The printed music for “Times Twelve” is sold as an individual transcription.
Leo Kottke recorded “Times Twelve” on My Father’s Face (Private Music, 2050-2-P) in 1989 and included it in his concert repertoire throughout the 1990s. In March 1990, it was featured in his performance at the Adelaide Festival with Joe Pass, Paco PeÃ±a, and John Williams. In August 1992, he recorded it for Austin City Limits.
In 1992, working with composer Stephen Paulus, “Times Twelve” became the first movement of a suite for amplified 6- and 12-string guitar and orchestra entitled Ice Fields. Paulusâ€™s orchestral setting built and elaborated on the playful, dance-like spirt of the instrumental solo.
“Times Twelve,” as the title may suggest, is largely in 12/8 time, and is built on a substantially different right-hand technique. If you have spent years learning how to have your right-hand thumb play a regular alternating bass line automatically, it’s time to pay the piper!
This transcription corresponds to documentation video recorded on July 28, 1996.