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John Fahey

    John Fahey was born on February 28, 1939 in Takoma Park, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC). In 1959, Fahey started his own record label, Takoma, and made his first “American Primitive” guitar album.

    The album did not generate great public interest, but it became legendary for introducing John's arrangement of the hymn “In Christ There Is No East or West,” which became a fingerpicker's standard. The album presented Fahey's personal blues-based style.
  
    Setting music aside for a time, Fahey studied philosophy in the late 50's and early 60's at the University of Maryland, American University, and U. C. Berkeley. The folk boom of the 1960's drew him back into performing and in 1963 the Takoma label was revived for a recording of Delta blues guitarist Booker T. Washington White. Following this, Fahey returned to the South with fellow blues enthusiasts Bill Barth and Henry Vestine in search of Skip James, whom they found and recorded.
  
    By 1964, Fahey was composing again combining the influence of Skip James with his earlier exposure to symphonies and Gregorian Chant. By the early 1970's, Fahey had developed a respectable following. He recorded two of his most acclaimed albums, “Of Rivers and Religion” and “After the Ball” on the Reprise label. In 1972, John took an interest in the music and personality of Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete which led him to pursue meditation and yoga as forms of enlightenment.
    
    By the early 1980's, Fahey was again recording for Takoma. He recorded his first “live” album in Tasmania in 1981, the same year he moved to Oregon. The Takoma label disbanded, but Fahey continued to record for Rounder's Varrick label. After some health problems in the early 1990's, he made a strong comeback late in the decade.

    His style had changed though, using electric guitar but still incorporating a wide variety of influences. At the same time he retained an interest in American folk music. Several of his early recordings were reissued on a new label, Revenant, which he co-owned. Fahey's musical influence touched not only close associates such as Leo Kottke but also such rockers as Chris Stein. Fahey passed away on Feb 22, 2001 at the age of 61.

John Fahey - Christmas Songs & Holiday Melodies - DVD
In this DVD lesson, John Fahey explains and teaches 10 of his most beautiful Christmas and holiday solo guitar arrangements! Innovative fingerpicking styles are used as well as slide guitar techniques. Regular and Open G tunings are also featured. Songs include: "Auld Lang Syne, The Bells Of St. Mary, The First Noel, Away In A Manger, Jesus Won't You Come By Here, Go Tell It On The Mountain, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Joy To The World, Greensleeves, Silent Night"
(60 min) Booklet included...................................................Price - $29.95
 John Fahey Plays "Joy To The World"

John Fahey - The Guitar Of John Fahey - Vol I - DVD
John Fahey is a key figure in the evolution of 20th century fingerstyle guitar technique and arranging concepts. This collection exemplifies his genius. In this first DVD lesson John explains and teaches 7 of his best known solos. Regular and Open G (D-G-D-G-B-D) tuning are featured. Tunes include: "In Christ There Is No East Or West, Claire, Some Summer Day, When Springtime Comes Again, Spanish Fandango, Spanish Two-Step, and On The Sunny Side of the Ocean".
(77 min) Booklet included...................................................Price - $29.95
 John Fahey Plays "In Christ There Is No East Or West"

John Fahey - The Guitar Of John Fahey - Vol II - DVD
In this second DVD lesson, John explains and teaches 8 of his best known instrumentals. Regular, Open G (D-G-D-G-B-D) and Open D (D-A-D-F#-A-D) tunings area featured.  Tunes include: "Poor Boy Long Ways From Home, My Prayer, Marilyn, The Red Pony, Sunflower River Blues, Joy To The World, Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend and Steel Guitar Rag".
(64 min) Booklet included...................................................Price - $29.95
 John Fahey Plays "Poor Boy Long Ways From Home"

Fingerstyle Guitar - New Dimensions & Explorations - Vol I - DVD
Collection of cutting-edge fingerstyle solos. Included in this volume are: "A Trip Through The Pyrenees" - Peter Finger, "Air Proofing, The Ice Field" - Leo Kottke, "One For Jo, Black Waterside" - Bert Jansch, "Cajun Interlude, Midwest Sunday" - Adrian Legg, "Man's Fate, Hesitation Blues" - Jorma Kaukonen, "Wild Turkey, Live At Five" - Buster Jones, "Poor Boy, Red Pony, In Christ There Is No East or West" -
John Fahey,  "SlapFunk" - Preston Reed, "Lennie's Lament" - Woody Mann, and "The Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter" - Will Ackerman.
(60 min) Biographical booklet included............................Price - $24.95

John Fahey - American Primitive Guitar - Book and 3 CDs
John Fahey teaches the following songs: "In Christ There Is No East Or West, Take A Look At That Baby, Some Summer Day, Indian Pacific Railroad Blues, The Last Steam Engine Train, When the Springtime Comes Again, The Approaching Of the Disco Void". CDs contain three full hours of note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction.
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $24.95
 John Fahey Plays "Some Summer Day"

John Fahey - Fingerstyle & Slide Guitar In Open Tunings - Book and 3 CDs
John Fahey teaches the following songs: "On The Sunny Side of the Ocean, Spanish Two Step, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, St. Louis Blues, The Union Pacific, Requiem For John Hurt, Auld Lang Syne, Steamboat Gwine 'Round The Bend, Silent Night, Poor Boy A Long Way From Home". CDs contain three full hours of note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction.
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $24.95
 John Fahey Plays "On The Sunnyside Of The Ocean"

John Fahey - Guitar Anthology - Book
Collection features 18 songs transcribed note for note from the man who was considered the grandfather of instrumental acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Songs include: "America, Assassination Of Stefan Grossman, Brenda's Blues, Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Philip Of Spain, Desperate Man Blues, In Christ There Is No East Or West, Jaya Shiva Shankarah, John Henry, Poor Boy Long Ways From Home, Sligo River Blues, Some Summer Day, Spanish Dance, Steamboat Gwine 'Round De Bend, Sun's Gonna Shine In My Backdoor Someday Blues, Sunflower River Blues, Tell Her To Come Back Home, When The Springtime Comes Again, The Yellow Princess".
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $19.95
 John Fahey Plays "America"

John Fahey - Blind Joe Death - Book
John Fahey transformed the world of acoustic flat-top steel-string guitar by bringing it to the concert stage as a respected, solo instrument. Blind Joe Death: Volume 1 looks at the important people and genres that shaped him as a composer. This volume focuses on Side 1 of the original 1967 Blind Joe Death LP, a collection of mostly traditional music that was adapted for solo guitar. Hints of Fahey's early influences endured throughout his career as a composer, yet early on, and in Blind Joe Death, a unique voice is coming into focus - one that is not afraid to explore the avant-garde with journeys into collage and expressionism. Six extensively edited solos from Blind Joe Death are included in this volume: "On Doing an Evil Deed Blues," "St. Louis Blues," "Poor Boy a Long Ways from Home," "Uncloudy Day," "John Henry" and "In Christ There Is No East or West." Within these transcriptions, Andrew Lardner has provided admirers of John Fahey's body of work with the essential keys to launch their own journeys into replicating the sounds and style of Fahey's landmark solos from Blind Joe Death.
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $19.95
 John Fahey Plays "St. Louis Blues"

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 book FREE with your first order!
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