Instrumental Guitarist Randy Ellefson to Release Two New Albums

Randy Ellefson will release two instrumental albums titled Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art on September 14th 2010. The first is all acoustic guitar while the second is classical guitar. Songs from both albums are available for download now at

Gaithersburg, MD, August 24, 2010 --( After a three-year hiatus, guitarist Randy Ellefson will release two acoustic guitar instrumental albums on September 14th, 2010. Full track listings, album art, and free mp3s are available now at While not a double album, the two discs, Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art, are related music with similar covers.

Serenade of Strings marks a triumphant return to the acoustic guitar for Ellefson, who lost his playing to severe tendonitis in 1996 and was unable to play the more challenging instrument for nearly ten years; his first two albums were hard rock and performed almost exclusively on the electric guitar, which is easier to play. Half of the songs pre-date the injury and inspired the long-delayed album, which includes a rare performance of “Dee” by the late Randy Rhoads of Ozzy Osbourne fame. Jeff Moos reprised his role on drums while Ellefson handled all guitars, bass, and percussion.

The injury was caused by his Bachelors of Music in classical guitar, earned in 1995 after only two years of strenuous practice. Just months later, Ellefson recorded 19 of the pieces for personal use, not realizing he’d release them 15 years later as The Lost Art, so named because he’s still unable to play the style. The Lost Art was prompted by Ellefson’s inclusion of one of the 19 songs, the original “Fantasia Etude”, on Serenade of Strings.

“I consider The Lost Art a bonus disc,” says Ellefson, “since you can’t make a career out of something you no longer do. I could play the easier pieces, but even my own ‘Fantasia Etude’ is just too much for my arms. I haven’t played that in 15 years.”

A song from each album can be downloaded for free, including, “Dee” at this location: and J.S. Bach Minuets I & II from Cello Suite No. 1 (arranged for guitar) here: Members of Ellefson’s free Demo Club can download an additional four tracks, including a Villa-Lobos prelude.

Serenade of Strings and The Lost Art are available September 14 via

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