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Wayne Riker | Ten Shades of Green

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Ten Shades of Green

by Wayne Riker

An eclectic mix of instrumental solo guitar arrangements of ten holiday classics, from Classical to Jazz
Genre: Holiday: Pop
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1. Winter Wonderland
2:03 album only
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2. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
2:37 album only
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3. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
2:33 album only
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4. White Christmas
2:49 album only
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5. Silent Night
2:23 album only
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6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2:01 album only
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7. Silver Bells
2:38 album only
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8. The Christmas Song
3:57 album only
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9. Jingle Bell Rock
2:11 album only
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10. What Child Is This?
2:22 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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My journey on guitar began shortly after the Beatles hit the shores of the U.S. in 1964. What started as a hobby, became a passion and career, shortly afterwards, beginning with my first gig in 1967 at The Cafe Bizarre in Greenwich Village, in my hometown of New York City, winding through the heyday of the Jersey Shore, to the plains of the Midwest, to my present situation as a free lance guitarist in San Diego, California. I've played in over fifty groups, spanning most all the musical spectrums, including Rock, Funk, Country, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Top 40, Big Band, World Music, show bands, musical theater, and concerts backing up numerous "well known" and "hardly known" entertainers, in addition to performing solo guitar instrumental shows. Concurrently, I've taught guitar as my parallel passion, since 1972.

Here's the "Cliff Notes" of my career so far:

EDUCATION: Earned a BA in English Lit from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, basically buying time until the draft days expired. It was then my adviser encouraged me to pursue a career in music, as graduate school would be a continuation of my academic immaturity. Took a year off from gigs and private teaching, in 1979, to attend The Guitar Institute of Technology, now Musician's Institute, in Los Angeles. Invaluable, as a stepping stone to higher playing skills and teaching philosophy. During my mid life crisis in 1982, I chalked up a degree in Journalism from San Diego State University, via Grossmont College, opting out of a tempting alternate career in sports journalism, and staying on my musical path.

WORKSHOPS: Senior faculty member for The National Guitar Workshop for 17 years, 1990-2006, conducting group seminars in Connecticut, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco & Austin, Texas. Guitar Player Magazine sponsored workshops, 1992-2000. Alfred Publishing workshops, promoting my instructional books, since 1994, Los Angeles Music Academy presently, and ongoing local workshops on a variety of topics.

INSTRUCTIONAL BOOKS & VIDEOS: Over a dozen instructional books/videos with Alfred Publishing since 1994, including "Mastering Blues Guitar," "Blues Licks Encyclopedia," "Chicago Blues," "Slide Guitar," "Blues Guitar For Adults" & "Blues Soloing Strategies."

INSTRUCTIONAL COLUMNS: Between 1989 to 2009, periodical instructional columns for: Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Premier & Acoustic Musician Magazines.

CD's: Since 2008, I've recorded six Cd's under my name, all containing original instrumental compositions, including two solo acoustic discs, "Fretfull" and "Fretology," and five electric guitar full band Cd's: "Full Soul Ahead," "Penumbral Sky," "Guitar Decathlon," "Kindred Souls," and "Groovin' With The Top Brass."

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