Transcription of Marc Ribot : La Vida Es Un Sueño
Here is a transcription and recording I did in 2005 of La Vida Es Un Sueño by Arsenio Rodriguez, arranged by Marc Ribot. The transcription is of the guitar (Ribot) and bass (Brad Jones) parts of the studio recording of the La Vida Es un Sueño. I did this transcription as an exercise to study Ribot's playing. Here are the files for the transcription:
- pdf sheet music (531KB).
- Notes on the transcription. (12KB)
- Me playing the introduction and first verse (up to where the band enters) MP3 and the same in ogg encoded format. I tried to make my accent in spanish as bad as Ribot's, but I failed. If I did it again, I'd do the voice straighter or crookeder,... or different. The part of the arrangement that is really Ribot-like comes after the first verse, so it's not in this recording. But the whole thing is in the transcription above.
- The LilyPond source files lveus.ly (19 KB) and lveusbass.ly (1.3KB). These are plain text files that were processed to produce the sheet music and the midi file.
- Midi file file (7.5KB), generated from the transcription.
The original versions by Rodriguez are great, but as someone said, you have to use your imagination because the recording quality is terrible. There are a bunch of albums with a lot of duplicated material.