HOMAGE TO VILLA-LOBOS, Guitar Music for Five Fingers
(Prism 9904; Mel Bay MB98711CD). Playing time: 58 minutes. Released: 2001.

This is the first complete recording by a classical guitarist that makes extensive use of a five-finger right hand technique to play scales, chords, arpeggios, tremolos and harmonics. Comments from reviewers of pre-production copies include: passionate, blazing, profoundly soulful, musically fabulous, terrific sound, a potential masterpiece. This recording,16 years in the making, will have an immediate and significant impact on the development of right hand technique for the classical guitar. The performances include:

Standard guitar repertoire: Prelude #2 (Villa-Lobos), An Alm for the Love of God (Barrios), Sonatina (Torroba) and Two Studies - Segovia #10 & #17 (Sor).

Transcriptions: La puerta del vino and Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum (Debussy).

Arrangements: José María (Maguiña) and Virgins of the Sun (Bravo de Rueda).

Original Compositions by Postlewate: Homage to Villa-Lobos, Variations on a Theme by Prokofiev and Improvisation on Green Dolphin Street.

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  DUAL IMAGES, Jazz and Classical Guitar Solos
(Prism 8602-2). Playing time: 72 minutes. Released: 1993.

An award winning recording of standard guitar repertoire and jazz arrangements by Charles Postlewate that received rave reviews by The Associated Press (Impressive), National Public Radio (Superb) and Guitar Player Magazine (Masterful). The performances include:

Standard guitar repertoire: Preludes #1 & #5 and Chôros (Villa-Lobos), Scherzino Mexicano & Valse (Ponce), and Fandanguillo (Turina).

Arrangements/Compositions by Charles Postlewate: Wave, One Note Samba, Corcovado, Manha de Carnival, Autumn Leaves, Satan's Doll, Lullaby, Waltz, Paula, Londonderry Aire, Variations on Greensleeves and Remembrances of Mexico.

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(Prism 8703-2). Playing time: 38 minutes. Released: 1991.

Fourteen virtuoso arrangements of Christmas carols and songs by Charles Postlewate, including:

Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, What Child is This, Angels We Have Heard on High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Sacred Medley (We Three Kings, O Little Town of Bethlehem & Away in a Manger), Popular Medley (White Christmas, Jingle Bells & Silver Bells), & Deck the Halls.

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Mel Bay MB20962DVD). Playing time: 106 minutes. Released: 2005.


This DVD is a presentation of the 19-year project by

Charles Postlewate on extending right hand technique for

guitar to include the little finger. PART I presents this technique

in actual repertoire, including standard guitar repertoire

(by Barrios, Sor, Torroba and Villa-Lobos), new arrangements

& transcriptions and original compositions. It features complete performances of twelve pieces recorded on Postlewate’s Homage to Villa-Lobos CD (Prism 9904, Mel Bay MB98711CD) and published by Mel Bay Publications in the book by the same name (MB98711). Each performance is introduced by Postlewate with explanations and demonstrations of how and where the little finger is used in the execution of scales, chords, arpeggios, tremolos and harmonics, with close-up shots of the right hand.

     PART II explains the training of the right hand in a five-finger technique, with demonstrations of the above techniques using sample studies from the different chapters of his book, Right-Hand Studies for Five Fingers (MB98710). As in PART I, close-up shots show the viewer precisely how to position the right hand and move the fingers for each study or set of studies.

Each set of studies uses a special progression up and down the fingerboard and, like the book, this video demonstrates how to make chromatic variations of these progressions to increase the interest. At the end of PART II

Postlewate demonstrates how the guitarist can develop similar studies to fit specific right-hand problems not covered in this book and video. The video ends with an ENCORE interview of five questions and answers with Charles Postlewate to give some background information on this historic project.


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