Biography

El-Bio

Internationally acclaimed acoustic guitarist El McMeen has been listed among the “100 Greatest Acoustic Guitarists.”

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Two of El’s guitar compositions “Le Mans” and “Song for Sheila” have been listed among the “100 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals”.

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His composition and performance of “Le Mans” won First Prize (Instrumental) in the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards contest in 2009.

El has concertized throughout the United States, but is now concentrating on guitar instruction, workshops and writing, in addition to composing and arranging pieces for guitar.

El has written many books of guitar pieces, including several major folios written or co-written for Mel Bay Publications.

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El has also recorded three DVD lessons for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.

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While he plays many styles, El’s music is characterized by lyrical beauty and a sensitivity to melodic phrases enhanced with tasteful arpeggios, cross-picking, and walking bass lines. His uptempo pieces evidence energy and pulse. His artistry has been praised by numerous publications, including Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine. El’s music has been hailed by critics as “stirring … unbridled acoustic beauty” and “drop-dead gorgeous” (Guitar Player Magazine) and as a “treasure” (Dirty Linen Magazine).

When El wasn’t playing guitar, he was a partner in a large New York City law firm, from which he took early retirement in 2000. In addition to his music, El is involved in Christian ministry work and outreach.