Gheorghe Zamfir – The Lonely Shepherd

PDF File Download: Gheorghe Zamfir – The Lonely Shepherd NAF Tab

Original Composer: James Last

Technical notes: Requires use of cross-fingering, half-holing and upper octave notes. Play on an NAF in the key of D if you wish to accompany the original track.

About: Also known as Einsamer Hirte or Der einsame Hirte in German, this piece was composed by James Last and recorded by the Romanian panflutist Gheorghe Zamfir. With this track Zamfir succeeded in an international breakthrough and it has remained a popular piece of music to this day. I think a lot of people (myself included!) first heard it and/or recognise it from the ending of Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill: Volume 1. (Tarantino films are a great way to discover all sorts of new music!)

On Playing: The first section is not all that hard to play; you can ‘roll’ up to the half-holing quite easily from the bottom hole and the cross fingering is one we use very often. The second section, starting at 1m44s in the track after a small instrumental break, contains a fairly rapid descent of notes on the first line and three upper octave notes within the second, the highest of which not all flutes will be able to reach. The third section starts at 2m40s, again after a small instrumental break. That fiendish highest-of-high notes pops up again within the fourth line within another swift run of notes (eek!) but the rest isn’t too hard to play. I omitted tabbing the fadeout playing starting from 3m53s because it goes crazily high, totally out of range for the NAF and I was starting to go somewhat crazy myself at that point :o)

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