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Original Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
This is one of those songs I’ve wanted to arrange for YEARS, and just never got around to doing. I’d come up with the fingerstyle arrangement that plays towards the end of this quite some time ago, but never got around to doing anything more. I got an AWESOME new guitar recently, and wanted the first recording I did with it to be from FF1. I’m not really sure WHY I felt that was so important, but it was, and I immediately thought of this song. The arrangement fell into place completely effortlessly as soon as I picked up my guitar. It’s a very “garage rock” take on the song with a nice soft start, lots of building up louder and louder, and then a soft fingerstyle outro.
tech stuff: The new guitar is a neck-through model with a 5-piece maple/walnut neck, mahogany body, a string-through-body fixed bridge, and Infinity pickups. The notes practically sing themselves off the fingerboard, and the thing sutains like crazy. All of the guitar tones on this song are the guitar going straight into my Peavey Delta Blues amp with an SM57 about an inch from the speaker. I’ll likely be using that setup again and again on future recordings, since I love the tone so much.
UPDATE: It turns out that the satin black finish Ibanez used on this model RG is fairly thin. Within a year I was starting to wear through it just from normal playing and handling. Some spots were just getting shiny rather than matte, while in other places, wood was actually visible. So I spent about 8 hours taking the paint off the guitar with several 150 and 100-grit sanding sponges. Check out the gallery for pictures of the sanding process. (gallery broken during site re-design – I’ll try to get something up soon)