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Tim Sparks is an award-winning guitarist whose blending of musical styles has won him extensive praise from all corners of the music world. Guitar Player Magazine has called his music "Fresh, exotic, and totally cool.", Acoustic Guitar Magazine calls it "rich and sensuous", and guitarist Leo Kottke simply says "He's really one of the best musicians I know." From the early traditional country blues and gospel music he learned in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Jazz, Be Bop, classical and world music from his varied career across the U. S. and Europe, Tim has thrilled and inspired audiences and musicians world-wide.

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Acoustic Guitar Magazine "Blues in Dropped D Lesson"

All About Jazz New York review of Little Princess

Allmusic review of Little Princess

Guitar Player Magazine interview


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Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues instructional video

Roots, Rags & Blues instruction video



This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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Little Princess

Sidewalk Blues

At the Rebbe's Table

Tanz

Neshamah

One String Leads to Another

Guitar Bazaar

The Nutcracker


Chasin' the Boogie

Ever since bursting on the scene with his 1993 release The Nutcracker Suite, Tim Sparks has captivated guitar fans with some of the finest fingerstyle guitar playing around. An artist who can be difficult to categorize, Sparks’ albums and live performances have featured classical, blues, jazz, folk, klezmer, and other styles, and yet they all have a common thread that makes them immediately identifiable.Clearly, for Sparks the music itself is more important than the genre it may have originated in, and Chasin’ the Boogie continues this approach. Whether completely re-imagining the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” creating a complex guitar arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” playing the folk standards “Wayfaring Stranger” and “I’ll Fly Away,” or getting gritty on the “Mississippi Blues,” Sparks creates solo steel-string guitar magic like only he can. Put simply, Chasin’ the Boogie is guitar music at its best. Even on songs that you thought you knew, you’ll find yourself hitting the “repeat” button to make sure that what you just heard really happened. Whether you’re already a fan of solo guitar music or not, give Chasin’ the Boogie a spin and allow yourself to be taken along!

Buy now: MaraHaley Music | iTunes


New CD-ROM Release
There is no other guitar master of the style that has studied boogie-woogie as fastidiously as Tim Sparks. Likewise, no other guitar master that is able to present as complete a curriculum on boogie-woogie as Tim Sparks. Tim’s Fingerstyle Boogie Handbook is your definitive guide to learning everything you really need to know about fingerstyle boogie-woogie.

Tim equips you with all of the requisite techniques and tools of the boogie guitarist’s trade. You’ll learn melody lines, chord shapes and boogie bass lines that you’ll combine to craft a comprehensive acoustic fingerstyle boogie guitar style.

Buy now: MaraHaley Music | TrueFire


Three Russian masters of  20th century composition

With funding from the Minnesota Legacy Fund and the Lakes Region Arts Council, I've  been working on an exciting new project creating arrangements for solo guitar of various works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, three Russian masters of 20th century composition. It is my hope that these transcriptions will be of value to Classical, Jazz and Fingerstyle Guitarists.

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Recent videos


I'll Fly Away
Buy the tab for "I'll Fly Away"
Buy the CD Sidewalk Blues


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
Buy the tab for The Nutcracker Suite
Buy the CD The Nutcracker Suite


Blue Bayou
Free tab for "Blue Bayou"


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Chasin' the Boogie

Whether completely re-imagining the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” creating a complex guitar arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” playing the folk standards “Wayfaring Stranger” and “I’ll Fly Away,” or getting gritty on the “Mississippi Blues,” Sparks creates solo steel-string guitar magic like only he can.

Buy now: MaraHaley Music | iTunes


The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker & Balkan Dreams Suite

"An exhilarating, odd-meter minefield inspired by Near Eastern music. An important recording from a gifted composer, arranger and performer." - Guitar Player Magazine

Buy now: MaraHaley Music

Tim Sparks has brought along a priceless gift for students of guitar -- a veritable Sistine Chapel of fingerstyle instruction; Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues, which features enough insight and fretboard wisdom to sustain a lifetime of study.

Buy now: MaraHaley Music | TrueFire

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