Steve Marsh, ”Music Reviews” Classical Guitar Magazine May 2002 pp. 37-38
Fingerstyle Explorations is a well-produced collection of 18 student pieces presented in notation and tablature. Several of the studies are written in an imitative manner, with Aguado, Carcassi, Sor, Coste and Villa Lobos easily recognisable by either the titles ( for example Blues for Heitor) or the style of composition but the end results are definitely of the present day.
The pieces in general are interesting and useful; in many places Mollberg has used arpeggios combining high notes on inner strings with open outer strings thereby getting the student not only used to reading higher up the fingerboard but also acquiring a good left hand position. The album concludes with an interesting study for left hand alone, which if practised diligently, could not fail to strengthen this hand.
The publication comes with a CD of the composer playing the pieces and I am sure these works will be welcomed by most students of the lower/intermediate standard as a breath of fresh air and as a change from the more ’usual’ repertoire. Presentation is of a very high quality as is usual from Mel Bay Publications.