Ennio Morricone, "Chi Mai"
Transcription and Fingering: Renato Bellucci
Ennio Morricone was a classmate and lifelong friend of legendary film director Sergio Leone. The Leone, Morricone Clint Eastwood trio marked movie legend in the 1970s.
Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo almost single-handedly made it cool to be French when he starred in The professional. Another effortlessly smoldering performance as spy Joss Baumont. An exhilarating score from the legendary Ennio Morricone adds to the suspense in this tight story of political double-crossing.
I transcribed many Morricone masterpieces for guitar because they fit the guitar wonderfully (The mission, Once upon a time in America, etc.). Chi Mai is one of my favorites. I made the world premiere of this work in 1988.
Staff and Video 1
Move your left hand gently to produce a slow vibrato. Vibrato on the
guitar is a slight, rapid or slow depending on the aural effect you want
to achieve, and regular fluctuation in the pitch of a note. It is
produced by a shaking movement of the hand and forearm while the
finger(s) is stopping the strings and fret where the note is meant to be
One of the main challenges in Chi Mai is to administer and recuperate your left hand energies as much and as many times as possible. You recover energies through micro & macro relaxations. These are achieved when moving from one position to the next or between chords by relaxing the tension in the fingers as much as possible through a controlled opening of the fist like shape that your left hand and fingers are into when coming from a previous chord or arpeggio.
As soon as you play the F# at the very end of the staff, relax the left hand fingers completely, lift the fingers off the fingerboard in a perpendicular manner to avoid string squeaks and then move swiftly to the new position on the fingerboard.
Move your left hand gently to produce a slow vibrato.
Revision: Asunción, November 25, 2012
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