I'm working on a new song, which is a real simple country flavored tune that uses a strum instead of my usual finger-picking style accompaniment. Strumming with a pick feels really awkward to me, so it’s going to be a challenge to get this right.

 

I’m also working hard on music for a Chinese version of the classic children’s story, STONE SOUP. Ethic scores are so much fun because of all the unique instruments I can use. This score has an erhu, a pipa, alto and C flutes, cello, harp and a big collection of percussion—I’m really enjoying it. There are some nice tremolo textures used on the pipa, the Chinese mandolin, that I’ve been practicing on my mandolin.

 

Hopefully, they’ll help my strumming!

 

Ernest