"John Fahey is an enigma. His influences are so varied that his music is difficult to categorize. He seems unencumbered by technical considerations guitarists often give their music. The only boundaries John puts on his renderings are the boundaries of his imagination. His style is impressionistic and therefore not always of an immediate nature. His thematic explorations can be uncommonly structured, dissonant, and wildly rhythmic. Or they may be crisp, tightly structured, and very melodic... He is the modern day patriarch of fingerstyle guitar. He was one of the first musicians to realize that the style had a past and a future on the concert stage. For nearly a quarter of a century, John's music has been folded, compressed, and thrown against the wall to see if it would stick. It's still there and the effect has been monumental." – 20th Century Masters Of Fingerstyle Guitar
John Fahey has created a unique body of guitar compositions and arrangements as well as a distinct approach to fingerstyle guitar. He broke fresh ground in recording guitar music that drew from such diverse sources as Country blues, Old-Time music, Indian ragas, European classical music and Gregorian chants. He founded a loosely defined "school" of "American Primitive guitarists" that included Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, and numerous others. Many fledgling guitarists have been inspired to try their hands at fingerpicking by the dozen or more Fahey albums.
In these DVD lessons, John explains and teaches fifteen of his best known instrumentals. Regular, Open G (D G D G B D) and Open D (D A D F# A D) tunings are featured.
Titles 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 minutes • Level 2/3 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: A gift from a master. I bought this to learn some of John Fahey's songs and this DVD certainly shows you how to do that clearly. I have the pleasure of being able to see and hear John play all of these songs which is a great joy to me. This was money well spent. I have watched this over and over as well as the other two instructional DVDs available. Highly recommended if you are a fan or just a lover of beautiful guitar playing. – Roosterblooze/Amazon Customer Review
Review: Since I became aware of John Fahey and his music, I became an instant fan. As a guitarist it is important to me to help preserve Fahey's legacy and it is for this reason I purchased this tab and disc combination. I look forward to learning each of the tunes Fahey chose to share with us. – Yvonne Desrosiers/Amazon Customer Review