FINN OLAFSSON • Video of the Month • July 2014 • At the Country Fair

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About "Video of the Month 2014" - in general

"Video of the Month 2014" is the headline of a unique activity by Danish composer and guitarist Finn Olafsson.

Every month in 2014 a new "live in the studio" recorded video was uploaded to YouTube featuring Finn Olafsson's acoustic guitar music and acoustic guitar techniques.

In 7 of the 12 videos Finn Olafsson plays brand new tunes which have never been published before while Finn Olafsson plays tunes known from his CD-albums in 5 of the videos.

In two of the videos Finn Olafsson is assisted by his brother Torsten Olafsson on tablas.

We used three cameras: One focusing on Finn Olafsson's left hand, another on the right hand and the third filming the "total" of Finn Olafsson playing the guitar.

The setup was engineered by Kim Ingemann Erichsen, Peak Production ApS, who was also in charge of the editing of the videos.

An exciting and interesting feature for many acoustic guitar fans is that Finn Olafsson plays on different Danish Kehlet Guitars and American C.F. Martin Guitars and David W. Musselwhite guitars from video to video.

In order to give all the guitars that Finn Olafsson plays in the videos equal conditions for optimal sound, a new set of exactly the same brand of phosphor bronze strings was put on on each and every guitar.

The guitars were recorded by sound engineer Ronnie Bille with a pair of DPA 4041 microphones "directly" through an AD stereo converter to a digital recording system.

The audio recordings were edited and mixed by Tobias Folting and Finn Olafsson in Folting Studio engineered by Tobias Folting.

For every video there is an individual, dedicated webpage here on Finn Olafsson's website where you can read in much detail about the background for each of the guitar pieces, the story about each of the guitars he is playing in the videos, the different guitar tunings used and some 'how to play it' advice. The essays are extensively illustrated with photos.

In Spring 2015, a double-DVD set including an audio CD, "The Audio Tracks", with all the 12 videos and some extra specials, was released.

In April 2016 the double DVD/CD set was followed up by a music book including all 12 acoustic guitar pieces presented as sheet music / guitar TAB.

All the music pieces are also available online for purchase and download as separate sheet music / TAB PDF files.

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July 2014

"AT THE COUNTRY FAIR" - Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature

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About the music and the guitar tuning

If you need a lamp for your house, a spare part for the car, or a coffee cup, you can go to a market fair in North Sealand. This is where traders from all over the country put up their stalls with just about anything you can imagine. These are lively places, full of entertainment for children and grownups.

"At The Country Fair" was originally recorded on my 2011 CD-album "Music From North Sealand". The album pays tribute to North Sealand in Denmark - the place I live and the place where you find these countryside fairs.

For the recording the guitar piece was arranged for a larger group of musicians, consisting of tablas, percussion, bass and keyboards. But before then, and whenever I get the opportunity, I also enjoy playing the piece in a duo version with my brother, Torsten Olafsson, on the tablas.

The two of us have been playing together since we were kids. In the beginning, when we started to play music, Torsten played the drums. But a few years later he chose the bass which, since then, has been his main instrument. Besides the bass, and vocal, Torsten also has been playing percussion, vibraphone, piano, japanese shakuhachi - and the tablas, which he started to play in the early 1970s - at the time when the Indian raga music became popular. Probably it became that popular because of outstanding sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and George Harrison's collaboration.

Some of you may recognize the sound of Torsten's tablas together with my acoustic guitar - a sound which was established already in 1980 on my album "Acoustic Guitar".

The guitar is tuned in the DADGAD tuning - just like April's "Video of the Month 2014" video "Playful Springtime". The piece is based on the D drone and the, more or less constantly ringing open top strings. The "high" tabla is also tuned in D. Now, when I'm writing about the music, I suspect myself to have had the intention of creating a North Sealandic raga

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Photo art by Kim Ingemann Erichsen


The Guitar

Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature

The idea of designing a Kehlet guitar as a cross between the shape of a Dreadnought and a Kehlet Folk model came to me after having played Martin Dreadnoughts for many years. Combining the advantages of the Dreadnought - its volume, low and top ends - with the advantages of the Kehlet Folk - its middle range, lightness, clearly defined sound, beautiful (i.e. feminine) appearance, and its more comfortable shape - seemed like an interesting thing to explore. The ultimate acoustic guitar, in my mind, would be one that gave you all these advantages in one guitar.

Ole Kehlet and I discussed this and then tried to enlarge the body of the Folk model to the length of the Dreadnought. We made a few corrections and finally arrived at a body with the approximate cubic content of a Dreadnought, but one in which the soft shoulders and the slim waist of the Folk model are predominant features over the heavy, angular lines of the Dreadnought. The enlarged cubic content and the subsequent increased volume lies mainly behind the bridge - in the lower body - which makes it as comfortable to hold as the small Folk model. It also looks very elegant, despite its size.

As I have often admitted, I am a bit of an inlay-freak, and my own personal signature guitars needed a very special design. I already knew what I didn't want: Celtic patterns, snowflakes and diamonds on the fretboard and bridge, the torch or alternate torch on the headplate, tree of life on the fretboard and so on. These are ornaments which are beautiful in the right quantities and combinations - but they are all classic and "holy" C.F. Martin designs and relate and belong, in my world, to C.F. Martin Guitars. Besides, I wanted the ornamentation on my Kehlet signature model to express something Danish because the builder and the guitarist are both Danes. And I wanted a motive taken from Nature, since I spend a lot of time outdoors and is often inspired by Nature when writing music.

I kept returning to the motive of a swan - the Danish national bird. The swan has a proud appearance and gracious movements. It is always a sight to behold. So I approached Marianne Olafsson who is a wonderful painter and told her of my idea to let a swan adorn the top of the headstock. She immediately agreed and added a club rush on the mid-section of the headstock between the strings. Club rushes and swans both have long necks. The club rush stretches upwards, towards the swan, and the swan looks down towards its nest between the rushes.

I also wanted ornamentation on the wings of the bridge, and Marianne and I quickly agreed that rushes would be appropriate here as well, creating a natural counterpoint to the wings of the swan, creating a triangle with the club rush in the middle of the headstock. Marianne then drew the motives very accurately. Ole Kehlet transferred them to the headstock and the bridge. He then milled out the shape, and with abalone, mother of pearl and brass he finished the motives in a piece of beautiful inlay-work of great depth. The ornamentation also includes abalone binding on the body, rosette, fretboard and around the open headstock. The abalone bindings are laid free 1.5 milimeters from the edge, and the overall impression of the guitar is completed by the fact that the bottom edge of the fretboard follows the curve of the soundhole.

The sides and the three-piece back is made of 1957 Brazilian rosewood from the Rio Delta with a light-quilted American sitka top, scalloped braces of European spruce on the top and back, bird's eye maple/ebony bindings, mahogany neck/headstock and fretboard and a headplate and bridge of ebony. The finish is polished high-gloss cellulose lacquer.

The very first proto type of the Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature model was built in 2004 and was made of Indian rosewood with a sitka top. If the model turned out well Ole Kehlet would thereafter build my personal signature guitar in Brazilian rosewood. Well, the proto type turned out to be excellent and the guitar I play on the March 2014 video was delivered to me in 2005. The guitar has opened up more and more during the years and sounds better and better the more I play it.

You can hear exactly the same guitar in a deeper CGCGBD tuning in the Video of the Month 2014's video of March, "Our House".

Photos: Hans Ole Madsen

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Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature, front

Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature, back and heel

Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature, head

Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature, inlay in bridge

Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature, bottm

Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature, head


Finn Olafsson with the Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature - Photo by Kim Ingemann Erichsen, Peak Production, ApS