Track 2: Raven's Eye Pt.2
I knew since writing Raven's Eye Pt.1 for the Leap Of Face album in 2006 that there would be a part two some day - ten years down the track, and there I was in the studio, seeing what I could do to complete the musical narrative and give the raven a 'second eye'. As with Pt.1, I used the GG7 for all the electric parts, utilising the extended lower range of the seventh (low B) string to play a middle section in low C#. The only other guitar used on this track was my Ibanez AI307CE seven string acoustic, with which I doubled the clean electric guitar in the arpeggios at the start of the song.
Having a little extra wood in the neck to accommodate the seven strings helps to give the GG7 a beautiful, singing sustain, and this influenced my use of long notes in the main theme. I also loved the thick, meaty tone that guitar had in the offset rhythm patterns of the middle section. I have found that it feels good to not have to solo all the time, and to be part of a piece of music without overriding everything else. Flight Of The Kelpies and The Odd Dervish (track 5) are both cases in point, and both great fun to play.
At the end of the day, I was really happy with how Raven's Eye Pt.2 turned out. The chugging middle section wrote itself when I got to it, and I feel it makes a fitting partner to Pt.1. It will be interesting to see how they go together in the live set!