El has concertized throughout the United States, but is now concentrating on guitar instruction, workshops and writing, in addition to composing and arranging pieces for guitar. He has written many books of guitar pieces, including several major folios written or co-written for Mel Bay Publications.
While he plays many styles, El’s music is characterized by lyrical beauty and a sensitivity to melodic phrases enhanced with tasteful arpeggios, cross-picking, and walking bass lines. His uptempo pieces evidence energy and pulse. His artistry has been praised by numerous publications, including Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine.El’s music has been hailed by critics as “stirring … unbridled acoustic beauty” and “drop-dead gorgeous” (Guitar Player Magazine) and as a “treasure” (Dirty Linen Magazine).
The variety of Christmas songs and carols provides a fertile ground for fingerstyle guitarists. At the same time, the familiarity of these tunes requires the guitarist to explore creative approaches in order to bring new textures and meanings to these timeless melodies. Employing various tunings, unusual chord voicings, counterpoint lines, alternating bass and arpeggio techniques, El McMeen explains his arrangements of Christmas favorites, ranging from the sprightly Jingle Bells and Bring A Torch Jeannette Isabella, through a tender version of Away In A Manger, to evocative arrangements of We Three Kings and other songs. Three guitar tunings are explored: standard, DADGAD and CGDGAD.
Titles include: Away In A Manger, We Three Kings, Angels We Have Heard On High, Bring A Torch Jeannette Isabella, Jingle Bells, A 'Soaling and We Wish You A Merry Christmas
69 minutes - Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD