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El McMeen

    El McMeen began playing the acoustic guitar while attending Harvard in the mid1960's. At the time he took up guitar, he was an accomplished clarinet player and singer and had studied piano. At first, McMeen didn't approach the guitar primarily as a solo instrument, but used it as accompaniment for his singing.

    Upon reapplying himself in the early 1980's to the instrument, he encountered what he saw as an incredible breadth of music that one could try to render on guitar. He found himself attracted to Irish and Scottish music, alternative tunings, and different approaches to rendering and arranging music.

    After listening to the Dave Evans recording "Irish Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, and Airs", McMeen became attracted to the richness of the CGDGAD tuning and found it accessible, evocative, versatile, and extremely stimulating to his own creativity on the guitar. After two decades of arranging pieces in that tuning, El has become the leading student of the tuning and he has written extensively on it including collaborating on the ground-breaking  book The Complete Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Book, co-written with
Stefan Grossman and
Duck Baker.

    El's music is characterized by lyrical beauty and a sensitivity to melodic phrases enhanced with tasteful arpeggios, cross-picking, and walking bass lines, and his uptempo pieces evidence energy and pulse. His artistry has been praised by numerous publications, including Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine. El's music has been hailed by critics as "stirring ... unbridled acoustic beauty" and "drop-dead gorgeous" (Guitar Player Magazine) and as a "treasure" (Dirty Linen Magazine).

El McMeen - Christmas Carols & Songs For Fingerstyle Guitar - DVD
Using various open and alternate tunings, unusual chord voicings, counterpoint lines, alternating bass and arpeggio techniques, El McMeen explains his unique arrangements of Christmas favorites. Solo guitar arrangements include "Away In A Manger, Angels We Have Heard On High, Bring A Torch Jeannette Isabella, Jingle Bells, We Three Kings, A Soaling, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas".
(70 min) Booklet included...................................................Price - $29.95
 El McMeen Plays "Jingle Bells"

El McMeen - Irish Guitar Encores - DVD
Presents El McMeen's unique approach to arranging Celtic melodies in the CGDGAD tuning. Ed explains this tuning and shows how to use harp-like arpeggios, counterpoint bass lines, melodic picking and alternating bass techniques for playing Irish airs and songs. Songs include "The South Wind, The Castle of Dromore, Danny Boy, Carolan's Receipt, Eleanor Plunkett, and Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill".
(82 min) Booklet included...................................................Price - $29.95
 El McMeen Plays "The Castle Of Dromore"

El McMeen - Sacred Music For Fingerstyle Guitar - DVD
In this DVD lesson, El McMeen demonstrates the use of various techniques including harp style arpeggios and alternating bass as well as unique open tunings that add exciting new harmonic sounds to these arrangements: "In Christ There Is No East Or West, Be Thou My Vision, Not Alone For Mighty Empire, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Amazing Grace, This Is My Father's World, Silent Night".
(88 min) Booklet included...................................................Price - $29.95

El McMeen - Guitar Artistry Of El McMeen - DVD
In this DVD, El shares his insights on music and guitar playing, along with his evocative and distinctive guitar style. His music ranges from Celtic songs and dance tunes, through alternating-bass Americana, sacred music, pop tunes and his original compositions. Titles: Medley: The Fair Flower of Northumberland*/Casadh*, Medley: Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms*/ Ned of the Hill*, Medley: Morgan Magan*/Carolanís Receipt*, Medley: October Winds*/My Mary of the Curling Hair*, Medley: Lament for Owen Roe O'Neill*/The Rights of Man*/The Kid on the Mountain*, Jock O'Hazeldean*, Hector the Hero*, Medley: Will the Circle Be Unbroken*/Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho*, Holy Manna*, Medley: Fairest Lord Jesus*/Give Me Jesus*, Just As I Am*, Medley: Be Thou My Vision*/Amazing Grace*, Hyfrydol*, Le Mans*, Song for Sheila*, Perfidia, My Girl, Still the One, Medley: Working My Way Back to You/There Is a Rose in Spanish Harlem, Drifting Too Far from the Shore. PDF files with the tab for those tunes marked with a star (*) are included on the DVD!
(90 min).................................................................................Price - $24.95

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