MICHEL LELONG'S MUSIC HOUSE
Acoustic Blues, Folk, Ragtime, Old-Time Picking, Jazz Roots, Country...
Finger-Picking and Guitar Solo
TEACHING SINCE 1982
|What people are saying:
The European Blues Association, England:
Michel Lelong from Tours, France, is a great guitarist and a highly skilled teacher...
"Our good friend
Michel Lelong in Tours has written a blues guitar instruction book
called "ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR" [...]. It is one of the best I
have seen." Larry Conrad
Stefan Grossman' guitar worshop -
the beginning of the guitar workshop, I was searched for a
musician/teacher who could play as well as explain Merle Travis's
Music. Finally the chemistry came with Michel Lelong
Happy Traum - musician - pedagog
and director of Homepsun Tapes - USA: The
excellent french guitarist Michel Lelong has created a serie of six
lessons focusing on many Chet Atkins's most interesting and challenging
|MICHEL LELONG's MUSICAL BIO
Michel Lelong, born in 1961 in Tours (France),
started practising guitar at the age of 13, influenced by his older brothers;
all are fond of American traditional music. First, with the help of his older
brother Jean-Marc, a self taught, talented, guitar player, Michel learned
different by ear country blues in the styles of Mississippi John Hurt, John
Jackson, Big Bill Broonzy, Gary Davis, to Doc Watson… After these great blues
and ragtime influences, Michel learned "note-by-note" by ear the
traditional "Kentucky style", often called "Travis style".
At 17, he started to teach guitar and, after having recorded his first LP in
1983, he was noticed by the American guitar player/musicologist/music publisher
Stefan Grossman (one of the most renowned acoustic blues guitar pioneer
teachers in the world).
In the 1980/90’s, Michel released four tuition books with audiotapes on three
legends of Country Guitar; Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins. These
books were published by
Grossman's Guitar Workshop, USA durign the 80-90's.
He recorded his first C.D. in 1996 with some of the best French blues and
bluegrass musicians. The same year,
Michel made his first tuition video on the country/blues styles for a French
music. He followed this up in 1997 with
a tuition video on Celtic guitar techniques. In
1999, Michel produced a country blues guitar method (a book of 75 pages with CD
showing ninety-nine examples and blues studies). A large range of country blues
techniques are explained in detail. The music magazine critics consider this
“pedagogic” book a “bible”.
Michel’s very busy schedule includes performing at many of the
music festivals throughout France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, England, Belgium
and Holland performing alongside the likes of Michael Roach, John Jackson, John Cephas &
Phil Wiggins, Louisiana Red, John Miller, Michael Messer, Jerry Ricks, Paul
Geremia, Bob Hall, and many other European artists; while also finding time to teach
guitar, organise guitar workshops, and writes guitar methods.
Michel is an established solo artist playing many styles that
require his skills on the guitar, banjo and fiddle. His versatility also leads him to
participating with and being invited to play alongside many other artists of
all levels. He is truly a guitarist’s
MICHEL LELONG PUBLICATIONS (Non-exhaustive list)
|Michel Lelong CDs Galerie
# 1982 - Vinyl LP - "Guitar Instrumental" - with tablatures - production at the author.
|Michel Lelong Guitar Methods
# 1988 - The Guitar Of Merle Travis - transcriptions booklet with six
audio cassettes - Editions to Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop (USA).
# 1989 - The Guitar Of Chet Atkins - transcriptions booklet with six audio tapes - Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop (USA)
# 1990 - The Guitar Of Jerry Reed- transcriptions boolket with three audio tapes - Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop (USA)
# 1992 - Guitar Rag - transcription booklet with three audio cassettes
- "The Music Of Merle Travis Vol II" - Stefan Grossman's
Guitar Workshop (USA).
# 1996 - CD album "Black & White" booklet with tablature - Publisher : Mailody association.
# 1996 - Instructional Video with tablatures booklet - "Plans
& Techniques Guitar Country" - Play-Publishing music - Paris
# 1998 - Instructional Video with tablatures booklet - "Plans & Techniques Celtic Guitar" - Play-Publishing music - Paris
# 1999 - Method 'The Acoustic Blues "(150 pages book with
CD: 99 of life examples and exercises) - Play-Publishing music -
# 2007 - CD album "Home Cookin '" - production-distribution Z
Association mailody production - recorded in duet with bassist Anicet
In addition to his more than
30 years of teaching music in his guitar workshop in Tours (France),
Michel Lelong taught for several music workshops in France and abroad
(England, Holland, USA ...)
From 2001 to 2003 - BLUES WEEK "organized by the European Blues
Association in unniversité Exeter (England), Michel Lelong
taught in company of John Jackson, John Cephas & Phil Wiggins,
Jerry Ricks, Sam Mitchell, John Miller, Bob Hall, Danna Gillespie,
Johnny March ...
# 2003 - exhibition of blues and folk musicians portraits made by
Michel's oldest brother Jean-Marc, a famous artist in France. This
exibition called "Blues & Co" is a lecture by Michel on the history
of North American music "instruments in his hands." This exhibition has
been realised in many french blues folk festivals.
# 2011 - The famous American harmonica player Phil Wiggins invited
Michel Lelong at Augusta Blues Week in Elkins (West Virginia) USA.