|The printed music for “Strange” is sold as an individual transcription.Leo Kottke’s fourth LP for the Chrysalis label, Guitar Music, was released in 1981. At this time, Kottke enjoyed playing a Gibson J-45 sunburst with extra-light strings, and many of the compositions on this recording display an ease and brilliance that is remarkable.
Three short pieces on Guitar Music, “Strange,” “Little Shoes,” and “Jib’s Hat,” while never a regular part of Kottke’s performance repertoire, have always beckoned. The illusive quality of the meter in “Strange” is particularly striking. Where is the downbeat? Are those harmonics on the beat or off the beat? With harmonics twinkling in the midst of shifting arpeggios, Kottke takes the concept of “reversing the beat” to the next level.
This transcription corresponds to the audio recording of “Strange” on Leo Kottke/Guitar Music.