From performing Rhapsody in Blue for two guitars as a featured soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under conductor Erick Kunzel, to touring and recording with platinum-selling rock band Days of the New, Craig Wagner is recognized as one of the most versatile guitarists on the scene today.
Craig’s recording career includes three albums with the Java Men, a quartet he has been involved with for over ten years. Letter to St. Paul (1994), Void (1999) and Orbituary (2000) have been heard on many college and NPR stations throughout the country. A fourth album is due for release in the fall of 2004, as well as a new solo recording to follow in December. Craig’s previous solo album, Color of a Mirror, was released in 2000.
Over the last several years, you could also find Craig as a featured performer at the Chet Atkins' Society Guitar Festival in Nashville or at the Great American Guitar Show in New York, sharing the stage with guitarists Jimmy Bruno, Howard Alden, Jack Wilkins, Paul Bollenback, Ron Affif, Russell Malone and Gene Bertoncini. Mel Bay's Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos features Craig, and he continues to have articles featured in Guitar Sessions series.
Craig graduated from Bellarmine University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Guitar Performance, in 1993. He has studied with Jimmy Raney, Attila Zoeller, Gene Bertoncini, Howard Alden, and BenMonder. Craig teaches guitar privately as well as jazz guitar at the University of Louisville.
2 Hand Tapping, Walking Bass, Polyrhythms, Latin Rhythms,
Arpeggios, Chord Theory & Banjo Styles
"Last year while attending a Chet Atkins Society event in Nashville, I caught a young jazz guitarist performing a few solo sets which knocked me and everyone else out. You can’t confuse Craig Wagner with anyone else. At twenty-four years of age, Craig has incredible chops and command of the instrument as well as a sound ail his own."– Just Jazz Guitar
Craig Wagner’s unique approach to fingerstyle guitar includes equal amounts of jazz, funk, blues, rock, pop, bluegrass, and country flavorings. He turns the guitar into a whole musical combo with adventurous techniques incorporating two-handed tapping, polyrhythms, walking bass, banjo rolls, exotic chords, and moving inner voices. His forte is composition and arranging. In this video lesson he presents eye-popping reworkings of the jazz standards Caravan and Cherokee, Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition.
This is a very challenging DVD lesson designed for the advanced fingerstyle guitarist.
90 minutes • Level 4 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD