Instrumental Guitar Sketches Vol. #1:shades Of Grey

Dennis Massa

A musical masterpiece. Contemporary Acoustic Instrumental Guitar. Music that is relaxed, calm, & unhurried; excellent for relaxation music, massage therapy, exercise, quiet the mind.

Dennis Massa : Guitar Sketches Vol.#1: Shades of Grey ~~~~~~~~~~~ all tracks & vocal written & Performed by Dennis Massa ~~~~~~

A musical masterpiece of Acoustic Solo Instrumental Guitars . Dennis Massa plays Guitar Instrumentals, that are clearly relaxed, calm, and unhurried. His Unique and original guitar compositions, are recorded with minimal overdubbed tracks or none at all, only his guitar. Delivering pure sonic sound and performance. His music, influenced by various styles of music, life experiences, and natural acoustic sounds, are unique to his innovative style. Dennis who lives on a large State Protected Wildlife Habitat & Rare Bird Sanctuary on the Ocean, where he has spent the last 2 & 1/2 years developing & creating his compositions for this album. His guitar technique, and sonic production quality on this album are all superb.

I recommend this album whole heartedly to anyone who enjoys acoustic solo Instrumental guitar music with a peaceful and meditative side to it. . The meditative aspect comes from the rewards one gets from listening very closely and careful to a superb, creative innovative player. Many people have said, his music is great for stress reduction, relaxation music, massage therapy, while Driving in their car, relaxing at home, working at the office, exercising, & adds a calming healing relaxed effect to their lives to quiet the mind.

There is something about the clarity and subtlety of the compositions on this CD, that catches one's heart. A fine composer and a master of improvisational Instrumental acoustical guitar playing, his compositions can contain elements from contemporary Instrumentals, ambient acoustic , jazz, classical, acoustic folk, folk rock, americana, celtic, etc., to 'new age' and back again with alacrity, & creative spontaneity


Dennis Massa, composer, narrator, and principal talent, is a graduate of Nassau Community College, NY (Applied Science in Criminal Justice) and David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN. (BA : in Counseling/ Theology, Languages: Koine Greek, German & Classical Hebrew). He has pursued and been active in Music & Art all his life.

Dennis first started playing guitar at the age of seven. His first guitar, was a $12.00 Sears acoustic special, a Christmas gift, purchased out of the Sears catalog, by his parents, when he was just 7 years old. This guitar and his dog, became his best friends. This guitar would eventually be destroyed, eaten and chewed up by his dog. This did not stop his love for playing guitar, he received another guitar and went on to study classical, jazz, folk and rock. Later on in life, he studied music & theology in Nashville, becoming part of a traveling troupe of musicians, playing to audiences throughout the south and Midwest. His wide range of interests included fund raising for anti- drug youth groups, playing concerts in College, prisons & hospitals. Dennis, also known for his original kids/ childrens compostions and wide variety of songwriting, including American Baseball Songs, Acoustic Contemporary Guitar Sketches, Dennis Massa Quartet, Circus Music, and off-beat children’s music such as : WACKY WACKY WABBITTS, ISH KABIBBLE, AND THE KOOKABORO JAMBOREE, delivers a refreshing new sound to children’s music. He approaches each song or group of songs, as a visual idea. First he invents a character or situation and then designs songs around his characters & creations. In addition to writing songs, playing guitar & violin, he also sells guitars and violins, and creates original Sumi-e watercolor art. Dennis has been a past president of the NY Sumi-e Watercolor Association of America, under the tutelage of Master Sumi-e Artist , Mitsuko Bickham.

Whose works have been exhibited at the National Arts Gallery in NYC. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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