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Duck Baker

    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 with rock and blues bands before becoming interested in fingerpicking guitar styles that he heard in local coffee houses.

    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 piano 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 4 years, Duck Baker recorded several solo guitar albums, 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 for solo guitar and toured incessantly throughout America, Canada, Europe and Australia.

    He changed addresses almost as frequently, 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.

     Duck's 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."

Duck Baker - Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar: Swing To Bop - DVD
This unique lesson focuses on teaching a variety of great swing and bop tunes and the techniques needed to play them. All the songs are well known standards and their arrangements demonstrate various ways to approach this material for solo fingerstyle guitar. "Liza" for instance, teaches basic swing chord shapes while "Summertime" and "Take The A Train" utilize different counterpoint bass figures. Songs include: "Back Home In Indiana, Up A Lazy River, Liza, Summertime, Take The A Train, and Stompin' At The Savoy".
(82 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 
Duck Baker Plays "Summertime"

Duck Baker - Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar: Bop To Modern - DVD
This lesson focuses on teaching a variety of bop to modern jazz compositions. The approach for the fingerstyle guitarist differs from those used in playing swing tunes in that the harmonic structure is more sophisticated and the bass lines typical of swing are inappropriate to the more contemporary styles of modern jazz. Duck Baker brings years of experience as a performer, teacher and devotee of fingerstyle jazz to make this lesson fascinating and challenging. Tunes include: "Blue Monk, Sweet And Lovely, Out Of The Past, St. Thomas, Tintiyana, and Mr. Jelly Roll Soul" and the techniques needed to play them!
(80 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 Duck Baker Plays "St. Thomas"

Duck Baker - Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar: Improvisation - DVD
This lesson teaches two great swing standards: "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Georgia On My Mind". The basis of fingerstyle jazz improvisation is presented with dozens of chord shapes, hot licks and musical ideas. Duck demonstrates how to develop improvised ideas and variations over chord progressions and melodies. A constant stream of pointers, demonstrations and explanations are featured. The enclosed booklet presents each and every phrase written in notation and tab.
(75 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 Duck Baker Plays "Sweet Georgia Brown"

Duck Baker - The Music Of Thelonious Monk - DVD
Duck Baker's ability to clearly explain and demonstrate his arrangements in a clear and engaging fashion has been noted by both critics and students of his instructional videos! Duck teaches his unique arrangements of "Blue Monk, Lulu's Back In Town, 'Round Midnight, and Light Blue". Rare footage of Monk performing first 3 tunes with his quartet featuring Charlie Rouse.
(90 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 Duck Baker Plays "Round Midnight"

Duck Baker - Fingerstyle Swing Guitar - DVD
Duck Baker is considered to be one of today's finest fingerstyle swing guitarists. In this lesson he teaches the basics of how to put that "swing" into your playing. This is not a lesson for beginners. Duck presumes that you can already fingerpick using an alternating bass technique in the style of Mississippi John Hurt or Chet Atkins. Duck shows you how to expand this style and take it to a different level so that you can fingerpick swing tunes. Along the way he explains and explores rhythm chords and changes that you will need to incorporate in to your playing. Four well know tunes from the swing repertoire are taught and the arrangements are fully explained phrase by phrase. Each arrangement is then illustrated on a split-screen that clearly shows what each hand is performing. This lesson will help you develop your own individual technique for playing fingerstyle swing guitar. Tunes include: "Redwing, I Got  Rhythm, Bei Mier Bist Du Schoen, Never Swat A Fly".
(88 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 Duck Baker Plays "I Got Rhythm"

Duck Baker - Gospel Fingerstyle Guitar - DVD
In this lesson, Duck Baker explores and explains how gospel music can be arranged for fingerstyle guitar. Duck teaches arrangements of six well known Gospel songs, which are played in standard and dropped-D tunings. Duck gives historical background on each tune as well as phrase by phrase explanations of the arrangements. Each tune is clearly illustrated in a split-screen section making it easy to see what the right and left hands are playing. Tunes include: "Abide With Me, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Further Along, There Is A Happy Land, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, Will The Circle Be Unbroken".
(82 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 
Duck Baker Teaches "Further Along"

Duck Baker - Classic American Folk Blues Themes - DVD
Technical challenges for the intermediate to advanced guitarist with an arsenal of hot licks that can be expanded and explored when playing blues themes! New approaches to arranging and improvising are taught with five popular blues that include: "Sister Kate, Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor, Blues In E, Baby Let Me Lay It On You and Jackson Stomp".
(75 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 
Duck Baker Teaches "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor"

Duck Baker - Celtic Airs, Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes - DVD
Celtic music offers the fingerstyle guitarist many beautiful and haunting melodies as well as intriguing dance rhythms and exciting tunes. In this DVD, Duck Baker teaches and explains a wide variety of Celtic music. Songs include "Elsie Marley, The Duke of Fife's Welcome to Deeside, The Greenfields of America, Temperance Reel, and Sheebeg An Sheemore".
(100 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95
 
Duck Baker Teaches "Elsie Marley"

Duck Baker - Guitar Aerobics - DVD
Exercises For The Advanced Contemporary & The Traditional Fingerpicking Guitarist. Legendary acoustic fingerstyle master Duck Baker presents a variety of challenging exercises and arrangements for both right and left hands, as well as each finger! "The Wreck of the Old '97" and "Holding Pattern" are used to illustrate right hand picking ideas. Also left hand techniques to increase the independence of motion as well as exercises featuring trills, thumb-fretting, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. "The Rakes of Waterloo" features techniques necessary for Celtic melodies including grace notes, slides, and complex embellishments. Duck concludes by teaching some exciting right hand slapping techniques in "The Dirtman Cometh".
(73 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 
Duck Baker Teaches "The Guitar Is Not Your Friend"

Duck Baker - The Music Of Turlough O'Carolan - DVD
The compositions of Turlough O'Carolan, born 1670, have a special place in the story of Irish music, as does the figure of Carolan himself, a blind itinerant harpist living at a time of significant change in Irish history. Carolan seems to embody the image of the old bards in whom resided the last vestiges of the ancient music and the lost art of extempore poetry. His music is often seen as a link between traditional Irish melodies and baroque music, but more importantly it includes some of the most striking melodies ever composed. Originally written for the harp, these compositions lend themselves perfectly to the fingerstyle guitarist. In this DVD lesson, Duck Baker teaches a wide variety of Carolan pieces, from the folk-like air "Blind Mary" to the stately "Hewlett". The mysterious "Planxty Kelly" and the deeply melodic "The Fairy Queen" are presented, as well as "Carolan's Concerto", a complex folk-baroque arrangement of the harpist's most celebrated composition!
(85 min) Booklet included.......................................................Price - $29.95
 
Duck Baker Teaches "Hewlett"

Duck Baker - Fingerstyle Blues Guitar 101 - Book and CD
Duck Baker teaches lessons in theory (major scales, chords - the dominant seventh, upper interval chords, turnarounds) and teaches you the following songs: "Baby Let Me Follow You Down, The Jackson Stomp, Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor, Sister Kate Variations, Seven Point One, Still Staggerin', The Dirtman Cometh, The Deep Blue C, The Mighty Midget".
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $19.95

Duck Baker - The Salutation - Book and CD
A collection of Christmas Carols from England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and France. Includes: "O Come O Come Emmanuel, Angelus Ad Virginum, The Blessed Virgin's Lullaby, The Bagpipers Carol, The Snow Lay on the Ground, The Wexford Carol, The Salutation, In Bethlehem, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Furry Day Carol, Il Est Ne, Rorate, Trettondedags Marschen, Let All Earthly Flesh Keep Silent, I Saw Three Ships, Good Christian Men Rejoice, What is This Fragrance? Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, A Virgin Most Pure, The Holly and the Ivy, The Boys Carol, Patapan, Noel Nouvelet, The Virgin Gives Birth".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...............................................Price - $17.95

Duck Baker - Encyclopedia Of Irish & American Fiddle Tunes - Book and CD
Tunes include: "The South Wind, The Flowers of Belfast, The Blackbird and the Thrush, John O'Dwyer of the Glen, Miss Forbes' Farewell, Sergeant Early's Dream, Oliver Goldsmith's Lament, No Love, Spanish Cloak, Child of My Heart, The Dodder Bank, Rattlin' Roarin' Willie, Planxty Sweeney, The Galtee Hunt, Banish Misfortune, Market Girls, Catholic Bill's, Little Brown Jug, Tasha's Cakes, Joy of My Life, The Banks of Lough Gowna, The Rakes of Waterloo, My Darling Asleep, Haste to the Wedding, Huggerth the Puss, The Oak and the Willow, The Tar Road to Sligo, The Butterfly, The Exile's Jig, Top It Off, Paddy Now Won't You Be Easy, The Boys Of Blue Hill, The Plains of Boyle, Ramble Over Stennis, My Heart Belongs to Jenny, Galway Bay, The Humors of Tullycreen, Captain Rock, The Maids of Mitchelstown, Roll Her In Rushes, The Trip to Durrow, The Witch of the Glen, The Tailor's Thimble, The Gower, Poll Ha'penny, Rakish Paddy, Fisher's Hornpipe, The Keel Row, Boyne Water, Hop High Ladies, The Cuckoo's Nest, The Drunken Wagoner, Little Beggar Man, Polly Put the Kettle On, Boatman, Angelina Baker, Peacock Rag, Whistling Rufus, Wink the Other Eye, Buffalo Gals, Ragtime Annie, Over the Waterfall, Tucker's Barn, Robinson County, Jeff Davis, Sandy River Belle, Pappy Taylor's Hornpipe, Same Time Today, Johnny the Blacksmith, The Road to Richmond, June Apple, Blackberry Blossom, Salt Creek".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...............................................Price - $24.95

Duck Baker - Fingerpicking Fiddle Tunes - Vol I - Book and 3 CDs
These lessons contain 3 full hours of guitar instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase lessons taught by Duck Baker. Includes the following tunes: "'The Green Fields of America, Angeline The Baker, The Duke of Fife, March Of The King Of Laoise, Temperance Reel, The Drunken Wagoner".
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $24.95

Duck Baker - Fingerpicking Fiddle Tunes - Vol II - Book and 3 CDs
These lessons contain 3 full hours of guitar instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase lessons taught by Duck Baker. Includes the following tunes: "Charles O'Conor, Sheebeg and Sheemore, The Blarney Pilgrim, Callahan's Hornpipe, The Kid On The Mountain".
Notation and tab.....................................................................Price - $24.95

Duck Baker - Irish Hornpipes, Slip Jigs & Reels - Book and 3 CDs
These lessons include 3 full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction for the following songs: "Gusty's Frolics, Humors Of Whiskey, The Wicklow Hornpipe, Bantry Bay, Jenny Picking Cockles, The Wise Maid".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...............................................Price - $24.95

Duck Baker - Irish Jigs & Airs - Book and 3 CDs
These lessons include 3 full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction for the following songs: "Pretty Girl Milking A Cow, Blind Mary, O'Hara's Cup, Morgan Magan, Joy Of My Life, Swedish Jig".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle...............................................Price - $24.95

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