Guitar virtuoso Frederic Hand teaches exquisite classical guitar arrangements of four widely known and much-beloved American folk songs: The Water is Wide, Wayfaring Stranger, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair and We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder. He shows you how, by using lush chords, rich harmonies and inventive improvisational elements, you can make each one a beautiful and compelling performance piece.
Fred teaches full concert arrangements as well as easier alternate versions for novice players who are just getting into this style of music. Learning either (or both) of these will be deeply satisfying for anyone who loves the sound of classical guitar. Fred Hand makes this a complete learning experience by carefully explaining chord extensions and substitutions, harmonic voicings up and down the neck of the guitar and elements of music theory. He shows how to use improvisational techniques and ways to enhance these as well as other songs, so that you can make them truly your own.
Note: Although most classical guitarists prefer the tone and feel of nylon strings, these pieces can also be played on steel string guitars.