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Lesson notes

Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition entered my teenage world with Emerson, Lake & Palmer's live recording from their early days. I remember buying a copy of the original piano score which has followed me around for years. I recently thought I would work on a solo arrangement of a bit of it. The finale was particularly appropriate for the guitar (well, at least some of it) and here is the result.

There are a couple different sections, starting with the main theme, which is very accessible to the guitar. It then moves into a slightly spacey series of chords before blasting into a cascading section which includes the main theme in the bass, underneath what are really scale exercises. This part is particularly challenging, and can be omitted, as explained in the lesson.