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Archive of posts filed under the Plectrum Guitar category.

Achieving Guitar Artistry: Contemporary Baroque Etudes

  The arts flourished in the Baroque period.  Music from that time is still performed worldwide by symphonies, opera companies, choirs, chamber ensembles and soloists on many instruments.  The period was characterized by the works of such great artists as J. S. Bach (b. 1685), Handel (b. 1685), Telemann (b. 1681) and many others. These [...]

Achieving Guitar Artistry – Linear Guitar Etudes

  This is the flagship book in Mel Bay’s new “Achieving Guitar Artistry” series.  Herein you will find an extensive collection of linear pieces with interesting melodic content.  Frequent performance of these etudes will not only enhance technique, but offer the guitarist a wonderful opportunity to improve tone, touch and lyrical phrasing.   We suggest playing [...]

Achieving Guitar Artistry – Concert Solos

“Achieving Guitar Artistry – Concert Solos” is a collection of 56 solos reflecting a wide array of colors, textures and moods. These were originally written for plectrum or flatpick guitar but may be played by the classical or fingerstyle guitarist.  The solos range in difficulty from intermediate to advanced and will work wonderfully in recital [...]

Achieving Guitar Artistry: Odd-Time Etudes

Unusual or odd time signatures often seem to be an enigma to the understanding and phrasing of the Western musician. This book will greatly enhance the ability of any musician to feel comfortable playing odd time signatures. It contains 48 etudes in 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 10/8 and 11/8 time. In addition, “mixed etudes” are presented, [...]

Achieving Guitar Artistry – Triads

This is a book for the ears and for the hands.  Playing harmonized scales in triad form is extremely helpful for the progressing guitarist.  First, the guitarist will become acquainted with the harmonic sound of each key.  A sense of harmonic and melodic voice leading will also be developed. These studies were written to be [...]


  Solo guitar can be a beautiful instrument in worship. However, the guitar as a solo instrument is rarely used. These compositions and arrangements were written to provide pieces for just that purpose. All are very lyrical in nature and allow for a maximum of expression. The guitarist should feel comfortable in freely interpreting these [...]

Guitar Nocturnes

Guitar Nocturnes is a collection of 12 lyrical, contemplative solos for plectrum or flatpick guitar.  The pieces are intermediate in difficulty and give the guitarist solos which enable a maximum of expression.  The compositions are characterized by introspective voice leading and lush chordal harmonies.  All solos are in notation and tablature.

Guitar Preludes

The guitar is such a wonderfully expressive instrument.  The various possibilities available for tone color, timbre, voicings, etc. make composing for guitar a joyous task and also a challenge.  I wrote these preludes to provide concert or recital material for the plectrum guitarist.  They reflect an interesting variety of rhythms, keys, moods and harmonies.  I [...]

Guitar Sonatas

Guitar Sonatas is a collection of four extended compositions for guitar.  The sonatas were composed in the keys of D, Dm, E and Em and each contains 3 or 4 movements.  Every sonata reflects an array of musical moods, colors and harmonic textures.  They were composed to provide concert and recital material for the flatpick [...]

Plectrum Guitar Etudes Recording

Plectrum Guitar Etudes is a recording of the etudes composed for my book Short Etudes for Guitar. I began playing guitar while listening to my father, Mel Bay, performing wonderful classical pieces on his D’Angelico archtop guitar. So at an early age I heard the beautiful possibilities of the guitar played with a pick. While these original [...]