In the 15 years I have directed a choir at our parish, I have had the luxury of having a keyboard player and organist off and on for only 5 ($0 music budgets and high learning curve for these instruments). Like many parishes, we have guitar-only liturgical musicians (the free ones :)). I am a guitar player myself, and have worked to adapt both music selection and my playing style over the years to produce music that I feel fits the reverent atmosphere appropriate to the Mass. The guitar can only do so much, however, and I still longed for the rich piano and organ accompaniment that, I feel, really fits the setting. I have experimented, at times, with sequencing and recording tracks with rich instrumentation, but always found them awkward and unnatural (hard for the Spirit to move the CD to change tempo or dynamics :)).
I have a professional background in computer science and longtime hobby of MIDI music, which I began to seriously combine a few years ago. Insipired, but daunted by the $2K-$3K professional MIDI guitars offered by Star Labs starrlabs.com/, I discovered a much lower cost alternative in a “teaching guitar” made by Yamaha, that I have adapted (with a few electronic adds and some custom programming) into an effective, highly-portable, digital guitar instrument that gives me access to the rich sounds I sought with the control and feeling of a live instrument. A sample of my live accompaniment can be heard here jukeboxalive.com/audio_play_offsite.php?mid=2948849. For those interested in some of the technical details see [ATTACH]9356[/ATTACH].
Are there any other refugees from past decades “Guitar Mass” that are on a similar “quest for conversion” in their music?