Please let me apologize in advance for the long post — which I hope that I’m posting in the right section.
I’ve just started to play the transcription for classical guitar of Graeme Koehne’s A Closed World of Fine Feelings and Grand Design and have come across a puzzling problem. The piece requires a drop D tuning. In bar twelve, the broken chords move in the following way: low F# (on the fourth fret of the tuned-to-D E string) combined with A (on the second fret of the G string); to D (on the open fourth string) combined with D (on the third fret of the third string); to F# (on the fourth fret of the fourth string) combined with G (on the third fret of the first string). After being unhappy with the fingering solutions that I had thought of, I searched the net for other possibilities and found two versions of the piece.
The first is by Jeong Hoon:
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His fingering agrees with the guitar transcription that I have. But, since his is one of the fingering versions of bar twelve with which I came up and was somewhat dissatisfied, I continued my search.
I then found a second version by Matthew Miskin:
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Unhappily, the video is somewhat dark or grainy. But what Matthew plays – the frets on which, so far as I can tell, his fingers fall in bar twelve – appears not to coincide with the sheet music that I have, which I purchased from a very reputable supplier. In fact, in searching for other transcriptions of the piece for guitar, I found that they were all absolutely identical with the version that I have.
In order to try to resolve the problem, I then searched for the original piano version by Koehne but could not find it. Here, then, is my question: can anyone tell me if the guitar transcription of Koehne’s beautiful piece is accurate and if the third couplet of bar twelve is actually F# (on the fourth fret of the fourth string) combined with G (on the third fret of the first string)? I’d be really grateful for any help or advice.