Jim McCutcheon, Guitarman
About the project
"The Guitar Man" (GS1005) brings many acoustic instruments of the guitar family to the attention of children, mixing great familiar songs with some wonderful new ones.
Guitarist Jim McCutcheon, M.M.Ed., has been making music with kids for over 20 years. Although he can often be found as a mild-mannered college professor teaching and performing classical guitar, at times he might be spotted playing scales faster than a speeding bullet, strumming chords that are more powerful than a locomotive, leaping over tall arpeggios in a single bound, and in general having much too good a time teaching children about the joys of the guitar and other fretted instruments.
Jim is currently the Guitar Advisor to the National Federation of Music Clubs. He specializes in teaching the guitar to folks from age 7 to 70, and teaches general music to kids starting as young as 2. He has published a variety of articles in music journals, as well as several guitar instruction books for children with Lorenz Publishing. He teaches at Dayton-area universities as well as at the Montessori Center of South Dayton and his private studio. He also hosts a weekly guitar program on Dayton Public Radio.
To contact Jim about concerts and residencies (which can include school
assemblies, in-class workshops and arts experiences for teachers), you can:
Oh Susannah, like many of the songs is taken from the American folk tradition. It is really the intorduction to what the album is all about, introducing most of the instruments and having fun. The arrangement is by Jim McCutcheon and Bill Sellars.
Puff the Magic Dragon is a favorite children's song about growing up.
The Pink Panther is a song recognized by all generaions of folks alive today. This arrangement for solo guitar is a lot of fun to play.
Kindergarden Wall is written by John McCutcheon (we're not related, except in our musical spirit!) It is a fine setting of the well-known book nad poster, "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarden."
Dance of the Washerwoman is a piece from about 400 years ago. The way my son Jeff and I play it, we imagine a cleaning lady with great energy - she can't wait to get done!
Home on the Range was the first song I learned on the guitar (at age 11) and kids like it as much today as I did way back when. It is easy to imagine the cowboys in the setting painted by the words, and the image of "where never is heard a discouraging word" would be a good one for people to think of.
Point of View was written by my friend Frank Swift. A simple, clear idea and a great application for peaceful ways of thinking.
Writer William Parry creates musical programs for kindergarden-age children. We have begun collaborating on ways to share his fine work with the rest of the world. Every Day's a New Day reflects his positive thinking.
The Little Kid Blues was written to allow me to demonstrate the slide on the steel-string guitar. It was also fun!
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 50:00
Guitarman Sound Samples:
Listen to the Jim McCutcheon on excerpts from these selections:
Oh Susannah (Stephen Foster/Jim McCutcheon; Guitar & Song) 25 sec. (194 K .au)
My Dog Doesn't Do Any Tricks (Dave Gordon
Good Samaritan Hospital) 53 sec. (414 K .au)
Also appearing on this recording are John Dean (bass guitar), John Filbrun (electric guitar), Jeff McCutcheon (classical guitar), Bill Sellers (piano, percussion, bass and voice).
CD Booklet layout by Warren Kearney. Caricatures by Jason Hay. Photo by Tony Botkin at MotoPhoto. Special thanks to: Debbie, James and Jeff McCutcheon, Jim and Barbara Scott at the Montessori Center of South Dayton, William Parry, Frank Swift, Kathy Yohn, Kay Gordon, the Artist Projects staff at the Ohio Arts Council, Jerry Masters, Jason Hay and all the kids who've taught me so much about music while I was busy teaching them! Produced by Jim McCutcheon G&S 1005
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