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Tal Farlow - The Legendary Guitar Of Tal Farlow - DVD
In this DVD, Tal Farlow unveils many of his incredible secrets such as: pre-electric rhythm guitar styles, learning from other instruments, music's "law of gravity", tri-tones, playing in flat keys, using the thumb to play chord extensions, using chords within solos, chromatic movement, right hand extensions and several uses of harmonics! Guest appearances by Lenny Breau and George Benson with a rare piece on Lenny's "cascading harmonic" technique. Split screen close-ups of right and left hand techniques!
(67 min) Booklet included....................................................Price - $24.95
 Tal Farlow Plays "Cherokee"

Tal Farlow - The Best Of Tal Farlow - Book
This collection presents 13 of the best single note improvised solos and chord melody solos from legendary jazz guitarist Tal Farlow as recorded by Tal on various albums throughout his career! Solos include: "All Alone • Autumn In New York • Autumn Leaves • Blue Art Too • Fascinating Rhythm • Mahoney's 11 Ohms • Night And Day • Stella by Starlight • Taking a Chance On Love • There Is No Greater Love • You And The Night And The Music • You Stepped Out Of a Dream • You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To".
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $19.95
 
Tal Farlow Plays "Autumn In New York"

Tal Farlow - The Jazz Guitar Style Of Tal Farlow - Book
By Steve Rochinski. This book defines the melodic and harmonic thinking behind the jazz guitar genius of Tal Farlow! Chapters cover creating single-note solos, visualizing the neck, the use of anticipation, expansion and contraction, re-harmonization, Tal's unique chord voicings, chord melody solo concepts, and special signature guitar effects! Solo transcriptions from various albums include: "Gibson Boy, With The Wind And Rain In Your Hair, Meteor, Splash, Blue Art Too, Blue Etude".
Standard notation.................................................................Price - $19.95
 Tal Farlow Plays "Meteor"

Great Guitars Of Jazz - Charlie Byrd, Tal Farlow & Herb Ellis In Concert - DVD
Recorded at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild. Tunes include: "Seven Come Eleven, Georgia On My Mind, Angel Eyes, Air Mail Special, Blue Skies, Deed I Do, Embraceable You, Undecided, So Dance Samba, Corcovado, Cottontail, Things Ain't Like They Used To be"
(80 min) Bio booklet included..............................................Price- $24.95
 
Tal Farlow Plays "Airmail Special"

Jazz Masters - Vol 2 - DVD
The Guitar Show began in 1984 as a weekly television show on Manhattan Cable in New York City. In this show, all guitar styles were presented from Jazz to Rock and Folk to Classical. The list of guitarists that appeared reads like a who's who in the world of guitar playing. In these first DVD releases the the playing of some of the Masters of Jazz Guitar is presented.  Included are: Jack Wilkins - "Theme From Black Orpheus, Like Someone in Love", Herb Ellis - "The Days of Wine and Roses, Medley (Danny Boy, Send In The Clowns), Blues For Everyone", Charlie Byrd - "Medleys: (Triste, Corcovado), (He Loves She Loves, How Long Has This Been Going On), (I've Got It Bad and That Ain't Good, Satin Doll)", Tal Farlow - "Misty, Autumn In New York, A Foggy Day, Body & Soul".
(62 min)................................................................................Price - $24.95
 
Tal Farlow Plays "Misty"

Tal Farlow - An Evening With Tal Farlow - DVD
A collection of superb performances and lessons with Tal includes his unique approach to right and left-hand guitar techniques, chord melody arranging, flat-five substitutions, soloing over ii-V-I chord progressions, re-harmonizing chords and melodies, soloing over blues progressions, and much more! Learn about his influences, thought processes, and performances with other great jazz players!
(65 min)................................................................................Price - $24.95
 
Tal Farlow Plays "Night And Day"

Tal Farlow - Live At Bowling Green State University - DVD
Featuring the incredible guitar playing of jazz guitar legend Tal Farlow with Chris Buzzelli (guitar), Jeff Halsey (bass), and Jeff McKenzie (drums). Songs include: "Lil 'Darlin, Misty, Satin Doll, Medley: Shadow of Your Smile / Autumn Leaves, Time After Time, Body and Soul, Just Friends, Sophisticated Lady, Billie's Bounce".
(85 min)................................................................................Price - $24.95
 
Tal Farlow Plays "Autumn Leaves"

Tal Farlow - Talmage Farlow - DVD
This film showcases the music of Tal Farlow and offers a charming and engaging look into his life. After its original release in 1981, Tal discovered that he was in demand again, venturing far from Sea Bright on international tours and in appearances throughout the States. Since his death on July 25, 1998, his place among the great innovators of modern jazz seems well assured. Constantly searching, refining, and experimenting, Tal Farlow was more than just a great musician. His patient struggle to find a balance between artistic excellence and peace of mind is the real story. This film is a sensitive and fitting tribute to the giant of a jazz guitarist that was Tal. Songs performed on the DVD include: "Autumn in New York • Fascinating Rhythm • I Love You • Flamingo • Jordu • I Hear a Rhapsody". Includes over one hour of bonus materials, including the “Penthouse Sessions” by the Tal Farlow Trio, outtakes from Tal Farlow and Lenny Breau, and a photo gallery.
(60 min)................................................................................Price - $19.95
 
Tal Farlow Plays "Fascinating Rhythm"

The Best Of Jazz Guitar - Book and CD
Guitarist Wolf Marshall presents a step-by-step breakdown of the guitar styles and techniques of some of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time! Several versions are presented of each song allowing you to see how different guitarists would arrange the same piece of music! Each piece - some are single note improvised solos while others are chord melody solos - also includes harmonic analysis and performance notes! Songs include: "St. Thomas" -Jim Hall, Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell, "All Blues" -George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, "So What" -Barney Kessel, George Benson, "All The Things You Are" -Hank Garland, Pat Metheny, "Honeysuckle Rose" -Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, Charlie Christian, "Satin Doll" -Howard Roberts, Joe Pass, "Yesterdays" -Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Wes Montgomery, "Misty" -Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Howard Roberts, "I'll Remember April" - Johnny Smith, Grant Green, "How Insensitive" -Pat Martino, Emily Remler. Each selection also includes authentic matching audio with backing tracks!
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $24.95
  Tal Farlow Plays "St. Thomas"

Jazz Guitar Lines Of The Greats - Book
Includes 675 transcribed licks and phrases from five of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time: Tal Farlow, Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Jimmy Raney! The phrases are separated into five sections; major lines, minor lines, major ii/V7/I lines, minor ii/V7/I lines, and dominant 7 lines. These "textbook" jazz phrases are perfect for all instruments---not just guitar. Spiral bound for easy opening and page-turning. Over 100 pages of incredible jazz guitar licks!
Standard notation.................................................................Price - $19.95
 Tal Farlow Plays "Taking A Chance On Love"

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Tal Farlow - One Of The Most Incredible Jazz Guitar Players Ever!
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   Tal Farlow, now recognized as one of the great jazz guitarists of all time, was born June 7, 1921 and initially set out to be a commercial artist and performer. He did not appear in public playing the guitar skillfully until he was twenty-two. Tal played the mandolin and the guitar as a leisure activity from the age of eight. His dad played guitar, banjo, ukulele as well as violin, and Tal taught himself to play hillbilly music on one of his dad's instruments. In the late 1930s Tal listened to Charlie Christian on some Benny Goodman records. He was instantly attracted to Christian's swing guitar style. He listened to the records over and over again until he could play Christian's guitar solos note-for-note!

   Before 1943 Tal Farlow worked as a sign painter and played the guitar only as a hobby. With the establishment of a large US Air Force base at Greensboro, there was an unexpected demand for vocalists to perform at U.S.O. dances. Tal was selected to play at some of these. One of the many musicians he played with was swing pianist Jimmy Lyons. After the end of the war Farlow joined a band led by the well known pianist Dardanelle. He played with her band in Baltimore and Philadelphia and afterwards for six months at the 'Copacabana' night club in New York.

   It was in the jazz venues of New York's 52nd Street location that Tal Farlow had the opportunity to listen to various leading modern swing musicians including Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Errol Garner as well as Dizzy Gillespie. After leaving Dardanelle, Farlow returned for a while to North Carolina but then returned to New York where he played with clarinetist Buddy De Franco.

   Tal Farlow was at that point selected in 1949 by vibraphonist Red Norvo to take Mundell Lowe's spot in his trio. Lowe had actually recommended Tal for the job. The new trio was formed by bassist Red Kelly. It was this period with Norvo's trio that Tal attributes to his mastery of the phenomenal technique he has. Red Norvo's trio, after Charles Mingus took the place of Kelly on bass, became one of the most well liked swing bands of the 1950s. Their recordings were continuously amongst the best selling jazz records. Tal appeared with the Norvo trio on the first ever USA color television program. As a result of this venue and gig appearances as well as recordings with the trio, he gained worldwide recognition for his incredible technique, sparkling improvisation, and original chord voicings.

   Playing an instrument of his own design with a fingerboard over an inch shorter than the standard template, Tal Farlow accomplished a most unique sound. While with Red Norvo's trio he established a variety of original rhythmic techniques on the guitar, typically confusing listeners into expecting that a drummer had actually been added to the line up. One such technique happened to be to play chords while at the same time tapping out rhythms on the guitar body and strings with his finger tips.

   In 1954 Tal Farlow left Norvo to play with Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five in New York. In 1954 Tal earned the Downbeat magazine 'New Superstar Award' and in 1956 their 'Critics' poll. By this time Farlow was recognized worldwide as one of The United State's leading swing guitar performers. He was promptly signed up by Norman Granz for the Verve record label. He made several superb recordings for Verve as the leader of several different bands that spotlighted top-notch swing performers of the day including Ray Brown, Chico Hamilton, Eddie Costa, Vinnie Burke, and Stan Levey.

   In 1958 Tal Farlow married and that year also marked what was to be his last important public appearance for a number of years. It happened to be held at the 'Composer' club in Manhattan. He at that point moved to his new home in Sea Bright, New Jersey on the Atlantic coast and entered virtual semi-retirement for about 20 years. He devoted a lot of his time working at his old love of sign painting. Nevertheless, he did not entirely neglect his playing and from time to time many of the world's top guitarists took time off to pay a visit to him so that they could play and talk guitar.

   In 1968 Tal made a brief return showing up to packed houses for 7 weeks with his trio at the 'Frammis' club on Manhattan's East Side. After this short reappearance Farlow came back once more to his home in Sea Bright. Pressure from swing enthusiasts all over the world, together with his own desire to play jazz once more, encouraged Tal in 1975 to start playing routinely. Since that time he has made numerous recordings as well as played frequently at swing clubs and jazz celebrations all over the world. His way of life as a swing artist and sign painter was the subject of a 1982 TV documentary. Tal Farlow died on July 25, 1998 and will be missed by all jazz guitar enthusiasts!

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