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October 2009 Blog Posts (18)

How Are You Growing As A Guitarist?

I have just posted my examination of this question........really the most important question for guitar students, in my group "The Student Advocate"

I would like to hear your thoughts!


Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 30, 2009 at 10:08am — No Comments

This week on Work & Worry... Yair Yona and Alasdair Roberts!

Yair Yona is a great acoustic guitarist, in the Fahey/Takoma vein, but with a modern, indie-rock inspired twist :

Interview : Yair Yona

...and a review of the new Alasdair Roberts mini-album "The Wyrd Meme"

Revew : "The Wyrd Meme"

Check it out! Work & Worry is… Continue

Added by Raymond Morin on October 29, 2009 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Fingers On...Fingers Off

I often make the point to students that paying attention to when fingers need to come off is as important as paying attention to when they need to go on the strings.

I just had a student of my classical foundation course post a video that illustrates this nicely. He usually masters every piece flawlessly.....but in the last piece by Sor, he messes up a passage toward the end. He doesn't know it (yet), but it is because particulars fingers are not coming off at the right… Continue

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 28, 2009 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Student Pushes Through Shearer Classical Book

I have a student who, like many, was wasting time by getting too hung up on each piece in the Shearer book (which I use as a textbook for my classical course). Even after he had done a good job, he kept working at it to try to get it as fast as he heard somebody else play it

That is fine, but he was neglecting going forward, which is very important at this stage.

So I have been pushing him. He sent me a video of his results after 2 weeks with 2 new pieces. They are quite… Continue

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 26, 2009 at 7:20am — No Comments

Architecture Dissertation: what dissertation topics to present relating to some new current affairs in architecture?

Architecture is the art and science of scheming out and construct buildings and other physical structures by a person or a computer, primarily to provide shelter. It is the art or science of building; exclusively: the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially livable ones.

For your architecture dissertation you are required to do methodical research work.… Continue

Added by Rose Tyler on October 25, 2009 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Reasons for false starts uncovered.......

A student was wondering why he keeps messing up the beginning of his pieces when trying to play for others. I gave him a simple exercise to perform which showed him the reason very quickly!

Read it...........

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 23, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

Air on the G string (BWV1068) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in tab

taken from my guitar blog

Air on the G-string is Bach's ever popular song. I love this song and I find it both challenging and a joy to play. This song is so beautiful and expressive, you would have to be a rock not to be moved by it's melody. Recently, I have had a song request in my blog to cover this song so that gave me the push to revisit Air on the G string. Of all the bach songs I have done, this is the song that I have the… Continue

Added by christian liang on October 19, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

PA Systems

I've had a few different PA set-ups in my day. The last radical change was from the usual 2 speaker style to the Bose L1 line array speaker system with a single totem pole type stand which acts as mains and monitors all in one simple set-up. The only problem for me was the weight of the base which houses the 2 amps and mixer. It does take up less room than a conventional set-up and is quicker to set up but that one piece is too heavy for me so....Bose now has the L1Compact. A lighter version… Continue

Added by Downtown Freddy Brown on October 18, 2009 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

Pierre Bensusan on Work & Worry!

Pierre has a new box set and documentary film in the works! Read all about it on!

Added by Raymond Morin on October 15, 2009 at 5:41pm — 1 Comment

Correction for “Africa,” as arranged by Andy McKee

We’ve discovered an unfortunate error in our transcription of Andy McKee’s fingerstyle arrangement of “Africa” in the November 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar. The tuning key listed is slightly (but significantly!) off the mark—the tuning that we printed was D G D G B D, but should have been D G D G A D. The notes and tab numbers are correct, as is the second-fret capo. We’re deeply sorry about any confusion this may have caused.

McKee recently uploaded several new… Continue

Added by Dan Apczynski, Education Editor on October 15, 2009 at 12:59pm — 1 Comment

Didn't know I had a blog....

I don't know if I will find time to use this feature or not but we'll get it started anyway. I'm 57 and live in Brampton, ON, Canada. I have been playing guitar since I was 12. Guitar was not my first (or my last) instrument I learned to play. I started palying trumpet when I was 8. I now play trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, French Horn, guitar, bass, 5 string banjo, mandolin, uke, pedal steel, recorder, harmonicas, dulcimer, canjo...I think that's it. Now I want to try sitar and tabla. I play… Continue

Added by Downtown Freddy Brown on October 15, 2009 at 7:25am — No Comments

New Dave Rawlings Album and Upcoming Interview in Acoustic Guitar

We're excited to hear about the upcoming realease of the Dave Rawlings Machine album, A Friend of a Friend. Acoustic Guitar senior editor Scott Nygaard spent a few hours with Rawlings when he and Gillian Welch were playing Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco two weeks ago, and got a lot of great insight into Rawlings singular guitar style. Look for a feature story in an upcoming issue of Acoustic… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on October 14, 2009 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

I got a new website

So check it out and click on some of the sponsors.

Check it out.

Added by Lance Allen on October 13, 2009 at 4:55pm — No Comments

This week on Work & Worry... Dave Evans, Pairdown tour journal!

Head over to Work & Worry for a new review of Dave Evans' recently reissued masterpiece "Sad Pig Dance", as well as the comprehensive Raymond Morin / Pairdown September tour journal!

Next week, we'll have a review of the new album by Glenn Jones!

Added by Raymond Morin on October 9, 2009 at 1:55pm — No Comments

WHo want to take some guitar lessons online.

I now teach with the use of skype video conferencing and i"m building my schedule. shoot me an email to get more info on lessons, or call me on skype. My name on skype is… Continue

Added by Lance Allen on October 9, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Wants to get more gigs

That's that. I have press kit, cd's guitar, and all that stuff. Nashville is tough, but possible to beat. Tell me what you think.

Added by Lance Allen on October 3, 2009 at 7:11pm — No Comments

A Special Froggy Bottom Guitar

Michael Millard of Froggy Bottom Guitars sent the following note about a special guitar he recently completed in commemoration of his friend, Thomas Humphrey. Often a great guitar gets built with best of intentions.

The story is best told in Michael's words:

For three years in the early ‘70’s, the two young guys actually building the guitars in the renowned New York workshop of Michael Gurian were Thomas… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on October 2, 2009 at 5:07pm — 5 Comments

I now teach online guitar lessons with skype if anyone is interested.

I've just begun teaching online guitar lessons. With the use of free skype software and a webcam we can do lessons in the comfort of our own homes.

1. Get a free skype account at

2. email to schedule an appointment

3. Have high speed internet an web cam

4. Be able to pay with paypal.

5. guitar ready!

All I ask is that you have a little experience already with the guitar.Be able play some chords and maybe a song, perhaps… Continue

Added by Lance Allen on October 2, 2009 at 2:04pm — No Comments

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