Chris Dignam | Amaris

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by Chris Dignam

An acoustic guitar-centric, instrumental album with even all the percussive effects originating from Chris tapping on acoustic guitar bodies and using a variety of items to create a unique, full acoustic guitar experience.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lake View
4:12 album only
2. 606n
5:02 album only
3. Block No. 68
2:39 album only
4. Strings of Hibernia
3:30 album only
5. A Beaker of Truth
3:28 album only
6. Vision Burning
6:46 album only
7. Sheffield
3:26 album only
8. Amaris
9:54 album only
9. A Chuisle Mo Chroí
5:51 album only
10. Solace in Six Strings
4:15 album only
11. Amal's Song
4:15 album only
12. The World Through Norah's Eyes
4:30 album only
13. When Erin Smiles
3:39 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Amaris is Chris Dignam’s first, all-acoustic guitar project and is also a companion to 2018’s “Storyteller” in that each musical piece was written to be autobiographical but told through instrumental, acoustic guitar. Every percussive tone on Amaris was created by and originates from Chris tapping his hands on a variety of acoustic guitars, snapping his fingers, clapping his hands, driving MIDI pads from acoustic guitar, and even using a foot tambourine to create a unique, acoustic guitar-driven ensemble.

A variety of items, included glass and brass guitar slides, guitar picks being scraped across different gauge strings, and even a foot pedal “hammering” against the back of a mic’d acoustic bass guitar’s body were used to create a percussive kit to accompany acoustic guitar. These approaches created kick, castanets, spoons, washboards, toms, and shaker-like percussive effects to create unique tones and rhythms.

Chris also utilized a MIDI signal driving a few pad patches from some of his acoustic guitars with synth capabilities to compliment several songs on “Amaris.” In concert, these recording techniques, although very time consuming, contributed greatly to each composition on “Amaris.”



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