I was fortunate to take lessons with a teacher who had a tremendous library of fingerstyle arrangemts. He could also write out an arrangement to just about any tune I gave him. As a result I have some very nice arrangements of tunes like, Dream A Little Dream, Yesterday and Scotch and Soda. I've found a few fingerstyle arrangements by people on this site but they seem geared to the beginner. I do like and play several of Mark Hansen's pieces. I'm looking for arrangements of what I think of as covers and new compositions.
I've searched all over the web for fingerstyle arrangements without much luck. I read music or tab. If you have any suggestions or know of a specific arrangement you like I'd love to know about it. The pieces written out for me are in a short hand that I understand but wouldn't make sense to anyone else. If I can find the time I'll try to transcribe them and put them up on the site.
I haven't seen the book. I googled it and found an interesting site The Sheet Music Store. I only searched a little bit but there seemed to be a pretty broad selection of music for guitar.
Unfortunately they don't post any examples of the arrangements. I'll have to try and find one at a local store.
Thanks for the suggestion.
I'm in the process of developing a few web applications for guitar players. If I built a site that people could contribute arrangements to would you be interested in paying for them? If so how much? I'd have thought at least $10 for a good one.
Producing sophisticated quality arrangements is no mean feat and contributors would need to be reimbursed well for their skill and effort, there would also be copyright issues to sort out and the web guy would need a cut too.
I had a teacher in Illinois who would help me make arrangements. My issue was that I could frequently hear what I wanted in my head, but I had no idea how to pull it out of the guitar. The arrangements we came up with were great for me. Had my musical vision, and because he and I put them together, they were playable at what was usually a challenging, yet achievable, level. You might try that approach. Find a teach whose style matches yours and whose arrangements you like and work with him or her to do your own arrangements.
I do more song writing than arranging and I find I want to focus my creative side on that; but I like playing solo arrangements. My teacher gave me a simple way of starting an arrangement. He had me write out the melody line then based on each note find all possible chords that could be built with that note on the top end. A very simple example:
Staying with 1st position chords
If the melody note is C and you are in the key of C maj the 1st fret B string (C) is the melody. Now find every chord you can in the key of C that has the C on the B string; like Am, F7 and of course C. Do this for every note in the melody line. When you are finished you'll have several ways that the melody can be picked. You can start in the minor key and do the same thing or use alternate chords (beyond the 1st position), move the melody to the bass line, lots of options and a lot of work. Once you have worked out the chord progression you want to use you start to add embellishments and a bass line. Does that make sense?
I did find MusicNotes.com
They have a pretty good selection of solo arrangements in tab and notation for sale. The prices average $5- $7.25
I spent time (many years ago) transcribing Scott Joplin rags from piano scores and later harmonising Scottish and Irish fiddle tunes for fingerstyle guitar. These days are past being purely a singer-songwriter since many years. But I always notate the gutar parts to the songs (not least in case I forget how to play them!) and many will happily exist as guitar pieces in their own right. I've put them up on my website and occassionally people write and tell me they have learned them and play them, sometimes even at gigs! Very flattering!
They are here - most of the songs can be heard via the player on the right.