Dale Miller began playing during the “Folk Boom” of the early 1960s and within a few years discovered John Fahey, the principal figure in establishing the steel string guitar as a solo concert instrument. Dale was totally taken with the idea of the guitar as a self-contained orchestra.
Following Fahey’s lead, Dale listened to and mastered the styles of early blues players. Later, he studied music theory and found a gift for arranging all types of music for solo guitar — ragtime tunes, jazz standards, Beatles songs and even opera arias.
Dale had a distinct sound characterized by walking base lines using his right thumb, index and middle fingers, concise and elegant fingering, and a sweet, clear tone. His arrangements were lauded for fidelity to melody within chord voicings and the walking bass lines.
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