Episode 0: Introduction
What is Failure to Fracture?
Failure to Fracture is a video series I’ve put together about all the things that have stood in the way of my successfully playing the song Fracture by King Crimson despite years and years of study, practice, writing, and making videos.
- Episode 0: Introduction (includes notation/tablature)
- Episode 1: Stress and Tension
- Episode 2: Picking Picks
- Episode 3: Inefficient Picking
- Episode 4: Overzealous Precision
Soundslice is an incredible web app that offers HTML5 sheet music without the need for Adobe Flash or any other plugins. It’s super-duper awesome and is hosting the sheet music you see here.
What are we learning?
For the past 15 years or so, I’ve been intensely studying a piece of music called Fracture by King Crimson and have developed a unique type of expertise: the expertise of failure. Fracture is, without a doubt, the most difficult piece of music I’ve ever tried playing. Through study, practice, blogging, and YouTube videos, I have failed more visibly and effortfully than most anyone else on the internet attempting to play this song. This video series is an attempt to share what I’ve learned through my failures to save others the time and energy as they attempt to learn and play the piece.
More specifically, I will only be focusing on the moto perpetuo section, which starts at about 2:50 in the original recording and lasts (endures!) for about 4 minutes. “Moto perpetuo” is an Italian term meaning “perpetual motion.” It applies here because this section of Fracture is a barrage of 16th notes (or “semiquavers” as Robert Fripp, the British composer and performer of the song, might say).
People all over the world have contacted me about playing this song. They’ve kindly sharing videos of their own, offered their time via Skype to talk to me, etc. It’s been such a fun and humbling experience and I’ve met people from every continent! There is quite a community of Fripp-following guitarists and I’ve been overjoyed to meet so many of them!
Also, please note that I am not teaching anyone how to play Fracture, but rather showing you all the ways I’ve discovered that will prevent or inhibit progress.
In case you’re interested, here are the MuseScore and MusicXML files:
In case you’re interested, check out these other videos I did of myself playing Fracture and FraKctured since attending the Guitar Circle intro course: