"And I thought Joe Pass had chops. I still remember hearing Pass's Virtuoso album for the first time, wondering how one guy with two hands could play so many parts at once. Now, along comes King, transforming his lone guitar into an even fuller ensemble capable of playing more complicated arrangements…He has no apparent peers..." - Dirk Sutro, former jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times; author of Jazz for Dummies; and host of "The Lounge" on KPBS-FM San Diego.
"It is amazing, the things he plays on the guitar! Steven has demonstrated a mastery of the individual approach to guitar playing. The guitar/bass voicings he uses are unique and entertaining. Steven King is a very musical guitar player and a joy to listen to." - Al Hendrickson, master Hollywood session guitarist, the most recorded guitarist in the world from 1947-1980. Al played the famous guitar introduction on the MASH television series.
"It’s hard to top Steven King... He knocked us silly with solo acoustic renditions of the Benny Goodman staple 'Sing, Sing, Sing' and Dave Brubeck's odd-meter workout 'Blue Rondo A La Turk'." - Guitar Player Magazine
"Steven King is the only other solo guitarist that knows more songs than I who can perform them fully arranged on the fly with precise execution. If we ever got on stage together we would NOT be stumped!"
- Edgar Cruz, nationally acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, competed in the 1994 USA Fingerstyle Championship
"Steven King has taken the acoustic guitar to places many guitar players never even thought of. From Jazz to Pop songs new and old, Steven lays out personal renditions with an elegance and flair that is totally 'Steven King' . And the latter part is the best compliment I could give any player. I'm also glad to be called his friend."
-Doyle Dykes, world-acclaimed guitar virtuoso
Reminiscing (CD) finds Steven King in fine form, working his sleight-of-hand... 19-song collection... he has selected songs with timeless tunefulness, employing his dizzying arsenal of techniques to... bring out the nuances of familiar tunes that in previous versions might have been buried in a wash of heavy instrumentation... If music is magic, King is one of the world's great magicians, able to move musical mountains without a single thumbpick. And this album proves that he's not proud - if it's a good melody he'll play it, regardless of genre, era, or artist. Be forewarned: no fine melody is safe from this man; he'll take a good thing and make it better. Reminiscing is a smorgasbord of songs and styles united by King's protean talent and devotion to melody. It's an extraordinary album..."-Anthony Adams, independent motion picture producer
Big Book of Riffs (in PDF, TEF, or hard copy)
Tab Song Arrangements by Steven King
Tab +DVD Books
Lifestyle and Links
Sound and Video samples
SK's Fingerstyle Guitar College Online
Performance calendar, gigs, concerts...
Private guitar study with Steven King
Book Steven solo or leading his band
for your private event or concert, if your location is anywhere in the Inland or Pacific Northwest (all of Washington State, also North or West Idaho and northern Oregon)
Request a promotional "One Sheet" _________
King YouTube Videos - go to YouTube.com &
enter "Steven King guitar" in the search field.
Meandering (CD) Steven King has a knack for making his intricate solo guitar arrangements of jazz, pop, and bossa nova pieces sound right at home on the fretboard, as though tunes like Charlie Parker's "Anthropology" were written for the guitar. This piece and others on Meandering get the deft, simultaneous bass-harmony-melody treatment for which King is known. He makes it all sound so effortless that it's easy to get lost in the music. Highlights include his treatment of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" and a beautiful version of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed." —Ron Forbes-Roberts, Acoustic Guitar Magazine (web review)
"I've never heard anyone play bass lines, chords and melodies simultaneously, with such precision, as Steven King. Being the guitarist for the Manhattan Transfer, I'm particularly fond of his MT and other similar jazz repertoire. He's got it all covered..."
-Wayne Johnson, guitarist for the Manhattan Transfer
"...I wrote 33 articles for ‘Guitar Player.’ I have more than 8,800 jazz guitar recordings and nearly 2000 jazz guitar videos...I feel qualified in saying Steven King is the greatest solo guitarist I’ve ever seen or heard!!"... -Robert Yelin, music professor and Guitar Player Magazine columnist
How good does Glenn Miller music sound on solo fingerstyle guitar?
How good does Henry Mancini music sound arranged and performed on solo guitar ?
Steven King - guitarist and band leader
International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion (Winfield '94)
How good do Beatle songs sound arranged and played by on solo acoustic guitar? How about with the orchestral riffs and counterpoint included in the guitar arrangements?
Steven King's "Beatle-ng!" series of 7 CDs
Read published press reviews on King's "Beatle-ing" CDs
Listen to sound samples from the CDs
Classical Swing (CD) - This may indeed be a first, a unique concept in guitar music CDs - a solo guitar exploration of some of the greatest music ever written from two points of view, CLASSICAL and JAZZ. Steven performs many true-to-the-original arrangements of classical standards on nylon string classical, each followed by his jazz treatment of the same titles performed on his Chasson steel string acoustic with "bass expansion ". Titles include Faure's 'Sicilienne', Rachmaninoff's 'Vocalise", Bach's 'Sheep May Safely Graze' 'Air on a G String' 'Brandenburg #3' and 'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring', Pictures at an Exhibition, Delibes' 'Flower Duet' from 'Lakme', Bizet's 'Intermezzo' from 'Carmen', Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy', and Tchaikovsky's 'Romeo and Juliet'. HOW TO ORDER
words from fellow guitarists
artist Yoshi Imamura's latest painting of Steven King
Looks like the photo on the right (except for the wings, still working on earning those) ===>
(13 other paintings by Yoshi were used as cover art for Steven's guitar CDs, including all 7 "Beatle-ing" series CDs -view them here)
gives you computer-playable lesson exercises and King's personal song arrangements YOUR COMPUTER CAN PLAY THE LESSONS AND SONG ARRANGEMENTS (as well as print them) as you view the music, tab, treble clef, and the lit-up guitar fingerboard hits - using the"Tefview" player, a free software download at www.tabledit.com (or you may choose PDF files if you prefer). King's lessons foster strong RH and LH techniques, improvisation riffs, and how to perform songs for solo guitar with bass lines and counterpoint. With the knowledge Steven delivers you can be playing solo gigs with skills that will literally turn heads to see where the other guitarists are hiding! Enrollment includes the entire digital version of the Big Book of Riffs. details
"...If you want to literally hear John and Paul's voices in the guitar strings and again, exquisitely well-played guitar music, put on any one of the Steven King CDs. You will not be disappointed by any of these CD's" .-published article "Four Fabulous guitarists play the FAB FOUR!" By James R. Webb
a King CD song made #7 on the charts
Listeners on American Idol Underground rated Variations on Faure's Sicilienne from Steven's CD "Classical Swing" at #7 of the top 50 on their jazz chart for the week Dec. 4, 2007