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    Fingerstyle Guitar/New Dimensions and Explorations
    The solo guitarist who are presented in this collection represent several strains of development in fingerstyle guitar.
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    Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar
    The ancient Celtic repertoire offers the fingerstyle guitarist a tantalizingly wide range of moods and emotions from sad laments to lyrical ballads to vibrant dance rhythms.
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    Mel Bay's Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar Solos
    Featuring Solos by the World's Finest Fingerstyle Guitarists! Vol. 1
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    Duck Baker was born Richard R. Baker IV in Washington, DC in 1949 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. His teenage years were devoted to playing the rock and blues bands before becoming interested in fingerpicking in local coffeehouses. Ragtime pianist Buck Evans was a major influence on Baker's developing interests, which by the time he moved to San Francisco in 1973 included rags, blues, old-time country, Cajun, bluegrass and New Orleans jazz. This variety inspired the title of his first solo record, "There's Something for Everyone in America," in 1976. During the next four years, Baker recorded four more solo records, including one devoted to swing, one to modern jazz and one to Irish and Scottish tunes, and appeared on nine others. He also wrote a book of fiddle tune arrangements and toured incessantly throughout America, Canada, Europe and Australia. He changed address almost as constantly, finally winding up in Europe for most of the '80s. He returned to San Francisco in 1987 and finally to Virginia in 1991. Most of his more recent solo recordings have featured his own compositions, an aspect of his work that has drawn particular praise from other guitarists.

    If Baker's insistence on studying and performing so many facets of folk and related music, from medieval European carols to avant-garde jazz, have made him somewhat difficult for the press to categorize, he certainly has earned the respect of his peers. A check list of musicians with whom he has been associated professionally (in performance or on records) would include blues man Charlie Musselwhite and Jerry Ricks, bluegrassers Tim O'Brien and Dan Crary, traditionalists Ali Anderson and Brian MacNeil, new music icon John Zron, rock legend J. J. Cale, and jug band king Jim Kweskin.

    Duck Baker has been a seminal figure and influence in the bringing of Irish traditional music to the guitar. Baker is one of those rare musicians who doesn't draw upon the repertoire of his chosen instrument for musical raw material, but rather finds ideas in the broader musical stream, and shapes them to the sensibilities of the guitar. From the application of that talent comes his acknowledged success at translating Irish fiddle, pipe, and harp music for the guitar. His memorable but not widely distributed 1980 album Kid on the Mountain outlined a stylistic approach that eschews any cosmetic prettiness of tone, and focuses rather upon the possibilities of stark, open harmonies and complex interwoven bass lines. That album first introduced to many guitarists in America viable arrangements of some essential Irish tunes, a few of which include "The Blarney Pilgrim", "Morgan Magan" and "The Duke of Fife's Welcome to Deeside". Though that album is long out of print, many of the landmark arrangements found there have been reissued on various CD collections.


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    Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar
    The ancient Celtic repertoire offers the fingerstyle guitarist a tantalizingly wide range of moods and emotions from sad laments to lyrical ballads to vibrant dance rhythms.
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    Classic Ragtime Guitar
    The study of classic ragtime guitar is very challenging. For this set of lessons for the intermediate and advanced guitarist we have picked four ever-popular rags.
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    Complete Fingerstyle Gospel Guitar Solo Collection
    This definitive volume of gospel music arranged for fingerstyle guitar is sure to become a classic.
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    Celtic Melodies for Fingerpicking Guitar
    In these three audio lessons, Duck Baker, Stefan Grossman, and John Renbourn teach six Celtic fingerstyle guitar solos.
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    Duck Baker's Fingerstyle Blues Guitar 101
    A collection of 12 great acoustic blues guitar solos by Duck Baker in notation and tablature.
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    Guitar of Duck Baker
    Fingerstyle Jazz Compositions
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    Encyclopedia of Irish and American Fiddle Tunes for Fingerstyle Guita
    This volume is intended as a folio of arrangements from the repertoire of a working musician.
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    Irish Jigs & Airs
    This set of audio lessons contains three compact discs featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction.
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    Fingerpicking Fiddle Tunes Volume 1
    This comprehensive and thorough collection of fingerpicking guitar lessons contains invaluable tips and instruction
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    Fingerpicking Fiddle Tunes Volume 2

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    Irish Hornpipes, Slip Jigs & Reels

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    The Salutation
    A Collection of Christmas Carols from England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, and France Arranged for Fingerstyle Guitar
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    Mel Bay's Classic American Folk Blues Themes
    A collection of 12 great acoustic blues guitar solos by Duck Baker in notation and tablature.
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    Irish, Scottish, English and American Fiddle Tunes for the Fingerpick

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    Fingerstyle Guitar/New Dimensions and Explorations
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    Mel Bay's Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar Solos
    Featuring Solos by the World's Finest Fingerstyle Guitarists! Vol. 1
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    RefNr: MB98370BCD
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    Deluxe Anthology of O'Carolan Music for Fingerstyle Guitar
    Presenting 45 melodies composed by the blind Irish bard and harpist Turlough O'Carolan arranged by such guitar greats as Dave Evans, Davey Graham, El McMeen, Duck Baker and many others.
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    Fingerstyle Guitar Masterpieces
    12 instrumental compositions and arrangements from Acoustic Guitar magazine by today's best fingerstyle players.
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    The Best of Acoustic Guitar Solos - 1999
    1999 Edition
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    MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum: Best Contemporary Solos
    MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum: Best Contemporary Solos
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    MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum: Best Celtic Solos
    A collection of tunes in the Celtic style arranged by some of today's best-known Fingerstyle guitarists. Several of O'Carolan's pieces are included, along with a number of traditional favorites. Both standard guitar notation and tablature are provided throughout for the convenience of those who are more comfortable reading in one style or the other.
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    MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum: Best Ragtime Solos
    The MBGU Fingerstyle Curriculum Best Ragtime Solos: offers the Fingerstyle guitarist a diverse collection of ragtime pieces ranging from the classic piano rags of Scott Joplin and Tom Hayden to the "bluesier" rags typical of guitarists from the Mississippi Delta.
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    Master Anthology of Blues Guitar Solos Volume One
    Book of the Month 2003-06
    This comprehensive book/CD set presents some of the first contemporary blues guitarists!
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    RefNr: MB98424BCD
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    Complete Fingerstyle Guitar
    This comprehensive text covers the spectrum of fingerpicking technique and styles.
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    Folk, Blues, Jazz & Beyond
    The sixteen selection that comprise this fingerpicking guitar collection illustrate a wide variety of music and guitar arranging techniques.
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    Celtic Airs, Jigs, Hornpipes, & Reels

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    Fiddle Tunes for Fingerstyle Guitar
    This set of lessons presents several approaches for the intermediate guitarist with 3 CDs containing 3 full hours of instruction.
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    Ramble to Cashel - Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Solos
    Contains Irish and Scottish music adapted to fingerstyle guitar by renowned players such as Martin Simpson, Steve Baughman, Pierre Bensusan, Duck Baker, Tom Long, Pat Kirtley, and El McMeen.
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    RefNr: MB97241BCD
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    Blarney Pilgrim - Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Solos

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    Pat Kirtley Irish Guitar
    World traveling fingerstyle guitarist Pat Kirtley presents 17 solo guitar arrangements of traditional Irish tunes including a few original compositions.
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