El McMeen, Fingerstyle Guitarist,
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El’s Memoir  “GROWING UP IN GOD’s COUNTRY”  A “#1 New Release” on Amazon.

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


His artistry has been praised in numerous publications, including the NY Daily News, Acoustic 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).
While he plays in many styles, El’s music focuses on beautiful melodies, and his up-tempo pieces reflect a joyful, toe-tapping pulse. He emphasizes touch, tone, and phrasing. He specializes in rhythmic flexibility and often employs harp-like arpeggios in many different genres of music, Celtic, spiritual, and pop.
El’s composition and performance of “Le Mans” won First Prize (Instrumental) in the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards contest in 2009.
El tours throughout the United States, including concerts as part of the “AMERICAN GUITAR MASTERS” series of programs.
El’s recordings, “Breakout,” “The Lea Rig,” and “Solo Guitar Serenade,” are listed among the “100 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Albums.”
El’s books of guitar pieces, including several major folios written or co-written for Mel Bay Publications.
El’s DVD lessons for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.

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El was interviewed by Jonathan Bellamy of Cross Rhythms, U.K. Christian Radio, on January 24, 2023.  Listen to the sound file below.


El encourages people to tune in and support Cross Rhythms, U.K. Christian Radio. Their website is https://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/.  You can help Cross Rhythms by donations.

El interview by Jonathan Bellamy of Cross Rhythms, U.K. Christian Radio


Shop CDs, DVDs, and Books

El has recorded numerous albums of guitar music, many of which are available in both digital and physical format (downloads, CD’s, and thumb drives). El’s primary portal for his downloadable music is El’s Bandcamp Page.  There are other portals, including Amazon, and numerous streaming services, including Spotify and Pandora. For CD’s/thumb drives, or books of guitar music, please contact El directly through our contact page.
Grab a Copy of El’s New Book


Purchase El’s memoir through Booklocker and on Amazon worldwide.
All of El’s albums of guitar music, most of which are available in digital and physical format through Amazon. For releases not distributed through Amazon please contact El directly.
All of El’s instructional and performance DVD’s are available through Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.
El has written numerous books of music, and many individual transcriptions of tab/music for guitarists. His Mel Bay books are available through stores and online sites. His other books of tab/music, and his sheet music, are available for purchase through SheetMusicPlus.
El’s seminal book of music for string trio (violin, viola, and cello), called Celtic Treasures for String Trio, is available for purchase through SheetMusicPlus.

On Guitar

I’d like to offer a few general comments that relate to my own playing and musical interests, that may be helpful to you or stimulating to your thinking about music.
In the course of rendering music that is meaningful to me, I like to exploit the special attributes of the guitar, those that distinguish it from certain other instruments (in some cases, for example, the piano; in others, the harp). I use vibrato and sustained notes, hammer-ons and pull-offs, string snapping, slides, harmonics, unison notes and string bends. I combine those techniques with arpeggios and cross-string picking, counterpoint, and walking bass lines. (Cross-string picking means basically playing sequential notes on different strings of the guitar, rather than on the same string.)
I play with a combination of flesh and nails, and use a thumb pick to give strength to my bass lines. The thumb pick brings ease to my arpeggiation across the strings, and forces my fingers to play with maximum power, to raise the overall volume of the instrument, and thereby to allow for a greater dynamic range in my playing.  I find it appealing to play musical phrases “rubato” (with rhythmic flexibility), probably because of my background in a cappella choral singing. Playing freely lets the music breathe, and altering speed, attack and dynamics, as appropriate, help bring drama and urgency to the tune–which helps to maintain the interest of the listener (and the player!)
Here’s a suggestion for your vibrato. Try working the fretted string back and forth across, rather than parallel to, the fingerboard, using only the fretting finger, without the palm or thumb of the left hand as an anchor in back of the guitar neck. Mastering this difficult technique can enhance one’s playing greatly.

Producing Other Guitarists

El has personally assisted scores of guitarists in finding and developing their own voice on the instrument. He has produced/co-produced recordings for talented players, and has spent 100’s of hours in various studios on his own and other guitarists’ recordings.


In 2020, and moving forward, El has decided to return to working with fingerstyle guitarists in their efforts to create memorable guitar recordings.


He has instituted this procedure: he will receive one or two mp3 submissions from interested guitarists, review them without charge, and advise as to whether he feels he could be helpful in their recording efforts. He will quote a fee for the work anticipated, half of which will be payable in advance and is non-refundable. Travel and lodging expenses will be extra, and payable in advance.


For guitarists with whom El works, he will provide without charge copies of such of his own sheet music and/or recordings that he feels would be helpful to the particular guitarist in developing and honing his or her own arrangements and compositions.
Testimonials from guitarists to whom El has rendered assistance over the years.

Christian Ministry of El McMeen

El McMeen has been ordained as a Christian Minister under the auspices of the National Association of Christian Ministers (NACM). In addition to providing music for worship and other Christian services, El has been involved in teaching, facilitation of small groups, preaching, a church plant, and extensive writing on the Christian faith.


El has been heavily involved in recent years in a correspondence ministry to prison inmates in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) and the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). The response has been extremely gratifying.


His Sparta Mountain Christian Outreach tm initiative has involved distribution of quantities of his Christian tracts and materials throughout the US and abroad.


Quantities of some of El’s published tracts may be obtained through this site: https://mwtb.org/pages/elmcmeen


Inquiries may be directed to “El McMeen”, care of:
Sparta Mountain Christian Outreach
PO Box 830
Sparta, NJ 07871
El was interviewed by Jonathan Bellamy of Cross Rhythms, U.K. Christian Radio, on January 24, 2023.  Listen to the sound file below.


El encourages people to tune in and support Cross Rhythms, U.K. Christian Radio. Their website is https://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/.  You can help Cross Rhythms by donations.

El interview by Jonathan Bellamy of Cross Rhythms, U.K. Christian Radio


El was interviewed by George Flores of The GATE Internet radio in April 2022.  Listen to the sound file below.


El encourages people to tune in and support The GATE ministry. Their website is https://www.thegateradio.org/. You can help the station by donations, and by downloading their free app. The links appear on the main page of their website.

EL McMeen Interview by George Flores of The GATE Internet Radio


El is associated with the International Solid Rock ministry, and encourages donations to that dedicated Christian ministry: https://www.internationalsolidrock.org/


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