Psalms Hymns & Spiritual Songs
'Craig Dobbins is not only a fine guitarist but is equally gifted as an arranger. As a fellow believer in the greatest story ever told- Craig says it well on his guitar.' - Doyle Dykes The gentle grace of these simple, beautiful (mostly) solo guitar arrangements of American sacred music is underscored by Craig Dobbins' relaxed, thoughtful playing. He treats these venerable melodies with great respect, beginning some pieces like 'O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing' with the unadorned melody before harmonizing it in creative but appropriate ways. His settings range from the counterpoint variations of 'Come Thou Fount' to the lightly swinging, Chet Atkins-influenced version of 'Glory to His Name,' and all are played with superb tone, phrasing, and feel. This is meditative and inspirational music no matter what or who your personal 'higher power' happens to be. -Ron Forbes-Roberts, Acoustic Guitar magazine Craig Dobbins' beautifully played and richly harmonized arrangements sound so perfect on the guitar, you wonder why every church doesn't retire it's organist and hire a really good fingerpicker.' -Jim Ohlschmidt, Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Frets Craig Dobbins knows fingerpickin'. He is the author of many books and recordings on fingerstyle guitar, including two volumes on the music of Jerry Reed, and one on the music of Chet Atkins. His books and book/CD sets have been published by Mel Bay Publications, Hal Leonard Corporation, and Warner Brothers Publications. His CDs Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs and Christmas Time have been featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine's Hit List. His articles, transcriptions, and compositions have appeared in such publications as Acoustic Guitar magazine, Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, Fingerstyle Review magazine, and Mister Guitar (journal of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society). Craig also writes and publishes Acoustic Guitar Workshop, an instructional quarterly for fingerstyle guitarists. Craig's compositions have also been recorded by other guitarists, including Taylor clinician and Winfield Fingerpicking Champion Pat Kirtley (Through the Tears) and 2001 Winfield Fingerpicking Champion, Richard Smith (That's My Boy). Quotes: 'Craig Dobbins does great work- it's a cut above.' - Chet Atkins, c.g.p. 'Craig Dobbins does the best job of tabbing and presenting fingerstyle guitar of anyone I know.' - Paul Yandell 'Craig, I'm flattered that you consider my compositions worthy enough to go in your publications. I'm really grateful for that, and if you don't get this quote right, I'm gonna break both your thumbs!' - Jerry Reed 'Craig Dobbins is a gifted player, arranger, and instructor in the art of fingerstyle guitar.' - Doyle Dykes, recording artist and clinician, endorsing artist for Taylor Guitars and Rivera Amplifiers 'Craig Dobbins is a fine guitarist and arranger. His recordings and books will be a valuable addition to your library.' - Bill Piburn, editor, Fingerstyle Guitar magazine 'Craig is one of my favorite fingerstylists. His arrangements always retain a strong sense of melody and at their core they have that simplicity that distinguishes really memorable music.' - Aaron Stang, Alfred Publications, publisher of "Craig Dobbins' Hymns for Fingerstyle Guitar" 'Craig is one of the finest players in the fingerpickin' world today. The fact that he is such a great writer and arranger is a blessing for guitarists everywhere. I am so proud that he plays one of my instruments!' - Kirk Sand, Sand Guitars.