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November 2009 Blog Posts (23)

American Bison (Buffalo) Hide Instrument Straps From the Lakota Sioux Nation!

Hello to all!

Just wanted to make a quick post about our company. We are Lakota Leathers, a company based on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. We manufacture American Bison (Buffalo) hide guitar, resophonic guitar, mandolin, and banjo straps as well as braided Elk hide mandolin straps. All of our straps are manufactured in the homes of the Sioux people. Pine Ridge is home to the poorest county in the entire United States, and we are trying to make a small impact on those… Continue

Added by Lakota Leathers on November 29, 2009 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Finished Recording Our CD

Good news, we have finished recording our original songs for the CD. Now we get to cleanup whatever we need to and complete the mix down. Smoke Tree is looking at about mid January or early February for it's release. I will place one of the songs on this site to get your opinions on. I will keep you informed of any other news.

Added by David Church on November 28, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Acoustic percussion stompboxes?

I'm interested to know what people are looking for in the design of an percussive acoustic stompbox? I make the Wazinator stompbox and I'm looking for feedback and opinions. W

Added by Waz Porter on November 26, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

One Small Part

In Guitar Craft I have learned how changing one small part changes everything. This is subtle, something I have experienced in my guitar practice many times before, and I continue to be amazed when I experience this again. Tonight I decided to focus on one section of Dandelion Wish that I play poorly. Has to do with moving from playing lots of arpeggios into playing an artificial harmonic, getting my right hand back to more… Continue

Added by Patrick Smith on November 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Free Guitar Tuner for the PC

Hi fellow guitarists,

Besides monkeying around on the guitar, i like to do flash design work. I make websites and simple games in flash. Thats my job. Anyway, I made a guitar tuner for the computer that i would love to share with you. It works on pc and the mac. and best news of all is that i am giving it away FREE. All i am asking in return is your email address so i can send you the guitar application.

so please visit my website… Continue

Added by christian liang on November 25, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Nice review of Overtones in Acoustic magazine (U.K.)

"Having written soundtracks for documentaries about rural America, Menasché has been inspired to record this collection of acoustic guitar instrumentals to celebrate a simpler, slower way of life. It’s suitably austere and uncluttered, with no pretentious gimmicks or effects muddying the big, beautiful tone of his three

Guild guitars. There are 14 original compositions plus the jazz standard ‘Goodbye Porkpie Hat’ here, and the harmony between the tracks reflects the natural diversity of his… Continue

Added by Emile Menasche on November 24, 2009 at 8:35pm — No Comments

CD almost finished, some thoughts on the process.

I am currently wrapping up a solo celtic guitar cd, and thought i would write a bit on the process, just in case other folks are interested. I know i like to read about other folks recording cds.

I have been playing guitar about 15 years, and arranging celtic music for about 7 years or so i think. In that time i have compiled a handful of tunes that i like, and started to seriously think about doing a cd a few years ago. But i kept putting it off, wasnt the right time, etc. Then i… Continue

Added by Anton Emery on November 24, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Sublime reuniting ?!?

Sounds like the coolest thing ever ! As a mega sublime fan, the thought of seeing two of the three original members of Sublime is like a dream come true. There are alot of people out there getting really upset over the whole thing; not excited. Obviously, a reunion with all three members is out of the question. So, why are people getting so mad.

What do you guys think ? I am with the Dirty Heads on this one ! I think its amazing and can't wait to see them live !


Added by ColeClarkGuitarsNA on November 24, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Students Amazing Before & After -done for free & online!

At we run a forum where people working with my practice methods post videos of their progress, and I and others give feedback and tell them what is needed for improvement. Recently, a student working with my basic left hand foundation exercises (designed to give all students a perfect and fully functioning left hand) posted the results of his latest work of improving is finger strength, stretch, and relaxed… Continue

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on November 24, 2009 at 8:15am — No Comments

Experts in Acoustic Sound

Have a question about amplifying your acoustic sound? Curious about the acoustic amplifier industry? Join us today for a discussion with Dean Markley and Greg Farres about acoustic guitar amplification.

They'll be available in the forum at the discussion titled "Chat with Dean Markley and Greg Farres of UltraSound Amps, Experts in Acoustic Sound." Check in from 10 AM to 12 PM PST (12 - 1 PM… Continue

Added by Acoustic Guitar on November 23, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

First blog ever.

Hello All !

My name is Brent and I am the North American artist rep. for one of the greatest guitar manufactures in the whole world. We are called Cole Clark Guitars. We started in Melbourne, Australia, and are now global ! We make high quality, environmentally friendly guitars at affordable price points. We love hard working artists and want to ensure they have a guitar that matches their skill, determination and style.

Our innovative pickup system, which has the… Continue

Added by ColeClarkGuitarsNA on November 21, 2009 at 11:48am — 1 Comment

New Album harp guitar; fingerstyle

On my new album "Turning point" (label Harp Guitar Music), you can hear 13 songs of fingerstyle guitar; 8 songs are played and recorded with a fantastic Brunner harp guitar and 5 tunes with a fabulous Wingert 6 strings!
Here is a link to discover it:

Added by Philippe Fouquet on November 21, 2009 at 2:13am — No Comments

Fix Your Technique At GuitarPrinciples!

At we regularly fix up guitar player's technique using methods that are based on the laws of how the body learns. "The Principles System" of learning guitar is scientific, so it works for everyone who uses it, enabling them to get rid of any playing problems they have, or avoid getting them in the first place!

I was very happy to get this typical note from someone who just discovered GuitarPrinciples, she is a… Continue

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on November 19, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments

Mashable Review : Free Music Monday

Antiqcool: Girl in a Room — Wistful, sad and beautifully spare track with acoustic guitar, vocals and synth.

Free Music Monday

Added by Pete Smith on November 16, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Making music is a labour of love, making money is a by-product.

In a perfect world we would give all our music away for free and survive on touring revenue, merchandising and licensing income. Alas this is not always possible. In order to eat we have to sell a few CD’s. The good news is that much of our catalog has been released under this creative commons license We have made many Antiqcool songs free to download for a reason, we want you to… Continue

Added by Pete Smith on November 16, 2009 at 8:36pm — No Comments

The Sound of Koa

Here is my 2 cent version:

The beauty of a Koa top, all Koa guitar, can be misleading; the tonality can really vary having nothing to do with the grain configuration, flameyness (new word?), or color. In other words, an AAAAA quality Koa might not sound as good as an AA quality Koa. Concerning the tone, compared to a Spruce top where the notes rise and jump out quickly, Koa is not as powerful as Spruce and the sustain tends to be a more even sustain. I would describe the sound to be a… Continue

Added by Russ Lewark (Koaguitarman) on November 16, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Playing Problems - Not A Problem, But A Process!

It's Not a Problem, It's a Process!

When you have a problem in playing, you SHOULD get excited and interested. You SHOULD say "oh goodie, another opportunity to explore, experiment, study, and form new conclusions that will result in me being a better player". I know, I know, the only result you get when you have a problem is that big hole in your bedroom wall where you threw your favorite axe!

But, it is possible to achieve the great state of maturity enjoyed by myself… Continue

Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on November 12, 2009 at 5:39pm — 2 Comments

Any thoughts regarding a Fishman soundhole pickup?

I'm considering buying a Fishman humbucking soundhole pickup. Older ones had a brightness switch, newer ones have a volume knob. Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with this product?

Added by Dan Beneke on November 12, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

possible Aussie tour next year

My first blog here, and it may be a huge one. Back in 2000 I became friends with a promoter/manager in Australia. Within the last month, we've been talking, and have decided to work on an Aussie tour in about a year or so. Lots of planning, saving money, and logistics concerned. I've always wanted to go to Australia. Looks like it may become a reality. I know it's a ways off, but things like this, I presume, should take time in planning and preparation. If anyone out there in acoustic guitar… Continue

Added by Mark Lindrin on November 10, 2009 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Acheiving Basic Finger Functionality

Many players have handicapped fingers that struggle to play. It begins in the beginning. My "Foundation Ex" give full, basic functionality to all students.

Here is an interesting video of a student working on these exercises, and making a common error with his 3rd finger. It is reacting with tension each time 4 is used. If not corrected, this would be a big, and "forever" problem............…


Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on November 8, 2009 at 6:12am — No Comments

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