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January 2009 Blog Posts (28)

Smoke Tree adding Originals

Smoke Tree Band has started adding original songs to it's lineup. "Rooming House Blues' & "Going To Chicago" were the first to be added. Recently we have added "End of Time" writen by lead vocalist Joe. Then "Use Me" by Lead guitarist Pete. "Just Set Yourself Free" by David(me). "Born To Ride" by Pete. We are working on adding more as time goes on. Will keep everyone up dated as we go.

Added by David Church on January 30, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

March 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar

Hello folks! Great to see so many new faces here in the Community in the past week or so. There are now over 2,640 of us, and the ranks are growing by the day. Welcome, thanks for joining, and please feel free to invite your guitar-picking friends.

In other happenings at Acoustic Guitar, we've recently shipped the March 2009 issue to subscribers. You'll notice a string of articles that take a look at various custom guitars and builders—from our… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on January 29, 2009 at 5:34pm — 6 Comments

Slow picking your way to a more accurate right hand

Hey fellow acoustic lovers,
If you finger style, if you flatpick and even if you just play rhythm, you must know how important it is to play slow with a metronome and develop muscle memory that is steady and ready to move up to a faster tempo. Now I must point out that in my 24 years of being a professional musician, that playing fast is definitely over rated, but is nice to have it in the gun belt when you need it.

Just a note of thought.

Added by Brad Davis on January 29, 2009 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Hand Health

I had been playing for over 30 years at the time, when I notice my left

(fretting hand) getting numb and what could be described as muscle spasms on the top of the hand.

I had read articles on tendenitis and carpel tunnel, but not sure if that is my problem.

Now that I have insurance again, I hoping to see a doctor, hopefully a specialist.

I had read from another guitarist that he went to a physical therapist who help him more then his doctor.

Would like to hear from… Continue

Added by Eric Mass on January 29, 2009 at 6:46am — 2 Comments Interview

I was interviewed by Christopher Davis for his popular Classical Guitar BLOG last week and now the exchange is up for everyone to read:



Added by Perfecto De Castro on January 28, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists

Hi Guitar Players,

I'm a membership chairperson for the Southern California based organization called the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists. The group website is It's a small organization with a large amount of guitar playing talent. Our annual 2-day AFG Festival always features a line-up of world-class fingerstyle guitarists. There are approx. four additional performance events throughout the the year,… Continue

Added by Jeff Findl on January 28, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

The Gentle Art of Self-Promotion

Self-promotion, or as I like to think of it "pimping myself". How to do it tastefully but effectively. Not an easy subject. As my day job is in marketing I have no problem pushing a product I believe in, so pushing my house concert series with players like Justin Roth, Eric Schwartz, Pat Wictor, Mike Morris and Scott Von is really easy. I just let people know that I'm doing them a favor by getting them to come to show. I can wax poetic about the playing skills, songwriting, voices and humor of… Continue

Added by Robert Mattson on January 26, 2009 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Ma dernière

Voici ma dernière (dans le sens de plus récente...) compo: Snow Bossa, et j'ai corrigé mes inévitables erreurs de doigté grâce à la magie de Garageband. Cela dit je suis plutôt content du résutat.

Added by Pierre Asselin on January 26, 2009 at 5:32pm — No Comments

My Blog

I introduce guitarists to you in my Blog but Japanese.
There are good guitarists all over the world.
I want to know good guitarists more and I want to be a good guitarist.

ギター雑記(Guitar Miscellany)
("カテゴリー" is category)

Added by Nao on January 26, 2009 at 9:59am — No Comments

What is the Nashville Muse?

The Nashville Muse is a wonderful resource for songwriters and music lovers of all kinds.
This website was created for songwriters by a songwriter.
Whether you are a songwriter looking for contacts and resources or just someone who wants
to find out what's goin' on in Nashville, The Muse is the place for you!
Check out now to be in the know of Music City!

"Friends don't let friends play to an empty room."

Added by Nashville Muse on January 25, 2009 at 8:47pm — No Comments

About Doak Turner - Nashville Muse founder

NASHVILLE – A little more than five years after Doak Turner moved here, hundreds of songwriters would find it almost unimaginable to work here without him.

Within six months of his arrival, Turner had begun two of Music Row’s most admired and powerful networking tools, the weekly Nashville Muse and the Third Sunday gatherings of singers and songwriters at his home in West Meade.

The Muse, whose motto is “Friends do not let friends play to an empty room,” is a comprehensive… Continue

Added by Nashville Muse on January 25, 2009 at 8:35pm — No Comments

"Lean Forward a Little"

Hey All,

I have a new album, "Lean Forward a Little", coming out in a few weeks!! It's chuck full of old blues, and a few surprises added to keep my students awake. I'm really looking forward to getting it out there and I'll be posting cuts from it as soon as I can.

Working on some videos, too.

Keep on pickin',


Added by Doug MacKenzie on January 25, 2009 at 8:05pm — No Comments

new show

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Added by charley on January 25, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Taylor GS8e Decision

I have a chance to buy a Taylor GS8e for $1981 out the door. It is on clearance at Guitar Center. I wanted a 814ce, but I played the GS8e and loved it. I don't need it though and $2000 is a lot of money to drop on something I don't need. I have too many guitars as it is. I could pay off a bill with that money, but it is such a good deal on the guitar, because usually you don't get a discount on new Taylor guitars. Decisions, decisions!!

Added by Kirsten Ray on January 24, 2009 at 4:15pm — 6 Comments

NAMM 2009


Just back from Winter NAMM 2009. I've been working for my friend Rick Shubb there for several years slinging capos and doing Shake & Howdy.

I always see friends there I haven't run into much of the year -this time Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter came by to visit.

Jeff has great news - his solo CD is almost finished and he intends to take 4-5 months of the year to tour and support it!

If you only know Jeff because of the Doobie Bros. or Steely Dan you might not appreciate that… Continue

Added by Mike Phelan on January 24, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

ridgetop/jesie collin young

I am looking for chord and lyricks to ridgetop by jessie collin young,I can not find them any where.any help would be good,icluding some place I could buy,or included in a song book

Added by ray harshman on January 24, 2009 at 10:34am — No Comments

I Feel Like I've Found a Long-Lost Home!!

I'm very excited to be a part of this wonderful site! This a fantastic opportunity for all lovers of acoustic guitar to network, make friends, and keep on learning more about the instrument we all love.

A little about myself, if I may. I have been teaching and playing guitar professionally for over thirty years. I've played all over the world, opening for such acts as The Roches, David Bromberg, Eric Frandsen, Paul Seibel, Loudon Wainwright III,… Continue

Added by Doug MacKenzie on January 24, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

T-Custom Guitars

I build one-of-a-kind custom electri semi hollow body guitars.

Added by Floyd Tidd on January 24, 2009 at 7:44am — No Comments

I now teach lessons online using skype and high quality webcam!

Want to learn something I've played? OR just take some general guitar lessons?

I teach online live guitar lessons using skype. email for details!

$20 for 30 minute lesson. Or $70 for 4 30 minutes lessons.


1. Get a free skype account at

2. Have a web cam and high speed internet

3. schedule an appointment by emailing me at

That's simple.

Any questions feel free to email me.

check… Continue

Added by Lance Allen on January 23, 2009 at 7:55pm — No Comments

guitar teaching aids

I teach guitar and bass, and I'm looking for resources to help me prepare lessons. I handwrite everything right now, arrangements, exercizes etc. I save copies for future students, but I often write out arrangements for a specific student's need, trying to educate them along the way with skills in reading music on the staff, and understanding harmony and teory as applied to the fretboard. I want to develop their skill at communicating musically when they play with other musicians, and also want… Continue

Added by micjael couch on January 23, 2009 at 8:41am — No Comments

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