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August 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Stefan Grossman Guitar Workshop audio books/DVD- Acoustic Blues Students in San Diego California


I live in Tijuana, México, and I began to study guitar 4 years ago. In the last year and half I've be trying to learn to play acoustic blues. I have bought several methods and I have found that a lot of them are very useful (John Miller, Ernie Hawkins, Stefan Grossman and Kenny Sultan audio books and DVD's.) I would like to be in contact with players in the San Diego area (San Diego, La Mesa, Chula Vista, San Ysidro) who might have studied from these books, with an obvious…


Added by Manuel Romero on August 31, 2010 at 11:01am — No Comments

Looking for Vancouver Island Bluegrass Players...

I've just moved to Mill Bay and am looking for others to jam with. My level of play is Advanced Beginner (or Retarded Intermediate) mostly, although I've played for a good while, and can do well at some songs; simpler arrangements. That said, I enjoy jamming with both those more experienced/better players and those less. It is the joy of playing with others that floats my kayac. I play guitar and banjo.

I hosted "slow jams" in Alaska and California which worked reasonably…


Added by Pete A on August 30, 2010 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Featured Article on "Head Above Music" Website

This week Brandon is featured on the website "Head Above Music" in an article about the importance and excitement of a musician's first recording session. He also gives a few personal tips!

Check it out!!…


Added by Brandon McHose on August 30, 2010 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Guitar Shops - Toronto

Hi there, travelling to TO next month on a bit of a holiday,was wondering if anyone knows of a good guitar shop or the like I might spend some time wandering through in Toronto? Not looking for anything specific (but have been pondering a nice Alhambra nylon cross-over for awhile, like most guitars in NZ, pricey as!)

Oh, places to go for jam sessions or the like too if known?



Added by Steve O'Donnell on August 18, 2010 at 2:10am — No Comments

songwriting advice from Billy Dean:

songwriting advice from Billy Dean:
1. write for young people, lovers
2. write short verses
3. strong hook
4. lots of energy
This man knows the scoop!

Added by SteveO Mallis on August 17, 2010 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Digital Story Teller

Before attending the NewSpace2010 conference I had new business cards made up, which I love. The question and response I always get when I hand one out to people is my title: “Digital Story Teller.” In business (nay, in LIFE) we think in terms of stories. The ability to sell someone on an idea, a concept, a proposal, a product or project, ties back to the story. There’s a story behind it, and even if it’s not my responsibility to learn it or contribute to it directly (the way I may if I’m… Continue

Added by Mike Zawitkowski on August 17, 2010 at 11:06am — No Comments

Is anyone else getting spammed on this forum?

Is any one else getting spam on this site?

Added by Lance Allen on August 17, 2010 at 6:44am — 4 Comments

Bone Versus Ivory---Bridge Pins and Bridges

Although this may be an old and perhaps worn out topic, I am seeking out opinions and observations regarding bone/ivory bridge pins and saddles. Has anyone compared bone to ivory and if so, what observations have you made. I am new to this community so please forgive me if I am 'beating a dead horse'. Thanks

Added by Peter Anthony Aguanno on August 16, 2010 at 10:43pm — 2 Comments

Mashers On The Road and Myke Barritt Music Trust News

Watcha Fans.................. hehehe

Well it's been a busy couple of weeks since I last tapped out a few words for you here.

Catch up on the News Blogs in all the usual places and HERE

The highlights for those who cant be botheed to plough through my dull prose...............

Some very rough tracks of the new Masher sound - I sound as if I'm… Continue

Added by Richard Millard (Masher) on August 16, 2010 at 5:48am — No Comments

Broken Song...

If a song doesn't work for you - consider changing the key...

There are two main reasons for changing key:

For ease of playing - possibly using 'friendler' chord shapes

(Plus the new key may give you some 'free' open bass strings...)

And ease of singing - to avoid straining your voice.

Occasionally I move out of the guitar friendly CAGED keys - view my Youtube song…


Added by Clive Davies on August 14, 2010 at 2:05am — No Comments


Having a relatively good practice session tonight. The last few days I

have been hampered by effects of a recent medical procedure complicated

by tiredness. But tonight I was… Continue

Added by Patrick Smith on August 13, 2010 at 4:04am — No Comments

Pete Christie artist interview 'Taking You There With His Songs' in Maverick Magazine by Russell Hill

Maverick Magazine

The voice of country, folk, bluegrass and roots music

Issue 97 August 2010…


Added by Pete Christie on August 12, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Shaking the cobwebs out of an old song...

If you have a song that doesn't work...

Try changing the key.

Jump off the 'tramlines' of familiar chord progressions.

You can of course go further and change the rhythm...

Or the chords...

Try to 'Jazzify' it...

Even 'Bluesify' it...

These steps will quite often unleash potential that you didn't know you…


Added by Clive Davies on August 11, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Dan Wilson

This is a song for our friend Dan Wilson, who was a

lovely,inspirational,kind man,a wonderful filmmaker,friend and musician

and missed by us all.

Dan was the bass player in a band I was in for many years.

Its a free Download EP:

He passed away last Sunday.

Please watch his short films here… Continue

Added by Matt Stevens on August 6, 2010 at 11:12am — No Comments

New Greenfield G4 Koa Guitar at Guitar Gallery

WOW !!

We just received one of the guitars that Michael displayed at the Montreal Guitar Festival. It is a FAN Fret, Reserve grade Koa G4 model with Bevel, Side sound port, and cutaway. Please visit our website for more details at

Added by GUITAR GALLERY on August 5, 2010 at 1:15pm — No Comments

"Dazzo" acoustic pickups site !!

Hey check out our acoustic pickup site !!!!

Gryphons Stringed instruments has us and so does Chandlers Guitars in the UK ! They both do installs as do we , visit -

Teddy RandaZZo

Added by Teddy Randazzo Jr on August 4, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments Check them out ! Not a FRAP !

Check out
Intro Priced at $75 each , passive , work with most preamps , no holes or batteries ! Easily removable , no stain or damage !

Added by Teddy Randazzo Jr on August 3, 2010 at 7:57pm — No Comments

One Phrase at at Time

In preparing for the upcoming performances this week I have continued to

apply the principles of the Alexander Technique. This has meant more

time spent with working with how I "use the self," which has taken away

from time spent on 'playing notes.' In embracing the technique in this

way I have also introduced much confusion in my playing. At times

thinking of the directions while playing, judging myself for how I am

applying AT or not, and wondering when I'll… Continue

Added by Patrick Smith on August 2, 2010 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Created to play

I was created to be a guitar player. That sounds ridiculous and arrogant, but it's the simple truth. I didn't understand the congenital passion for guitars and music until I became a man, but it started to manifest at a very early age

Some of my earliest recollections of childhood involve acoustic guitars. When I was just old enough to start retaining permanent memories, I fell in love with images of acoustic guitars.I recall looking at advertisements on the back of comic books that… Continue

Added by Smitty on August 2, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

You thought we had gone away. But we're BACK!!

Yes this weeks bumper edition of the News Blog is up - it's huge - it's big - and even I was running out of superlatives to describe the events of the past week adequately.

We review Acoustic Rotherham 8 - point you to the pictures and a couple of videos we shot as an experiment.

We review what was Myke's Birthday Bash - if you want to be thanked you'll have to go to the News Blog. If you want to find out how much was raised for the Trust - yes, you'll have to go to the… Continue

Added by Richard Millard (Masher) on August 1, 2010 at 1:24pm — No Comments

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