Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar

The Easy-to-Understand Guide to Advanced and Professional-Level Fingerpicking

Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar features 33 highly playable tunes arranged or composed by leading guitarists, in both clear tablature and standard notation. There are some truly wonderful guitar pieces in this book, along with lots of musical examples, exercises, along with detailed discussions of music theory and how this applies to fingerpicking. Included is a CD illustrating all tunes. Genres represented included “folk,” blues, early country music, Appalachian and Celtic fiddle tunes, ragtime and what might be described as “guitar fantasies.” Players represented are Geoff Bartley, Pierre Bensusan, Rory Block, Gill Burns, Lynn Clayton, Erik Frandsen, Wendy Grossman, Glenn Jenks, Pete Kairo, Nick Katzman, Colin Linden, Woody Mann, Andy Polon, Pete Seeger, Janet Smith,  Michael Soloway, Happy Traum, Dave Van Ronk, and of course, Ken Perlman.

This book more or less picks up where Fingerstyle Guitar leaves off. That said, my advice is to start using Advance Fingerstyle after you’ve made it roughly two-thirds of the way through Fingerstyle Guitar. After that you can pretty much use your judgement on which piece to tackle next.

Not long ago, Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar was included in a collection by Shawn Persinger called The 50 Greatest Guitar Books (Quixotic Music Co.).

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Advanced Fingerstyle Guitar

Centerstream/Hal Leonard

Includes CD illustrating all tunes. 210 pages, 35 tunes plus numerous exercises in standard notation. Lots on theory as well.

Formerly published as Contemporary Fingerstyle Guitar.

24.95

BOOK w/ CD

Historical Note

This book has had a long and not always smooth history. It had barely been released by Prentice Hall Publications under its original title, More Fingerstyle Guitar when the company started to go out of business. The book was then picked up by Centerstream/Hal Leonard and re-issued under the title, Contemporary Fingerstyle Guitar. As the twentieth anniversary of the book’s original publication approached, the “Contemporary” wording began to seem unhelpful, so we settled on Advanced. On the left is the cover design from the original edition; the guitarist is headless because the publisher figured it made the image universal: as in, “Your face, here!” On the right is the cover from the first Centerstream edition; not sure what they were trying to express (maybe, “If you get this book you can be a cool guy/person, too, with sun glasses!).