Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Clap

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Clap

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In August of 1969, on the occasion of his first son's birth, guitarist Steve Howe composed his first piece, a solo guitar instrumental. When he presented it to his band mates in the progressive rock group Yes, singer Jon Anderson suggested a title: "Clap."

Howe recorded the piece live at the Lyceum Theatre in London, and Anderson, introducing the performance, misidentified it as "The Clap." So what would prove to be one of the most popular instrumentals in the rock canon would also have an erroneous title when it appeared on Yes' third record, 1971's The Yes Album.

I'll refer to the piece by its proper title, as it's been corrected on certain CD reissues. The notation here is a note-for-note transcription of the original recording in its entirety, save for the warming-up bit on an open-A chord at the onset, which isn't part of the composition. …

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