So you finally have a few tunes under your belt. Now it is time for a process or creation of a method for a maintenance program of your ever-developing library of music. I have been able to maintain about a five-hour repertoire in standard and multiple tunings this way and for me it seems to work quite well.


A basic recycling method is a workable solution to the problem of helplessly watching the tunes you’ve worked so hard on gradually drift away. Granted, some pieces do need to drift away. I have some music in my history that was mainly there for developing technique or it served some purpose at the time, but I’ve since moved on from the theme from “Love Story” and “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies.

In other words, it’s not necessary to keep everything. Much like cleaning your house, it’s just time to say goodbye to some stuff. I try not to get too sentimental about it. In your own way, you can just thank the tunes for being there and move on. However, there are several gems worth saving and by clearing your mental hard drive you are essentially saving some room for these favorites to further develop as you grow as a player and as you continue to add new music for your own musical menu. So, work on a new piece, write something, work on an old tune.…lather, rinse, repeat.

Editor’s Note: Richard Gilewitz’s method of recycling tunes has preserved a long lost favorite, “Mrs. Firecracker’s Place”, written by request for film director Michael Wadleigh, for a sequel to his award-winning movie “Woodstock”. Unfortunately, the film never happened, but the tune did. Read more of the story, which was originally carried in the 2002 edition of Mel Bay Publications’


Originally posted 2010-01-29 00:17:18.