Eric Schoenberg


 
GENRE: Acoustic Guitar, FingerStyle

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About

Eric Schoenberg began his love affair with the guitar in 1959. He started teaching in the early Sixties and before long became the second-half of a duo with his cousin, Dave Laibman, helping Dave perform his amazing, ground-breaking arrangements of classical ragtime.  Their album, Contemporary Ragtime Guitar, on Folkways Records, is considered a classic and remains a benchmark for today’s fingerstyle players.

In the early Seventies Eric began touring the United States, Europe and Japan playing his innovative arrangements of the classical rags, traditional folk and Celtic music, the blues, country, and The Beatles, and making a lasting contribution to the fingerstyle repertoire. Eric also released two solo albums, Acoustic Guitar and Steel Strings, on Rounder Records.

He continues to perform and record, most recently with Richard Scholtz on Late Night Conversations, and has written a book, Fingerpicking Beatles. He runs a concert series out of his Tiburon guitar shop, where, as an acknowledged expert in vintage instruments, Eric appraises old Martins, Gibsons, Stellas, and the like. Eric Schoenberg Guitars was recently called one of the ten best in the U.S. to visit to learn about vintage guitars. He is considered a world renowned luthier.
The Music

Eric Schoenberg-Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

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  1. 1 Schoenberg-The Green Fields of Canada/Sleepy Maggie 03:01
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  2. 2 Schoenberg-Blue Railroad Train/Big River Blues 01:56
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  3. 3 Schoenberg-Fig Leaf Rag 05:34
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  4. 4 Schoenberg-The Boxer 02:09
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  5. 5 Schoenberg-Mother Nature's Son 02:33
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  6. 6 Schoenberg-The Musical Priest 02:22
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  7. 7 Schoenberg-Way Down Yonder in New Orleans 01:42
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  8. 8 Schoenberg-Miss the Mississippi and You 03:12
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  9. 9 Schoenberg-The Pearls 03:25
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  10. 10 Schoenberg-Lady Madonna 01:32
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  11. 11 Schoenberg-Planxty Irwin/The Wise Maid 03:00
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  12. 12 Schoenberg-While My Guitar Gently Weeps 03:56
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The New Ragtime Guitar

Originally released January 1, 1971, this rare recording is yet another classic
ragtime fingerstyle collaboration with David Laibman.

The New Ragtime Guitar - Download

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  1. 1 Schoenberg- Maple Leaf Rag 02:58
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  2. 2 Schoenberg-Castle House Rag 02:46
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  3. 3 Schoenberg-Stoptime Rag 03:07
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  4. 4 Schoenberg-Red Carpet Rag 04:15
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  5. 5 Schoenberg-Ragtime Oriole 02:45
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  6. 6 Schoenberg-Wedding of the Painted Dolls 02:53
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  7. 7 Schoenberg-Kitten of the Keys 03:46
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  8. 8 Schoenberg-At a Georgia Camp Meeting 01:47
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  9. 9 Schoenberg-Temptation Rag 03:15
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  10. 10 Schoenberg-Eccentricity 02:37
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  11. 11 Schoenberg-Dill Pickle Rag 02:46
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Manhattan 1987

Exclusive to Floating Records, this rare Eric Schoenberg solo session recorded by Jay Newland at Howard Schwartz Studio in Manhattan, 1987.

Eric's comments on the six tracks:

1. Beautiful Mountain, comp. Eric Schoenberg: a three-part waltz I compsed years ago. This is the only recording.

2. Ma Na Vu, Trad, Israeli: a dance tune in which I’ve combined parts from two different instruments.
Dropped D tuning.

3. Graceful Ghost, comp. William Bolcomb, arr: Dave Laibman/Eric Schoenberg. My favorite of all the
rags arranged by David   Laibman. I heard him play it many times, loving it always, and finally was able
to rearrange it enough to make it playable, almost.

4. Heart Like A Wheel, comp. Anna McGarrigle: An extaordinarily beautiful tune learned from the
playing of Kate McGarrigle on a tape off the radio I made in way back from a performance Kate
did late one night on a WBAI Bob Fass show.

5. La Complainte de la Butte, comp. By Georges Van Parys, Jean Renoir. Taken from the playing
and singing of Kate McGarrigle, from the same tape. I’ve listened to that tape about a billion times
over the last thirty years, and am still spellbound by it every time.

6. Downtown Blues, comp. Eric Schoenberg: An off-the-cuff improvisation in the key of ‘A’.

 

Manhattan 1987

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  1. 1 Schoenberg - Beautiful Mountain 03:51
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  2. 2 Schoenberg-Ma Na Vu 02:50
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  3. 3 Schoenberg-Graceful Ghost 05:08
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  4. 4 Schoenberg-Heart like A Wheel 02:27
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  5. 5 Schoenberg-La Complainte de la Butte 02:51
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  6. 6 Schoenberg-Downtown Blues 02:11
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Media



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  1. 1 Schoenberg-Heart like A Wheel 02:27
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  2. 2 Schoenberg - Beautiful Mountain 03:51
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  3. 3 Schoenberg-Ma Na Vu 02:50
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  4. 4 Schoenberg-Graceful Ghost 05:08
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  5. 5 Schoenberg-La Complainte de la Butte 02:51
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  6. 6 Schoenberg-Downtown Blues 02:11
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