In January of 1972, on a lead from Herreshoff and new age composer Ray Lynch, Stephen traveled to Barcelona, Spain to study the guitar with composer/guitarist Eduardo Sainz de la Maza. "I immediately learned how ignorant I was about the guitar," he said of his first lessons with the maestro. What began as a one-year student-teacher commitment ended up becoming a decade-long sojourn including additional studies with Maria Luisa Anido and masterclasses with Emilio Pujol and José Tomás. "Just as Paris was Hemmingway's Moveable Feast, Spain was for me a New World of music, language, relationships, and visual and culinary delights."
Stephen returned to academia at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. There he earned additional bachelor's degrees in music theory/comp, guitar performance, and Spanish literature followed by a master's degree in guitar performance. Stephen's formal music education culminated with the completion of the post-graduate program in "Composition for the Film and Television Industry" at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.
Since February of 1996, Stephen has been employed by Mel Bay Publications where he enjoys a multi-faceted position; he compiles and edits Mel Bay's monthly webzine Guitar Sessions, and also reviews new book submissions, cultivates artist/author relations, and edits guitar and mandolin publications.
If I was stranded on a desert island with a guitar and just one book, this one would be it. 400+ pages of the most awesome fingerstyle guitar songs, it'll probably take a lifetime... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matt
Worth the money for the CDs alone. The tunes are all challenging, but regardless of your personal preferences for style there is something for everybody in here.Published 18 months ago by MarkB