Music both old and new, but all of it inspired by the timeless modal harmony of medieval and Mediterranean cultures: this is the subject of John Williams's brilliant guitar disc for Sony, which also features his debut as a composer. The main work is his own "Aeolian Suite" for guitar and chamber orchestra, based on both original and 14th-century tunes (one of which, the "Saltarello," appeared on early-music pioneer David Munrow's disc called Instruments of the Middle Ages). The suite is a lovely piece of writing, deftly composed, and neither tacky nor pretentious. It's paired with an inspired assortment of spiritually related but diverse arrangements and original pieces by Satie, Theodorakis, Domeniconi, and an emotionally intense four-movement work called "Stélé," by Australian composer Phillip Houghton. Naturally, Williams performs each piece expertly, but most important, he makes his instrument sing, and that's just what the music demands. Simply super.
Since John McLaughlin's first two post-Shakti albums – Electric Guitarist and Electric Dreams – featured the word "electric" in their titles, it seems that the guitarist wanted to emphasize his more plugged-in side to those who might not have followed along on three previous releases featuring his acoustic world music band. He also thumbed through his impressive phone book to call in some of the cream of the 1977 crop of jazz fusionists to help him out on Electric Guitarist, a true return to form. Ex-Mahavishnu members Jerry Goodman and Billy Cobham assist in kicking things off just like in the old days with "New York on My Mind," a tune that could have been an outtake from his earlier Mahavishnu Orchestra work.
In this in-depth tutorial series, computer music guru Eli Krantzberg shows you how to get rocking with this innovative and expressive new guitar instrument from UJAM, Virtual Guitarist IRON! Eli starts off with a brief primer on power chords, then dives right into the GUI. Then he shows you how IRON translates notes and chords into two-note power chord voices. That leads into a demonstration of the Common Phrases that you can use to get creative with your guitar parts.
The obvious impetus for playing fingerstyle guitar is the ability to combine bass lines, chords and melody simultaneously, effectively creating the impression of several musicians playing together. But unless you've already heard Martin Taylor, you've never experienced it quite like this. In Martin's playing, the three elements are so well integrated that the music transcends the technique. But you won't miss the details of his touch. Tight left-hand positions move with the precision of a servomotor; each digit appearing to have a mind of its own, but playing in perfect harmony with the others. Arrangements fly off his fingers in such a seemingly effortless manner that they create the illusion of accessibility." Fingerstyle Guitar In this unique DVD lesson Martin Taylor discusses various aspects of his approach to ingerstyle jazz guitar. This is the perfect introduction to Martin s guitar style and techniques. Once you have mastered this material you will be ready to tackle Martin s other videos and DVDs.
The learning continues as Happy Traum takes you, step-by-step, through three more classic American songs, building each one from its simplest chord-and-strum accompaniment (a perfect jumping-off point for the beginning player) to a fully realized performance piece complete with melody notes, bass lines, chord substitutions, harmonies, picking techniques and improvisations. Drawing on his nearly 50 years of teaching experience, Happy systematically introduces elements to each song that will help give you a better command of the fretboard. At the same time you ll be adding wonderful material to your repertoire, building your right and left hand technique and improving your musical understanding. DVD 2 is all played in standard tuning and includes Stephen Foster s perennial favorite, Hard Times Come Again No More; the traditional hymn Wayfaring Stranger; and the southern Appalachian classic, Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies.
Here s the first in a two-DVD lesson series that will be deeply satisfying for any acoustic guitarist who wants to move beyond simple chords and easy strums. Beginning and intermediate players will quickly gain an understanding of guitar basics through the process of building compelling arrangements of well-known, much-loved traditional songs. In an instructional tour de force, Happy details each step, starting with a simple version of each song and then slowly adding chord substitutions, bass lines, harmonies, fill-in licks, fingerpicking patterns and other techniques that eventually create a fully-formed performance piece. By the time you have completed these two DVDs, you ll have gained a better command of the fretboard, increased your repertoire and improved your guitar technique. DVD 1 features songs arranged in dropped D tuning: The Cuckoo, with its haunting mountain modal minor key tonalities; the Caribbean-tinged American ballad Delia s Gone; and The Water is Wide, one of most beautiful and widely sung love songs in the English language.
Jazz For The Electric Blues Guitarist provides a valuable lesson for those who wish to introduce sophisticated jazz lines and more advanced chord concepts into their playing. This information-packed lesson takes the player on an exciting journey from the basic "jazz" blues progression to advanced chord substitution. Turnarounds and chord families, together with further elaborations and inversions are also discussed, in an easy to understand way, which will spice up your blues playing in no time. As the DVD unfolds, Adrian Ingram reveals the secrets of jazz substitution and improvisation, showing how the fundamental concepts can be used to lift your blues playing onto a higher plateau. Coloristic devices, such as Charlie Christian's worry notes and Wes Montgomery's octaves are also discussed. A detailed tab/music instructional booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD.
Peter Huttlinger's amazing guitar technique was developed over the years through good practice and exercise regimens. As a guitar teacher with more than sixteen years experience, he knows that the most important thing players need is guidance in their practicing routine.