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Mel Bay's Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar Solos: Featuring Solos by the World's Finest Fingerstyle Guitarists! Vol. 1 Paperback – May 2, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications, Inc. (May 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078665290X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786652907
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Self-taught as a guitarist from the age of 12, Stephen Rekas was introduced to the classic guitar as a sophomore by Jerry Tertocha, a fellow student at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Within a month of that meeting, Stephen traded his steel-string acoustic guitar for a nylon-string instrument. While active in Millikin's Jazz Lab Band as a trumpeter, Stephen majored in English and Biology. It wasn't until after graduation that the guitar became a full-time avocation. He took his first formal guitar lessons from Bernard Windt, a cellist and amateur luthier in Ashland, Oregon. While living in Oregon, Stephen met classic guitarist and lutenist, Karl Herreshoff and was inspired to study the guitar seriously.

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.

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Worth the money for the CDs alone.
MarkB
Songs are mostly original compositions and a bio is provided of every artist that has songs included in the collection.
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The songs sound great just listening to them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Callaghan VINE VOICE on March 20, 2007
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This book is perfect for people who earn a full or part-time living playing instrumental guitar music. While not all the material here is useable (is any book thoroughly useful?), you will get finished and fingered arrangements by Muriel Anderson, Michael Chapledaine, Duck Baker, Marcel Dadi, Chris Proctor and Don Ross to name a few. Buster B. Jones is in there, so is Stephan Grossman. It's well worth it, because even with the many songs you won't want to practice or play, you wil be getting at the very least a handful of professional level solos that can be put into use. There is an arrangement of "Claire de Lune" that is absoultely stunning. Peter Finger makes a submission that is well worth the practice required, and Don Ross - well, even if you never learn to play like this you can study the arrangement and see how he does it.

That's the nice thing about the collection. In "Buster B. Boogie", for example, you'd have to be a very dedicated player to learn to play it - but even without the high level of technique required, there are miles of major-blues country and swing groove riffs in that one tune alone that can be fished out and used in jams or improvisations.

There are just so very many fingerstyle books aimed squarely at beginners and intermediates, it really is nice to see a more 'mainstream' publication with some upper-level material, and almost all of it fingered.

It's funny to see someone complain that 'alternate tunings should be used' when a little less than half of these are in alternate tunings! If being difficult to play is the sole criterion, then this book isn't very good. However, if new showpieces by modern performers is what you're after, without being scaled down, simplified, or made "E-Z", then this book is well worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Chor_l on September 20, 2009
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NOT FOR BEGINNERS. This is truly an intermediate-advanced collection. Songs are mostly original compositions and a bio is provided of every artist that has songs included in the collection. Songs are mostly 3 - 5 minutes in length, at the tempo originally recorded. There are various styles of music, and many different techniques are used.

There is no instruction (other than tabs), just the sheet music. If you are not at a solid intermediate level, if you have difficulty reading music, or if you are not interested in a very broad range of techniques, this book is probably not for you (yet).

The CDs (three) appear to not be recorded just for the book, but rather they seem to be a collection of previously released songs from the artists' own CDs. Some have accompanyment, other not. Very helpful. Also very nice to listen to.

If you can play all the songs in this book clearly and at tempo, you are ready to play professionally.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on March 20, 2007
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This is a 3 disk set, with a lot of great music to listen to (which I often do, even after owning it for about 5 years). These are not silly little drills, but production quality from world class artists. Most of their names were new to me, and after being so impressed I have ordered CD's from some of the individual artists: Al Petteway, Pierre BenSusan, to name a few. It is not easy stuff, and it takes a lot of work to master it. Highly worth the effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sinnersavedbygrace on April 24, 2013
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Ok, I bought this out of the hope that I had finally found advanced arrangements of songs for fingerstyle guitar. Was not disappointed! There are 68 songs by 67 artists and though there are many different styles and the songs are in several tunings (most are in standard, but there are lots in DADGAD, drop D, double drop D, etc.), they are all advanced and sound great! If you're looking for a songbook with LOTS of songs and complex ones at that, you've come to the right place! I would say the 3 CDs alone are worth the $30 it's selling for. The songs sound great just listening to them. Having the tabs is an added blessing. I really like the arrangements of Danny Boy, Claire De Lune, Scarborough Fair, and many others! You're bound to find something you like in these almost 70 songs! So my advice, if you are serious about playing fingerstyle guitar and are looking for some complex and beautiful songs to add to your repertoire you can't go wrong buying this! Even if you just enjoy hearing guitar, it's only $10 per CD. Ok, to make a long story short, Love this book and VERY glad I bought it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Lubecker on April 18, 2011
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This a great book for fingerstyle guitarists looking to expand their repertoire. The cd's that come with the book are a great aid as well
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