur

If this arrangement is a bit beyond you at the moment, you could try the easier version of Hector The Hero, another slow air, here:

http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=64938


Cookie, I've just seen your reply, thank you! :D

I'll give Hector a try.

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Montgomery » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:14 am

That's a beautiful piece played so well. Than you for sharing this :bravo:

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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Jstanley01 » Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:52 pm

Wonderful rendition, Erik. I love cookie's arrangement, and I'd love to have the music to your intro.
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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Erik Zurcher » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:52 am

This is my handwritten notation of the intro.
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Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Brian Monaghan » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:30 am

I love this piece! Thanks for sharing. It captures such a depth of feeling.


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Re: Gow, Niel - Lament for the death of his second wife

Postby Wayne S » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:07 am

Nicely played Erik, and not a bad sound recording, is was very clear on my headphones.

Les and Erik, as for the way Niel spelled his name, I guess it goes back to the English grammar spelling rule of
" I before E except after C " so Niel would be the correct way to spell the name.

But today people tend to make up their own names for their children and take liberties with spelling.

Cheers Wayne S.


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