February 27, 2010

The Best of John Fahey Guitar TAB


Folks, I owe a huge Thank You to Andrew Stranglen for taking the time to scan this entire book for me so I could share it with all of you.  Click here to visit Andrew's page at CDBaby..
You should thank him too!
The entire book, cover to cover in PDF format.
So warm up your fingers, flex that thumb.  Calluses? Check!
Play it brother!
Table of Contents
Sunflower River Blues
The Last Steam Engine Train
Poor Boy a Long Ways From Home
When the Spring Time Comes Again
Some Summer Day
Spanish Dance
Take a Look at That Baby
I'm Going to Do All I Can For My Lord
In Christ There is no East or West
Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry
Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Phillip XIV of Spain
Revolt of the Dyke Brigade
On the Sunny Side of the Ocean
Spanish Two Step

Get it Here: 1977
Now a single PDF thanks to Bert Vanden Berghe
                   
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36 comments:

  1. I remember when I opened for John at the Soft Rock Cafe in Vancouver oh so many years ago...it was around the time his music book was released...and a number of feminists in the area were picketing the venue and handing out leaflets accusing Fahey of being an anti-feminist due to some of his comments in the book. The picketers didn't stop people from attending Johns show or disrupt the evening, they were just trying to get their point across...which was...Cheers! Blind Brand X.

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  2. Sunny Side of the Ocean, here I come!

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  3. Always enjoy the memories you share with us BBX! Thanks.

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  4. very cool, but also kind of unsettling how different these turn out to be from my by-ear arrangements. 6string

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  5. IT's the real deal folks!
    The next best thing to the paper version,
    completely unabridged and before the
    Days Of Political Correctitude.
    Get it while you can! -Andrew S.

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  6. Hehe, also includes all your crib notes at no extra charge!

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  7. Here's a little bit of love.
    There's great tasks.
    There's amazing people who get them done.

    I'm gratefully thankful. More than my english can show.

    Love!

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  8. Ah yes, here is some more well deserved love!
    Many thanks to Andrew Stranglen and to this great blog. And now, off to learn to play some of these great tunes! :-)

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  9. Just leaving a comment shows you care! Thanks people!

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  10. Hiowdy! Just wanted to share with you a joke I played on a former girlfriend oh so many years ago...she was going to southern California to visit family...I asked her if she would go to the Takoma Records office and buy me a copy of the John Fahey Spiritual Guitar Advisor...she actually went to the Takoma office and asked for a copy of the alleged publication...but was told it did not exist...she did return though with a copy of the Fahey book that I knew fully well existed...she didn't see the humor in my ruse at first...but later forgave me for pulling one over on her...! Cheers! Blind Brand X.

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  11. thanks a bunch. now i have to learn how to read tabs. but thats all goose!!

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  12. This is great! Thanks for the effort, it's much appreciated.

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  13. nice share and historically important!@

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  14. So MANY MANY Thank you's for uploading all the pages of the book. I have spent quite a bit of time transcribing songs from this album and others as the available music was not reflective of the recordings. This compilation of transcriptions is VERY accurate and enjoyable! Thank you!! It will be a great resorse for myself and students. The introduction section is priceless.
    :) Cheers from Duluth MN! - Jimi C

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  15. Thanks Andrew. I hung on every word of Fahey's introduction when I first read it; hugely influential, awesome work, changed my life. Incidentally, for those of you who admire trippy sound collages a la Fahey, I recommend Andrew's guitar/production work, available at his link on the right.

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  16. Greetings and gratitude.
    Highly amazing.
    Thanks to Great K.

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  17. Thanks very much, a fine piece of service to the guitar playing multitude.

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  18. you're due some serious karma for this!

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  19. Well, what more can I say? Thanks for making this book available to us all. The stories inside it are great fun. THANKS!

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  20. Thank you thank you! Love the sight and all the work you do for the guitar fiends!

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  21. Awesome thanks to everyone involved!!!

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  22. yep - thanx heaps for this.

    in a life-changing twist of fate, i found both the CD and Tab-Book in cut-out bins on the same day in different suburbs of Sydney. I learnt to pick from it and then lost it....

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  23. greatful, I am in deed. thnaks a looooooooooooooooooooooooot,

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  24. What a great gift to the online community! Historical, educational, heck Ill bet even non-guitar playing fans of Fahey would love to have this...just downloading again to have this since the HD crashed. THANK YOU!

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  25. The 'Homosexual Guitar Playing' section is a deeply, deeply unfortunate piece of writing. What a shame.

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  26. Anybody know the guitar brand on the cover?

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  27. It appears to be a 1976 Bicentennial Martin D-28. The eagle on the headstock is the identifying mark of the special edition in question.

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  28. been looking for this book for 20 years...still have photocopies of 5 songs given to me by my guitar teacher back in 1990...thanks so much.

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  29. Thanks! Awe-inspiring and daunting!

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  30. What a generous gesture, thank you and good luck, good luck, from the broken-thumbed guitar knocker...

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  31. Thank you! I just start at page 32 and leave the narrative, because either I don't care or I just don't know enough to care or know enough to care less than I know to care to talk about.
    - Babba Rum Boogie

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  32. Thanks so much! Any tab/sheet music of the early '60s acoustic 6 string/12 string/banjo maestro, Dick Rosmini would be most greatly appreciated !
    Dan

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  33. Thanks so much from France

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  34. Phenomenal find, this blog. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. American transcendental guitar bliss here I come. Krsna walking under the firefly laden boughs of stately live oaks on the shores of Knightwood Knot Creek. America as exotica, as seen by a foreigner who has never heard of this land. The lonely old man of Kansas speaking of American lonesomeness, prophecy of a moon of 100 years ago.

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