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August 2009 Blog Posts (29)


Having fun right now in the middle of my 5th annual 'Gillacamp' in Troy Ohio hosted by Sound City Music. As usual it seems that the highlight for the students is the camaraderie among the pickers and 'my' highlight is recognizing that there are still people out there willing to learn how to use a metronome and study a little bit of music theory.

Having a blast and I hope to see some of you at a future camp or show. Keep on playing, work on a new piece every day, and above all shoot… Continue

Added by Richard Gilewitz on August 30, 2009 at 2:05am — No Comments

Online Lessons

Ok, so I started taking lessons but now I lost my job and not longer have an income. I am doing odd jobs to pay for medical and Dental insurance for my family, plus rent. Anyway, I want to keep up with my guitar lessons and wonder if you could recommend a good online source for free lessons. I don't want to have to start all over. Thanks

Added by Lincoln Builds on August 27, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Mike Seeger and the Strange Creek Singers

There have been many tributes to Mike Seeger since he passed away last month at the age of 75, but I thought I would add a personal one. Seeger and his music came into my life at an impressionable time—my first year of college and my first year of seriously trying to learn to play the guitar—1974. I had come under the sway of Doc Watson and Clarence White and the progressive bluegrass scene of the early ’70s but old-time music would end up having as much of an influence on me as anything, and I… Continue

Added by Scott Nygaard on August 26, 2009 at 12:41pm — 2 Comments

without music, life would be a mistake

So true, they have successfully taken music out of our public schools and we want to help bring music back to our community!
Music can make a child smarter and help them learn faster, have them listen to classical as a young child!

Added by Steve Cano on August 23, 2009 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Music Around the World Travels to Ireland

I have been asked to submit a weekly blog for the Live2Play Network. Tune in for stories about my travels. Click on this link for the newest post. Just go to and click on latest blogs. You'll see several.

Added by Richard Gilewitz on August 22, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Story of RainSong

A new day in guitar design and construction dawned on the music world one rainy afternoon on Maui. Dr. John Decker, a physicist with degrees in aeronautical engineering and a doctorate in plasma physics, was attending an outdoor wedding when a sudden shower began to drench the party, including the solo guitarist. Decker, a classical guitarist himself, sympathized with the player's dilemma: Should he run for cover and risk the wrath of the bride's… Continue

Added by RainSong Graphite Guitars on August 20, 2009 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Worland Guitars

I live in southern Illinois and have been looking for a custom handmade acoustic in the $3K-4K range. I saw an add for in AG for Worland Guitars located in Rockford and logged onto their website. Does anyone have any experience with Worlands?

Added by Steven K Warren on August 19, 2009 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

EVERYONE IS INVITED - END OF SUMMER PARTY - featuring the zAck borer band!


Added by Zack Borer on August 17, 2009 at 7:13pm — No Comments

New Tabs Blind Mary and The Slave's dream

On my home page you will find a tab for Blind Mary. Blind Mary is one of Turlough O'Carolan's lovely melodies composed for harp. It translates really well to the guitar. Here is a simple arrangement. I put it in D as that is the key my wife plays it on fiddle. This is an easy arrangement but there are a few ornaments that may need work. Please do no re-publish this version without my permission.

The Slaves Dream is a lovely 19th century song melody which was preserved as a folk tune… Continue

Added by Steve Gadd on August 16, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Acoustic Cover Song: "Requiem for a Dream" (Lux Aeterna)

For you fans of the movie "Requiem for a Dream," please anjoy our acoustic guitar version of the theme song ("Lux Aeterna").

Check it out on our Videos page. Thanks for watching/listening!

-Socci & Pency

Added by Socci and Pency on August 15, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Guitarist and innovator Les Paul dies at age 94

A giant in the world of guitar has died. I had the chance to see Les Paul at his weekly show in New York City at the Iridium about five years ago. He could still play and he certainly entertained the packed crowd with his between-song banter. Pick up an electric guitar today and make some noise in his honor. Click here for a nice obit.

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on August 13, 2009 at 11:20am — 6 Comments

TiSONIX Titanium Bridge Pins > 21st Century MilSpec Technology with Old School Quality

This is an unsolicited testimonial for the new TiSonix Titanium alloy bridge pins. My 60th birthday is coming up this December and I have been writing and performing since my early '20's on acoustic guitars. I have tried all the super expensive hand built custom jobs. I've tried McPhersons, Larivees, vintage Gibsons, Martins and Guilds and own a 1976 Ovation Patriot. For my needs the Taylor Leo Kottke model 12 and 6 string with ESS retrofitted have given me the playability and TONE I've been… Continue

Added by Lem Genovese on August 12, 2009 at 4:37pm — No Comments

Pre-order "Uncorked - Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff"

Well, I can finally share the good news! Al Stewart will be releasing, "Uncorked - Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff"! If you have ever wanted to have a live album of "Al and Dave" - an official, live release - then this is your opportunity. This CD is no bootleg or "Board Tape". Over 70 hours of work went into mixing and editing the tracks, and many more hours went into planning the recording and release. It features thirteen songs, including… Continue

Added by Dave Nachmanoff on August 12, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Check out the article in Dave Nachmanoff in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine


* Chris Jones: "In The Pines"

* Flatpick Profile: The Shaw Brothers and "Brilliance"

* CD Highlight: Dave Nachmanoff and "Midnight Sea"


* Dawn in December Craig Vance

* Rhythm Guitar: "A' Soalin" Joe Carr

* Beginner's Page: "Sophronie" Dan Huckabee

* Kaufman's Corner: "Tennessee Wagoner" Steve Kaufman

* Taking It To The Next Level: "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming"… Continue

Added by Dave Nachmanoff on August 11, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

I is for ?

Intelligence, Intermission, or Injury.

I woke this morning with stiffness in my left shoulder, just about where the weight of the guitar rests. This happens at times. Years ago I learned to relax this area as I was "lifting' this shoulder to meet the weight of the guitar. Of course I did not know I was doing this until a friend of mine from the world of dance, Bob Dunn, watched me play. I have also had irritation in the area if I turn my neck to watch my hands while I play. And… Continue

Added by Patrick Smith on August 10, 2009 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

The Music Of Poligraf : The Dam part 4

(Daniel-Johnson's Manic 5 dam in Quebec, Canada - photo by Pierre cb)

Part 4 of The Dam is entitled simply “Dam.” In the storyline, this is when the obstacle is recognized and the necessity of dealing with it is…


Added by Christopher Stewart on August 10, 2009 at 11:48am — No Comments

Great guitar workshop!

I am quite appreciative to everyone who came out Thursday evening (46 people!) for my guitar workshop at the East Brunswick Public Library in E. Brunswick NJ. I was quite amazed by the range of attendees - from a nine-year-old with his First Act guitar (which I tuned and fixed a broken string) to seniors and everyone in between.

Given the scope of the of the evening and the constraint on time I did modify my presentation a bit and lightened my emphasis on some details while focusing… Continue

Added by Matt Richards on August 9, 2009 at 7:38am — No Comments

Quality Equipment is Expensive - I Have A Solution

I know all to well the cost of quality equipment. Guitars, amps, microphones, PA Systems and did I mention the desire to have multiple guitars?

I have purchased a lot of equipment from one supplier and referred a ton of business to them from people at church. As a result one of the owners has asked if I would be interested in acting as an outside Representative. So, if any of you would like a quote on anything. Please drop me a line. Anything that you would find at any major music… Continue

Added by Fred Thomas on August 8, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

Tap Into This!

If you haven’t seen it already, I fully invite you to drop whatever you’re doing and check out the new two-handed tapping lesson at The article (which also appears in the September 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar) was written by acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Thomas Leeb and is an excellent primer for anyone who has ever wondered how to properly beat on an acoustic guitar.

Mr. Leeb was… Continue

Added by Dan Apczynski, Education Editor on August 7, 2009 at 4:45pm — 2 Comments

The Music Of Poligraf : The Winged Life

("The Winged Man" by Odilon Redon)

"The Winged Life" takes its name from the following verse by William Blake :

He who binds himself to a joy

Does the winged life…

Added by Christopher Stewart on August 7, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

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