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Traditional Jewish Melodies Arranged for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

By Tim Sparks; notation by Bruce Muckala

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Neshamah (Traditional Jewish Melodies Arranged for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar). Arranged by Tim Sparks; notation by Bruce Muckala. For Guitar (Fingerpicking). Wire bound, Solos. Jewish. Intermediate-Advanced. Book. 160 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.99384).

ISBN 9780786616169. Jewish. 9 x 11.75 inches.

Transcriptions from Neshamah, Tim Sparks's ground-breaking recording for Tzadik Records of traditional Jewish melodies arranged for solo guitar. Neshamah is a Hebrew word meaning "soul," and in these soulful pieces, Sparks explores the music of the Jewish Diaspora, from the Caucasus to the Carpathians, from the Black Sea to Bosnia, from Jerusalem, Istanbul, Sarajevo, to New York's Lower East Side. Using a unique blend of bluesy string bends, jazz harmony and middle-eastern scales, he sheds new light on these tunes through the prism of fingerstyle guitar. Neshamah received wide critical acclaim in many publications around the world, including Fingerstyle Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, Akustik Gitarre, Acoustic Guitar Japan, Dirty Linen, The Wall Street Journal, CDNOW, All Music Guide and the Amazon.com Editor's Top 100 CDs of 1999. The entire recording has been transcribed here, including an appendix with the complete solos. Several of the arrangements are accessible to intermediate level players while some are better suited to the advanced player. Some of these transcriptions are slightly different than the CD recorded versions and reflect how the composition is currently played by Tim and are notated as such in the Performance Notes.

  • A Hora mit Tzibeles   Performed by Naftule Brandwein, Arr. By Tim Sparks
  • A Leybedike Honga   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Addio Querida   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Baal Shem Tov's Melody   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Freylich   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Hamisha Asar   Performed by Flory Jagoda, Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Hamisha Asar (Improvised Solo)   Performed by Tim Sparks
  • Kad Jawajuni   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Kad Jawajuni (Improvised Solo)   Performed by Tim Sparks
  • Los Caminos de Sirkeci   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Los Caminos de Sirkeci (Improvised Solo)   Performed by Tim Sparks
  • Naftule Spielt far dem Rebin   Performed by Naftule Brandwein, Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Odessa Mama   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Quando el rey Nimrod   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Shoemaker's Melody, The   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Sholem Aliechem   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Skrip, Klezmerl Skripe   Performed by Chaim Tuaber & Sholom Secunda, Arr. By Tim Sparks
  • Viva Orduena   Performed by Arranged By Tim Sparks
  • Viva Orduena (Improvised Solo)   Performed by Tim Sparks


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