Stonehaven Folk Festival this weekend sees the launch of a new book on playing Scottish Traditional Guitar.
The Scottish Guitar Tutor with CD by John Carnie who lives in Peterculter, highlights the guitar as a melody instrument for playing traditional Scottish jigs, reels and slow airs and gives helpful tips for playing them.
It will be officially launched in the Celtic Chords shop, Stonehaven on Saturday at 12.00 noon. It is published by Taigh na Teud Ltd and has a foreward by Jack Evans. The book received funding from Creative Scotland.
John says: “I have a long association with Stonehaven folk club and festival and it is particularly significant that the book is to be launched in the Celtic Chords shop as it was Pete Murray the owner who had first suggested the idea of a book to me when I was in the shop buying a new guitar a couple of years back!”
The book is the first ever tutor book for playing Scottish tunes on the guitar. The arrangements are great for concerts or sessions and can be played in a combination of flatpicking and fingerstyle. It includes 33 Scottish jigs, reels and slow airs on guitar with tab and staff notation.
John will also be doing a guitar workshop at the Stonehaven Folk Festival on Saturday. Contact Celtic Chords Bookshop on 01569 763913.