FINN OLAFSSON • Video of the Month • November 2014 • Healing Heart

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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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November 2014

"HEALING HEART" - C.F. Martin 00-42K Robbie Robertson

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About the music and the guitar tuning

Back in 2003, when I wrote "Healing Heart", it was an absolute must for me to write a happy tune. I had had a "down" period in which I had been working for some time on a very melancholy tune called "Heartbreak". It was so sad that I simply had to compose something happier for cheering up myself. It was almost like an order of a commissioned work - from me to me. But it worked! I wrote "Healing Heart" and my mood immediately got a lot better. Isn't it funny how music has an influence on our moods?

Anyway, later in 2003, when I recorded "Heartbreak" for my album "Acoustic Guitar 2", it felt obvious to let "Healing Heart" follow "Heartbreak" on the tracklist of the CD - just like the two music pieces followed each other when they were written in real life, so to speak.

It is a little odd to play a ragtime-flavored tune like "Healing Heart" in a renaissance guitar tuning. But that's in fact what has happened - and that's what I'm doing. I play it in an EADF#BE tuning, the same tuning as I play in January's video, "Dark Patterns" and February's video "For Maria". Opposite to "Dark Patterns", which is played in key of B minor, "Healing Heart" is played in the key of E major. But just like I find B minor very suitable for this EADF#BE tuning, the open B, the dominant to the key of E - with no thirds - is sounding really well because of the 3rd string tuned down to the F#, the dominant of B. I have written more about the EADF#BE tuning in the text about "Dark Patterns" (Link) and "For Maria" (Link).

"Healing Heart" was published in staff notation / tablature (Tabs) in the music book "Finn Olafsson Acoustic Guitar 2" (Olafssongs 2000 Catalogue OC2006-2).
The book is available at the webshop of Olafssongs (Link).

The staff notation / tablature (Tabs) will soon also be available at the webshop of Olafssongs as "single sheet" - in a downloadable pdf version.

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About the guitar

C.F. Martin 00-42K Robbie Robertson

C.F. Martin's 00 size, with 12 frets clear of the body, dates back to 1873. On August 1, the earliest 00, an 00-28, was mentioned in Martin's ledgers.

Until 1873 the 0 size was considered to be a full-size guitar. It was also known as a "Concert" model. But with the larger 00 size a "Grand Concert" model was born.

The guitars at that time were stringed with gut-strings, but along with the need for guitars with greater volume, Martin, during the 1910s, updated many of their models with heavier bracing for steel-strings. In 1927 steel-strings finally was listed as standard.

The first 00 size build in C.F. Martin's 42 style was produced in 1898 when 3 guitars were sold. The 42 ornamentation style at that time featured abalone pearl top border (45 style), pearl rosette, ivory bound body and fingerboard, ivory bridge, ebony fingerboard with inlays in 5th, 7th, and 9th frets. Later celluoid bindings replaced ivory, ebony bridge replaced the ivory bridge and more inlays in the fingerboard were added.

In 1943, the last six 00-42 guitars were build, and with only one exception, an 00-42, produced in 1973, the model has been in dormancy until 2007 when a limited edition of 100 + 4 protos of an 00-42K Robbie Robertson Signature Edition (koa back and sides with an Italian spruce top) and 100 + 4 protos of an 00-42K2 Robbie Robertson Signature Edition (koa back and sides with a koa top) were offered.

To honor Robbie Robertson and his contributions to American music Martin introduced these two versions of the 00-42. They were based on Robbie Robertson's favorite Martin, a 1919 00-45K - the only koa 00-45 ever produced.

The 2008 00-42K Robbie Robertson I play in this video is #55 of 100. It is the version with an Italian spruce top.

In 2009, at a visit in TFOA's, The Fellowship of Acoustics, shop in the Netherlands, I had the pleasure of playing one of the guitars from the 00-42K2 Robbie Robertson edition. I really enjoyed playing it, but as I already had kind of "filled up the trunk" with guitars, I decided to let it stay in the shop. Hmmm! Sometimes in your life you make mistakes. So did I that day! 'Cause, when I changed my mind and called for the 00-42K2 it was sold to another TFOA customer. But, as you know, all the time there's a lot of guitars offered around the world. So luckily, at another trip to TFOA's shop, the 00-42K RR I play on "Healing Heart" came in with the carrier just as I was on my way out of the shop. And this time I didn't miss the chance. And I haven't regretted that one second. It's a great guitar - small bodied but with a big voice.

I hope you agree when you watch the video.

With reference and thanks to the following publications - warmly recommended:

Martin Guitars - A Technical Reference - by Richard Johnston and Dick Boak (Revised and updated from the original by Mike Longworth) - ISBN 978-1-4234-3982-0

Martin Guitars - A History - by Richard Johnston and Dick Boak (Revised and updated from the original by Mike Longworth) - ISBN 978-0-634-03785-6

The Sounding Board, Vol. 23, July 2007.

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Finn Olafsson with the C.F. Martin 00-42K Robbie Robertson - Photo by Hans Ole Madsen