Dynamics and Melody in Standard Tuning

Hello,
I am Jacques Stotzem from Belgium and I am very pleased to participate to Fingerpicking.net. Two words are important to tell you about my playing: dynamic and melody.

Since I learned the fingerstyle guitar through the acoustic blues, I have been working on the control of the dynamic range, because it brings life to a guitar piece. During concerts, I love to perform a wide repertoire from romantic pieces to energic acoustic rock pieces. It’s interesting to notice that even very soft pieces must be played with a strong dynamic control. The plastic fingerpicks I use are very helpful to get a strong and clean sound.
What I also love in the music is the melody. To try to create melodies on the guitar that can be sung has always been a challenge to me. Knowledge of harmony is important to understand how a melodic composition can be developed, that’s one of the reasons why since a long time, I just use the standard tuning on the guitar, to get the knowledge of chords, scales, harmonisation of scales, etc… It’s a personal choice, but the only way for me to be able to manage all those informations was to play in standard tuning.
Please feel free to visit my website www.stotzem.com or my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/JStotzem. I will try to find some time in the future to post articles.

All the best,
Jacques

 

Ciao, sono Jacques Stotzem, dal Belgio, e sono molto contento di partecipare a Fingerpicking.net. Due cose anzitutto sono importanti da dire a proposito del mio modo di suonare: la dinamica e la melodia.

Da quando ho imparato la chitarra fingerstyle attraverso il blues acustico, ho sempre lavorato sul controllo della gamma dinamica, perché è questa che dà vita a un brano per chitarra. Nei miei concerti preferisco presentare un repertorio ampio, dai brani romantici fino a energici pezzi rock. È interessante sottolineare che anche brani molto dolci devono essere suonati con un forte controllo della dinamica. I fingerpicks di plastica che uso sono di grande aiuto per ottenere un suono forte e pulito.
L’altra cosa che mi piace nella musica è la melodia. È sempre stata una grande sfida per me cercare di creare sulla chitarra delle melodie che possano essere cantate. La conoscenza dell’armonia è importante per capire come una melodia possa essere sviluppata, e questa è una delle ragioni per cui, da molto tempo, uso soltanto l’accordatura standard, per mantenere la conoscenza degli accordi, delle scale, dell’armonizzazione delle scale, e così via. È una scelta personale, ma secondo me l’unico modo per essere capace di gestire tutte quelle nozioni era utilizzare l’accordatura standard.

Vi auguro ogni bene!
Jacques

About Jacques Stotzem

In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the \"fingerstyle\" guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 11 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine \"Akustik Gitarre\" have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb\' Mo\'. \nThat\'s not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener. Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.\nJacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company \"Martin Guitar\", produces an \"OMC Jacques Stotzem Custom Signature Model\", a dream for every guitar player, a consecration for Jacques. His guitar-playing colleague Larry Coryell described Jacques as follows : \"What he plays is pure music. As an instrument he uses the guitar, which he knows very, very well.\"\n

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In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the \"fingerstyle\" guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 11 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine \"Akustik Gitarre\" have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb\' Mo\'. \nThat\'s not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener. Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.\nJacques Stotzem has become a regular guest at European and American festivals and is often invited for tours in Japan, China or Taiwan. Since 2006, the famous American guitar company \"Martin Guitar\", produces an \"OMC Jacques Stotzem Custom Signature Model\", a dream for every guitar player, a consecration for Jacques. His guitar-playing colleague Larry Coryell described Jacques as follows : \"What he plays is pure music. As an instrument he uses the guitar, which he knows very, very well.\"\n

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    Jacques Stotzem is great composer and a fantastic guitar player. the piece Grando is a remarquable one. Thanks Jacques

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