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Sandy Shalk

    Sandy Shalk's early musical interests include rock and roll, folk, and jazz including some of the great jazz guitarists of the 1950s and 60s: Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Kenny Burrell. "A trip to see Buddy Rich perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia ignited what was to become a love of jazz for me." Sandy began his professional career as a guitarist in the early 1970s with local top 40 and jazz music groups from Northern Delaware.

    "The lure of playing full-time was strong, and thus I left college to begin full-time career as a guitarist." After studying with Philadelphia guitar teacher legend Dennis Sandole, Sandy toured the United States with Turning Point, playing contemporary popular music. The experience included an opportunity to play with oldies groups including Joey Dee and The Starlighters, who hit the charts in the 1960s with "The Peppermint Twist".

    After returning to Delaware in the late 70s, Sandy earned a B.A. in American Studies, an M.A. in English Education at the University of Delaware, and eventually his doctorate at Wilmington University. "Attempting to connect history to some of the literature I was teaching at the high school level eventually led to the publication of my book, Delaware: A Trivia Guide to the First State, (Heritage Books, Inc.)."

    Sandy's musical journey took new twist in the mid 1990s when his interests turned to fingerstyle guitar, and he was introduced to the music of El McMeen, Steve Baughman, Pierre Bensusan, and other guitarists who arranged music for the guitar in alternate tunings. "A lesson with El sparked an interest in arranging fingerstyle tunes and set me on a path with the ultimate goal of bringing jazz standards and DADGAD together."

    Along with guitarist Tim Alexander, Sandy released "Giving Voice", a CD of fingerstyle guitar selections on the Piney Ridge label. Sing Out magazine referred to Giving Voice as "one of those rare albums of good guitar music, beautifully played." Sandy's solo CD, "Newer Every Day" (released in 2014) is a collection of folk, Celtic and jazz tunes played mostly in DADGAD. Minor7th noted that Sandy is "a fully realized musician who expresses rather than merely plays. His playing both sooths and swings, displaying both individual artistry and sensitivity to his listeners".

Sandy Shalk - Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar In DADGAD - DVD
In this unique DVD, solo guitarist Sandy Shalk teaches five popular jazz standards in DADGAD! Tunes by legendary jazz artists Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Paul Desmond, and David Brubeck are included. These 5 tunes are arranged for solo guitar in DADGAD to enhance your performance repertoire with all-time great jazz standards. Each tune is performed, taught phrase by phrase, and played slowly in a split screen so you can follow the movement of each hand. Additionally, background information is added for each tune as well as a discussion of how the DADGAD tuning is very adaptable for arranging jazz chord voicings. Many thanks to El McMeen for helping to put this together. Fingerstyle jazz guitar in DADGAD is still largely uncharted territory. This tuning has been typically associated with Celtic music. Welcome now, to the DADGAD jazz journey! Titles include: "God Bless The Child, Blue Monk, Take Five, All Blues, and 'Round Midnight".
(120 min) Printable Tab Booklet.........................................Price - $29.95

 Sandy Shalk Plays "Various Jazz Standards"

Sandy Shalk - Further Adventures In DADGAD - DVD
Arranging and performing tunes in DADGAD lends itself to fresh approaches to tunes we have come to love. The arrangements of its pioneer, British guitarist Davey Graham, make clear that playing in DADGAD is a way of making the familiar seem new. There is a rich heritage of tunes arranged in this special tuning, but there is still much territory to be explored for the fingerstyle guitarist. In this lesson, Sandy Shalk teaches an eclectic mix of tunes arranged in DADGAD including jazz, Celtic and fiddle tunes. There are two songs from the legendary George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess "It Ain't Necessary So" and "Summertime". Sandy's arrangement includes both the melody as well as improvisational sections. Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin" was voted one of the 365 songs of last century. Fats claimed the song was written while "lodging" in alimony prison and that is why he was not "misbehaving". Sandy's arrangement captures the spirit of this 1929 jazz standard. All three tunes are core to the jazz repertoire. Over the last 20 years DADGAD has been widely used in arranging American fiddle tunes and Celtic melodies. Sandy teaches four examples with "Roslyn Castle", "Farewell to Whiskey", "Coleman's March" and "Snowbird On The Ashbank". Each tune is performed and then taught phrase by phase. The arrangements are then played slowly on a split screen in order to see the movement of both hands!
(121 min) Printable Tab Booklet.........................................Price - $29.95

 Sandy Shalk Plays "Jazz Standards & Celtic Songs"

Sandy Shalk - Fingerstyle Guitar In Open G Tuning - DVD
There is much to love about playing fingerstyle guitar in the Open G tuning (DGDGBD). Ever since the sheet music for Henry Worrall's "Spanish Fandango" - written specifically for Open G - found its way into the guitar cases of parlor guitars in the 19th century, the tuning has grown in popularity. Guitarists of virtually all types of music - country, blues, folk, rock and slack key, etc. - have been susceptible to its charms. Because the guitar is tuned DGDGBD, simply playing all the strings without fretting, has a rich, appealing tone. The retuned bass strings in Open G enhances the guitarist's ability to play in the keys of G and D. Employing unique chord voicings adds further interest to guitar arrangements in this tuning. Open G is perfect for playing tunes by the great 18th century blind Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan. Sandy has included an arrangement of his "Blind Mary". Two tunes from the 19th Century are included: Stephen Foster's "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair" and Sebastian Yradier's "La Paloma". Open G is perfect for giving La Paloma a tango feel. There are two tunes from the fiddle tradition: "The Girl I Left Behind Me" and "Off to California". "My Romance" by Rodgers and Hart is from the jazz playbook and is likely to be the first of its kind arranged in Open G. Finally, Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After all These Years" also works well in Open G. The tuning enhances the gospel essence of that remarkable tune. Each tune is performed and then taught phrase by phase. The arrangements are then played slowly on a split screen in order to see the movement of both hands!
(121 min) Printable Tab Booklet.........................................Price - $29.95

 Sandy Shalk Plays "Various Songs In Open G Tuning"

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