Drowsy Maggie played by the Chieftains

"Drowsy Maggie" performed by The Chieftains.This popular Irish Folk tune was featured in the movie "Titanic".


Drowsy Maggie
Preview and buy Drowsy Maggie

Who is this book for? Guitarists who play Blues, Country, Rock, Jazz, Classical or Steel String guitar. Anyone who wondered where the idea for "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin originated or who wondered how to use the Dorian mode, and actually make it sound good!

What will you get out of it? Firstly you will add a great piece to your repertoire, which can be played in practically any style you like. Secondly you will improve your melody playing, articulation and tone production, which translates to better lead guitar solos.

El McMeen: The Lea Rig

El McMeen - modern acoustic guitar master.
El McMeen - modern acoustic guitar master.

El McMeen is a modern acoustic guitar master. He plays a broad range of music on solo acoustic steel string guitar. He is well known for his Celtic stylings, but his recordings attest to his broad ranging musical abilities.

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Beethoven Violin Concerto arranged for guitar by Kazuhito Yamashita

Kazuhito Yamashita's arrangement of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D, Opus 61
Kazuhito Yamashita's arrangement of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D, Opus 61

From the Preface by Kazuhito Yamashita

"This"Beethoven's Guitar Concerto" is one of my best arrangements made after the "Pictures at an Exhibition" was already published. To my joy the simultaneous publication of the record and musical score has been realized, following the concerts in Nagasaki and Tokyo through which this work become known.

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Yamashita chronicles

Kazuhito Yamashita
Kazuhito Yamashita

The Yamashita Chronicles by Matanya Ophee are a must read. These articles describe Yamashita's first appearances in the West and the subsequent politics which have probably prevented his wider recognition.

Some excerpts:

  • (re the 1984 concert) "both myself and my wife were presented with a reading of Musorgsky’s masterpiece which we could whole-heartedly embrace as an authentic representation of the spirit of Musorgsky. "
  • "... certain elements in English guitar circles have exhibited in the past a deep-seated prejudice against him."

Copyright © 2001 by Editions Orphée, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Read the entire article here: www.guitarandluteissues.com/rmcg/yamashta.htm

Yamashita in Concert, 1984

Matanya Ophee on attended a concert by Kazuhito Yamashita concert in Toronto, 1984.

 Kazuhito Yamashita

His astute observations provide crucial information to those who are interested in developing the art of guitar playing.

For example:

  • "One thing he must have learnt thoroughly... is to listen carefully to his own playing. That is, it seems to me, the reason he was able to develop this fantastic dynamic range."
  • "... Yamashita is something new, something sui generis. ... "
  • "as he sits down still bowing to the audience in the process, something unbelievable takes place right before your eyes. The shy little boy turns into a giant. Obviously, there is some internal process of concentration going on in the artist’s mind. The visual effect on the audience, perhaps not intended, is that we are made to partake in this transformation of the boy into a passionate and mature artist. "
  • "the powerful grip of a master musician is enough to dispel any preoccupations with one’s own convictions and prejudices. "
  • "in thirty years or so of attending guitar concerts, I have never seen an audience give a standing ovation to the artist right after the first piece in the program."
  • "... he is able to use speed as an expressive device, where and when required. This is the kind of velocity which is taken for granted in violin, flute and piano performance, and for the first time in guitar history, can also be heard in a guitar performance. "
  • "He selected the music first, and then set out to develops the technique required for its execution. Not being bound by blind allegiance to this or that school, this or that mythology, this or that cult figure, he was able to think through a whole new way of eliciting sound from the instrument."
  • "... if you are a free spirit, a free creative spirit who is determined to do your own thing, then you write music like Nikita Koshkin and Wolfgang Lendle, and play music like Kazuhito Yamashita"
  • Copyright © 2001 by Editions Orphée, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Read the entire article here: www.guitarandluteissues.com/rmcg/ophee.html