Gang, I just got some amazing news….just in time for the launch of the Volume II “How to Play Stevie Wonder Fingerstyle Guitar DVD”…
What I am about to tell you is making me grin ear to ear right now! I can’t believe it.
A friend and DVD student of mine – guitarist Shaun Hopper was at the L.A. NAMM show and performed solo guitar on the “All Star Guitar Night”.
He had purchased the Vol I of my “Stevie Wonder” DVD series and plays all the material from the DVD. (Shaun is a killer player by the way!)
He performed some of the Stevie Wonder guitar arrangements at NAMM and guess what?
Stevie Wonder himself was there at NAMM, and got word of the solo guitar arrangements!
Stevie and Shaun met – and Stevie loved the arrangements of his music for fingerstyle guitar. Shaun kindly told Stevie about me & the DVD instruction.
It just don’t get any cooler than that! Here’s the email & pic….
Hey buddy! Wanted you to know I played the All Star Guitar night in LA. at the NAMM show and stole the show with a standing O!! Thanks to you!!!
I gave you complete credit on the mic in front of 1300 people for teaching the style of Stevie Wonder on the guitar and because of that Stevie had his people come find me today and he wanted to hear more.
I got to play for him and HE LOVED IT!! I told him I learned from you! Channeling your style made me a one of a kind player at NAMM!! You’re amazing, Adam.
Update – Vol I & II of the Stevie Wonder fingerstyle guirar DVDS are now available as a bundle – Click Here
OMG, Adam… That is like the coolest thing… Ever!! Congrats, buddy!!
C’est normal, juste retour des choses Adam. Tu donnes tellement avec coeur ce que tu fais … que les retours se manifestent et te reconnaissent : Congratulation guy , that’s it ! :-)))
Thanks for commenting Alain!
That’s tremendous Adam! Congratulations. You are a testament to what happens when we get down and focus on creating music and taking it out there. Keep on keepin’ on (know you will!)
Kayla Finlay says
Adam! This is amazing, though not surprising. You are so gifted and talented, and you inspire me with the way in which you keep putting yourself “out there.”
Not sure what your fall schedule is but I hope I can get you back here for another house concert. I miss hearing you LIVE!
Keep up the great work. I know how much time, effort and passion you put into sharing your music with us. You are a joy to watch and listen to!
Thanks Kayla – I’ll contact you for sure!
Awesome Adam!! I was wondering do arrangers also get paid royalties like the way the composers do when another artist use their arrangements of popular songs like yours?
No I get no royalties. I get to legally create arrangements and sell the stuff I create, but then I pay the publishers a royalty based on the percentage of what I sell. A license agreement is required beforehand.
Hope that explains it.
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really? so that means that anybody can just use your arrangements for their own purposes? You have no protection at all from people using your arrangements of popular songs like for example for your MJ guitar covers ? what if somebody just use them and make their own CD based on your arrangements of them? there’s no way for you to go after them at all? that seems unfair as you also put a lot of time and effort in working out those arrangements.
Michael Fix says
Berto> that’s why we appreciate it so much when a player acknowledges the arranger! Kudos to, Shaun…and Adam, of course!
paul bowman says
Sweet post, supporting your students, sharing the love.
Keno Sanchez says
Well it’s about time!! You sure are special Adam because you make us play special like you! Thanks ans congrats!
Phil Flattley says
I’ll be seeing Shaun at a house concert next week in Tampa Adam. He and I are both big fans of your DVD. I would highly recommend you arrangements to any aspiring musicians . I’ll make sure I mention you to Shaun .
jon dcosta says
And here’s the link
I’m not surprised at all and I’m sure most of your students will be able to reach target like this….
….and their satisfaction will be your success!
Nice shot, buddy. My congrats you deserve more than this!
A bear hug.
Tom, thanks for your comment and sorry for the late response! – AR
Charlie Negron says
When will you come to southwest Florida? Seen Tommy Emanuel twice in Fort Myers. My 2 favorite guitar players in the world are Adam and Tommy. Come to Florida please?
Steve Young says
Congrats Adam , you are an inspiration and deserve all recognition for your talents and teaching skills. I always let people know about you and your website hoping that they too will benefit from your video lessons. Best wishes.
Michael Miles says
No surprise that Stevie digs your arrangements. How could he not!? And what a beautiful statement of both admiration and respect to create these compelling arrangements, and then to share them in the manner you do for the rest of the world to play. That is true north, and beautiful. Michael
Adam Rafferty says
Thanks Michael! 🙂