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Doyle Dykes is unequivocally one of today’s brightest-shining stars within the arena of fingerstyle guitar. In an era where indulgent, new age droning has become passé, Dykes has breathed new life into the form of contemporary acoustic guitar, amalgamating flamenco fire, sparkling balladic harmonics, virtuosic tremolo, molten-hot single-note passages, and southern alternating bass techniques into a form of all-too-rare steel-string ascendancy. But he is not just another in-your-face technician; his compositions teem with aggressive originality, and his takes on standard hymns are enough to convert even the most jaded listener. In a nutshell, Dykes draws deeply from his well of spiritual and musical influences, and pours out fresh water—music that both transfixes our ears and captivates our hearts. But Dykes’ ride to relative stardom has not been overnight.
Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Dykes was surrounded by a musical family. Receiving his first guitar in his early teens, he immediately went to work, extricating licks from his favorite records, including a lot ofChet Atkins and Merle Travis. Though he flirted with the singer/songwriter mode of expression, Dykes felt the strongest resonance when playing unaccompanied guitar. In his mid-teens, he added the banjo to his repertoire, and peppered his formidable guitar playing with banjo speak, engrafting frailing and rapid-fire chromatic single-note techniques. Traveling with his family, Dykes attracted increasing attention. He ultimately joined and toured with a gospel group called The Crusaders, then took a job touring with The Stamps, Elvis Presley's former backup band. Disenchanted with some of the backstage antics, he returned home to Jacksonville, Florida, got a day job, and married Rita, his high school sweetheart.
Though Dykes settled into a nine-to-five routine, Providence was lurking around the corner. Setting off a chain reaction of ripe opportunities, ‘Hee Haw’ senior statesman Grandpa Jones performed at a festival near Dykes’ hometown. Invited to audition, Dykes lost no time in trying out for Grandpa’s band and was subsequently hired. This was Dykes’ link to the Grand Ole Opry, where he later shared the stage with many of his long-time heroes, including Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Feeling restless, however, Dykes felt his church-roots beckoning. With the blessing of Grandpa Jones, he left to begin his own ministry as a pastor in Jacksonville, simultaneously playing occasional tour dates. He soon realized that his instrumental music was reaching people, so he dedicated himself to ministering solely through his six-string companion, playing stunning solo renditions of such hymns as Amazing Grace and The Lord’s Prayer. However, Dykes soon became frustrated again, as he found preaching to the choir too confining. He sought to minister, yet desired a larger audience. One night, while pouring his heart out in prayer Dykes told God that he wanted to be a musician, not a preacher/evangelist. "I felt a presence in the room," Dykes recounts, "and a very warm feeling came over me that let me know this was going to happen."
‘Happen’ is indeed a good word to describe what has been going on in Dykes’ life since that momentous day. Offers have been pouring in, not the least of which have been a record deal with Windham Hill and an endorsement with Taylor Guitars. Through his experience, Dykes has learned the value of being specific in prayer, realizing that for God to take our prayers seriously, we need to take them seriously.
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Solo guitar instrumentals include: "Angel's Desire, Birmingham Steele, Caleb's Report, Celtic Cowboy, The Changing of the Guard, Country Fried Pickin', Girl, Howling of the Wood, The Jawbone, Martha's Kitchen, Miss Haley's Music Box, Misty Nights in Tokyo, The Road Back Home, Self Portrait on Acoustic Guitar, The Visitation, Wabash Cannonball, White Rose For Heidi".
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Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee - This unique book includes 300 jazz guitar chord formations and matching single note arpeggio patterns in a quick reference format that no one has ever done before! Cross indexing makes this manual extremely easy to use and regardless of what style of music you play, we know you will find this to be a valuable, "must have" addition to your library. Stacy McKee was the featured guitarist with "Les Brown and The Band Of Renown" and for a limited time only, we will include an exclusive copy of his bookFREE with your first order!
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