Wikipedia tells us that arranging is officially defined as "the art of preparing and adapting an already written composition for presentation into something other than its original form." Anyone who's attempted to arrange original tunes or covers would readily agree that creating a fresh and interesting arrangement for multiple instruments is very challenging. Now try to craft -- and perform -- a great arrangement for solo fingerstyle guitar; just this side of impossible, right?! [William Tell Overture up and under] Enter The Lone Arranger!
LeAnn Rimes refers to him as a "genius." Artie Traum called him a "guitaristic force of nature." Fingerstyle Guitar touts him as the "king of the fingerpickers" and Guitar Player magazine calls his playing "fun, scary and always inspiring." Have a listen to Pete Huttlinger's signature arrangements and performances of tunes like Stevie Wonder's Superstition or Steely's Josie and you too will be spewing accolades.
Fortunately for we aspiring fingerstyle arrangers and mortal pickers, Huttlinger is also a passionate and prolific educator. Dozens of songbooks and DVDs present his original material, valuable insight and compelling arrangements. In The Lone Arranger, you'll find that Pete has never dug so deep into the art and science of his arranging genius as he does here in his first interactive video course.
To demonstrate how influential a creative arrangement can be -- even with the simplest of melodies -- Pete steps you through three arrangements of Mary Had A Little Lamb, each with a different feel and each using a different approach. Pete continues similarly with three arrangements of 500 Miles.
Next up is a thorough examination of a medley featuring a Huttlinger original called The Happy Moat, which leads into the traditional fiddle tune, Flowers of Edinburgh. The entire medley is played in DADGAD and so, along with a wide variety of arranging insight and technique tips, you'll also get a solid feel for this highly popular tuning.
In the final section of the course, Pete drills down on three of his original tunes; Goodbye Chester, The View and Things Are Looking Up. Pete performs each of the tunes at tempo and then breaks the arrangements down part-by-part discussing both the compositional and arranging choices that he made during the development process.
As you work through The Lone Arranger with Pete, you'll expand your own arranging and composing skills with a wide variety of technical, melodic, harmonic and creative approaches, which in turn you can apply to your own arrangements and compositions.
By unmasking his amazing fingerstyle arranging skills and methodologies, Huttlinger generously shares his silver bullets so that you too can become The Lone Arranger. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!