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June 2011 Blog Posts (21)

Alternate Tunings - CandyRat Records

Over the last couple of weeks I have been experimenting with alternate tunings and it has been quite the eye opener. Having always known that they existed I was always hesitant to try until I ran across the CandyRat artists. After I was blown away by the playing of Antoine Dufour, Andy McKee, Don Ross, and Ewan Dobson, it lead me to know what tunings were being used and I have to say the open C and D-A-D-G-C-E have became a part of my arsenal every since. I am sure that others would work as… Continue

Added by Brian Suman on June 30, 2011 at 4:39am — No Comments

The Wake

Jackie (my wife) and I went to Larry's (the drummer for the band) wake today. It started at 2 P.M. and we were one of the first ones there. In the lobby there were several posters filled with photos. I saw a part of Larry's life that I'd never seen before.

He and his wire Donna looked so young and attractive in the photos of their early married years.The photos of their son, Larry III now 28, as an infant and adolescent were eye openers as well. This part of Larry I never knew. When…


Added by Terry Angelli on June 26, 2011 at 6:31pm — No Comments

First audition scheduled

Today, at the end of my weekly guitar lesson, my teacher told me that he'd like to present me for an audition next year. So I'll choose, or we'll choose together, a solo piece on steel string guitar or classical guitar, no matter the style of music. Then I'll study within a year and I'll go to the audition. I take it as a nice challenge, but I'm also a bit nervous - already! - about it. Indeed, I guess playing at an audition isn't like playing in front of a regular audience. There may be…


Added by Pascal Proust on June 25, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Guitar Lesson Performance (Misty)

Last week I blogged on how I was working on an arrangement of the classic song Misty. Click the link below to go to a performance of my arrangement

Added by Fingerpickingguitar on June 23, 2011 at 5:56am — No Comments

Big improvement :D

Practice is really worth it. Today I can finally play bossa nova standard Samba De Uma Nota So (One-Note Samba) almost well. The transciption I've got has a part featuring a classic bossa chord-melody progression (with 4-string chord patterns), with a bossa…


Added by Pascal Proust on June 22, 2011 at 2:58pm — No Comments

It all over now

Larry died last night and I can't put into words my feelings. It's like I've lost a brother. At least he is at rest now and no longer suffering like he was.

Added by Terry Angelli on June 21, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

In Memoriam

Stringletter, the company that publishes Acoustic Guitar and Strings, lost a dear friend and long-time board member this week, A. Whitney Ellsworth, who died in his home in Salisbury, Connecticut on June 18.  He was 75 years old; the immediate cause was pancreatic cancer.…


Added by David A. Lusterman on June 21, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Music Day!!!


Tomorrow here in France, it'll be music day, as it's always been on every June 21 since 1981. It's a big celebration all over the country, with many free gigs everywhere on the streets. Here in Tours, there are a lot of amateur and pro musician (Mick Jagger even owns a mansion nearby!!). I'm posting this message today because, obviously, I'll be wandering around downtown tomorrow evening!!! ^^ Do you guys have same kind of celebration in your countries?

Here are some exerpts…


Added by Pascal Proust on June 20, 2011 at 4:03pm — 2 Comments

Losing it

I've been slowly but surely losing my enthusiasm for guitar. I still have the desire to play, but I don't pick it up nearly as often as I used to. I used to play hours a day at a time, but in the last few months, I just haven't been picking it up too often.


I was going to major in music education for guitar, like my father had. I got accepted to Musician's Institute in California. I wanted to go there for a year of playing with some of the greatest teachers out there. I was…


Added by Valerie Elizabeth on June 18, 2011 at 7:41pm — 7 Comments

Album - A Time Of Innocence - Hits #1 on ZMR Chart!

I couldn't resist doing a little shameless bragging here.  "A Time Of Innocence" ranked #1 for May on the Zone Music Reporter World Top 100 Radio Chart.  Many thanks to Ed Bonk for his promotional expertise, to everyone that has given so much airplay support, and to all those who reported to ZMR.

Many thanks too for the wonderful reviews from…


Added by Keith Driskill on June 18, 2011 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Buffalo Springfield at Bonnaroo - experience the magic


Added by Gil on June 14, 2011 at 7:12pm — No Comments

Guitar Arrangement lesson (Misty)

I’m currently working an arrangement of the song Misty. It was written in 1954 by the pianist Errol Garner, originally as an instrumental. However, it’s always good to get familiar with a vocal version of a song before starting an arrangement and I particularly like the version by Ella Fitzgerald in the songbook pages. As for a guitar instrumental version, Joe Pass’s version on his album Vituoso #2 in the …


Added by Fingerpickingguitar on June 14, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Stephen Stills & Richie Furay talk backstage at Bonaroo

The video won't embed here but this is an interesting conversation about the Buffalo Springfield:

Added by Gil on June 13, 2011 at 4:41pm — No Comments

A Treasure- Neil Young discusses The International Harvesters

Some very cool history here.

He talks in detail about all the musicians he played with during the International Harvesters period (1984-1985). I was lucky enough to see one of their shows in 1984. They announced the show earlier that day and I had to rush to get tickets.

They played a small country western bar so got to see them up…


Added by Gil on June 13, 2011 at 3:01pm — 2 Comments

An emotional day

Jackie, my wife, and I went to visit Larry today. Larry is the drummer I've made reference to in my other posts.

He is in very bad shape having lost a lot of weight. His face is drawn and he is rail thin, This was a 6' 3", 230 lb. framed guy. Sitting before me was a skeleton of the man I knew.


He was having a "good" day and that was less than perfect. He was obviously in a lot of pain but had only taken Tylenol so he wouldn't be in a stupor or fall asleep while we…


Added by Terry Angelli on June 12, 2011 at 7:26pm — 7 Comments

So sad

Yesterday I spoke with our drummers wife. His doctors have taken him off all medications and stopped the chemo therapy. It turns out that the tumor on his pancreas decreased due to the treatment but the liver and bone cancer did not respond as well. Now the liver cancer has gotten very aggressive and his liver is failing. Hospice has been called in and his wife says it is a matter of days.

Right now I'm at home waiting for his wife to call to let me know that he is up for a visit.… Continue

Added by Terry Angelli on June 11, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Satori : A Momentary Flash of Enlightenment

Emanation of light » by Limonc)

Back in 1998, I underwent a very peculiar experience, indeed, thus far at least, a once-in-a-lifetime event, which opened many doors for me and confirmed some of the directions I had previously chosen.

In time, I came to consider this occurrence as an instance of satori, a sudden…


Added by Christopher Stewart on June 10, 2011 at 9:04am — No Comments

Making A New Album

So I started working on my new album.  I'm calling it "Alive".  I started writing and arranging pieces for it over two years ago.  I've got my new home studio built and set up.  I've already started working on the first piece.  


I've always wondered what the recording process of some of my favorite musicians was like or any behind the scenes videos of how they do things.  I get really excited when I see a video like Pat Metheny talking about how he uses the Bose L1 system or…


Added by David Youngman on June 10, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Childrens Guitar Lessons (Colourstrings)

I thought I’d share with you an article I wrote on the colourstrings teaching method as I think it helps explain my views on ear training and guitar teaching in general. As I explain in the article, I’ve used the method in the past for teaching children from ages 6 upwards and I do believe that some of the basic principles apply to learning a musical instrument no matter what age you are.

The Colourstrings Teaching Method



Added by Fingerpickingguitar on June 7, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Portrait : Everyday Was The Same

Glass of Beer and Playing Cards » by Juan Gris)

everyday was the same

but she wouldn't notice

oblivious to the game

that had become practice

well, many times she had

but she couldn't stand it

it always felt so bad

better to deny it

rising… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on June 6, 2011 at 5:59am — No Comments

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