James Woolwine | Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar

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Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar

by James Woolwine

Instrumental acoustic guitar music that mixes many styles into a very "Contemporary" Classical sound; with one vocal song for variety.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
0:40 $1.29
2. Crossfit Envy
5:13 $1.29
3. Modular Excess
4:28 $1.29
4. Ashley's Star
4:31 $1.29
5. Emmanison
4:18 $1.29
6. Waiting
5:27 $1.29
7. Killer Filler
5:43 $1.29
8. Pure Imagination
3:06 $1.29
9. Changing Course
5:56 $1.29
10. Sad but True
5:51 $1.29
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Album Notes
"I feel this truly does bring something new and powerful to the music world." - Soundout.com

James Woolwine is an award-winning guitarist/pianist. "Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar" is his first guitar album, and second album in total after releasing "Solo Piano Destruction" in 2015. His original style of instrumental music is best described as Contemporary Classical which emphasizes the “contemporary”. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Heavy Metal, and Electronic influences are combined with his Classical background to create a truly unique hybrid. His compositions transport listeners through a range of emotions, as soothing melodies morph into fierce energy. James’ stylistic diversity and superior musicianship bring an exciting new sound to the instrumental music scene. In his own words, “…combining the beautiful with the devastating.”



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar" is James Woolwine’s follow-up to his 2015 debut album, "Solo Piano Destruction." Wait a minute! The first album was solo piano and the second is acoustic guitar? Yep! Woolwine is also a singer-songwriter, so don’t expect this artist to get into a repetitive rut any time soon! Of the ten tracks on the album, nine are solo acoustic guitar and one is vocal and guitar; seven of the ten are original compositions and three are original arrangements of covers. Although the music is quite varied, most of it has a gentle, peaceful vibe.

It’s interesting to note that Woolwine started piano lessons at the age of seven. He immersed himself in classical music and dreamed of composing symphonies and concertos. In high school, he was winning scholarships and competitions, but his desire to be a rock star soon won out. At sixteen, guitar lessons were added to his piano studies and he later attended Berklee College of Music as a guitar major, graduating cum laude in 2004 with degrees in Performance and Music Business. That explains why one album is piano and one is guitar.

"Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar" begins with a short introductory piece that sets the tone of the music that follows. “Crossfit Envy” was given the title as a joke. It was composed as Woolwine watched The Crossfit World Championships on television and incorporates a riff he originally composed for piano. It’s a beautiful piece with a flowing melody and intricate finger work. “Ashley’s Star” was composed by one of Woolwine’s college teachers, Jon Finn. Played at a relaxed, easy tempo, it moves along with grace and tenderness. One of the challenges of being a music teacher is waiting for students to arrive for their lessons. Woolwine composed “Waiting” over a period of days while doing just that, enjoying the process. The piece very effectively combines several melodic themes over a classical guitar-style rhythm - a favorite. “Pure Imagination” is Woolwine’s solo guitar arrangement of the song from the 1971 movie, "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Dreamy and more than a little wistful, it’s a beautiful arrangement. “Changing Course” was given that title because it changes course several times within the piece. Some of the themes are in a more classical style, and some have a moderate rock or even a folk feeling, successfully combining several of the many influences on Woolwine’s music. The closing track is a cover of Metallica’s “Sad But True.” Woolwine arranged the song for a course on music licensing. Encouraged to be creative and dramatic in his interpretation, Woolwine thought it would be interesting to take a heavy song and turn it into an acoustic ballad. It IS interesting and a great ending for the album.

Ellen Woodwerth

A Master Composer/Guitarist and a Gem of an Album
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of this guitar album, as James Woolwine is one of my favorite musicians. I’ve been following his career for several years and have been fortunate to see him perform live several times. It’s not often that someone reaches his caliber of musicianship on one instrument, let alone on two. His piano album, “Solo Piano Destruction”, released in 2015, was a fresh new gem in that genre and this new guitar album shines just as brightly.

James’ seven original guitar compositions showcased here are intelligent, tender, bold, technically challenging, and performed with superb musicianship. His exploration of variations on musical themes, his deft use of a looping pedal, and the uniqueness of his compositions are inspirational. It’s hard for me to choose favorites, but “Crossfit Envy” and “Changing Course” rank at the top. His original arrangements of Jon Finn’s “Ashley’s Star” and of “Pure Imagination” from the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are also stamped with James’ unique musical signature. The final track on the album, James’s acoustic guitar arrangement and vocal performance of Metallica’s seminal piece, “Sad But True”, is so utterly different from their original version, yet retains the essence of it. James’ unique juxtaposition of the gentle guitar riffs and the quietly sung dark lyrics retains the desperation of the original heavy metal version.

James Woolwine is a wonderfully talented composer and musician with an ability to look back to the classics and forward to the present to “see” and create amazing musical compositions, performed with virtuosity and deep emotion.