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Currently OUT OF STOCK... you can find downloads on iTunes  and
the return of ELTJO!
fingerpicking sensation from the Netherlands....
From the blistering opening of “White Lightning” to the Celtic grace of “Planxty Irwin” guitarist and composer extraordinaire Haselhoff takes the listener on a journey that touches influences from Chet Atkins (Lenentine) to James Taylor (Song For JT).  An exciting follow up to his extremely popular and well reviewed first project “Fingerstyle Guitar Solos”… “Guitar Magic” displays an artist growing by frets and bounds!  
FROM Eltjo...
When I started to play guitar, around the age of 8, I was on my own. I had no teacher, no idols, not even a record player. But the occasional guitar players I saw on TV made one thing very clear to me: there were several ways to play with your right hand, but what I wanted to do was that thing-with-all-your-fingers! Those Spanish guitar players, who moved their fingers so fast that you could only see a fuzzy blur impressed the heck out of me!

Today, many years later, I still have not had a teacher, but I can do that-thing-with-all-my fingers now. I also know it has a name: Fingerstyle Guitar. And it still is my favorite way to play: rather than make a choice between bass-, rhythm-, or lead guitar, you just do it all, without any tricks, without overdubs, and without computers (so often used in today’s popular music). Yes, playing fingerstyle is hard work, and no, learning it is not easy. But the good thing is, that once you master this craft, you can play everything, be it Mozart, bluegrass, jazz, hardrock or whatever, all by yourself.

Guitar Magic is my second album with Solid Air Records. If you don’t know what Fingerstyle Guitar is, you may want to have a listen. It will surprise you! And if you already know what it is, well, in that case I think you should definitely have a listen! 

Eltjo Haselhoff, "Guitar Magic," Solid Air Records, 2008

Eltjo Hasselhoff opens his 14-track collection, "Guitar Magic," with a delightfully nasty blues riff before launching into a slithery romp he calls "White Lighting." The fingerstylist and composer displays his ease with a variety of musical genres on his second CD for Solid Air. Following the breathless dazzle of the first song on this instrumental solo CD is a tune which unfolds like a tree, then an orchard, of magnolia blossoms, "Promised Land." With hints of Aaron Copland, it evokes the spirit and mixed heritage of the early 20th-century immigrants who ventured with hope and trepidation into America. Beautiful, melodic, melancholy, hopeful -- he nails this one. Haselhoff's liner notes lend a bit of insight into his work and thought processes, along with his choice of guitar, strings and tunings. Eleven of the compositions are his own, including an homage of sorts to James Taylor, "Song for JT," and a nod to Chet Atkins, with the bouncy "Lenentine." He also includes two tracks by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). He goes a bit over the top with a slightly nutty take of "Turkey in the Straw," in which he throws in some fiddle and a jaunty, thumping bass. Be prepared to enjoy impeccable technique, a wonderful sense of melody, a warm tone and a sense of translating the ethereal as well as the real into music. Haselhoff knows his craft, and can discuss it with great clarity -- as evidenced by the lessons, guidance and commentary (and humor!) on his website. He counts Paul Simon, James Taylor and Tommy Emmanel among his influences and idols. Interestingly enough, guitar isn't even Hasselhoff's day job. He holds a Ph.D in physics and continues to publish in his field. He professes never to have had a guitar teacher, being self-taught beginning at age 8. However that combination of events and experiences boiled down, the product of "Guitar Magic" shows it to be undeniably successful.
© Fred Kraus


Artist: Eltjo Haselhoff
Product Type: AMR CDs
Item #: SACD2068
Price: $0.00
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 15 November, 2007.

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