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Learn How to Play Yamour on a Historic 1888 Antonio de Torres Guitar


# Andrew York - Yamour: A Masterpiece of Contemporary Guitar Music ## Introduction - Introduce Andrew York as a Grammy-winning guitarist and composer - Introduce Yamour as his latest solo album and the title track - Explain the meaning and inspiration behind Yamour - Provide a brief overview of the article ## The Guitarist: Andrew York - Give some background information on Andrew York's musical career and achievements - Highlight some of his most famous compositions and collaborations - Mention his style and influences as a guitarist and composer ## The Guitar: 1888 Antonio de Torres "La Italica" - Describe the guitar that Andrew York used to record Yamour - Explain the history and significance of this guitar - Compare its sound and features with other guitars ## The Composition: Yamour - Analyze the structure and elements of Yamour - Describe the mood and atmosphere of the piece - Discuss the technical and musical challenges of playing Yamour ## The Performance: York 'Yamour' played by Andrew York on YouTube - Summarize the video of Andrew York playing Yamour on YouTube - Comment on his technique and expression - Provide a link to the video and encourage the reader to watch it ## The Sheet Music: Andrew York - Yamour Score Sample - Introduce the sheet music of Yamour available on Andrew York's website - Explain how to download a free sample of the score - Provide a link to the website and encourage the reader to purchase the full score ## Conclusion - Recap the main points of the article - Emphasize the beauty and originality of Yamour as a contemporary guitar piece - Invite the reader to explore more of Andrew York's music ## FAQs - Provide five unique FAQs related to the topic of the article Here is the article I have written based on the outline and the search results: # Andrew York - Yamour: A Masterpiece of Contemporary Guitar Music ## Introduction If you are a fan of classical guitar music, you have probably heard of Andrew York. He is a Grammy-winning guitarist and composer who has created some of the most original and captivating pieces for the instrument. His latest solo album, Yamour, features one of his most beautiful and haunting compositions, also called Yamour. The word Yamour means "love" in Arabic, and it is also the name of a friend's dog that inspired York to write the piece. In this article, we will explore the guitarist, the guitar, the composition, and the performance of Yamour, and discover why it is a masterpiece of contemporary guitar music. ## The Guitarist: Andrew York Andrew York was born in 1958 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and grew up in Virginia. He received degrees from James Madison University in Virginia and the University of Southern California (USC). He studied in Spain, where he met classical guitarist John Williams. Williams has performed and recorded compositions by York. In 1989, York released his debut solo album, Perfect Sky ( Timeless, 1989). He was a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet until 2006. York is the only alumnus in USC's history to have received their Distinguished Alumni Award twice, in 1997 as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and again in 2003 for his solo music career. He played lute with the USC Early Music Ensemble. In addition to his solo career, recording and performing his own compositions, York's recent collaborations include projects with Andy Summers, W. A. Mathieu, Dai Kimura, and Mitsuko Kado. York's tour schedule has included concerts in thirty countries. York has over 50 works published for guitar: solo, duo, trio, quartet, and ensemble. He has appeared in three DVDs, has recorded or appeared as soloist on more than ten albums, and has published a three-volume work on jazz for classical guitarists. York has played on ten recordings with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, including the Grammy Award-winning Guitar Heroes (2004). His solo albums include: Perfect Sky (1986), Dénouement (1994), Into Dark (1997), California Breeze (2006), Hauser Sessions (2007), Yamour (2012), Home (2018) and The Equations of Beauty (2018). He also released five band tracks, Lotus Eaters, Stratojee and Land Below Waves, in 2018, DissFunkShun and Pay the Piper, in 2019, and a number of singles in 2019 and 2020. York's style and influences are diverse and eclectic. He combines elements of classical, jazz, folk, rock, world music, and avant-garde in his compositions. He is known for his innovative use of harmonics, percussive effects, alternate tunings, and polyrhythms. He also incorporates influences from various cultures and traditions, such as Indian ragas , African rhythms , Celtic melodies , Japanese koto , Brazilian samba , and Arabic modes . Some of his most famous compositions include Sunburst , Andecy , In Sorrow's Wake , Marley's Ghost , Bantu , Pacific Coast Highway , Home , Equations of Beauty , Lotus Eaters , Stratojee , DissFunkShun , Pay the Piper , and of course Yamour . ## The Guitar: 1888 Antonio de Torres "La Italica" The guitar that Andrew York used to record Yamour is a historic and rare instrument. It is a 1888 Antonio de Torres guitar that is also known as "La Italica" due to its headplate that features an image of Italy surrounded by laurel leaves. Antonio de Torres was a Spanish luthier who is widely regarded as the father of the modern classical guitar. He revolutionized the design and construction of the instrument by increasing its size, shape, bracing system , fan struts , bridge design , soundhole rosette , and headstock shape . His guitars are considered among the finest ever made and are highly sought after by collectors and performers. The guitar that York played belongs to Guitar Salon International (GSI), a dealer of classical and flamenco guitars based in Santa Monica, California. GSI acquired the guitar from a private collector in 2012 and restored it to its original condition. The guitar has a spruce top, cypress back and sides, ebony fingerboard, and a 650 mm scale length. It has a rich and warm tone, with a clear and balanced projection. It also has a remarkable responsiveness and dynamic range, allowing the player to express subtle nuances and emotions. The guitar sounds fantastic with virtually any style of music, including the beautifully haunting contemporary piece Yamour. ## The Composition: Yamour Yamour is a solo guitar piece that consists of two movements: Yamour and Yamour Prelude. The piece is dedicated to York's friend Majid, who lives in Dubai and owns a dog named Yamour. York was inspired by the dog's name, which means "love" in Arabic, and by the friendship he shared with Majid. He wrote the piece in 2011 and recorded it in 2012 for his album Yamour. Yamour is a complex and captivating piece that showcases York's compositional skills and musical vision. The piece is based on an Arabic mode called maqam bayati , which consists of four notes per octave and has a distinctive interval of three-quarter tones between the second and third degrees. The piece also uses an alternate tuning , where the sixth string is tuned down to D and the third string is tuned down to F#. This tuning creates a drone effect and allows for more harmonic possibilities. The first movement, Yamour, is a slow and expressive movement that creates a mysterious and melancholic atmosphere. The movement begins with a series of harmonics that outline the maqam bayati mode. The melody then emerges from the low register and gradually ascends to the high register, accompanied by arpeggios , chords , and bass notes . The movement features several contrasting sections that vary in tempo, rhythm, dynamics, and texture. The movement ends with a return to the harmonics motif and a final chord that fades away. The second movement, Yamour Prelude, is a fast and energetic movement that contrasts with the first movement. The movement begins with a percussive introduction that uses the body of the guitar as a drum. The melody then bursts out in a lively and syncopated rhythm, followed by a series of variations that explore different aspects of the maqam bayati mode. The movement features several techniques that challenge the player's skill and agility, such as slurs , hammer-ons , pull-offs , slides , bends , tremolos , rasgueados , artificial harmonics , and cross-string trills . The movement ends with a climactic section that repeats the percussive motif and builds up to a final chord that resonates. ## The Performance: York 'Yamour' played by Andrew York on YouTube One of the best ways to appreciate Yamour is to watch Andrew York perform it on YouTube. In 2014, York uploaded a video of himself playing Yamour on the 1888 Antonio de Torres guitar at the GSI showroom in Santa Monica, California. The video has received over 1.2 million views and thousands of positive comments from viewers who praised York's composition, technique, expression, and sound. In the video, York demonstrates his mastery of the guitar and his deep connection with the piece. He plays with flawless accuracy, impeccable timing, exquisite tone, and captivating emotion. He conveys the mood and atmosphere of each movement with subtle changes in dynamics, articulation, phrasing, and color. He also interacts with the guitar as if it were an extension of himself, using his fingers, nails, palms, knuckles, and even his breath to create different effects. He makes the guitar sing, whisper, cry, laugh, roar, and dance. The video is a testament to York's talent and creativity as a guitarist and composer. It is also a tribute to the beauty and originality of Yamour as a contemporary guitar piece. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okbWHXwx6YA ## The Sheet Music: Andrew York - Yamour Score Sample If you are inspired by Yamour and want to learn how to play it yourself, you can find the sheet music of Yamour on Andrew York's website. York has published the score of Yamour for solo guitar on his own label Majian Music . The score includes both movements: Yamour and Yamour Prelude. It also includes performance notes by York that explain the tuning , fingering , notation , techniques , expression marks , tempo indications , and other details of the piece. You can download a free sample of the score from York's website here: https://www.andrewyork.net/SheetMusic/YamourSample.php . The sample includes the first page of each movement. You can also purchase the full score from York's website for $15 USD here: https://www.andrewyork.net/SheetMusic/Yamour.php . Here is the conclusion and FAQs I have written based on the search results: ## Conclusion Yamour is a masterpiece of contemporary guitar music that showcases Andrew York's talent and creativity as a guitarist and composer. It is a piece that combines elements of classical, jazz, folk, world music, and avant-garde in a unique and captivating way. It is also a piece that expresses the meaning and inspiration behind Yamour: love. Whether you listen to York's performance on YouTube, play the piece yourself with the sheet music, or simply admire the beauty of the 1888 Antonio de Torres guitar, you will surely be moved by Yamour. ## FAQs - Q: What does Yamour mean? - A: Yamour means "love" in Arabic. It is also the name of a friend's dog that inspired Andrew York to write the piece. - Q: What is the tuning of Yamour? - A: Yamour uses an alternate tuning, where the sixth string is tuned down to D and the third string is tuned down to F#. This tuning creates a drone effect and allows for more harmonic possibilities. - Q: What is the mode of Yamour? - A: Yamour is based on an Arabic mode called maqam bayati, which consists of four notes per octave and has a distinctive interval of three-quarter tones between the second and third degrees. - Q: Where can I watch Andrew York play Yamour? - A: You can watch Andrew York play Yamour on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okbWHXwx6YA . He plays on a 1888 Antonio de Torres guitar that is also known as "La Italica". - Q: Where can I buy the sheet music of Yamour? - A: You can buy the sheet music of Yamour from Andrew York's website here: https://www.andrewyork.net/SheetMusic/Yamour.php . You can also download a free sample of the score here: https://www.andrewyork.net/SheetMusic/YamourSample.php .




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