Read Larry Coryell's Review of The Guitar Explained:

"Paul Santa Maria is one great  guitarist and composer; his system of teaching guitar is revolutionary as well as salutary, because Paul doesn't require that you read music; he has his own system that works just fine -- you'll get what you need to become a better guitarist from Paul Santa Maria."
 Sincerely, Larry  Coryell

You need to Google Larry Coryell if you really want to know why he mattered and why he was widely called "The Godfather of Fusion". Along with Steve Marcus (The Count) he was the beginning of adding rock and classical styles to Jazz ... enough cannot be said. Steve Marcus was a dear man and an incredible sax player who is listed in the "Who's Who In Jazz" book. He was the featured soloist for the Buddy Rich big band for 12 years and then was the new leader after Mr. Rich passed away until his own early demise; he was a great friend as well and loved my music and my book and I am damn proud to say he conferred upon me the Jazz musician title of "Cat"! Now THAT's a testimonial! 

Sadly, Mr. Coryell (whom I did some great music with) passed away 2/19/2017.

He will always be remembered for his amazing chops and compositional abilities.

Please visit his site. And, go to iTunes or Amazon, search my name for my stores on those sites and check out the music we did together, specifically "Pascual Lives", "Life Is Koo-Koo", (the chart for Koo-Koo is the last page of The Guitar Explained,) "Inseparable", "Or Love Is Here To Stay", "Concierto de Aranjuez" and more.

MARK EGAN, 7-time Grammy winning bassist


Here's Mark Egan's Review of The Guitar Explained:

"The Guitar Explained " is a groundbreaking approach to understanding the guitar and
bass guitar from a universal musical perspective. It's a very useful guide for expanding the understanding of the bass OR Guitar fretboard."
Mark Egan


His unique fretless bass sound and style is both distinctive and versatile making him one of the most in-demand electric bassists on the music scene today. With three platinum and three gold albums to his credit, Mark has recorded with the likes of the original Pat Metheny Group, Elements, Sting, Gil Evans, Carly Simon, John Mclaughlin, Cyndi Lauper, John Abercrombie, Michael Franks, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Judy Collins, Marc Cohn, Duran Duran and Joan Osborne.

He has performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Pat Martino, David Sanborn, Larry Coryell, Chet Baker,Jim Hall, Marianne Faithful, Ali Ryerson, Joe Beck and Lew Soloff. He also has co-led the group Elements with drummer Danny Gottlieb since 1982. With ten recordings to date, the group continues to tour worldwide featuring artists such as Bill Evans, Clifford Carter, David Mann and Gil Goldstein.

Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, after high school he studied music at the University of Miami under the direction of the great jazz educator, Jerry Coker and moved to New York City in 1976 with singer Phyliss Hyman’s group with Hiram Bullock, Clifford Carter and Billy Bowker.

Mark quickly became established on the New York music scene recording and playing with David Sanborn, The Pointer Sisters, Vickie Sue Robinson, Sonny Fortune, Steve Grossman, Mark Murphy, Eumir Deodato and Stan Getz.  It was during this time that former U. of M. classmate Pat Metheny asked Mark to form the original group along with Lyle Mays and Danny Gottlieb. They spent the next four years touring worldwide 300 days per year and recording two records, The Pat Metheny Group and American Garage.

Since that time Mark has released seven recordings as a leader:
Mosaic, A touch of Light, Beyond Words, Freedom Town. As We Speak, Truth Be Told and his most recent release About Now.

In 1993 Mark launched an independent record label, Wavetone Records, which has twelve releases and is distributed worldwide.

He continues to compose and record at his Electric Fields recording studio where he produces his group Elements, solo projects and various artists.

I am honored to have Mark Egan on my site!!