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|Comments:||Hi Tim, just wanted to let you know that as avid six string enthusiasts, my husband and I really enjoyed your website, and are keen to hear you perform.
|Comments:||I met you Tim in Seattle at the Blues Workshop there organised by Woody Mann and Bob Brozman. I recall you making me drink tequila too, which was a first for me.
I still listen to your CDs here in London, with huge interest.
It would be good to see you playing in London some time.
|Comments:||Moving out east (malaysia, to teach music in university), if by chance you're out that way, please drop a line, and we good set up a workshop for you, Not much solo guitar in Kuala Lumpur. You'd shake the earth,|
please let me know when you are coming back to the nyc tristate area again....thanks
|Comments:||Just discovered you and look forward to learning more. Sorry to miss your NYC shows this week. Hope to see you in person here next time.|
|Comments:||Greatly admire your artistry and musicianship.
You are putting something very positive into the ether.
|Comments:||I enjoyed your profile in "Acoustic Guitar Magazine." I it led me to your site and to your music.
You might enjoy: my girlfriend began taking guitar lessons soon after me. Because my dreadnought was just too big for her, she has commandeered my new, smaller guitar- a 2010 Hoffman concert 12. Sound familiar?
|Comments:|| Tim Sparks for President 2012
"A Higher Octave For The Lowdown"
|Comments:||Thank's again for this gorgeous evening March 25th, 2011. It was a great pleasure. Hope to see you again on the "music barn" in Germany. We already had a great feedback.
Andrea (Felchner team)
|Comments:||Beautiful guitar playing! Best wishes for much continued success!
Blessings to you and yours!
|Comments:||Thanks for the page on the great "Cancion Mixteca." Just wanted to point out that the song was written by José López Alavés in 1912, not 1934. There is a bio of the composer (in Spanish) at http://www.joselopezalaves.com/Biografia.html, apparently written by one of his descendants.
|Comments:||Very much enjoyed your album Sidewalk Blues best regards from the land of OZ.
Cheers Colin Volunteer Co-presenter KK's Blues - 2SER-107.3FM Sydney
|Comments:||Left my glasses in the workshop in Healdsburg....pleasure to meet you.... came to websight to buy and learn...am a country boy too
|Comments:||Hello Mr. Tim Sparks. Hope all is well with you. Get yourself a facebook page so I be your fan and see if you still like Jameson's, Rolling Rocks, or a combination thereof. I'm around and still dig SCIFI and things.|
|Comments:||Just writing to say that I stopped by and loved the site.
|Comments:||So is Tim back? I sent him email after the workshop in Böblingen, but since then I hadn't found a trace of him being anywhere on the face of the earth... no update on the homepage, his myspace site gone, no new gigs, no email reply :-( ... have he and Cheryl made it safely back from Morocco? Certainly hope so!
|Comments:||Yes, William, chord symbols are a good guide. I don't know why they are not more common. They are used in Tim's transcription of "Abu's Courtyard" and "Mahshav".|
|Comments:||Question: Why doesn't most fingerstyle sheet music contain chord symbols? I'm an aspiring fingerstyle player and I find that the chord notation helps me position my hand properly. Thanks.|
|Comments:||Won't you come to California?????|
|Comments:||Hi Tim, I'm George and im a teenage aspiring guitar player, although i prefer it as a hobby rather than a profession. I found your samples on Soundclick while randomly browsing the internet for blues and country guitar, and i was blown away! by far the best fingerpicker i have heard, it is truly beautiful - keep up the good work!|
|Comments:||Hi Tim! I am from Poland. I like John Zorn's music. You was played "Ravayah" on "Masada Guitars". It's immense! :) Have you got note of this? If you have, can you send this on my e-mail?
P.S: Sorry for my english, but I am not good in this :)
|Comments:||Hi Tim I´m from Brasil, and a fingerpicker, and admire your work, and have a technical question about fingerpicking.I use nails to play , and sometimes acrilic nails ,that a manicure provides,and would like to know if you play with nails, and if so how do you take care of them ?
|Comments:||Just listening again to one of my favorite CDs, Greg Brown's "Dream Cafe," and I was floored for the hundredth time by your spectacular solo on "I Don't Know That Guy." Utterly beautiful from first note to last!|
It was absolutely delightfull to see and hear you at the Bellevilloise, sunday evening, Except the unperfect soundcheck and the naive and littel respect fullaudience at the bar, it was for me like a dream. Thank you so much.
Serge from Brussels
PS : Do you intend of give other concerts or master classes in Paris or in Europe?
|Comments:||Tim, I love your playing. You have the ability to emote through the strings. That goes way beyond chops. Any plans to release your videos on DVD.|
|Comments:||great guitarist here. listen up folks!|
I sent an email, too, but am trying to get in touch to get you a copy of your 10KLF recording.
|Comments:||Hi Tim, Thanks for playing at Virginia's funeral today! It was good to see you again. Vince|
How 'ya doin'?!
I have to admit that was some mighty fine Spanish Wine we had up in Winnie! Here's to a great late night dorm jam! Thanks again for all the lessons- I've been working on Blind Mary.
|Comments:||I only play the air guitar, but I liked this site anyways.|
|Comments:||nice site. ive always liked this sort of thing over that hiphop rubbish the radio never stops playing.|
|Comments:||I have been enjoying your Jewish music inspired (particularly) CDs for about 5 years now....Such lovely, soothing sounds - they're perfect for creating art to, or just having a cozy listen to on a cold, cloudy day, as your music warms the soul!...Actually, I believe I've even enjoyed them while driving through Southern California's wine country on a sunny summer's day, too. :) I love them all and look forward to more. I hope you'll come to Los Angeles some time soon.
|Name:||Rolf Ö (Sweden)|
|Comments:||I have detected Your music for the first time (http://www.minor7th.com/)
The music touched me.....the topics of the day
to my friends.
|Comments:||Any chance to see you in Vienna/Austria within the next year???
|Comments:||when you gonna be in Minneapolis? you slothy tippler.|
|Comments:||Him Tim, hopefully I'll see you in Karlsruhe on November 26 at Peter FInger's "Guitar Night" thang.
I need a brush up on "Es So Quero Em Xodo" (how to pronounce it !) We met at IGS in Seattle in 2003 and survived a deadly fart attack in the practice room. Since then I've survived a heart attack and what to get back into playing guitar again
Tim, I must have spent an hour searching on my computer tonight trying to find the Tim S whom I had just barely heard before the program was over on radio station KQED here in San Jose, CA, this past Sunday, April 30. I believe it was a NPR broadcast. I immediately called the station to find out who was that awesome guitarist I just heard. They called me back the next day, and gave me your name and the CD named "At the Rebbe's Table". Well, I lost the paper, and could only remember Tim S, and the CD At The....... My search was not in vain, however, as I finally found your website! With all your travels, it appears that you have not played in California. Well, I hope to change that if I'm right. I will bring your name to the attention of the leaders of the Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos, CA. with the hope of inviting you to give a concert. Wow! Wouldn't that be kool! Hope to see and hear you play live one day soon.
Shalom B'shem Adonai,
|Comments:||I was curious so I googled my dad, Billy Hallquist, and this site came up. I am his oldest son and his biggest fan. I was just wondering how the two of you know eachother. Get back to me.|
|Comments:||The duet with Pat Donohue on Prairie Home Companion last week was great. I'd love to hear a record of the both of you together!|
|Comments:||Did you play a rendition of Freight Train during Home Prairie Hour today?
If so, what is the name of your CD that contains that song?
Your music is so pretty that I can't find the words to express how happy it makes me feel.
|Name:||paul and sandy|
|Comments:||Hi Tim, we are so happy to hear you will be on prairie home!!!! We'll be listening both times it's on! See you next summer!|
|Comments:||Hey Tim, happy new year! I am a recent fan of yours and heard about your workshops. I was wondering if you had any plans of conducting classes in the New York area for 2006.
|Comments:||Hey Tim! This is Alan here from the college in Dundalk. Just want to say thanks for the tutorial you gave us and that the gig you played in the spirit store was excellent. Especially since there was a small turn out and you still went ahead and played as if there was a full room. Well you left me with plenty of material to work with for building my guitar skills so once agian thanks for everything.
So till next time, Enjoy and take care of yourself!
|Comments:||Very much enjoyed your concert at Jersey Arts Centre yesterday. I particularly appreciated the pieces with South American flavours. I am wondering if you like the music of Piazolla.|
|Comments:||Tim--Looking forward to hearing you in Oklahoma City next week when you open for Dolly! You'll love the venue at the Ford Center. While you are in town, if time allows, you should make arrangments to see the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. It is very inspirational! It isn't very far at all from the Ford Center!
Blessings to you!
You were great in Evansville, Indiana!! I loved your playing and really enjoyed your set more than your closing act !!
I love to see you in your own concert!! Any where within 200 mi. of my Kentucky home and I am there...
I wanted to buy a cd and say hello but I was on the floor and you were going to be up at the top!!
Thank you the great music!!
|Comments:||Wow!! quite the 'tour'. I am happy for you to see how well all is going for you and your music.
Hope all is well in DL, and Say "hi" to cheryl for me.
Take care and I'm watching for the next time you're in Minneaplis touring....
Matt.(former WE Fest/artist hosp.)
|Comments:||Wow!! quite the 'tour'. I am happy for you to see how well all is going for you and your music.
Hope all is well in DL, and Say "hi" to cheryl for me.
Take care and I'm watching for the next time you're in Minneaplis touring....
Matt.(former WE Fest/artist hosp.)
Good to hear your terrific music and see that you are doing so well. Let me know if you ever get out to LA. It would be good to see you again. Take care.
|Comments:||I've seen (and heard...of course) you in Florence.
come back again !!
Just wanted to tell you I think your great and I'm sorry I could not take you out on the town for your birthday. Are you really 50? You inspire me to be all I can be!
|Comments:||Hi Tim - long time....how are you? I'm still listening to your great guitar - love it! Let me know when you're in my neck of the woods again (New Jersey) - would sure like to see ya.
You were an awesome player 30 years ago when we played in Macavity. Glad to see you're still in the business, thriving and surviving.
Sorry I missed you in MN last month, we just survived Hurricane Francis, and were gnawing our nails at another one coming our direction. Oh well, just wanted to say keep up the good work, let me know if you and the Misses want a vacation to Florida, Im sure we could find a few wonderful venues to house one of the greats such as yourself.
|Comments:||Tim, you are the best teacher I have ever had..Thanks for a great time at IGS this summer. Steve|
|Comments:||wow! the Neshamah book looks great! thanks a lot!! it was a lonnnnnnnnggggggg wait!
|Comments:||Tim Sparks - WOW!!
He's got his own signature sound, bending stings every which way, holding it all together, harmonically rich and supremely musical all the while. And a super nice guy to boot.
But don't boot him, that wouldn't be nice.
|Comments:||hey tim sparks #2, ya, tim #1 is good!! he's a highly respected guitarist internationally and has been around a long time. US fingerstyle champion too and just check out the site and see the awards, CDs and publications. buy a cd and see!
good luck to you
|Name:||awww, come on Sparksy|
|Comments:||damn right its good - he wrote the Blue Oyster Bar theme (unplugged version)|
|Comments:||You have my name... your music better be good!
|Name:||Paddy Mc Millen|
|Comments:||I have just heard last week "Cancion Mixteca" played on a bottleneck guitar in the Midlands of Ireland. I love this type of music and when listening to it I get a feeling inside me which is beautiful. I would like to get some CDs of Mexician love songs and songs of their homeland. We Irish are always singing about our homeland, but I would love to learn some songs like "Cancion Mixteca"it is sad but beautifully harmonic. I hope some one will come to my rescue Paddy|
|Comments:||learning this stuff by ear is way more rewarding than reading it. your ear gives you what you can handle and play effectively. that tascam slow it down machine helps alot.ear can also help you go off on a tangent and make up your own thing, which tim sparks here obviously did.i like his arrangements way better than his influences. so maybe its genius coming from the word genuine. (itd be cool if it meant "genie")|
|Comments:||Outstanding show.. very nice|
|Comments:||Great website! I have really enjoyed the free transcriptions and sound files!
Keep it up!
|Comments:||great new site design!|
|Comments:||Wonderful show at the Ceder Cultural Center. The thoughtful arrangement of the set list, and the travelog made for an experience not unlike being taken on a tour of the world. I don't think I'd ever heard Japanese Blues Music before last night. Now I have.|
|Comments:||I won tickets to Sunday's show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. I'm really looking forward to seeing you perform. Thanks to KFAI and Dakota Dave Hull.|
|Comments:||The comment from your Mom at the bottom brought a tear to my eye. If she's your number one fan, I am number 2. See you in Charlotte, NC soon (11/01) and maybe in Minnesota at the end of the month. Take care and if you ever need a place to stay while you're in town, feel free to contact me as we would love to have you as our guest.|
|Comments:||Great site and a great musician. Thanks!|
|Comments:||any word on the Neshamah book??? as if... :)
Thank you for your concert in my little village, Ersekvadkert. Your compositions was very good for me and my friends.
I hope we will meet again!
|Comments:||Howdy y'all, I came across this site today as part of my endless travels on the internet and thought I'd "sign the guestbook." Tim, though I had never heard your music until you performed at LMC in April, I was blown away! Every song you played was dynamic and unlike most things I've heard before, even that "simple" song you learned when you were eleven or so. "Cornbread and Baklava" was my favorite by far... didn't think it was possible to mix those two styles of music!!? Hope to see/hear you back soon.
Your humbled listener,
|Comments:||Just checking in from madison county georgia, thought your page was swell , Alicia xXx|
|Name:||Klaus-Achim von Droisdorf|
|Comments:||WWWoW - good stuff.|
Hi everybody on this site !
On March 15th, in Belgium, we have invited Tim for a concert. Of course, Tim is a great musician, a great guitar player but, with my friends and family, we have discovered a great man.
Thank you Tim ! Thank you for your musical poems.
François, Agnès, Pierre, Baptiste, Thibaut
Bertrand, Françoise, Martin, Gilles, Rémi
|Comments:||Fantastic site. Thanks|
|Comments:||PLEASE GUYMEN, KEEP OFF, I DON REACH HERE|
|Comments:||geeze guys... listen to tim's comping behind eric's cello solo on la serena... good stuff!!
|Name:||Geoff Bennett Speer|
|Comments:||Mr. Sparks, I stand in awe and admiration of everything that you've done, especially with your Balkan musical explorations. I've played guitar for 18 years but never could find a way to make it sing the stari pesmi of my youth in Jugoslavija. I learned accordion, baglama saz, kaval, frula, etc ... anything and everything to bring me closer to this music that I love. Imagine my surprise when I learned that a North Cackalacky neighbor (I'm in VA) with a country blues background bridged that chasm and stayed true to the six-string, all at the same time. Thanks for everything. Hvala! Ziveli!|
|Comments:||i agree Paul!!!! i emailed them too and got the same answer and its horrible. they put it off long enough. i thought if enough of us pushed they'd change their minds.
anyway, two of us complained.
I heard from MelBay that the Neshamah book will not be released until Oct/Nov of 2003! Ouch! The entire music recording/publishing industry needs a swift kick in the pants. Is there any possibility of by-passing this sad excuse for a business and purchasing transcriptions from Neshamah individually like some of the other tunes you sell at this site? Even something scribbled on the back of some toilet paper would be better than nothing. I've the skeleton of a few of them worked out, I suppose I should try harder on some of the ones that I can't get a grip on but it'd certainly be better to learn them correctly the first time round. It's a fantastic album.
Love your music,keep it coming!
Just wanted to thank you for the great music. My fiance bought "At the Rebbe's Table" about 2 weeks ago, and I have listened to it every day since. What a powerful album. I'm amazed by your talent! Thanks for a great show at NYC's Center for Jewish History last night-- we were blown away.
Take Care, Rene
|Comments:||i see the notice that the neshamah book is delayed by mel bay (again!!!) and your note to contact them. i am going to do this and use my voice to encourage them to release the book!!!!!!
|Comments:||great show with your group at the walker!!!!! wow! sold out too it looked like!|
|Comments:||I've been playing At The Rebbe's Table a lot. This is good music.|
Thank you very mach at Japan.
I am weak on Writing&Speaking English.sorry
Timsan Sall we eat ShabShab together at Japan?.
Someday I will Speak&Write English. I Want.
See you again=Saikai
|Comments:||Tim: I am getting caught in a trap trying to buy several copies of "One String Leads to Another" through the links on your web site - neither CD Now nor Elderly Instruments has it listed. I love the disc, want to share it with family as holiday gifts. Any other ideas? Hope your current tour is going well, and hope you'll be back in New Mexico soon. Dwight & Gwenn|
|Comments:||Hey Tim! I was at The LRAC website and saw your link. Your site is "WAY COOL!" Wow! A Japan Tour. Let's touch base when you get back. Rebecca Petersen, Fergus Falls, A Center for the Arts.|
|Comments:||great stuff... thanks for sharing your gift.
|Name:||Tara Sparks Pitts|
|Comments:||Hey Uncle Tim,
Just found your website--guess I am a little slow. I've been playing Tanz & One String in my office--people who stop by always ask who's playing. Dad's got the Rebbe CD, so I will have to get it from him.
Take care and tell Cheryl hello--maybe we'll see you in Sept.
I send you a sample cd few days ago, Even it is not good produced and not applicated, I hope you will recognized a part of your influence.
Tell me if you come in Europe this year.
I'll try to get you concerts...;-)
|Comments:||Mark - There is a link to Elderly Instruments web site on the Publications page for Balkan Dreams book.|
|Name:||mark burnham in concord CA|
|Comments:||WOW! Tim you really are my favourite guitar player. I'm a guitar major still in school (and a student of mike williams, you know him right). Anyhoo, i played blues on Bartok st. for one of my recitals and i've ever since been trying to get my hands on the whole music book for balkhan dreams suite but it's out of print now. do you or anyone else know of a way to get that book. thanks a lot.
Tim, keep creating. we need more players with your compositional calibur.
|Comments:||Hey..today is the first day i have ever even heard of Tim Sparks..and i ordered At the Rebbe's Table right away after hearing a few pieces on the radio today...really amazing...|
|Comments:||Great cd, Tim. You've done it again!|
|Comments:||uh emma... don't hold back... tell us what you really think . :)
sounds great. i'll head over to amazon and hope they have it.
|Comments:||I just got At the Rebbe's Table hot off the presses and folks, get this CD! Personal favorites already are Beautiful City, La Serena, The Keys of Spain, and Todos si Heuron. When the band kicks in on Todos si Heuron I melt every time. And after the long tender intro to that tune... it is perfect. The second guitar by Marc was a great great idea and adds to the music as does the cello by Erik. The humor of Walking the Inlaws Home is great! I bet it was fun to record that one! Greg and Cyro are on this one too and provide a solid groove for Tim. Oh, and the John Zorn tune Mahshav is Tim at his best. Wow! I repeat... folks, get this CD!|
|Comments:||DO some more stuff like One String! :-)|
Just a little message to say thanx for all these comments without your support i wouldn't be where i am today! Thanks again
It's been a real privlage to come along side you in the past as a student, you have sincerly taught me more about the guitar, and the spirit it preserves in the last few years than anyone could have.
I know I speak on the behalf of more than one when I say that you are a true inspiration to young guitar players, and although we will never sound like you, your music is deep in our hearts.
Nick Eberhardt, (loyal student, and fan)
|Comments:||Tim, I think you should record another CD with a violin player and maybe a percussionist added there too like you did on some songs on your first two CDs.
Keep up the good work and all the lovely, lovely music you give to us.
|Comments:||thanks, bruce. i'll be looking forward to it. i love that cd.|
|Comments:||The Neshamah book is at the publishers (Mel Bay) and is slated to be released in June or July 2002 before the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society festival. Apparently Mel Bay publishes a number of titles for release at that time. It will include all songs from the CD.
Tim will be heading to New York this month to record another CD of Jewish music for Tzadik.
|Comments:||I NEEEEED the Neshamah transcriptions! When, when, when?|
|Comments:||when's that neshamah book coming out!?!!!
|Comments:||Great idea to play in Thionville, not so far from Belgium.
It was great to meet you, to see you playing your Lakewood and to dream about jewish, balkan or mediterranean landscapes.
Thank you for your music.
|Comments:||I just want to say a very big thank you for your yesterday concert in thionville in france.
thank you very much
|Comments:||alllll rightttttt!!!! Tim, you are the man! Just got One String Leads to Another. Love it!|
|Comments:||hi tim and all you guys and girls! tim is one of the greatest guitar players to come along in a long time. i really like the nutcracker and balkan dreams suite. in fact, i bet i listen to it 3-4 times a month straight through.
thanks for all the lovely music, tim!
People are still talking about your concert in Charlotte,
NC last March. Any time you're on the road again, you've
got a place here to play. And thanks for the tip on Franco
Marone. We booked him for January.
|Comments:||thanks! i can't wait for the neshamah book to come out. the
web page just says 'coming soon' and that's been for a
couple months now!
The majority of Tim's pieces are in standard tuning with a
few in Dropped D tuning (6th string down to D). It is also
important to remember that in most pieces the guitar is tuned
one step down then capoed at the 2nd fret. See the FAQs page
on this site for more information.
|Name:||Joel in Oakland|
|Comments:||please put me on your email list when you have a tour--or if
you're coming through the SF Bay area, specifically. I
missed you recently; hope to catch you the next time you're
|Comments:||do you ever use altered tunings or is your stuff all in standard? when are we gonna see some transcriptions?|
|Comments:||awesome stuff. great sounds from those stubby hands. tremendous technique.|
|Comments:||Tim, saw u at CAAS a while back and u were great! When u coming back? keep it up man!|
|Comments:||Just had to say thank you for all the wonderful music.|
|Comments:||you da man|
|Comments:||Nice music from a fine musician. I love Neshamah very much.
Thanks for this wonderful music, Tim.
|Comments:||Great site! Keep up the good work!!!|
You played my Olson today at Podium. It has never
sounded so good. Thanks for the time you spent letting
me listen to my beloved guitar. I know it wasn't your cup
of tea but it was a real pleasure for me.
|Comments:||Ho Tim. I want to thank you for your great music. are you
going to have a tour in germany? i would be very happy.
please keep on playin.
|E-mail address:||email@example.com password:waynenichols34|
|Comments:||im aguitarist friend of ray cummins i have my guitar tapes
for sale at 1 937 587 2840 is it hard to get a record deal?
also looking to join band thanks wn
|Comments:||I heard you several years ago in Woodstock, Il. at Muriel's
All-Star Guitar show. You were the standout for me that
night. I bought your Nutcracker CD and I love it. I've
been looking for you at the CAAS Convention since then.
Hope you come again.
|Name:||gert de meijer|
|Comments:||Tim this is mucho allright .
Thanks for this great music.
|Comments:||Hi Tim. I sure like your style. One String Leads to Another
is my favorite and I sure would like if you did another like
that one. How about one like that with a band? Ilive in
Minneapolis and would like to see you play here.
|Comments:||Must be OK if my little brother likes the music. I have
not heard your music but I do like Leo Kottke so if you're
as good as he is you're OK.
|Comments:||I listened to your music last 28 november in Livorno and I
enjoyed it very much.I bought 'One string leads...'and
'Tanz'. Thanks for your deep and soft music. I'd like to
know where are you going to play in Italy during the next
weeks. Would you contact 'Borderline' in Pisa ?
take care and good luck !
|Name:||Andrea & Pauliina|
Thanks a lot for the emotion you gave us yesterday with
your music, Buona fortuna ! Ciao
|Comments:||Very nice site. Keep up the good work.|
|Comments:||Man, Ilove your playing! Keep pickin'Tim; the world's a
better place knowing talent like yours is here to grace it!
|Comments:||Bonjour Tim. I saw you at Winnipeg festival and enjoyed your
show and got your Neshamah CD too.
VERY nice site. I'll call in the next 10 days.
|Comments:||I really like One String Leads to Another, especially Elegy
for Max. That is a great song. When are you going to perform
on the East coast?
|Comments:||Thanks for all the great music, Tim.|
|Comments:||Hey Tim - great stuff. I dig your sound and wonder where you
dig up these old tunes. The Klezmer stuff is great but give
us more like One String...
|Comments:||Tim, Forgive me for all the many,many times
I told you to stop playing. Keep playing.
I'm your biggest fan.I love you.Mom
|Comments:||Hi Tim! I like your page and really like your music. Keep up
the good work.
|Comments:||Welcome to Tim Sparks' guest book. You are welcome to share
your thoughts and comments. Tim will be dropping by on
occasion to read and comment.