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Etudes Electric - Five Solos for Today's Electric Guitarist Etudes Electric was composed in response to a need for original electric guitar literature. Selections from this volume may be performed in an applied music jury or recital in a university guitar program. The etudes are motivically intertwined and make a complete composition when performed in order. The pieces can however be performed singly or in any combination. The pieces appear twice in this edition - once unedited in standard notation alone, and then fully edited in standard notation with rhythmic tablature. 20801   $12.99  

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MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum: Best Contemporary Solos Book/CD Set The MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum series is designed to provide intermediate to advanced fingerstyle guitarists with a wide variety of attractive solo repertoire pieces. The material contained in these volumes is ideal for performance at professional engagements- whether concerts, cocktail parties or club dates. These solos can also be used for educational purposes and enjoyed by students and teachers alike. The Best Contemporary edition provides a collection of original pieces by some of today's leading fingerstyle guitarists as well as attractive arrangements of popular standards like "My Melancholy Baby" and "Nola". Both standard classic guitar notation and tablature are provided throughout for the convenience of those who are more comfortable reading in one style or the other. The accompanying CD includes 22 of the 24 pieces from the book. 21363BCD   $24.95  

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MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum: Best Thumbpicking Solos Book/CD Set The MBGU Fingerstyle series is designed to provide intermediate to advanced fingerstyle guitarists with a wide variety of attractive solo repertoire pieces. The material contained in these volumes is ideal for performance at professional engagements- whether concerts, cocktail parties or club dates. These solos can also be used for educational purposes and enjoyed by students and teachers alike. The Best Thumbpicking edition is a collection of original works and arrangements in the thumbpicking style by such fine guitarists as Chet Atkins, Paul Yandell and Marcel Dadi. Both standard classic guitar notation and tablature are provided throughout for the convenience of those who are more comfortable reading in one style or the other. 21364BCD   $24.95  

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The Magnificent Guitar of Jorge Morel This book is the story of love, life and loss told by the legendary Argentinean guitarists, Jorge Morel. This book traces his early years with his father in Buenos Aires, to the love of his life, his wife Olga and of his life as one of the greats of the guitar. The Maestro also shares his thoughts on many subjects with blunt honesty not often expected or heard in these politically correct times. Through tragedy and loss, Jorge Morel continues to compose and perform to this day. His positive outlook on life and art and his authentic values are truly one of a kind. This book tells his story and contains 21 of Maestro Morel’s great pieces and arrangements (9 new compositions presented here for the first time!). In the words of the Maestro, “This is the definitive work on my life and my music!” 21953   $29.95  

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Guitar Meditations - Contemplative Solos for Plectrum Guitar Influenced by a wide range of musical styles, these concert pieces are meant to be played with a pick, although they certainly can be performed by a fingerstyle guitarist. The intent is not to showcase sparkling technique, instead they were composed to convey a palate of musical colors and moods. They offer the guitarist a wonderful opportunity for expression. Many are impressionistic in character. Some are musical reflections of thoughts, moods and emotions. Some were scored for a 7-string guitar, with the 7th string either tuned to low A or low B. However, all may be successfully performed on a 6-string guitar. Written in notation and tablature. Free audio downloads are available for use with this title. 22029   $12.99  

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Guitar Airs & Ballads Here are nine solos for plectrum guitar written with the tradition of the Celtic ballad and Scottish Aire. Many of the solos call for a 7 string guitar but can certainly be played on a 6 string. I have shown alternate notes for the low 7 string pedal tones in the tablature. The solos give the guitarist an opportunity to play concert settings with a maximum of expression. I have recorded all of the solos and they are available as a free internet download. This book is a sequel to my solo collection entitled "Guitar Meditations" (MB22029). I have authored both solo collections to address the need for serious compositions for the plectrum guitarist wanting to play in concert or recital. The music in each collection draws from a wide variety of influences and utilizes many contemporary harmonic concepts. I hope you enjoy performing and listening to these solos. 22039   $12.99  

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Timeless Solos for Guitar Timeless Solos is a play on words. The solos in this volume contain no time signatures or bar lines. I did this because I wanted the solos to be very expressive in interpretation yet "free-form" in structure. The companion recording presents my interpretation of these works. You may interpret them differently and that is fine! All solos are in notation and tablature. When writing these solos I first envisioned the form as an extended "cadenza". However, from my earlier trumpet playing days I recalled that, especially in the 19th century, a cadenza was a momentary break in a solo which gave the performer a chance to dazzle the audience with his or her virtuosity. These solos are not about that. Rather, they are a vehicle to give the guitarist an opportunity to move the listener with the performer's expressive ability. I also thought of these solos in the form of a "chant". However, most chants are monophonic in form and these solos in various parts present a fairly lush harmonic structure. While the solos were written for a 7 string guitar, they may be played successfully on a 6 string guitar. Alternate notes for those found on the 7th string are shown in the tablature part. Also, the solo, Peace, is written in Dropped D tuning and makes little use of the 7th string pedal tones. The solos are contemplative in nature and provide ample opportunity for individual expression and interpretation. I hope you enjoy playing and performing these works. 22041   $12.99  

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Delta: 13 Solos in Notation and Tablature Delta is a collection of compositions written over about a 20 year period. "Blue Stairways", for example, is 20 years old and has never appeared on one of my CDs until now! Some of these compositions made their debuts in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine as part of my Fingerstyle Basics column. These include: Sambavacation, BluesRay, Elegy for a Surfer, Blue Stairways, Cool Colors, Sailing for America, and Seven Heaven. The title, "Delta", is drawn specifically from the last movement of the Blues Suite that wrote for Stanley Yates back in '99. Stanley toured England playing the entire Suite at his concerts. He returned to the States with reports as to the success of the Blues Suite and, in particular, the Delta movement. This was a thrill to me that Yates' audience composed of classical guitar connoisseurs, would like such a rootsy, twangy, folksy guitar solo. Back then, I did not even perform the tune myself. Dr. Yates strongly suggested that I had "better start playing it". The version that I play now is actually very different than the one originally written for Stanley. In fact, you may hear recordings, see videos and performances where I have played my compositions any number of ways. Although the "Delta" reference is clearly a nod to my blues influences and Southern roots, the title also represents divergence. In all, this collection contains a variety of musical explorations: Bossa Nova and samba (Sambavacation and Rafaela), Mediterranean (Seven Heaven and Almeria High Noon), Jazz (Elegy for a Surfer and others), "Celtic" (Sailing for America). With all this extrapolation, there are compositions here that represent a more personal style (Dance of the Spirits, Undersea). 22059   $19.99  

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Contemporary Pieces for Classical Guitar I have taught classical guitar at the Conservatory of Oulu since 1972. The pieces in this book were composed during my working years in Finland and over holidays in Andalusia Spain. Originally these pieces were extra material for my pupils. Later I noticed, to my delight, that they had been performed in many concerts all over the country! Through these small pieces, I hoped to increase the motivation of my students and I think it has been a successful venture. I hope these pieces will bring joy and will benefit all players and listeners. 22085   $9.99  

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Comprehensive Guitar, Note Reading Guide, Volume 1 An exhaustive and complete guide to leaning to read notes on the guitar. This text was drawn from all the best of William Bay's "Modern Guitar Method/Expanded Version," "Mastering the Guitar" and "First Lessons/Guitar" books. If you want to master note reading on the guitar fingerboard, this is the book for you. 22113   $19.99  

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Album of Pieces for Solo Guitar, Volume 1 Guillermo Diego's Album Pieces for Solo Guitar Volume I, embody a collection of original works conceived by this recognized Mexican composer for classical guitar. These pieces have being written with different musical languages that goes from the inspiration in Mexican styles to free pieces that use contemporary and different resources that belongs to the guitar concerto style. This works are plenty of musical colors and offers different challenges to the guitarist. The writing is completely idiomatic, very natural for the guitar; it is music in which one the professional finds an artistic meaning but also, the students will find the elements to improve his technical and will near them to original works that have being composed recently and inspired in Mexican and Latin American music. The publication of this book is a premiere and will give to the guitarist part of the knowledge of what it is happen currently in Mexican classical guitar. Guillermo Diego is a well-known composer into the sphere of classical guitar who has being recognized for his contributions to the art of the guitar. 22120   $19.99  

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Famous Guitar Lines Made Easy A very useful guitar guide to the licks and phrases used by top guitarists. Licks are presented in notation and tablature and are grouped into "Country," "Blues" and "Rock" categories. Companion audio tracks are available free online. 22148   $19.99  

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Masters of Rock Guitar Book/CD Set The aim of this book and CD is to document the development of rock guitar playing by thoroughly investigating the styles of twenty distinctive and influential guitar greats, including Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, Eddie van Halen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and others. The more than 250 licks selected for inclusion here serve as a reference for anyone in search of authentic sounding material. This book is more than a mere compilation of licks. By presenting detailed information about personal influences, identifiable elements, harmonic material, sound (preferred instruments, amps, effects, etc.) and discographies, the book provides the reader with a well-rounded picture of each individual guitarist. In addition, the level of technical difficulty increases parallel to the chronological sequence, so the book can also be used as a methodically constructed learning aid for beginning to advanced players. The accompanying CD is over 70 minutes in length. It will not only help readers play the licks, but gives them the ability to select each profiled guitarist's music individually. In notation and tablature. 610105E   $26.95  

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Rock Guitar Secrets Book/CD Set The ultimate guitarist's reference book with playing techniques, solo and improvisation concepts, exercises and jam tracks. The purpose of this book is to demystify the relatively simple concepts or tricks around which much of rock guitar is built. The book is designed modularly, allowing the reader to choose any topic at any time, but is can also be sequentially as a method. Topics includes warm-ups, pentatonic scales, bending and vibrato techniques, blues scales, string skipping, major scales, alternate picking, modes, economy picking (sweeping), arpeggios, two-hand tapping, minor scales, legato techniques, exotic scales, whammy bar, how to build a solo, practice planning, and improvisation. Each concept is discussed in a thorough and easily understandable manner. The accompanying CD includes over 80 licks and exercises plus more than 20 jam tracks, helping the student put the concepts directly into practice. In notation and tablature. 610111E   $26.95  

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Masters of Rock Guitar 2 - Vol. 1 Book/CD Set An analysis of well-known guitarists including: Aerosmith, Ace Frehley, Metallica, John Petrucci and others. Included are detailed information about the biography of every artist, his personal influences, his characteristic attributes and concepts, musical examples and equipment. The licks are integrated into short solo examples to increase the practical aspect of the selections. In addition, there are not only ideas for solos and licks, but also a lot of information concerning rhythm guitar concepts. You’ll find a lot of licks and riffs in this book that are very easy to play and excellent instructional material for beginners. There are also sufficient advanced ideas and licks for specialists who want to expand their musical repertoire. 610363E   $24.95  

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Masters of Rock Guitar 2, Vol. 2 Book/CD Set An analysis of well-known guitarists including: Brian May, Michael Landau, Eric Johnson, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Chapters discuss styles such as NuRock, Punk and Grunge which cover the most prominent artists of these styles. Included is detailed information about the biography of every artist, his personal influences, his characteristic attributes and concepts, musical examples and equipment. The licks are integrated into short solo examples to increase the practical aspect of the selections. In addition, there are not only ideas for solos and licks, but also a lot of information concerning rhythm guitar concepts. You’ll find a lot of licks and riffs in this book that are very easy to play and excellent instructional material for beginners. There are also sufficient advanced ideas and licks for specialists who want to expand their musical repertoire. 610364E   $24.95  

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The Art of Two-Line Improvisation Book/CD Set This collection of etudes, written during the 1970's, was composed as a result of Jimmy Wyble's explorations into the musical worlds of counterpoint, harmony and chord melody improvisation for the jazz guitar. The right and left hand fingerings presented in this book were also developed as techniques needed to improvise jazz in two lines. Jimmy uses very standard jazz guitar chord shapes in these etudes; however, these shapes move through the harmony in lines rather than block chord structures. This broken chord technique creates a unique contrapuntal sound that separates Jimmy from the rest of the fingerstyle jazz guitar world. It is hoped that jazz and classical guitarists playing and working through these etudes will see many familiar chord shapes moving in new ways and creating new sounds. These new harmonic sounds combined with beautiful melodies will inspire any quitarist to new levels of musical creativity. Written in notation and tablature. 92 pages. 93860BCD   $22.95  

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Andrew York Three Dimensions for Solo Guitar Classic guitarist Andrew York of the renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet displays his extra- ordinary compositional skills in these three reflective solo guitar pieces entitled Wish; Into Dark; and Higher Ground. Written in standard notation only. 97046   $9.99  

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Conversation Pieces Book/CD Set This book is a collection of short, easy-to-learn guitar solos that sound impressive even when played by the beginning guitar student. The classical/folk style of these works gives the performer something that is fun and exciting to learn, and the listener something that is pleasant to the ear. The works are arranged in order of musical complexity, the last being the most difficult. Written in notation and tablature. 98453BCD   $14.95  

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Music of the Grateful Dead Book/2-CD Set Using nine classic Grateful Dead tunes, Fred Sokolow show you how to play fingerpicking backup while singing; how to play an instrument solo’ and how to begin and end a tune. Along the way, you’ll learn a lot about backup patterns, soloing ideas and chord position. 99408BCD   $24.95  

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Master Anthology of New Classic Guitar Solos, Volume 1 Book/CD Set This collection presents original works by 21 modern-day composer/guitarists, including both well-known artists and gifted upstarts. Recommended for the intermediate to advanced player, with the exception of a few pieces in alternate tunings, the selections are written in standard notation only. Bio sketches, photos, performance notes and a CD recorded for the most part by the composers themselves complete this musical portrait of the classic guitar in the 21st century. 99760BCD   $29.95  

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Anderrers Aits - 22 Leichtere Stucke Fur Gitarre These 22 Pieces of easy contemporary music for guitar are suitable for didactic purposes and recommended for competition; they have been recorded and edited by Prof. Olaf Van Gonnissen. Witty works of different composers don't involve just scales and rhythms, but also sound, noise, shape, contrast and much more, and naturally Argentina! ECH737BCD   $31.00  

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