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Series editor – Robert Lopez-Hanshaw

Consulting editor – John Schneider

Edition Zalzal aims to be the definitive modern edition for important historical and contemporary microtonal works for the guitar. Named in honor of Mansur Zalzal, the medieval oud player and music theorist, this series aims to make microtonal guitar music available to the general public in clear, readable, and beautiful editions.

We strive to bring to light important unpublished works of the past, as well as the vibrant and vital music of today. We celebrate the radical diversity and creativity of microtonal music. And—for maximum clarity—we use a single standard notation, adapted to the many idiosyncratic tuning systems in our catalogue.

We use the Helmholtz-Ellis Just Intonation system of microtonal accidentals (HEJI). Of course, there is a great deal of microtonal music in non-Just systems. For such music, we use the same graphical symbols as HEJI, but redefine them—using them flexibly, yet consistently, between one system and another. For details on our notational practice, please visit our Notation page.

The focus of this series is on music with altered fretboards. The efforts of Tolgahan Çoğulu inspired us to gather such music into a single outlet and accessible format. However, the task of altering a fingerboard can seem expensive, technically daunting, or generally out of reach. Our Fretboard page provides resources to overcome these obstacles. The path to a microtonal guitar in your hand can be easier than you think.

Finally, all scores come with a technical preface describing the notation, the pitch system used, and the fretboard itself. Each score is capable of standing alone: it contains all the information necessary to perform the piece, without further research. Of course, comparative study is valuable—but it is not a barrier to entry.

At present, all scores are available in digital form only, as DRM-free pdf files.


Z0002 - Carrillo, Julián | Suite "Impromptu" para guitarra de cuartos de tono | $30.00
Length: 20’  | Num. of Movements: 4  | Movement Names: Preludio “impromptu”; Bajo las frondas de milenarios ahuehuetes en Chapultepec; Gavota versallesca; Jarabe “El puritito Ahualulco tapatío” 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 24edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Pathfinders Series
Audio Sample Link: https://sonido13.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/1-Preludio.mp3

Z0003 - Darreg, Ivor | Two 19-edo Preludes | $20.00
Length: 3’  | Num. of Movements: 2  | Movement Names: Prelude no. 1, Allegretto; Prelude no. 2, Andantino 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 19edo
Difficulty Level: Easy
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Pathfinders Series

Z0006 - Tipp, Devon Osamu | Reasoning With Windmills | $15.00
Length: 3’ 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 24edo
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Noise  | Atonal  | Experimental
Audio Sample Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZThnNCqlcc

Z0007 - Hale, Casey | Not Silent | $7.00
Length: 4’30” 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: Just Intonation  | 13-limit
Difficulty Level: Easy
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Atmospheric  | Experimental
Audio Sample Link: https://soundcloud.com/caseyhale/not-silent-2017-performed-by

Z0008 - Bargrizan, Navid | Se-Chahar-Gah (Trip-Four-Tych) | $25.00
Length: 7’  | Num. of Movements: 3  | Movement Names: I; II; II 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 24edo
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Persian  | Chahar-Gah
Audio Sample Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txQaIMWgxs0

Z0009 - Weijters, Melle | Groof's Groove | $15.00
Length: 6’ 
Instrumentation: Solo  Electric Guitar  Loop Pedal
Tuning Systems: Just Intonation  | 13-limit  | 41edo
Difficulty Level: Easy
Style: Pop  | (Improvised)
Extra details: Blues  | Funk

Z0011 - Brown, Marguerite | Duet 1 and Duet 2 | $25.00
Length: 9’  | Num. of Movements: 2  | Movement Names: Duet 1; Duet 2 
Instrumentation: Duo  Guitar  Just National Guitar
Tuning Systems: Just Intonation  | 11-limit
Difficulty Level: Easy
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Atmospheric

Z0012 - Venkataramana, Praveen | Tapiocomma | $0
Length: 5’ 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: Kite  | 41edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Classical 
Free download

Z0013 - Byrnes, Brendan | 27-edo Guitar Etude | $15.00
Length: 3’ 
Instrumentation: Solo  Electric Guitar
Tuning Systems: 27edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Pop 
Extra details: Chill
Audio Sample Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYIY5Yp-3JA

Z0014 - Byrnes, Brendan | 22-edo Guitar Etude | $15.00
Length: 2’30” 
Instrumentation: Solo  Electric Guitar
Tuning Systems: 22edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Pop 
Extra details: Chill
Audio Sample Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHHv3mwJTlg

Z0017 - Venkataramana, Praveen | Magic Suite | $0
Length: 6’  | Num. of Movements: 4  | Movement Names: Hymn to Calliope; Galliard; Sarabande; Rondeau 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: Kite  | 41edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Classical 
Free download

Z0018 - Autry, Matthew | Etude No. 1 in B Minor | $7.00
Length: 1’ 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: Just Intonation  | 7-limit  | 72edo
Difficulty Level: Easy
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Scordatura

Z0021 - Haverstick, Neil | Venus | $15.00
Length: 2'-3' 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 19edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Virtuosic

Z0022 - Haverstick, Neil | Spider | $15.00
Length: free duration, 3'-7' 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 19edo
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Style: Pop 
Extra details: Swing  | Experimental

Z0028 - Giedraitis, Kite | Evening Rondo | $0
Length: 5' 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar (Seven String)
Tuning Systems: Kite  | 41edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Neoclassical
Free download

Z0029 - Giedraitis, Kite | Downminor Nocturne | $0
Length: 2’ 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: Kite  | 41edo
Difficulty Level: Easy
Style: Classical 
Free download

Z0030 - Vargas, José Daniel | Evening Tide | $15.00
Length: 2’ 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 19edo
Difficulty Level: Easy
Style: Classical 

Z0031 - Carrillo, Julián | Preludios para guitarra de semitonos | $30.00
Length: 20’  | Num. of Movements: 3  | Movement Names: Preludio no. 1; Preludio no. 2; Preludio no. 3 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 12edo
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Style: Classical 

Z0032 - Johnson, Aaron Krister | Alleluia | $7.00
Length: 3' 
Instrumentation: Solo  Guitar
Tuning Systems: 17edo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Style: Classical 
Extra details: Neomedieval  | (arr. Stephen Weigel)