Welcome to GSUBI Learning Center
This is where you’ll find everything you need as a skipper or a guitarist to learn how to play the creations of GSUBI.
Guitars on a drunken boat
The 100 guitars on a drunken boat is an evolutionary project created by Gilles Laval in 2017, composed for 100 electric guitars and inspired by the French poem of Arthur Rimbaud, “Le bateau ivre”. The “eco-poetic” musical creation is made of 7 parts around the theme of the ocean. The composition oscillates between “sound tableaux” and written pieces.
The creation is aimed at both amateurs and experienced or professional guitarists. The writing has been thought through to make the piece accessible to as many people as possible. Orality being more important than writing in popular music, we have designed a transmission system dedicated to this project, which may be suitable for reading or non-reading musicians.
Each part can be played interactively in any web browser or using your phone. It is the go-to place for each guitarist to learn the bits and pieces of the creation. Click any of the pieces below to start learning.
Download Conductors and Cheat Sheets
We provide a convenient notation called Conductors. They give a full picture of each part and the (approximate) timing of each section. Time signatures and tempo are given at the top of the conductor (for example: 6/4 – ♩ = 95). The number of bars of each section (when available) is indicated in red at the top of the conductor (for example: 4 (3x) means 4 bars repeated 3 times). At the beginning of each implementation, every guitar player is assigned a horizontal track with his/her name on it – on the left of the table. Each track corresponds to the actual track within the full musical notation sheet available above.
Cheat sheets provide convenient memory-cards with the most useful musical motifs for each sub-section in each part. We have written these using standard musical notation, tablatures and chords (when appropriate). They can be very helpful during the learning process. Keep in mind that they do not replace the full notation score.
All work provided in GSUBI Learning Center is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Music, notation files and videos are Copyright (c) Gilles Laval / GSUBI.