Wayne Riker | Fretology

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by Wayne Riker

A broad spectrum of original instrumental compositions, highlighted by musical elements of blues, jazz, folk, reggae and classical styles.
Genre: Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tumbleweed Trot
3:00 album only
2. Blue Sunset
3:06 album only
3. Briar Oaks
2:06 album only
4. Vertigo Waltz
2:58 album only
5. Hopscotch
3:37 album only
6. Integrity Blues
5:50 album only
7. Fretology
4:42 album only
8. Tranquility Pond
2:27 album only
9. Soul Stroll
4:16 album only
10. Tintinnabulation Whispers
2:01 album only
11. Rest Easy
2:57 album only
12. Introspection
1:51 album only


Album Notes
Fretology is Wayne Riker's second solo acoustic instrumental disk,featuring a wide range of musical influences,including blues,jazz,folk,reggae,funk and classical styles throughout these twelve original compositions.
Using three different guitars and eight unique guitar tunings,including standard tuning,each tune becomes strikingly different from the next with an eclectic array of melodies,chord voicings and rhythms.
Riker is well known for his many guitar instructional books with Alfred Publishing's Workshop Arts series,in addition to his numerous instructional columns with Guitar Player,Acoustic Guitar and Acoustic Musician magazines.
His performing credits span a forty year career on local and national stages with numerous groups and shows,playing
all styles of music.



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Tanya Rose

I cannot give you a picker’s critique, being basically a 1-4-5 player, but the subtleties in each song were not lost on me. Each time I heard Wayne I found more to enjoy. He is a gifted composer and player. What is important to me, however, is how he brings you into the music to the point where you just want stop what you are doing, listen and let it wash over you. Technical expertise is great; many a picker has that, but soul is something that can’t be taught.

Jeff Kittrelle

Fretological Tour de force
For both those who missed Fretfull and especially those who know it, Riker's Fretology goes it one better. I'm on my 6th time thru and still not caring where on the floor of my car the travel case with my other CDs landed. Lovely chord melodies, intricate rhythms, even some Hedges-like bass lines, it's all here. Perhaps more than anyone this album may remind you of John Fahey, and yet it's different - it's really a unique approach to fingerpicked acoustic. I like the single-take approach that Wayne chose in recording this; that live feel really comes through (and with few if any mistakes that mortals could detect, who needs more takes?). Each tune is solid, but I might have opened the album with what to me is the strongest of all, which happens to be the title track. The closing harmonics are the perfect end to a flawless song. Rest Easy is another very accessible and beautiful piece.
All in all, another solid album from WR - if you love the acoustic steel-string guitar, you, too won't be looking for your other CDs anytime soon!