New CD: DUETS Teja Gerken & Doug Young

Duets is all about the organic, honest sound of two guitars. Inspired by the examples set by instrumental guitar duos ranging from folk-baroque legends John Renbourn and Bert Jansch to the sophistication of the Duo Assad, Gerken and Young create arrangements that are larger than the sum of their parts.


New Book: Hymns for Fingerstyle Guitar

This book consists of 25 classic hymn arrangements for solo guitar, in standard tuning, designed to be both easy and easy to extend to build your own arrangements. It's available as a printed book. The music is a free download, or can be heard here.

Christmas Arrangements in DADGAD

Here's a look at how you can use the simple arrangements in the "Gig Book" portion of "A DADGAD Christmas" to improvise your own extended versions

Getting ready for Christmas? My book, A DADGAD Christmas contains 21 arrangements for fingerstyle guitar, all in DADGAD tuning. Most of the arrangements are meant to be so easy that you can read them and elaborate on the fly to build your own arrangements. There's a few fully-developed arrangements as well! You can buy the book on Amazon and download the CD tracks free from my store page, order the physical book with an enclosed CD directly from me, or download download a digital version for your iPad or kindle from my store.

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"From the first notes of Doug Young's "Closing Time," listeners will feel embraced by the mellow warmth and good fellowship to which he pays tribute ("The Gathering," for the Swannanoa Gathering, an annual musical event that takes place in the Appalachian Mountains). Young's exceptional clarity and fingerstyle finesse call to mind Laurence Juber, Leo Kottke, and John Renbourn and other greats, but the sensuousness of his tone is second to none." - Minor 7th

"Doug Young is a first-class musician who has chosen the guitar as his instrument. He does not "play the guitar" as much as he "plays great music using the guitar." The difference is his great sense of melody and the feeling that goes into writing a top-notch song. On Closing Time his original songs are as memorable as they are instantly enjoyable, and his arrangements are second to none. " - Dave Walker

"a near perfect reference CD for someone trying to capture the sound of an acoustic guitar. The recording is clean and clear but never sterile, rich and engaging but not muddy. It's downright inspiring just to hear those gorgeous tones." - Fran Guidry

"Doug has some great chops on this CD. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the fingerstyle arena. Some tunes are Kottke inspired, while others give a sense of early de Grassi. A real piece of ear candy." - Listener CD Baby Review

"This is a perfect intro to DADGAD tuning. ... I doubt I'll ever go back to standard tuning again" -- reviewer

"This book is a must for anyone interested in playing in DADGAD tuning. This book will be my reference book for DADGAD tuning for years to come." -- reviewer

"This book is a gem! it is written for people who have been playing standard tuning for a while and know their way around a guitar but it could used by someone with just a basic knowledge of finger style guitar. The book contains so much quality instruction and genuinely musical examples! it is a model of how a good guitar instruction book should be written." -- reviewer

A complete beginning to end guide to amplifying an acoustic guitar from pickup selection and installation to stage setups, amps, PA systems, monitoring, and more.