Queen Guitar Rhapsodies

A CONCERTO FOR GUITAR AND ORCHESTRA BY PAUL McCARTNEY

Carlos is helping Sir Paul McCartney with a concerto for guitar and orchestra that the ex-Beatle is composing. Over many meetings since the beginning of 2006 Carlos has been notating and pre-recording the guitar part at Sir Paul's studio in England.

In the 4th June 2007 issue, The New Yorker magazine reports:

" Carlos Bonell is helping Paul McCartney with some technical aspects of a guitar concerto. Bonell explained that his task in the studio is to transcribe on musical staff paper the passages that McCartney has composed on his guitar and on his computer......

After discussing the arrangement for a sweetly melodic movement called Romance McCartney and Bonell went into an adjoining room with hardwood floors containing a concert grand piano, vibes, guitars and other instruments. They sat beside each other on stools, facing a window through which they could see Smith [studio manager] in the control room. Both men picked up guitars and prepared to work on some passages that McCartney wanted to refine.....

He turned to Bonell and explained that he wanted the figure to include "more notes".....

Bonell performed the phrase adding more notes....[his] fingers flew over the frets....

He suggested that they move onto another passage. They worked this way for almost an hour......."

This is a shortened version of a longer interview with Sir Paul McCartney in the 4th June 2007 edition of the New Yorker magazine.

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