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Stephen Bennett was born in Oregon, grew up in New York, and has lived in Virginia for the better part of the last three decades. Since his 1987 first place win at the National Flatpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas at The Walnut Valley Festival, he has become known as a versatile fingerstyle and flatpicking guitarist who consistently garners critical praise and audience enthusiasm for his recordings and live performances.
With his stellar musicianship, a relaxed stage presence and quick wit, Stephen has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor's Minnesota Public Radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, and in April 2003 he made his first trip to New Zealand and Australia, touring with his friend, the legendary guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. With ten self-produced CD recordings to his credit at this writing, a new Stephen Bennett recording is probably in the works.
Aside from his work on the six string guitar, Stephen is also one of the world's premiere performers on the harp guitar - an instrument he indirectly inherited from his great grandfather. As a composer and arranger, he has created an enduring repertoire and a significant body of recorded work for this instrument. Slide work on his 1930 National resophonic steel guitar is also an important part of Stephen's instrumental diversity. The image of Stephen Bennett embracing his harp guitar is the one that tends to linger.
The fact that Stephen is only too happy to champion the cause of the harp guitar may inadvertently obscure his abilities on the six string instrument. In what is becoming known as the Golden Age Of Guitar Making it's easy to overlook the fact that this is also the Golden Age Of Guitar Playing. With six strings or more, as one of the most original and prolific composers and arrangers for the guitar on the current scene, Stephen Bennett is clearly a part of the latter.
Stephen Bennett - The Flatpicking Collection - Book and Online Audio
Guitar solos include: "Afton Mountain, Blackberry Blossom, Cooley's Reel, The Forest Floor, Greased Pig, Indian Nation, Little Martha (Stewart), Remember, Richmond, Snowflake Reel, Tangier Morning, Waltz For A Maple Tree".
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $22.95
Stephen Bennett Plays "Blackberry Blossom"
Stephen Bennett - The Fingerstyle Collection - Book and Online Audio
Guitar solos include: "Adirondack Lullaby, The Most Beautiful Sky, Emerald City, Good Dog, I Knew It Was You, Kristina, Lady Bird, Life's Too Short, My Backyard, Tuesday Blues, A Walk On Winkfield Row, Wheelbarrow Boogie, Funeral March of a Marionette".
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $19.95
Stephen Bennett Plays "I Knew It Was You"
Stephen Bennett - Harp Guitar Artistry - DVD
In what is neither an instructional nor a concert-style format, acoustic guitar master and acknowledged harp guitar pioneer Stephen Bennett plays ten captivating harp guitar solos, demonstrating the capabilities of this rarely heard instrument in a relaxed recording studio setting! With one exception, the traditional fiddle tune Westphalia Waltz, Stephen composed all of the music heard here. Stephen introduces each tune with insightful remarks about harp guitar history, the tunings he developed for the additional six bass strings, and the events or circumstances that inspired his compositions. Songs include: "At This Moment, Cornwall, Issoudun, Late Last Night, Oregon, Perestroika, Run Cathy Freeman - Run Advance Australia Fair, Sea Rose Beach, Tom And Sally, Westphalia Waltz".
(100 min)...............................................................................Price - $24.95
Stephen Bennett Plays "Perestroika"
Stephen Bennett - Live - DVD
It's a rare artist who is capable of recording 29 tunes in a single day, but with the tenacity, perfectionism, and phenomenal musicality known to his fans worldwide, that is exactly what Stephen Bennett did in creating this DVD. In fact, most of these tracks were completed to perfection in one take. Add the notion of performing on three distinctly different instruments - a Morris 6 string acoustic, a 1930 National Steel, and a modern Merrill Brothers copy of a vintage Dyer harp guitar - and you have not only a Herculean musical feat, but a unique listening and viewing experience! Songs include: "I Believe, Life's Too Short , Linda, The Most Beautiful Sky, Via Camuzzoni, Miss Generosity, Libby's Tune, Good Dog / 96 Per Cent, Funk 47, Feel Like a New Man, Song For Tsenacommacah, Tuesday Blues, Remember, Forest Floor, I Knew It Was You, Adirondack Lullaby, Col de Lauteret, CEO, C Is For Cloe, The Swingset, Atlanta Blues, Middle-Aged White Guy Blues, Tenochtitlan, The Eye of God, Reverie, November, A Meditation, Jonathan".
(105 min)...............................................................................Price - $24.95
Stephen Bennett Plays "The Most Beautiful Sky"
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Jazz Guitar Chords & Arpeggio Patterns - Stacy McKee
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