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March 2009 Blog Posts (36)

Interviewing Potential Guitar Teachers

Most private guitar teachers set their own rates, schedules and policies. Since you will need to learn how each teacher runs her/his studio, the phone interview gives you the opportunity to listen to the way each teacher answers your questions so you can get a good feel for each teacher's style and personality.

The phone interview can help you determine if a teacher is a good listener, patient and able to give you the information you need to know. If a teacher cannot sufficiently… Continue

Added by Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press on March 31, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Cool Slide Show

See our Available Olson SJ
HERE ! This guitar sold in April 2009.

Added by GUITAR GALLERY on March 31, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Haven't stopped yet.

More of the same the past 2 days. Chord after chord. Repeat. Massacred some songs with chords I found online just to keep things interesting. I have cool little dots on the tips of my fingers - I think they're called blisters:) 'can't wait till I'm making some music. Gives me so much respect for all you accomplished guitar players out there. I haven't stopped practicing except to sleep and go to work and watch some youtube guitar players. I hope practice makes better and I'm not that one in a… Continue

Added by Walter Von on March 30, 2009 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Understanding Your Guitar Teacher's Studio Policies

Most guitar teachers will send you a packet of information before your first lesson. This packet will most likely contain a summary of the teacher's rates, payment plan, cancellation policy and it may include other information that you will need to know before your first lesson.

Read through the information as soon as you receive the packet and call the instructor right away if you have a question. Many teachers will ask that the person who is responsible for lesson payment sign… Continue

Added by Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press on March 30, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

New Video - The Journey

Hi guys,

We just uploaded a new video for our song "The Journey," from our debut album Just Visiting. Of all the songs on the album, this one probably took the most time to write and record, as it contains many different sections for both guitar parts. It's also the longest song on the album, clocking in at over 5 minutes. And we hope you enjoy every second of it!

Thanks for your continued support. Keep an eye out for more music soon!

Socci & Pency

Added by Socci and Pency on March 29, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

2nd day. What a Saturday!

Practiced for hours today. First full day with my guitar. Got it last night, an Alvarez RD8C for $250. Made in 2005. Never picked up a guitar before so just practiced chords all day. Learned A, C, D, E, and G. Practicing chord changes, using my pick, getting a clear sound. Tried "Brown Eyed Girl", (3 chords), and "Whole Wide World", (2 chords). Totally horrible but I'm having fun. Fingers are sore.

Added by Walter Von on March 29, 2009 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

What to Expect At Your First Guitar Lesson

You will probably be very excited to begin your guitar lessons. Your teacher is also excited to meet you and learn more about you so that she/he can adapt to your learning style and help you reach your goals. At your first lesson, your teacher will most likely take an inventory of your current playing level and experience, talk about your daily practice routine and help you with your posture and hand position.

If you have never played an instrument before, you will be given a lot of… Continue

Added by Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press on March 27, 2009 at 7:14pm — No Comments

CD Review: "Genteel" Giacomo Fiore


Artist: Giacomo Fiore

Year: 2009

I met Giacomo Fiore in 2008 at a house concert I gave at luthier Alan Perlman’s San Francisco home. Several years prior to that meeting we’ve been exchanging views and opinions on Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Classical Corner online forum. In all counts, the tall and lanky Genovese comes across as a warm, personable and easily likable guy: and these descriptors are easily applied to his wonderful guitar playing as…


Added by Perfecto De Castro on March 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

May 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar

A couple months ago, Teja blogged about the afternoon he and I spent with Martin Simpson in the Acoustic Guitar offices, and the fruit of that afternoon is on its way to subscribers now. Simpson is on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar, and the lesson that Teja wrote is full of enough of Simpson’s intricate fingerstyle work to keep me busy for years. Then we went and transcribed his outstanding version of Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather.” Our… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on March 25, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Gibson J-45

Just got a 1966 J-45 in on consignment. It is in great condition

Added by Acoustic Outfitters Music Shop on March 24, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments


My wife and I have been practicing for a blues competition this Sunday.
I recorded tonight's practice on a small hand held recorder. It features an original song, with a standard blues intro. My wife is playing acoustic bass, and I'm playing a Martin DCX1E. She's singing the lead while playing bass.
It's all one overdubs, but you can get a sense or what we're doing. Later, I hope to make a studio recording of the same song.

Added by Ed Rhoades on March 23, 2009 at 8:07pm — No Comments



Added by The Reinharts on March 23, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

MUSIC WEB EXPRESS 3000 presents Guitars Center Stage Guitarists making waves in the music world, their new recordings and gear! an interview with MAX GOLDSTON

Musical Background

My father was an author and my mother a classical pianist. In the 50’s they moved from New York to a small artist colony, an island in the Mediterranean called Ibiza, where I was born. I grew up surrounded by painters, dancers, actors, authors and musicians of all nationalities. I started playing the drums at the age of 5 and the guitar at 11. I was taught classical, blues, rock and jazz. I sat in at jam sessions whenever possible with the adults and even performed… Continue

Added by Max Goldston on March 23, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Review for Emancipation CD by Robert Silverstein

With a career that followed being born in the Mediterranean island of Ibiza and then starting one of the first critically acclaimed rock bands in Ibiza in the ‘80s, guitarist Max Goldston returned to the U.S. and has since lead a intriguing musical career as an acoustic guitar instrumentalist. Following a collection of guitar instrumentals recorded between 1996 and 2005 entitled Western Age and a 2006 collaboration with Barcelona-based producer Antoni Colomar, Goldston began working in the… Continue

Added by Max Goldston on March 23, 2009 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Your Child's Guitar Lessons

Parents should not assume that their child will be safe during private lessons with a guitar teacher. Many music stores and music schools that employ or rent studio space to teachers do not run background checks on their teachers, so parents should not drop off their child for a lesson without first getting to know the teacher.

Parents should be welcome to sit-in on their child's lesson anytime. This gives parents the opportunity to hear the concepts that are being taught, and it… Continue

Added by Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press on March 22, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Grade 6 music exams

Well done to my sons taking their grade 6 guitar exams today. They did OK despite an exam environment that was far from conducive. My guess is they wil each get a merit, but we will not know for 4 weeks. I'm just glad that 14 and 17 year old boys feel motivated to go through these grades. The eldest was resistant but now admits he has learned a lot. Understanding the musical elements helps with his soloing inspiration especially. Proud of them both.

Added by Frogngerm on March 22, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

SUNPICKZ for a brighter sound

New member looking for another avenue to get SUNPICKZ to players. Check out and let me know what you think.

Added by Dan Koelzer on March 21, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Just joined

I'm looking for a way to post some songs, maybe a video. I would like to post songs with the 320 kbps data rate. Hopefully this forum will allow that.

Added by Kenny B on March 21, 2009 at 8:49am — No Comments

Practicing Verses Playing

Many students who take guitar lessons tell me that they practice every day, but they don't have their assignments mastered by their lesson time and they are not satisfied with their rate of improvement. Here is what I tell them:

There is a difference between practicing your guitar and playing your guitar. Playing is a very good way to spend your time, and you will definitely improve if you spend time each day playing your guitar. But when you play music, you are not necessarily… Continue

Added by Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press on March 20, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Article posted on

I just wanted to post the link to an article recently posted on the Jazz Times website:

It's well-written by a local freelance writer and it was just brought to my attention by someone at Jazz Times. It's always nice to see a bit of press coverage from time to time.


Added by Matt Richards on March 20, 2009 at 5:09am — No Comments

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