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Octopus's Garden

17th June 2020

In An Octopus's Garden- a bouncy, fun piece for 2 guitars by Derek Hasted.

This edition contains an early intermediate arrangement for two guitars (student/teacher or mixed ability duo) of the wonderfully cheeky piece "In An Octopus's Garden", written by Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) and performed by The Beatles.

My arrangement has a ragtime - almost bluegrass - feel to the accompaniment on the guitar, which is based around familiar first-position chord shapes and played with a swinging thumb. There are no repeats in the score, enabling the music to change texture here and there to add to the performance, which is full-length and contains all the material of one of the performances no on YouTube.

 

You can hear a snippet and see some of the score on the SMP website

 

(There's also my arrangement for two intermediate guitarists - a little more tricky but with equal workload)

 

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