El takes the accompaniment to the great Peter, Paul and Mary rendition of this song, and turns it into a guitar solo, and the result sounds like two
or more guitars! It's fun to play, and is a great way to liberate your thumb from your fingers in your fingerpicking!
This iconic Christian song just sings in CGDGAD. It can be played in different ways in different registers, in a very open, evocative and harp-like
fashion in this tuning. It has been a showstopper for El in concert over the years, as it reaches the human soul.
This joyful carol is the opening cut on El's Christmas recording called "The Spirit of Christmas Guitar," and for good reason it is a compelling, harp-like
and contemporary arrangement. It exploits the attributes of the "CGAD". It sings, and rings out with cascading notes symbolizing the joy of Christmas.
This lesson shows the beauty of the alternate setting of this song in the lush and accessible "CGAD" guitar tuning (CGDGAD from bass to treble). The
melody rings out in a harp-like fashion, with use of the open strings and an arpeggiated approach of playing across the strings, bass to treble.
The effect is most evocative.
This lesson shows the beauty of the primary setting of this song. It is played in the key of C, but in a harp-like fashion, with an arpeggiated approach of playing across the strings, bass to treble.
This is one of the oldest and most beautiful hymns in the Christian tradition, derived from the ancient Irish melody "Slane." It is the very first
hymn that El arranged in the evocative "CGAD" guitar tuning - CGDGAD bass to treble. Interestingly, it combines a familiar chord progression, G,
E minor, C and D, with an ancient feel, creating a most affecting piece of music. With the availability of the open strings in CGAD, the piece
just sings. Every guitarist interested in spiritual music should learn this song.
El teaches an up-tempo version of this French carol in DADGAD tuning. It is very joyful and jig-like, and fun to play. It also illustrates El's approach
of often playing melodies in different registers of the guitar, in the way pianists do.
This is one of the lightest and most enjoyable of the harp tunes of the iconic Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). It is very joyful, as Carolan
musically conveys his love of the "receipt" (meaning, in this case, "recipe") for his beloved beverage of whiskey. It is very harp-like and delightful
to hear and play. The "CGAD' tuning is the perfect canvas on which the tune is painted.
This song can be a chestnut, but in El's hands "Danny Boy" takes on a yearning and compelling character, part vocal and part harp-like, with astonishing
results. This arrangement elevates something hackneyed and over-done to a very special level, such that, in El's concerts, it has been a showstopper.
This is one of the most compelling of all the harp compositions of the iconic Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). It is in honor of a patroness,
who was, tradition has it, the only survivor of an attack on her family's castle. The "CGAD" tuning provides a powerful and evocative palette to present
this beautiful tune.
This iconic hymn has been associated with John Fahey in the world of steel-string guitar, but El teaches the much more common and beloved melody, in the
evocative and accessible "CGAD" tuning - CGDGAD from bass to treble. This tuning is easy to learn and is very well adapted to the world of sacred music
- hymns, gospel songs, and even contemporary Christian music.
This is simply El's favorite Christmas song of all time. It is gorgeous in the CGDGAD tuning. It has a contemporary feel, with the G, E minor, C and
D chord progression, and just sings in CGAD, with the availability of open strings and evocative voicings for the chords. Every guitarist who plays
Christmas music (and even those who don't) should have this song in their repertoire.
This lesson shows how to render Jingle Bells as an effective guitar solo, with an introduction and a rollicking alternating-bass approach that gets
the feet tapping. It is in standard tuning.
This Irish lament, composed by the iconic Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), illustrates the power of the guitar played in the key of G minor in "CGAD" guitar tuning. The tuning, and El's, harp-like arrangement, brings out the pathos yet beauty of this affecting piece of music.
This is one of El's favorite melodies in the 30+ years he's been arranging guitar music. The tune, called "Hyfrydol" (pronounced "huh-vrod-ul," and
meaning "cheerful" in Welsh), has been used in over 14 separate hymns because of its popularity and quality. Interestingly, it contains a familiar
chord progression, G, E minor, C and D, yet with some unexpected changes, and a compelling melody for the ages. Every guitarist interested in spiritual
music should learn this song.
This quintessential Christmas song jumps off the strings in the "CGAD" guitar tuning. The melody is presented in a very open, evocative and harp-like
fashion, is very accessible, and illustrates the beauty and power of the tuning. When El has played this in Christmas Eve services, the effect
has been profound.
This beautiful Irish lullaby, sometimes called "October Winds," immediately draws the guitarist and listener into the wonderful world of "CGAD" tuning,
in which El has been playing and constantly breaking new ground for 30 years. This tuning allows the song to be played in a very evocative, harp-like
manner, with striking and affecting results.
One of the most beautiful songs in Irish traditional music, presented in the lush and accessible "CGAD" tuning - CGDGAD, bass to treble. This tuning
is easy to learn and will give you a whole new palette of colors for your musical painting. The approach is very harp-like, with lots of open strings
and voicings to allow the guitar to ring out.
This iconic Christian song just sings in the "CGAD" guitar tuning. The melody is presented in a very open, evocative and harp-like fashion in this tuning, and is very accessible.
El's setting of this Christmas song elevates it from the humdrum sing-along chestnut to a high level of drama, mystery and spirituality. He has set
it in the key of G minor in the "CGAD" guitar. Moreover, he uses a harp-like approach, arpeggiating across the strings from bass to treble. The
result is a ravishing piece of music that should be in the repertoire of every guitarist who plays Christmas music.
This lesson goes to town on this popular tune, with single-note treatments and variations evoking the violin and the piano. It illustrates the attributes
of the "CGAD" guitar tuning.