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    Grammy Award-winning guitarist Al Petteway is known for his original compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes for acoustic fingerstyle guitar. His style is strongly influenced by his love of Celtic music and his own roots in folk, rock, and blues. Al's playing can be heard on over 75 recordings including 15 of his own and on the soundtracks of Ken Burns' documentaries "Mark Twain," the Emmy Award-winning "The National Parks - America's Greatest Idea," "Baseball - The Tenth Inning," "Prohibition" and "The Dust Bowl."
   
    Al was voted one of the Top Fifty Acoustic Guitarists of All Time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, where he also won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine's Player's Choice Awards. In addition to performing with his wife Amy White and teaching, Al is Guitar Week coordinator for the world famous "Swannanoa Gathering" music camp at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C.

Al Petteway - Appalachian Fingerstyle Guitar In DADGAD Tuning - Vol 1 - DVD
Blues, Hymns, Celtic And Banjo Styles. The ringing strings and open voicings of DADGAD tuning produce an ethereal, almost magical guitar sound! In Al Petteway's masterful hands, well-known Southern Mountain songs and instrumentals are given a new treatment, brought to life with fresh new harmonies and inventive fingerpicking. Al shows you how easy it is to play in DADGAD and how this tuning can enhance even the most familiar song. You'll find it exciting and fun to learn blues fingerpicking favorites inspired by Doc Watson, Etta Baker and Merle Travis; explore the rich harmonies and haunting melodies of ancient Sacred Harp shape-note hymns; play hard-driving banjo tunes; and imitate the Scottish-Irish bagpipe and fiddle sounds that are the Celtic roots of Appalachian music. Al offers a myriad of guitar techniques and numerous tips on musicianship and style that will enhance everything you do on the guitar! Songs include: "John Henry, Sitting on Top of the World, I Am a Pilgrim, Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad, Wondrous Love, Wayfaring Stranger, Shady Grove, Pretty Polly, Reuben's Train, and Craggy Pinnacle".
(90 min) Printable Tab Booklet............................................Price - $29.95

Al Petteway - Appalachian Fingerstyle Guitar In DADGAD Tuning - Vol 2 - DVD
Mountain Songs, Fiddle Tunes, And Blues. Fingerstyle master Al Petteway continues his exploration of the evocative DADGAD tuning with a variety of must-learn tunes in the Southern mountain tradition. In his hands, this tuning becomes an inventive and compelling way to play bluegrass, blues and country songs. A small alteration of chord shapes will give you the "high lonesome" sounds of Appalachian music, and standard chords add color to well-known country songs. Al teaches a dynamic arrangement of Clarence Ashley's iconic clawhammer banjo tune, "The Cuckoo", replete with hammer-ons, pull-offs, octave licks and other tricks of the trade. Using DADGAD for fiddle tunes can build your arranging skills as well as your picking techniques. "Bonapart's Retreat, Red Haired Boy, Frosty Morning" and the pure bluegrass of "Black Mountain Rag" all fall neatly into DADGAD as Al plays the melody with alternating bass accompaniment and the added power of some iconic bluegrass licks! Al closes the lesson with Etta Baker's "One Dime Blues", played using a bass/chord thumb rhythm against syncopated high notes to help make one guitar "sound like two guitars".
(90 min) Printable Tab Booklet............................................Price - $29.95

Al Petteway - Blues Guitar Arrangements In DADGAD Tuning - DVD
Create fingerstyle blues instrumentals, from Delta swamp to Piedmont bounce and transform your guitar arrangements with new ideas and thrilling sounds! Al Petteway, one of our most musically inventive guitarists, teaches you six original tunes - each highlighting a different rhythmic and melodic feel and utilizing the unique qualities that DADGAD tuning offers. "It's Only The Blues" employs a steady "dead thumb" bass with lots of slinky licks - a very swampy sound based on a Jimi Hendrix idea. "Octave Jam" imitates a 12-string as played by Leadbelly, using parallel octaves, plucking and snapping the strings for a grooving bass pattern. "Darling Cory" brings bluegrass harmonies to the blues as you play the haunting melody in parallel 5ths while keeping the bass moving. "Sweet Potato Fries" combines the sounds of Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy, while "Walking Stick" and "It's Good To Be Back Home" simulate the alternate-bass Piedmont blues styles of Doc Watson and Etta Baker. This lesson will open up exciting new possibilities and musical explorations for guitarists at all levels!
(90 min) Printable Tab Booklet............................................Price - $29.95

Al Petteway - Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar - Vol 1 - DVD
This wonderful lesson by one of today's most admired fingerstyle players is filled with invaluable insights into playing in Celtic style, from strongly syncopated rhythm strokes to the ringing, harp-like sounds of "cross-string" picking. You'll learn to locate the notes and chords in DADGAD, and how to use the capo to utilize open strings in different keys. Al explains how to play the modal scales that feature strongly in this kind of music, which allow you to improvise within the genre, and he provides important exercises for gaining maximum fluidity in all of your guitar playing. Best of all, you'll learn to take traditional tunes and make them unique to your own style and abilities. Al teaches five beautiful pieces from his vast repertoire including: "Sligo Creek, Rise Up My Love, New Year's Day, On Christmas Night (medley), and Chesapeake"
(70 min) Printable Tab Booklet............................................Price - $29.95

Al Petteway - Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar - Vol 2 - DVD
In this DVD lesson Al Petteway covers songs and effects that can be attained through a variety of tunings, including Standard, Dropped-D, Open G, and Low C. Al shows you how to create your own arrangements by finding the melody within the chord structure, then fleshing it out with pipe-like drone notes, chord substitutions, moving bass lines, the rhythmic "Scottish Snap" and other Celtic-sounding elements. Embellishment techniques - right hand rolls, hammers, pull-offs, etc. - help you turn basic tunes into elegant guitar pieces. You'll learn wonderful exercises for developing your right and left hand speed and dexterity, along with complete arrangements for five beautiful instrumentals: "Fly to The Hills in The Morning (Johnny Cope), Light and Airy (a slip jig), the classic Sidh Beag Sidh Mor, Red Haired Boy, and the beautiful Jock O'Hazeldean". Finally, Al pulls all the elements together with his "Caledon Wood", a piece that incorporates everything he has taught on both volumes: right hand rhythm patterns, damping effects, harmonics, lyrical and percussive playing, and much, much more!
(70 min) Printable Tab Booklet............................................Price - $29.95

Al Petteway - Caledon Wood - Book
Al Petteway is an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist and composer known for masterful compositions that blend Celtic elements, open tunings, and world percussion. This books features the tune "Sligo Creek" from the soundtrack of the acclaimed Ken Burn's PBS documentary "The National Parks". Songs include: "Sundog, Sligo Creek, Rise Up My Love, Funky C Funky Do, Faire Wind, Branches, Caledon Wood, A Waltz For Rebecca, Pavane, Maggie's Reel, Fly To The Hills In The Morning, Jock O'Hazeldean".
Notation and tab...................................................................Price - $19.95

 Al Petteway Plays "Caledon Wood"

Al Petteway - Midsummer Moon - Book
Master guitarist Al Petteway ventures into new territory with 15 Celtic-inspired, traditional, and New Age fingerstyle compositions in standard and alternate tunings. Derived from Al's award-winning solo recording of the same title, each piece bears the inimitable Petteway signature of profoundly graceful, inspired innovation. Al began his professional music career at the age of 11. He played guitar, drums, and string bass with a variety of rock and folk acts in the Washington D.C. area during the 60's, becoming a local legend by the time he went to college to study music composition in 1970. In 1977, Al took a job with The National Geographic Society. His work as Supervisor of Picture Editing for the society's Image Collection, gave him the artistic freedom to develop his own acoustic guitar style. While long recognized as one of the country's foremost bluegrass and folk sidemen, Celtic music specialty label Maggie's Music signed Al in 1993 and released Whispering Stones following by The Waters and The Wild - exposing his solo acoustic guitar work to an international audience for the first time. Al left The National Geographic to become a full-time musician in the spring of 1995, just before the release of Midsummer Moon. Songs include: "The Red-Haired Boy, Midsummer Moon, Solitude, Songline to Skye, Wintertide, Wild Mountain Thyme, Phooka, Chase the Moon, Little Evan, Amy's Tears, The Beauty Spot, New Moon, Fairies' Waltz, White Island, Evolution".
Notation and tab...................................................................Price - $19.95

 Al Petteway Plays "Midsummer Moon"

Al Petteway - Whispering Stones - Book
Whispering Stones won the award for "Best Recording" from The Washington Area Music Association and has continued to be a favorite with fans of fingerstyle guitar music throughout the world. The book features Celtic-inspired original and traditional tunes performed on solo acoustic guitar with the occasional addition of flute, mandolin, cello, piano, or bells. The tunes appear in the same order as in the recording. Al Petteway is an award-winning fingerstyle guitarist and composer. His many "Wammie" awards include "Artist of the Year" and "Musician of the Year". Al's playing fuses Celtic/British ideas and tunings with American themes and drive. Acoustic Guitar Magazine praised his 'concise, clean arrangements similar to John Renbourn's better work'. Songs include: "Spindrift, Felicia's Wish, Whispering Stones, Wolf's Head, The West Wind, Dryad Dance, Song for John, North Country Moor, Magik, The Wedding, Final Passage, Festival Waltz, A New Dawn, The Blacksmith, Sidh Beag Sidh Mor, Midnight Ride, Lady Sarah's Fancy, All Through the Night".
Notation and tab...................................................................Price - $19.95

 Al Petteway Plays "Whispering Stones"

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