Tribute to Irving Sloane

Irving Sloane was born on this day, april 27th in 1925.

He was a self-taught luthier whose practical books on guitar construction and repair “paved the way” for many luthiers of my generation.

As a self-taught luthier like him, it is mainly his book “classic guitar construction” that I bought around 1978 which has become  my bible for so many years and without which my journey would have been  very different.

Another book from him,”Guitar Repair”, giving us the way to learn from the many fine craftsmen of the C.F. Martin Organization, was also of great importance in my learning.

I have always had the cover of his books strong in my mind and inevitably, when I reach the step having the neck & guitar ring tied together, the iconic cover of his “classic guitar construction” lights up strong again.

I had the opportunity to speak with him during the 90s about his famous  “Sloane” tuning machines among others. He was kind to sent me some early photos of his current model on the way.
It is only few years later that I was aware of his death from the lutherie community.
I still use his Ibex rule and small planes.

Here below there’s a link to an article about him from the New York Times published on July 3, 1998, few days after his death on June 21.


«Noël à la guitare» from guitarist Michel Beauchamp

You can listen to 18 Christmas songs that Michel Beauchamp has arranged for the guitar.
The music sheet is available directly from him, just reach his facebook page.

1- Adeste fideles
2- D’où viens-tu bergère?
3- Bel astre que j’adore
4- Les anges dans nos campagnes
5- Sainte nuit
6- Mon beau sapin
7- Greensleeves
8- In the bleak mid-winter
9- Petit papa Noël
10- Une fleur m’a dit
11- I’ll be home for Christmas
12- Have yourself a merry Christmas
13- The Christmas song
14- White Christmas
15- Blue Christmas
16- Happy Xmas (War is over)
17- Koppången
18- Feliz Navidad

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