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May 2009 Blog Posts (26)

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Hello Guitar Players!

There's a lot of great stuff to tell you about this week, but let's start off with the winner of this month's Sweetwater Giveaway. The winner of the Ebow electronic bow is, drum roll please, MiahMinister! Congratulations MiahMinister and thanks again to Sweetwater for making our monthly giveaway possible.

Next month we'll be giving away a Digitech HarmonyMan intelligent pitch shifter. It's super easy to sign up for the Sweetwater giveaway so watch… Continue

Added by Guitar Tricks on May 31, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Recital last Wednesday

Had my beginning students do a recital after the first 3 months of lessons. Simple tunes, three strings, all quarter note downstrokes, memorized. But I spent a month getting them on stage, hearing me make their introduction, setting themselves in the chair, setting the tempo and playing through the mistakes, acknowledging the applause and taking a bow.
Then we played 'When the Saints' in an ensemble while the audience sang.
I liked the results and so did the parents.

Added by terry rayburn on May 29, 2009 at 1:33pm — No Comments

The Seattle Sound: The Evolution of Chris Cornell — Temple of the Dog and Solo Work

by wildwoman1313

Chris Cornell Montreux Jazz Festival, 2005

When Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose in 1990, a day after Chris Cornell came off tour with his band Soundgarden, Cornell dealt with the grief at the loss of his friend and vocalist for the band Mother Love Bone by writing a couple songs in Wood’s honor. “Reach Down” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven” had a softer, more melodic sound than the music Soundgarden was… Continue

Added by Guitar Tricks on May 27, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

My Latest Playlist

It’s been a busy time for my MP3 player, which just absorbed four discs of Richard Thompson music, courtesy of Walking on a Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009). Up until recently, I had (at best) a cursory knowledge of Thompson’s work, but now, after many “what in the heck did he just play there?” moments, I’m sold. . . Meanwhile, I’ve been digging the quietly beautiful acoustic melodies of Wooden Birds (Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set), and more Southwest Americana from… Continue

Added by Managing Editor Mark Smith on May 27, 2009 at 10:46am — No Comments

Meet Brian Ball from Ernie Ball Strings today!

Join him in the chat room—click the words "Acoustic Guitar Community" at the bottom of your screen to open the chat room screen—or go to the forum and post your questions. Here's the link to the discussion forum:
Meet Brian Ball from Ernie Ball Strings (discussion).

Have a great time! We'll see you there.

Added by Acoustic Guitar on May 26, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments

Execution Rocks Lighthouse

Been working on the lighthouse restorations project since I finished my seventh CD in 4 years.

You may learn about both respectfully:



Added by Craig Morrison on May 26, 2009 at 7:59am — No Comments

Meet Brian Ball from Ernie Ball Strings

Be sure to sign in to the Chat area here in the Community between 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) every day this week (May 26, 27, 28, 29) to meet Brian Ball from Ernie Ball Guitar Strings and Accessories.

Brian has been behind the launch of several of Ernie Ball's latest products, including their Coated Acoustic Strings and the new PowerPeg… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on May 25, 2009 at 11:12pm — 13 Comments

Nashville Muse May 25 2009 week

To View this week’s May 25, 2009 edition of Nashville Muse - click on


This Week’s Highlights!

Friday – Sunday – Nashville Screenwriter’s Conference! Saturday is the "Music in the Movies" luncheon for Songwriters at The Country Music Hall of Fame! See for details! Nashville Muse is a proud sponsor of the… Continue

Added by Doak on May 25, 2009 at 7:32pm — No Comments

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Tone: Free Video Lesson

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Tone: Free Video Lesson

Free Guitar Lesson!

Ron Sayer

This week we’re featuring a free lesson by Ron Sayer that looks at how Stevie Ray Vaughan got his signature tone. If you’ve often tried to wrangle that certain sound out of your strat but find a certain something missing, this is the lesson for you. Ron looks at the effect of SRV’s guitar and amplifier settings and clues you in on another unexpected element of his tone.

Click here… Continue

Added by Guitar Tricks on May 25, 2009 at 6:14pm — No Comments

When to Practice.

I have known this for some time. There are only two times for me to practice. When I want to practice and when I do not. So what to do on a night like tonight. Exhausted.

Read more.

Added by Patrick Smith on May 22, 2009 at 10:13pm — 2 Comments

Well it was 20 years ago today...

Last week, members of the Acoustic Guitar editorial team took some time out to talk about the magazine’s rapidly approaching 20th anniversary. We focused our attention on a stack of magazines from the first ten years of Acoustic Guitar—some of which, I have to admit, I’d never even seen before.

With a fresh issue in hand every month, it’s easy to miss how far this magazine has come in 20 years. The lessons in particular—which featured handwritten music for the… Continue

Added by Dan Apczynski, Education Editor on May 22, 2009 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

Music and Spiritual Practice - An Overview of Poligraf (part 4)

(The Wheel of Becoming - Symbolic Representation of Saṃsāra in Tibetan Buddhism)

Poligraf's first album is entitled "Samsara." Traditionally, the term refers to the Buddhist concept of the cycle of birth and death in which all beings in the universe take part and which can be escaped only through enlightenment. Personally, I agree with the view that it is rather that very same process of… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on May 22, 2009 at 8:36am — No Comments

Kragenbrink Guitars on TV

Kragenbrink guitars was featured this evening on Jackson's local TV station JTV ( www.JTV.TV )

If you would like to get a small glimps of my shop and whats going on please tune in to www.JTV.TV and click on Live JTV Stream to watch via their live stream. The program will repeat a number of times over the next week. Here are the times, hope you enjoy!. If you live in Michigan and have Comcast its channel 190.…


Added by Kragenbrink Guitars on May 21, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Rickenbacker Frying Pan

The Rickenbacker Frying Pan

by Bryan Hillebrandt

It’s hard to imagine, when looking at the range of electric guitars available, that everything from the most fancy boutique custom guitar to the mass-produced Les Paul and Strat knockoffs owe their very existence to a small cast aluminum lap-steel guitar known as the Rickenbacker Frying Pan. This instrument, besmirched now with the patina of aged aluminum, was the… Continue

Added by Guitar Tricks on May 21, 2009 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Music and Spiritual Practice - An Overview of Poligraf (part 3)

Poligraf has been an essential part of my life since its inception at the beginning of February 1998.

The adventure began after the collapse of a band that probably never really existed as it only had a handful of rehearsals, but for which I had already written a lot of material. Left alone at the helm, I connected with a group of experienced musicians via a co-worker friend and after agreeing on a general aim and formula, we raised sail… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on May 20, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Music and Spiritual Practice - An Overview of Poligraf (part 1)

Music has been an essential part of my life since the end of the 80s.

The adventure began during the second of my four years of studying electrical engineering at Université Laval in Québec City. Through various friends and contacts I reconnected with progressive rock, a form of music to which I had already been exposed to in my youth thanks to my older brothers and sisters. Hearing the music of bands such as Yes, Rush, Genesis, and King… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on May 17, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

Laurie Williams Tui Model

a new extraordinary guitar arrived at It is native New Zealand woods, premium whitebait, ancient kauri with top & back bevels. Please visit for all the dirt.

Added by GUITAR GALLERY on May 13, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Acoustic guitar amp-The best ever

Hi fellow guitar players!

I just wanted to share an experience I`ve had with Acoustic amps.

Recently I tested a lot of guitar amps. The best alternative I ended up with initially was

an "aer" amp (German make.)I know that fameous Tommy Emmanuel uses these amps.

After almost deciding on this one I tried a Markbass Acoustic 601 amp, and was blown away.

The little thing was amazing and had more depth to it. To make sure I did the right choice, I

tried the amps… Continue

Added by Rune Mandelid on May 12, 2009 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

When The Saints Go Marching In

Posted a couple of play-along tracks for beginning students. First pass has the melody. The second time through you're on your own.

Added by terry rayburn on May 11, 2009 at 7:13am — No Comments

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