Music of Steve Pappas
Pappas is a distinctive, committed six-stringer from Boardman,
Ohio (USA) who reveals his style as acoustic/fingerstyle/world, as one
can clearly experience on his latest album, "Refuge".
His favorite guitars consist of a Takamine EC132 and an Asturias JM15.
Pappas has played guitar since 1974, and freely acknowledges his
career aspiration, "To continue to write, and record my own
compositions and arrangements for fingerstyle guitar."
When requested to reveal his ultimate
effect for the guitar, Pappas answered back with, "Digital
reverb," and then brought up his musical goals, "I want to
express my emotions and experiences through each piece." He hopes
to one day study historical instruments such as the lute, and is at
this time listening to Stevan Pasero, David Qualey and Gene Bertoncini.
His primary fulfillment? "When a listener tells me that they wish
my music would never stop playing," he affirms conclusively.
Pappas concludes by mentioning
continuing and future undertakings succinctly, by saying, "During
the day I teach music in the public school.
Pappas's discography (available
at Guitar Nine Records) includes
one solo album "Refuge".
Easier Tunes for New Fingerstyle Players
If you're new to guitar in
general or if you can play a mean guitar with a pick and want to
explore fingerstyle guitar, the tunes in this section are selected to
help you reach your goals. If you're a fingerstyle guitar
instructor, you may want to consider this material for your students,
since many of these arrangements were specifically used for this
These tunes are ideal for
those just getting started in fingerstyle guitar and provide simpler
material that will allow you to develop the requisite skill of playing
bass and melody together. They'll also allow you to get
comfortable with playing the very common 'Travis style' alternating
bass. You can also use this material to get comfortable
with some of the syncopation techniques between the bass and melody
lines common in fingerstyle guitar. These songs don't extend
much, if at all, beyond the first 4 - 5 frets of the guitar so that
you don't have to have a strong knowledge of the entire fretboard to
be able to play them. If you are very new to guitar, the easiest
are "Andy Pandy", "I Saw Three Ships", and
"Go Tell Aunt Rhody". Once you have those down, try
some of the others.
Don't let the "Easy" designation dissuade you, these are
some great tunes and you'll find some will be challenging. So
give them a try and have fun with them. They're all a pleasure