Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12 by Robbie Basho on Gnome Life Records (the album cover features a colour photograpg of Robbie Basho playing an acoustic guitar outdoors with ruffled sleeves; the album sleeve is white withe the artist name and album title printed to the right of the photograph in white text outlined in black).

Robbie Basho - Art Of The Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12


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Originally released in 1979, Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12 was Robbie Basho's fifteenth record, and his magnum opus of solo guitar. It is the culmination of his life's effort to usher guitar music into a new artistic paradigm, and to "establish the steel string as a concert instrument indigenous to America." 

This album represents Basho’s most technically fine guitar work. In both composition and performance, the album is enormously complex and yet conveys an effortlessness unique to Basho. As he famously espoused, “My philosophy is quite simple: soul first, technique later.” The richness of Basho's soul emanates from this record as distinctly as each note ringing from his steel strings. 

Only one song on the record ('Pasha II') features Basho’s enigmatic voice, but it may be his most extraordinary vocal performance - his voice calling out through a shimmer of strings, singing ancient syllables with timeless emotion. The remaining ten instrumental songs roam through Eastern and Western modalities, dark and light meditations, wild and restrained expression. 

With Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12, Basho summons rich allusions, hallucinations and delicately numinous passages. As he said, "It's not about going far out, it's about going far in. It's about a deeper feeling." These are deep waters indeed, as substantial and enriching today as they were four decades ago. 


  1. The Grail and The Lotus 
  2. Cathedrals Et Fleur de Lis 
  3. Pasha II 
  4. A Study for Steel String 
  5. Ackerman Special 
  6. Apres Midi American 
  7. Variations on Grieg
  8. 8. Scottish Rites 
  9. Pavan India 
  10. Variations on Ezumi 
  11. Variations on Clair de Lune 


  • US import 
  • Limited edition reissue 
  • Remastered from the original tapes 
  • Artwork is presented in very much the same fashion as the original release with a few minimal changes made to include new information 
  • Pressed on 140g vinyl and cut by John Golden 
  • Housed in heavy reverse-board jacket 
  • Contains multi-format download coupon (FLAC, MP3) 





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