The Tradition

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Stuart’s first collection of fingerstyle guitar arrangements, acclaimed by the guitar press and guitar players across the globe.




Legendary fingerstyle guitarist, Thomas Leeb

“An instant classic: Stuart Ryan’s acoustic guitar book is well thought – and laid out – and last but not least, the arrangements are gorgeous!”

Guitarist Magazine

“We urge anyone wanting to get altered tunings under their fingers to invest.”

Described as “Essential” by Acoustic magazine, ‘The Tradition’ is Stuart’s collection of fingerstyle arrangements of some of the most beautiful traditional pieces from Ireland, England, Scotland and the USA. These solo pieces are rich in melody and give players the opportunity to work on different techniques from slow, expression driven pieces to more uptempo reels and jigs.

Each piece is performed by Stuart on the accompanying MP3 download and all the arrangements are presented in tablature and notation with detailed performance notes and background information. In addition a range of different tunings are used from standard to DADGAD and more so you can really start to see how the various altered tunings work.

With over twenty years’ experience of arranging for solo guitar Stuart is your ideal guide into the world of solo fingerstyle guitar.

Download Example Book Chapters (PDF)
Audio samples:
Planxty Irwin
Black is the Colour
The Mason’s Apron
Track Listing:
  1. Sliabh Russell
  2. Planxty Irwin
  3. Black is the Colour
  4. Cait ni Dhuibhir
  5. Drowsy Maggie
  6. Nothing Can Sadden Us
  7. Eleanor Plunkett
  8. The Mason’s Apron
  9. The House Carpenter
  10. Si Beag Si Mor
  11. The Water is Wide

You can download the audio tracks here The Tradition Audio.
Now available as an iBook and PDF!


The Tradition Recommended By Acoustic MagazineThe Tradition has made it into Acoustic Magazine’s list of essential Christmas stocking fillers!

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Additional information

Weight 400 g


  1. JC

    “Just wanted to express my gratitude and admiration for your book ‘The Tradition’ – easily one of the best guitar books I’ve ever bought.

    I’ve been working through the pieces in the book with my guitar teacher and have been hugely impressed with the attention to detail throughout. The way the book is paced to introduce skills and techniques which will be developed in later pieces, along with the copious notes and guidance, has helped my playing a huge amount – at the start of the book it was hard to imagine I’d ever be able to approach pieces like these, but I can already feel my skills and confidence growing.”

  2. Halgeir

    I purchased Easy Pieces vol 1 first, and learned the songs in that set. That made me want to learn more of the music on this site.
    Then I purchased The Celtic set vol 1, and started learning those songs, and have a lot of fun playing those tunes.
    Then I chose to purchase both of the books. The Tradition, and the Heritage.
    I had problems ordering due to my address, however Stuart and Cori was so helpful with getting things sorted. I have never seen such quick, and friendly customer support. It really helped me out.
    Having started to learn the songs in this book, keeping the Heritage on the shelf to follow up after these. The perfomance notes are great and very informative, and the notation and tablature is very easy to read and follow. It will take me time to build up the speed required to play these songs, but learning them is made as easy as any book can make them. It is a pleasure to open this book and get to work on learning the next few bars of a song.
    I’m a slow learner, but by following the performance notes and tablature, even I can learn these songs.
    My favorite guitar book to date.
    Hopefully some day I’ll have the confidence to share some of these songs with more then just the guitar and the mrs

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