The second video of the month for August is a tune that’s fun to play and very accessible to fingerstyle players of moderate ability.
Years ago, Richard Gilewitz recorded a tune called “Echoing Wilderness”. I’ve never heard the original, but I’m told that it was eight minutes long. In 1986, Leo Kottke covered the last section of the tune and titled it “Echoing Gilewitz”. In this video, Richard Gilewitz plays Leo Kottke’s version of his own tune.
The tune is in Open D (DADF#AD) and is fairly straightforward. The right hand plays a steady thumb-index-middle-thumb-middle-index pattern, with the thumb playing melody, primarily on the third and fourth strings, and the fingers droning the open first and second strings. Make sure you let all the notes ring for as long as possible and if you’re playing through an amp, crank up the reverb. Have fun!
Richard Gilewitz’s website: www.RichardGilewitz.com
Richard Gilewitz’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/gillazillamusic