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February 2009 Blog Posts (49)

Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists

Next AFG event ( will held on 3/28/09 at Mo's Fullerton Music, 121 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA in old town Fullerton, CA. The performance will be by world class fingerstyle guitarist, Jeff Linsky ( to be followed by a panel discussion on the placement of songs in Film, TV and commercials via music libraries, online submissions, and publishers. The speakers will be Liz Redwing and Jody Friedman, with Jeff Findl moderating and asking questions. The event starts at 11 am.… Continue

Added by Jeff Findl on February 28, 2009 at 10:32am — No Comments

My website has been updated

I wanted to let everyone know that my website has been tweaked and updated. Visit and check it out. I'll be posting articles on playing techniques and particulars about my own music. You can use a credit card via PayPal to purchase CDs from the Recordings page of the site. The latest release Trio is a straight-ahead jazz jazz trio recording (hence the title) with me on electric. Earlier in 2008 I released One In Mind, which… Continue

Added by Matt Richards on February 28, 2009 at 6:04am — No Comments

guitars for all

heyyy every body i am talking about the best guitarists in the world.u don't have to be one but lets try.if u want to learn more about guitars email me to

Added by Semini Satarasinghe on February 28, 2009 at 4:51am — No Comments

The Jazz Guitarist by Michael Kovitz (Excerpt 7.)

Excerpt 7 is from the chapter called “The Jazz Guitarist” from my book, From Silence to Sound — Richard Kyle’s Journey to Musical Competency (copyright © 2007 Michael Kovitz) The chapter is set in an old fashioned coffee house not far from Mr. Kubadi’s studio. Richard often stops there after his lessons. On this particular occasion Sara, Richard’s… Continue

Added by Michael Kovitz on February 26, 2009 at 8:19am — No Comments

February Edition of The Vintage Guitar News and Views

How much is my guitar worth? Seems like a pretty cut and dry question doesn't it ? Well a lot of factors can contribute to the final answer. How much is it in relationship to the present market is one answer. How much do you expect to get for her is another. How much will a buyer ( dealer) pay is quite another answer. Is she straight and clean? Have any parts ever been changed? Is it refinished? If parts were changed do you still have the original parts? Were the changes done professionally?… Continue

Added by GregsGuitars on February 25, 2009 at 3:53pm — No Comments

April 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar

Hi all! The April 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar is on its way to subscribers and newsstands, and it was a fun one to put together. We chose to be optimistic during the height of winter and think about all the guitar festivals, camps, and workshops that are available for you to attend this summer. We look at how to prepare for the sensory overload of the Montreal Guitar Show in July and the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in August. Hundreds of fine guitars and endless hours of guitar music… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on February 25, 2009 at 10:36am — No Comments

Gratitude is almost done

Gratitude is in the inlay process. The neck ended up Leopardwood/ Maple, Sides are Leopardwood, Back is Maple-Leopard-Maple (3pc), Martin D-35 profile, with a medium grade Sitka soundboard. Pictures coming!

Added by Robert Peeples on February 25, 2009 at 9:31am — No Comments

Waiting for a custom guitar

Last year I commissioned young luthier, Simon Fay, to build me my first custom guitar. My guitar will be his OM model, with a Sinker Redwood top, Claro Walnut back and sides, snakewood binding and Waverly tuners. I should be receiving this guitar in about a month, and when it comes, I'll be sure to share some photos here. In the meantime, here's a pic to whet your appetite.…


Added by Greg Cardinal on February 23, 2009 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Karma in action or a wind-up: you decide!

Don't know what I've done to deserve this. Serious karma. I spent half my time in the 80's avoiding Phil Collins then my sons come out with… Continue

Added by Frogngerm on February 23, 2009 at 2:21pm — No Comments

Angel Ears

“Angel Ears” Excerpt 6. From my book “From Silence to Sound - Richard Kyle’s Journey to Musical Competency,” © copyright Michael Kovitz 2007, (Available

“I have,” I replied, and went on to say that much is known about Andre Segovia’s musical life and how he created these scales when he was quite young. “By his own account, he never had any need to change or correct them. His Diatonic Major and Minor Scales is regarded by many musicians and teachers as an essential… Continue

Added by Michael Kovitz on February 22, 2009 at 8:54am — No Comments

Open Mic BBQ - 5/23/09

We’re having our annual throw down, hoe down, chit stompin open mic BBQ again here at CASA CREEK!

Lotsa live (some not so much) entertainment good food, good people and good times!

The Date is Saturday May 23rd, 2009 2:00PM until the cows come home?

Food and soft drinks provided, however don’t let that stop you from bringing something. Especially that special adult beverage of yours!

If you or your band of banditos would like to perform, send me an… Continue

Added by Chitz Creek on February 22, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments


When Lance Armstrong’s custom Trek time trial bike was stolen out of his Astana team truck in Sacramento during the Tour of California this week, he had numbers on his side—a million people following his every move on and the entire cycling community on the lookout for a very special bike. Those numbers must have been intimidating to the misguided thief, because the bike rolled in to the Sacramento police headquarters three days after it disappeared, guided by a resident who wished… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on February 20, 2009 at 6:47pm — 8 Comments


Hi everyone,
Just wanted to say hello to everyone and that I am a maker from ireland. I started about 5 years ago making violins and then went on to make guitars and double bass's.

Any other makers out thereI would love to hear from you.

Richard Horan

Added by Richard Horan on February 19, 2009 at 7:07am — No Comments

Excerpt 5. From Silence to Sound

Have you observed that when a musician is playing well they seem to embody a state in which they are simultaneously absorbed in the music and yet totally in control of the music? This balanced state is seldom explored or discussed in lessons. In this chapter, “The Pursuit of Silence,” from my book “From Silence to Sound - Richard Kyle’s Journey to Musical Competency,” © copyright Michael Kovitz 2007, (Available, Alex Kubadi asks Richard to work with this exercise to balance the… Continue

Added by Michael Kovitz on February 18, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

I found a riff decoder out there for all who might be interested

This works great and on your computer!
I got it today and was able to slow down a Brent Mason Riff that I had been working on for years and figured it out in less than an hour. and up to speed too!
Works great!!!
Just click below
or copy and paste the link

Added by Lance Allen on February 17, 2009 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

Wrong link in email

Sorry all!
Looks like the wrong link was sent in our email. Try THIS LIINK for our new guitar photo viewer. It should display our Greenfield guitar built from Brazilian Rosewood over 200 years old.

Added by GUITAR GALLERY on February 16, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

Inversions (Excerpt 4.)

For me, sound as vibration, respects and expresses those same laws that govern the whole cosmos. This chapter explores many themes connected with the relationship between music and the creation. I chose this excerpt with the hope of communicating a ‘taste’ of the many themes it attempts to explore. From Silence to Sound (Richard Kyle's Journey to Musical Competency) copyright (c) 2007 Michael Kovitz. Available on


I clearly… Continue

Added by Michael Kovitz on February 16, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

Guitar Gallery video Channel

For those of you interested in keeping up with videos of our various instruments, please visit our YouTube channel

Added by GUITAR GALLERY on February 15, 2009 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Excerpt 3 From Silence to Sound (Richard Kyle's Journey to Musical Competency)

I have taken this third excerpt from the chapter called, “Tuning.” As always, please feel free to comment. My intention is to publish an excerpt from each chapter of my book, “From Silence to Sound (Richard Kyle’s Journey to Musical Competency.)” My aim is to stimulate discussions and, of course, to sell books. It is available at This excerpt… Continue

Added by Michael Kovitz on February 15, 2009 at 8:43am — No Comments

Excerpt 2. From Silence to Sound

This excerpt from my book, “From Silence to Sound,” (© copyright Michael Kovitz 2007) is from the first chapter. Richard attends a recital of senior students at a recital at his teacher’s studio.

When I heard the door open again, I opened my eyes and was quite surprised to see a rather heavyset young man, dressed in a mustard-colored suit, walking slowly towards the performance area. His awkward movements, the very antithesis of David’s, gave the impression his body was… Continue

Added by Michael Kovitz on February 14, 2009 at 9:07am — No Comments

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