This site is under revision January 2007. Check back frequently for updates.Jim Dalton: Instruments: Guitar
My interests in Guitar are many and varied. I began playing blues and blues-based rock many years ago, majored in classical guitar at Rutgers, studied jazz guitar after that and in recent years have devoted much time to two distinct areas: ethnic/world guitar styles and historical American styles.
On this page, I'll periodically post some lessons , articles, arrangements and compositions for and about guitar.
The Spanish Fandango [coming soon]
a 19th century American guitar piece that has come down to us in oral tradition and from the playing of such musicians as Chet Atkins, Elizabeth Cotten, Norman Blake, Mississippi John Hurt and many others. This is one of the earliest published versions. Since it is in open G tuning, I've included tablature.
Bwambe [coming soon]
an African piece for 4 guitars
A discussion of African guitar technique [coming soon]
How to play Carolan's SÌ Bheag, SÌ MhÛr entirely in harmonics. [coming soon]
Follow these links to some free lessons, publications and other information about some of the instruments that I play.
If you are interested in private lessons on plucked string instruments, music theory, ear training, improvisation and/or composition, please contact me.
About Jim Dalton
Jim is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, teaching music theory, ear training and world music courses for both the Music Theory and Music Education Departments.
He maintains a private teaching studio in Salem, Massachusetts..
He has written articles for Blues Revue Magazine and is the author of Mandolin for Beginners, published by Workshop Arts, Inc./Alfred Publishing. He is a frequent guest lecturer on topics such as composition, choral arranging and Irish traditional music.
He recently (2004-2005) received a MACRO research grant (Univ. of Wisconsin) to study and analyze palindromic compositions in the concert music repertoire and presented this work at the 2005 Macro Musician's Workshop in Madison WI.
Jim Dalton endorses and plays the Phoenix Neoclassical Mandolin
Jim's book, Mandolin for Beginners, has been published by Alfred Publishing (and National Guitar Workshop)
It's available online and in retail stores both nationally and internationally. You can learn everything from how to hold/ tune a mandolin, how read tablature and strum -- to reading music, tremolo techniques, improvising.
It's full of interesting tunes and practical advice. There's a CD in it, so you can hear as well as read all the good stuff in the book. 48 pages Book & CD
copyright 1997-2005 Jim & Maggi Dalton