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My June 4 recital - beta-blockers

Now that more than a month has gone by, I reflect upon my first-ever solo recital that I gave for friends and family last June.  I played for about 50 minutes in front of about 17 friends and quite a few members of my family in the outdoor covered patio of my in-law's home. 

 

It was quite an undertaking for me because I suffer from debilitating performance-anxiety that has interfered with my playing for many years now.  I decided to take a short-cut...propolnolol.  I asked the…

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Posted on July 6, 2011 at 11:23am

LaBella Argento strings

Strings are strings, right?  After spending an entire year having fun trying different brands, styles and tensions when I first bought my guitar, I settled on good old D'Addario or, sometimes, Savarez Corum/Alliance.  Well, I splurged on a set of LaBella Argento (silver-plated) strings for my upcoming recital.  I'm hooked.  They're the best strings (at least for this guitar) that I've ever heard.  The basses on my Kenny HIll double-top are very powerful and they often overwhelm.  But, the… Continue

Posted on May 29, 2011 at 3:25pm

Finally getting the hang of it...

I've been playing around with Adobe Audition and Magix Film Editor Pro (HD).  Although I can process the audio through the film editor, obviously the H2 Zoom stereo mike is better.  I've learned to synch them well and lately I've had a little fun editing.  On one piece, I made three serious errors on one take.  I was able to take the corrected errors on other takes and splice them in.  I was a little sloppy and ended up unsyching the video towards the end.  However, I just about got it right on… Continue

Posted on April 4, 2011 at 12:55pm

Most fun gig ever...

Last weekend I was hired to play for a family on the beach.  The husband set it up so that I would be playing my guitar sitting in a chair at the waterline (formally dressed but with bare feet).  He would be walking along the beach with his wife and 9-year-old daughter and point me out and come over to talk.  As they were a little bit late, I became somewhat of an odd distraction to people passing by including a squad of Marines jogging on the beach who high-fived me as they came by.  The… Continue

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 11:14pm — 3 Comments

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Nylon-string guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Kenny Hill Signature #2292 (double-top classical)
Giambattista (spruce top)
1st classical guitar from Paracho, Mich. maker unknown
What type of music do you like to play?
Almost exclusively classical and some fingerstyle.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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