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).
Irish music offers the fingerstyle guitarist an exciting repertoire of haunting melodies and pulsating dance tunes. Irish Guitar Encores presents El McMeen's unique approach to arranging Celtic melodies in the CGDGAD tuning. In this DVD lesson, El fully explains the CGDGAD tuning and shows how to use harp-like arpeggios, counterpoint bass lines, melodic picking and alternating bass techniques. El McMeen's arrangements and playing bring a unique sensitivity to this music.
Titles include: The South Wind, The Castle Of Dromore, Danny Boy, Carolan's Receipt, Eleanor Plunkett and Lament For Owen Roe O'Neill
82 minutes - Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD