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September 2010 Blog Posts (26)

Gary Tipping-artist review

"With a light and airy falsetto vocal style, Gary Tipping, is standing on the forefront of musical mastery. This independent artist from the United Kingdom is far from elementary when it comes to his music styling.

Gary is a self-taught musician that has natural talent. His guitar and keyboard is the playground in which his esoteric lyrics find a home. This…


Added by Gary Tipping on September 30, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Fretboard dots, 9th or 10th fret?

As I'm not a gipsy jazz player myself (not yet, got plenty of time to learn), I've never noticed that the Gipsy Jazzguitars had
a dot on the 10th fret, rather then…

Added by roland belloir on September 30, 2010 at 1:01am — No Comments

Gary Tipping-artist review

"For those music fans who enjoy the songs of Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and James Taylor then look out for British singer/songwriter Gary Tipping. He has a unique way of touching the heart and soul of a listener with his soft vocal style and emotive song writing. This is folk/pop at its best."

Source: Hilary Corrigan, Music Reviewer at The Web Music…


Added by Gary Tipping on September 29, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Taku Sakashta: The trial of Josh Begley

A jury found Josh Begley guilty of the first degree murder of Taku Sakashta today after a month-long trial in Sonoma County Superior Court.

The reading of the verdicts was interrupted by two outbursts by Begley. After the court clerk read that the jury had found him guilty of murder, Begley turned toward his family in the audience, waved and said, "Bye." The court admonished him not to speak during the reading of the verdicts, but when the clerk began to read the portion…

Added by Bart Scott on September 28, 2010 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Gary Tipping-artist review

"Gary Tipping is a British singer/songwriter and an independent music artist who writes and produces his own songs and music videos. His folk/acoustic songs are as personal and intimate as a John Lennon song and sung in the easy listening style of a Paul Simon song. During 2009 he won several awards for his singing, song writing and music video production and he rightly deserves this international…


Added by Gary Tipping on September 27, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Natural Talent On Guitar: You Have More Than You Think!

There are a few things I find myself repeating over and over to the many students I meet in the course of my teaching days, students of all ages, genders, and guitar styles. One is "your shoulder is tense, relax it". Another is "you have a lot of talent for guitar, but it is covered up by bad habits you got from wrong practice".

Almost always, the student is shocked to hear this. In fact, they have trouble believing it. They don't think I am serious when I tell them they have a lot… Continue

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on September 26, 2010 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

New Guitar Pick


The Magnetapick is the only guitar pick in the world that will magnetically adhere to most metal surface - guitar strings, mic stands, etc. - without affecting the tone of your instrument.
--Increases blood flow to your hand during use
--Made from recycled materials
...--Sticks to strings on all electric guitars-
-Cool design
-Made in the USA

Added by Joe Pick on September 25, 2010 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Gary Tipping-artist review

"This is a unique compilation video that showcases Gary's talents quite admirably as an emotive singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer. Song extracts are well set, and helps communicate the over-all feel of Gary's music and personable style. With excellent sound quality, and some insightful camera work, this video serves as an excellent example to all artists about the power and possibilities that a promo video can…


Added by Gary Tipping on September 25, 2010 at 5:05am — No Comments

Graduated fingerboard relief and radius

Michael McCarthy lives in California, where he plays jazz and
hand crafts archtop guitars. In this article he discusses one of the
little-understood subtleties of designing and making fretted
Enjoy the read,


Added by Bob Newby on September 22, 2010 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Acoustic Guitar Amps

All: I am considering purchasing a medium priced acoustic amp. I am looking at the Fishman Loudbox 100 and the Ultrasound cp 100. Any thoughts on these amps or any others in this price range? I currently play a Martin HD-28.

Added by Gregory Thomas Baldwin on September 20, 2010 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments


Well I went to Winfield and had a blast. Of all the practice and hard work, I did not get placed in the top 5. There were some tough competitors this year and I had a great time meeting people and hanging out.

Now if anyone ever goes, they must camp, it is the best way to experience Winfield. I've never seen a mosh pit for a bluegrass jam, but there certainly was one, minus the moshing. But a big crowd in front of a small stage for sure.

Well I'm off to practice for the… Continue

Added by Lance Allen on September 20, 2010 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

Method of Writing - PLAY!

A friend on line asked me a question last evening regarding creating music - "what is your method of writing?" The quick answer is I have no method, but I do have a guitar and ears. In my early days in Guitar Craft, I was told by Robert that I was practicing too many exercises, too much technique. That part of my practice each day should among other aspects of music making, be to just - PLAY! Play without concern for technique, to see if I could harvest the fruits of my practice. This was… Continue

Added by Patrick Smith on September 19, 2010 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Folia by Arcangelo Corelli

'I obtained from the Biblioteca Nacional in Mexico a colonial manuscript of baroque guitar music which contains a fragment (about the first 90 bars) of a follia by Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713). I have reconstructed it for baroque guitar, and also have made an arrangement for classical guitar. I have posted a recording of it made with the… Continue

Added by Zavaletas on September 18, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments


A poetic island in a musical stream... entitled « Outgrow » :

That which you can't abide

Embrace as if a friend

Once you two have allied

No thing will make you bend

That which you can't escape

Welcome as a teacher

You will never espouse

More talented lover

That which you won't challenge

Can't ever make you wise

But that which you surpass

In freedom makes you rise

That which you merely… Continue

Added by Christopher Stewart on September 16, 2010 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Web streamed event this weekend for the Multiple Sclerosis Scoiety


Finally we have the line up for the Ustream festival this weekend - I'm really excited about this. 14 Performers from across the globe coming together to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society - wonderful.

If you have a blog PLEASE help us by blogging about the event or tweet or tell your mates on… Continue

Added by Matt Stevens on September 16, 2010 at 5:29am — No Comments

New guitar!!!

The Gibson Les Paul

Studio. Color is Alpine White with gold hardware. 2007 with full sized

humbuckers (490 and 496) = more powerful, more of a dirty crunch and overdrive,

as opposed to my 74' Les Paul Deluxe with mini humbucker pickups. The new one

takes a classic 80's style pickup system with the comfort and light weight…

Added by Brandon McHose on September 15, 2010 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Sooner Or Later

("Multiac Nylon" by poligraf)

Today’s music does not comes from Poligraf’s catalogue as such. Rather, it is a piece for solo guitar that I intend to publish on an album of about ten acoustic compositions, all arranged…


Added by Christopher Stewart on September 15, 2010 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Any Jason Simpson Guitars fans out there? (Besides me?)

Hi all,
Just wanted to let everyone out there know that, right now, there is an amazing Jason Simpson guitar for sale at Dream Guitars. (No, I don't work for them... I just think Jason is an amazing luthier...) It's a used 2004 GA model, and the sound is out of this world.... you can listen on the web site. Jason is fetching $9000+ for his new models, and this one's a deal at $3600. I own a 2007 GA, and it is extraordinary.

Added by Angela Zaragoza on September 13, 2010 at 5:11pm — No Comments


This was written for a concert I took part in where eleven different artists took turns

playing a 1929 Martin OM 28, one of the first nine ever made! It was a

magic night.


September 10, 2010

I wonder, can you recollect,

whose fingers have…


Added by Doug Adamz on September 13, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

We now carry Rafael Roman guitars.

I am proud to announce that we are now carrying the Rafael Roman line of guitars. See Rafael Roman.

Added by Zavaletas on September 12, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

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