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Each transcription includes standard notation and tablature. Playing notes are included as well as techniques required. All transcriptions are taken from video or CD recordings and transcribed, then checked over by Tim for accuracy and playing notes.

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Each individual transcription is available as a downloadable Adobe PDF file. The cost of each title is $6 with the exception of "Mississippi Blues" and "Goin' Back to Mississippi Blues" which are $8. Click the Add to Cart button, complete the ordering and payment information and download your copy immediately and directly to your computer.


A Few Bowls Terkish
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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Little Princess

Taken from the recording Little Princess, the recording features Greg Cohen (Bass) and Cyro Baptista (percussion) in an ensemble setting with extended improvisations. This transcription includes the major themes with a unique solo to get you started improvising


Abu's Courtyard
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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"I learned 'Abu's Courtyard', an Israeli Hasidic tune associated with Mount Meron, from a version by Klezmer violinist Yehoshua Rochman."

This sprightly baiao is based on the recorded version. It does not include the improvised solo on the recording but is a fun and self-contained piece. This arrangement includes an interesting technique of Tim's that can only be described as "split-barre" chords where the conventional barre is expanded to cross over a fret.

This transcription is taken from the recording At The Rebbe's Table (Tzadik Records, (2002) Tzadik, 61 East Eighth Street, New York NY 10008)


Beautiful City
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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This lovely tune is nearly a complete re-write on a theme from a traditional Yeminite song. "Beautiful City" is in Dropped D tuning.

This transcription is taken from the recording At The Rebbe's Table (Tzadik Records, (2002) Tzadik, 61 East Eighth Street, New York NY 10008)


Goin' Back to Mississippi Blues
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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This is an alternate version of Tim's arrangement of Willie Brown's classic.

See also "
Mississippi Blues" below.

This transcription is taken from the recording Sidewalk Blues (Tonewood Records, 2009) and Tim's current performance style.


I'll Fly Away
Albert Brumley
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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This classic gospel tune is one of Tim's most requested transcriptions.

This transcription is taken from the recording Sidewalk Blues (Tonewood Records, 2009)



Jelly Roll Blues
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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This is a pretty intense arrangement of the New Orleans style on this classic track.

You can listen to a version of "Jelly Roll Blues" by Tim on
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You can watch Tim play it from a concert video on
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This transcription is taken from the recording Sidewalk Blues (Tonewood Records, 2009)



L'etoile de Mer
by Tim Sparks

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"The Star Fish, a song started in 1987 and finished 10 years later was inspired by travels in the countryside around Quiberon, on the coast of Brittany. My wife and I spent some lovely days there, meandering about the old Celtic stones in Carnac. I came home from the market one day to find the ocean had receded, exposing a long, rocky outcropping of stone. At the far reach of this peninsula, I made out the figure of my spouse, grinning from ear to ear like some kind of tide pool goddess. Her domain was an enchanting world of anemones and star fish, and so the title."

This transcription is taken from the recording One String Leads to Another (Acoustic Music Records, Best. Nr. 319.1177.242)


Little Princess
by Naftule Brandwein
arranaged by Tim Sparks

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Little Princess
"Little Princess" is an original arrangement of a composition by Naftule Brandwein.
This transcription is taken from Tim's current performance style and the recording from Little Princess (Tzadik Records, (2003) Tzadik, 61 East Eighth Street, New York NY 10008).


Mahshav
by John Zorn
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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"'Mashav' means Thought. There's a Yiddish saying, 'Man thinks and God laughs.' This song shows a quieter, meditative side of the iconoclastic composer."

This transcription is taken from the recording At The Rebbe's Table (Tzadik Records, (2002) Tzadik, 61 East Eighth Street, New York NY 10008)


Maple Leaf Rag
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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We all know there are many arrangements of this tune out there for guitarists, but you can't go wrong with this one from Tim.

You can listen to a version of "Maple Leaf Rag" by Tim on
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This transcription is taken from the recording Sidewalk Blues (Tonewood Records, 2009)


Mississippi Blues
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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The old standard by Willie Moore takes on new life with Tim's acclaimed arrangement.

You can listen to a version of "Mississippi Blues" by Tim on
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You can watch Tim play it from a concert video on
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This transcription is taken from the recording Sidewalk Blues (Tonewood Records, 2009)



The Nutcracker Suite


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The Nutcracker Suite
"
The Nutcracker Suite" is the complete suite as recorded by Tim for solo guitar.


Oh Daddy, That's Good
by Naftule Brandwein

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Little Princess
"Oh Daddy, That's Good" was recorded in 2009 and released on Tim's acclaimed CD Little Princess. The recorded version was performed in a trio setting with bass by Greg Cohen and percussion by Cyro Baptista. On the recorded version and when Tim plays this song solo in concert, there are extensive improvisations on the main theme. One such solo is transcribed here.


One String Leads to Another
by Tim Sparks

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"Like many songs, this started out as one thing and wound up as something completely different. First it was a waltz, but I stumbled on a lick one day and kept fiddling with it, until the whole piece was reinvented. Now it's in 4/4 and is a vehicle for a bunch of twangy riffs mimicking a dobro."

This transcription is taken from the recording One String Leads to Another (Acoustic Music Records, Best. Nr. 319.1177.242)


Ravayah
by John Zorn
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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Masada Guitars
"Ravayah" is an original arrangement of a composition by John Zorn. The transcription includes a complete improvised solo.

This transcription is taken from Tim's current performance style and the recording from Masada Guitars (Tzadik Records, (2003) Tzadik, 61 East Eighth Street, New York NY 10008).


The Rebbe's Hasid
by Naftule Brandwein
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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Little Princess

Taken from the recording Little Princess, the recording features Greg Cohen (Bass) and Cyro Baptista (percussion) in an ensemble setting with extended improvisations.


Sippur
by John Zorn
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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Masada Guitars
"Sippur" is an original arrangement of a composition by John Zorn. The transcription includes the complete improvised solo. You can view a performance and instructional QuickTime movie at Tim's website in the Lessons section.

This transcription is taken from Tim's current performance style and the recording from Masada Guitars (Tzadik Records, (2003) Tzadik, 61 East Eighth Street, New York NY 10008).


Todos Si Hueron
by Flory Jagoda
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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"'Todos Si Hueron' is a Ladino dialect for 'They Have All Gone'. This is a haunting tune about Flory's return to her old village decades after the end of the Second World War. Flory wrote this song especially for David Harris' group, Voices of Sepharad.

There are two transcriptions included. One is based on the recorded version (excluding the ensemble section) and the other is a simpler, intermediate level transcription. This transcription is taken from the recording At The Rebbe's Table (Tzadik Records, (2002) Tzadik, 61 East Eighth Street, New York NY 10008)

An example video is available at Tim's web site.


The Victory Rag
Arrangement by Tim Sparks

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"The Victory Rag", made famous by Mother Maybelle Carter, is a tune Tim cut his teeth on as a young guitarist. His version has evolved over the years. This one will keep you on your toes.

You can listen to a version of "Victory Rag" by Tim on
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This transcription is taken from the recording Sidewalk Blues (Tonewood Records, 2009)



Waltz with a Mermaid
by Tim Sparks

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"I had in mind an ancestor who got in hot water with King George the second. He had to leave England in a hurry, and sailed to Virginia, where he went to church with George Washington. Later on, his progeny moved to the Carolinas. I was going for Celtic nostalgia, a kind of redneck Barry Lyndon that no doubt exists only in my imagination."

This transcription is taken from the recording One String Leads to Another (Acoustic Music Records, Best. Nr. 319.1177.242) with a few minor changes to reflect Tim's current performance of the piece.


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