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October, 2008:

Siegfried Behrend: Peternas de la Mancha

This weekend one of my students has birthday and I decide to make him a small present. He is playing Peternas de la Mancha from Siegfried Behrend and so, I ve recorded his music for him and made an exercise and analysis.

Peternas de la Mancha is an easy piece played mostly in the first Barree and with only a few chords: Am, E, G, F, Dm, C and G7. It is a good piece for learning something about form and improvisation. And it has a nice rhythm changing between 3/8 and 3/4 .

The Form:

Am E Am| G F E|
Am E Am| G F E|

Am E Am| Am E Am|
Dm Dm E

Am E Am| Am E Am|
Dm Dm E|

C G7 C| C G7 C|
G F E|
E E A| Dm Dm E

Am E Am| Am E Am|
Dm Dm E|

C G7 C| C G7 C|
G F E| G F E

Am E Am| Am E Am|
G F E| G F E

The Improvisation:

you can use the material of the C-Major scale for the whole piece. But if you already have a little bit experience you will feel that it is more the Phrygian mode in E and the Aeolian (and Harmonic) mode in A .

My improvisation is not perfect – I know it sounds a little bit too classical.
The fact is, that I am always thinking in motives and don`t use the scale like a jazz-guitarist. But it is just an example. Hope you will make it better and most important: you have fun!

First listen to the original version (without improvisation): lamancha.mp3

and then listen for the improvisation example: manch1.mp3

And now your exercise: use my form notice and your ear to play the original version. If you already have the sheet music you can try to make your own improvisation after recording the piece by yourself. And you can use colour to make the form more evident. The same parts with the same color. Then try to make a new piece with the same chords but changing the succession.

The Shanghai Music Fair

Because of some friends, who came to Shanghai I went to that music fair today. Really big. The Germans are here with Hanika, Hoefer, Baerenreither, Ama and almost every important brand. Dadarius from America and Sarvaez from Fance (with a very charmant and nice manager) – every important brand seems to be here! Its very loud there and because of the noise – somebody may still consider that’s all music..- it was not easy for me to find what I am looking for. It is not easy to try some instruments or amplifiers at such a turbulent place! But these exhibitions are not made for the musicians, but for the music-business people, who can use that opportunity to make contacts with other business people all over the world.

I watched the show of my friend Sven Kuehbauch, who played for Farida Guitars, was talking with some nice guys and looking for amplifiers.

The fair is still going on and will be finished at Sunday three o`clock. The address: Long Yang Road 2345, new international exhibition center. If you want to read more about that fair please look at

Shanghai-Megabreit. (German language)