David Laibman is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received a Ph.D. in Economics in 1973 at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York. His dissertation, The Invariance Condition for Value-Price Transformation in a Linear, Non-Decomposable Two-Sector Model, dealt with problems in Marxist value theory. Laibman teaches economic theory, political economy, and mathematical economics, at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels at CUNY.
He is also a fingerstyle guitarist, especially its application to the ragtime music of the early twentieth century. With Eric Schoenberg, Laibman recorded The New Ragtime Guitar for Folkways Records in 1970. Rounder Records released his solo album, Classical Ragtime Guitar, in 1980. Laibman has worked with a variety of artists in the early folk world, using his advanced finger picking technique. One notable album is "Way Out West" by Scottish Folksinger Alex Campbell, in 1963. Of note is the track "Orange Blossom Special" which showcases the talent that Laibman was developing.
David Laibman is a master of fingerstyle picking and an entertaining purveyor of ragtime guitar music. He began playing the guitar in the early 1960s and is considered to be one of the founders of modern fingerstyle classic ragtime guitar.
In this first volume, David teaches six well known classic rags. Each CD lesson is approxiametely 60 minutes and David teaches the arrangements phrase by phrase. For the intermediate to advanced student.
Lesson One: Contentment Rag & Graceful Ghost
Lesson Two: Ragtime Nightingale & Silver Swan Rag
Lesson Three: Solace & Cottontail Rag
Level 3/4 - 48 page tab/music book with three compact discs
Review: A Wonderful Book of Ragtime Music for the Advanced Guitarist. This is an excellent book containing arrangements of ragtime music for guitar from the period of 1915-1930's. I will try to objective in my appraisal of the book.
Pros: 1) The book has arrangements you probably won't find anywhere else. Obscure songs by Scott Joplin and others are covered. 2) The author breaks down the songs in segments on the cd so that you can practice each section until you master it.