After 25 years as a session guitarist and record producer, Alberto Lombardi fell in love with fingerstyle acoustic guitar. He has performed his arrangements
both in Italy and abroad, from small clubs in New York City and London, to renowned guitar festivals held in Sarzana and Ferentino, Italy.
Alberto's arrangements are rooted in the style of the great Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel but also influenced by the 1950's big band sound. His arrangements of American and Italian classics, ("Georgia On My Mind," "Volare") show the inventive harmonic movements from those great arrangers and composers of the times. Alberto also writes his own material, both fingerstyle instrumentals and as a singer/songwriter.
To date Alberto has released 2 albums as a singer-songwriter. As a session player he has toured and/or recorded with Chic's lead singers (NJ Wright, L. Martin), Robbie Dupree, as well as Italian renowned artists Barbarossa, Berté, Groff, di Cataldo, and countless others.
Tablature is available as a PDF file for each lesson. Lessons are filmed with multiple cameras and consist of a performance, explanation, and conclude with a slow tempo split screen that follows the tab/music.Back to Singles Catalog Listing
"Blue Moon" is a combination of Tommy Emmanuel's and my own arrangement. I learned Tommy's version while I was already working on mine. So I made a blend.
My intro uses the chord structure from the Ella Fitzgerald's recording and the Frank Sinatra Brass stabs. Plus for the verse I have my own chord movements.
I borrow Tommy's rhythmic ideas as these truly swing. The strength of this tune is the rhythm. So I would advise practicing with a metronome. Experience
in playing in funk/soul bands can come in handy!
"Georgia On My Mind" is an amazing song. There are many fingerstyle arrangements. My version is strongly based on Ray Charles's recording. I have adapted
his string intro as well as playing this at the end using natural harmonics. "Georgia" was originally released in 1930. It was a dance tune with lots
of "swing." So I added rhythm to the verse and chorus using an alternate bass. I combine this technique with some blues/soul licks here and there.
I play it in the key of G and modulate to Bm for the chorus. This is a wonderful tune filled with lots of diminished and augmented chords, moving bass
lines and a killer melody.
This arrangement is based primarily on James Taylor’s cover of Marvin Gaye’s original version. Alberto replicates Taylor’s tenderness and subtleties of his voice with embellishments, slides and legatos.
Marvin Gaye sang like an angel! Alberto captures this expressiveness, both using the same refined lines and also the rough sweetness of his attitude. Very close attention was focused on building a bass line that works, very close to the original but appropriate for the “fingerstyle transformation” of the song. You got to keep it snappy and grooving. Harmonics impersonate the breathy vocals of the female background singers while the bass keeps the groove riff going.
This song has a killer guitar riff! You can’t loose it in the arrangement. Alberto starts only with the riff and bass and then blends the riff with the bass part leaving room for the melodic vocals. As for all Motown vocal parts it’s full of subtleties and the arrangement preserves these.
"Tu Vuo Fa l'Americano" is an Italian song from 1956. There are many versions of this song. There's even a house disco pastiche that got popular a few
years back. It was also used in the film "The Talented Mr. Ripley." Brian Seltzer recorded a rock-a-billy version. I wanted my arrangement to be swinging,
danceable and fun as the original recording - no fiddling around with changing harmonies but finding the best way to have chords, melody and rhythm
work together as a song. I tried also to keep the clarinet/brass lines close to the original. I wanted a nice alternating bass for the rhythm combined
with a walking bass line. Putting all the pieces together hopefully gives that swing-band sound. This arrangement will take practice.
"Volare" is one of the most evocative songs ever. The original Italian song talks about a dream, where the singer paints himself blue and flies away. Simple
yet powerful. "Volare" won the eighth Sanremo Music Festival, and the was chosen as the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958. The combined
sales of all the versions of the song exceed 22 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful Sanremo Music Festival and Eurovision
songs ever. It was Billboard's number-one single for 1958 and became the first Grammy winner for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1958. The
song was later translated in several languages and has been recorded by a wide range of performers, including Bobby Rydell, Dean Martin, Al Martino,
Jerry Vale, David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Dalida, Gipsy Kings, Chico
& the Gypsies, Dean Martin and Barry White.
What a happy uplifting song! The key is to get a good groove! An alternating bass reminiscent of Chet Atkins was perfect for most of the song. Alberto uses a tiny bit of percussion on the guitar to capture the original bass groove. Being an up-tempo tune, a few blues licks are added to give an electric guitar feel. Harmonics are introduced in the chorus to replicate the background vocals of the Supremes.