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The Album Titles
#1 - Lea • 3:43
#2 - Shopping in DADGAD • 4:27
#3 - Une Chanson pour Clavel • 5:46
#4 - Une autre Chanson pour Clavel • 3:37
#5 - Tribute to John Williams • 5:36
#6 - A New Years Eve • 2:54
#7 - Autumn Dance • 5:38
#8 - Gunnar in Memoriam • 3:31
#9 - Joy despite Sorrow • 4:34
#10 - The NRB Waltz • 3:00
#11 - Back in the Old House • 4:14
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Lea - for Lea, my bonus daughter,
my deceased daughter Maria's elder sister.
Shopping in DADGAD - no, no, not in BAGDAD -
is a shuffle-like piece in the DADGAD tuning.
Une Chanson pour Clavel - was written on
request by my friend Jens Rømer for his book
"Mit liv med vin og musik" (My life with wine
and music). A book with 2 CDs enclosed.
My composition is inspired by the organic red
wines of Estelle and Pierre Clavel, Languedoc,
Une autre Chanson pour Clavel - is another
piece I wrote for the wine- and music book - just
in case that I was asked to deliver more than
one guitar piece.
Tribute to John Williams - opens up a kind of a
suite in the tuning of EADF#BE. It contains this
piece and the following four pieces.
It features the highest tones on the guitar -
the tones that John Williams is the master of.
A New Years Eve - was in fact written on
a lonesome New Years Eve.
Autumn Dance - is a piece in two tempi
that I imagine could have been suitable for
dancing in the royal ballrooms in the age of
Gunnar in Memoriam - I have dedicated
this piece to my friend Gunnar Hovgård.
May you rest in peace, Gunnar.
Joy despite Sorrow - Even when you are
most sad and sorrowful you are sometimes
able to feel joy and happiness.
The NRB Waltz - was written by American
composer Leonard Ellis. It is the signature
tune for the radio program "Nordic Roots
and Branches", hosted by Karen Pauley
on KSER, Washington, USA.
It was a pleasant task to arrange for
Back in the Old House - In 1996, I moved
back to my old country house in North
Sealand. The peaceful country atmosphere
combined with a brand new C.F. Martin D-45
inspired me to compose this guitar piece.
The first and the last track on this album were
played on my 2014 Kehlet Grand Folk Finn
Olafsson Signature (FOS) guitar. In 2004, Danish
guitar builder Ole Kehlet and I designed this
guitar together. It became my favourite live guitar
because of its huge sound and its very fine playability.
It was a great experience to be part of
this guitar design. Therefore, my signature guitar
frames this album playing-wise and photo-wise.
I'm also a big fan of the original Martin OM size
guitar. I played one track on a C.F. Martin OM-45
GE and two tracks on the unique David W.
Musselwhite OM-45 Deluxe. As the Kehlet FOS the
OM model is a 14-fret long scale guitar. But the
body of the OM is a little smaller and a little
thinner. This makes the sound, and especially the
bass, less loud - which suits some of my guitar
pieces very well.
I composed other of the pieces with a kind of
"Spanish classical guitar sound" in mind. They
came into existence when I practiced on 12-fret
short scale C.F. Martin guitars. These pieces
sound more chamber-like and the small bodied
guitars make them sound well. Besides, some
parts of the technical details are easier to play
on short scale guitars. Most of those tracks were
played on 00 size 12-fret C.F. Martin guitars but
#9 was played on a brand new Kehlet Vienna 12-
fret parlor guitar. Likewise, it is a small bodied
guitar - even smaller than the Martin 0 size.
Again, with this guitar I had the privilege to
assist Ole Kehlet with my thoughts and opinions
as a guitar player.
The guitars and the tunings
1. 2014 Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature
2. 2011 C.F. Martin OM-45 GE - DADGAD
3. 2008 C.F. Martin 00-42K, Robbie Robertson,
12-fret - DGDGBD
4. 2008 C.F. Martin 00-Stauffer Limited,
12-fret - DADGAD
5. 1993 David W. Musselwhite OM-45 Deluxe - EADF#BE
6. 2006 C.F. Martin 00-28 1833 Restricted Custom,
12-fret - EADF#BE
7. 2010 C.F. Martin 000-45, Custom, 12-fret - EADF#BE
8. 2008 C.F. Martin 00-42K, Robbie Robertson,
12-fret - EADF#BE
9. 2017 Kehlet Vienna, 12-fret - EADF#BE
10. 1993 David W. Musselwhite OM-45 Deluxe - EADGBE
11. 2014 Kehlet Grand Folk Finn Olafsson Signature
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Acoustic guitar: Finn Olafsson
Music by Finn Olafsson
except #10 "The NRB Waltz"
by Leonard Ellis
The music of Finn Olafsson is published
by Olafssongs Music Publishers, Denmark
Recorded and mixed August - November 2017
in Olafssongs Studio, Denmark, except
#3 "Une Chanson pour Clavel"
recorded September 2015 and
#10 "The NRB Waltz" recorded October 2012
Engineered by Finn Olafsson
Mastered by Henrik Ammitsbøl Olesen
in Olafssongs Studio
Front page photo of Finn Olafsson's Kehlet
2005 Grand Concert Finn Olafsson Signature
guitar: Hans Ole Madsen
Front page portrait: Photo by Torsten Olafsson
Front page repro by
Werks Grafiske Hus A/S,
Other photos by Hans Ole Madsen
Layout by Torsten Olafsson
Thanks to my helpful lifelines
Bente Guldborg Nielsen, Torsten Olafsson,
Ronnie Bille, Tobias Folting,
Henrik Ammitsbøl Olesen, Tom Frederiksen,
Kasper Søeborg Ohlsen and Michael Edinger
for your assistance and contribution.
Sheet music and tablature
All the guitar pieces are available in sheet music /
staff notation with tablature (TABS) in the music
book "Finn Olafsson - Acoustic Guitar 3"
With left- and right hands
fingering and illustrations.
Olafssongs Music Publishers.
The pieces are also published as single online
payable downloads in www.shop.olafssongs.dk.
This project was financially supported by
The Danish Music Publishers Association /
"Koda's Cultural Contributions" and with support
from KODA's Collective Blank Tape Remuneration.
PRODUCED BY FINN OLAFSSON
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