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Some of my work is available on Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop, SMP Press, Mel Bay, CDbaby, and Amazon. Check out below!


Fingerstyle Guitar in DADGAD (Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop). This instructional DVD features five arrangements of Jazz tunes in DADGAD. A tab/music file is included as a PDF on the DVD. DADGAD is a wonderful tuning for the the Great American Songbook! Available as a hard copy or download.

Titles include: God Bless The Child, Blue Monk, Take Five, All Blues, Round Midnight

Further Adventures in DADGAD (Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop). More arrangements of Dadgad jazz tunes with some trad tunes included. A tab/music file is included as a PDF on the DVD. Great tunes taught phrase by phrase in DADGAD. Available as a hard copy or download

Titles include: It Ain't Necessarily So, Summertime, Ain't Misbehavin', Roslyn Castle, Medley: Farewell to Whiskey/Coleman's March and Snowbird on the Ashbank

Fingerstyle Guitar in OPEN G Tuning (Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop). This instructional DVD includes a mix of jazz and trad arrangements in OPEN G. It's highly recommended to have some OPEN G tunes in your toolbox--an amazing in tuning! Available as a hard copy or download.

Titles include: Blind Mary, Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair, La Paloma, The Girl I Left Behind Me, Off to California, My Romance and Still Crazy After All These Years

Fingerstyle Guitar in DADGAD, Further Adventures in DADGAD, and FIngerstyle Guitar in OPEN G (Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop). These titles now have single song downloads on Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop.

Newer Every Day. This is my solo guitar CD available on CDbaby.com. It's a collection of jazz, trad, and Celtic tunes in alternate tunings--mostly DADGAD.

"Newer Every Day" is a beautiful album with a great selection of tunes from O'Carolan to Monk and Ellington. The album is sweet, smooth, elegant, and uplifting. Exquisite harmonies and infectious rhythms! I especially love the jazz (which flows from Sandy so effortlessly), but the entire album is beautiful--every single song. If you're a fan of solo guitar, this one is sure to be a favorite. It's a masterpiece! Judith Giddings.

Titles Include: Blue Monk, My One and Only Love, Be Thou My Vision, Black and Tan Fantasy, Round Midnight, Take Five, Blind Mary, Christmas Time is Here, Davenport Blues, Lament for Owen Roe O’Neil, Tears, Good Morning Heartache, God Bless the Child, Arran Boat Song, Georgia, I Dream of Jeannie.

DADGAD Jazz Collection on SMP Press. I now have tab/music PDFs of some solo fingerstyle guitar DADGAD jazz tunes on Sheet Music Plus (SMP press). These are available as a single song PDF downloads. A 30-second mp3 clip is available on the site for each tune. I'm always looking for Dadgad jazz converts!

Current titles include: My One and Only Love, Black and Tan Fantasy, In a Sentimental Mood, Moon River, Nuages, The Shadow of your Smile, Stella by Starlight, Nardis.

The Glory of CGDGAD Guitar Tuning: From Music to Method (El McMeen and Sandy Shalk, co-authors). Fate had in store for me that I would get to work with an all time favorite guitarists, arrangers, and composers--El McMeen. We teamed up under his leadership and completed this 308 page work on CGDGAD tuning. One of the top fingerstyle guitarists internationally, El is known for his beautiful renderings of Celtic, pop, gospel and trad tunes in CGDGAD tuning. To say this work was a labor of love is an understatement! This book is available as a PDF download on SMP Press. Purchasers will be given access to Tabledit files to be able to hear the tunes played in midi. The basic Tabledit player is available as a free download.

In addition to advice on rendering and arranging tunes for guitar, personal anecdotes, and tune analysis, titles include Amazing Grace, Bridget Cruise, Star of the County Down, Till We meet Again, St. James Infirmary, Annie Laurie, America Patrol, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Carolan's Concerto, Carolan's Receipt, Carolan's Cottage, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jerico, Be Thou My Vision, St. Louis Blues, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, Blind Mary, Dark Town Strutter's Ball, Alexander Rag Time Band, Simple Gifts, La Paloma, Mo Ghille Mear, and a mystery tune! There is also a chapter on the Singing Guitar-- a Mini Workshop (written by El) that is a classic.


New Directions in Open G Tuning (El McMeen and Sandy Shalk, co-authors). El and I were on a roll and we moved into the land of Open G guitar tuning. And what a wonderful, enchanted land it is! This book includes arrangements by both of us in OPEN G, or what slack key musicians refer to as Taro Patch.

This book is currently a download available via me. Please send me your email and I will send you a Paypal link to purchase for $40.00 (USA). Upon completion of the transaction, I will send you a pcloud link with the book (PDFs) and Tabledit files. The Tabledit reader is a free download from Tabledit. It's a great way to hear the arrangements played in midi.

Titles include: Battle Hymn of the Republic, She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, Turkey in the Straw, Careless Love, Tin Roof Blues, Captain O’Kain, Fanny Power, George Brabazon, 2nd Air, Hewlett, Hugh O’Donnell, James Plunkett, Sir Festus Burke, Killmoulis Jig, My Home Waltz, Saint Anne’s Reel, Castle of Dromore, Mist-Covered Mountains of Home, Rose of Allendale, Ye Banks and Braes, After You’ve Gone, Clarinet Polka, Golden Slippers, My Melancholy Baby, On Moonlight Bay, Some of These Days, Arkansas Traveler/Soldier’s Joy, Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine/Bonaparte’s Retreat, Red-Haired Boy, Amazing Grace, Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus (Hyfrydol), El Noi de la Mare, Give Me Jesus, Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Holy Manna, Silent Night, Simple Gifts, Marches for a Band American Patrol, The Thunderer (J.P. Sousa), Ragtime Alexander’s Ragtime Band.


Email for New Directions in Open G: sandy_shalk@yahoo.com

Giving Voice (Tim Alexander and Sandy Shalk). This is a first CD for myself and my fingerstyle buddy, Tim Alexander. We each play 7 tracks of of solo fingerstyle guitar (14 Total). We were fortunate to receive production assistance from El McMeen for our CD. Giving Voice was engineered by Marc Moss of Target Studios, Red Hook, NY.

Tim Alexander and Sandy Shalk have put together a lovely disc of mostly gentle, traditional sounding tunes. While it's a duo recording, the pair take their turns on the songs, highlighting their individual talents. Scottish and Irish melodies fill most of the CD, whether jigs like "The Bonnie Jig" (Alexander), ballads like "Jock O'Hazeldean” (Alexander), or the obligatory Turlough O'Carolan song like "Planxty John Irwin" (Shalk). These guys have obviously been playing and listening to these tunes for some time, most clearly evidenced on "Crested Hens" played by Shalk, where he gives the song just the right pace, allowing the music to breath. We even get "Deep River Blues" by Alexander, and "Moon River" by Shalk for a turn on traditional American songs. © (c) Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th Review

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