I returned from summer namm and thought I would report but that seems pretty well covered, but I would like to say that I took my guitar strap to the show and had great response. I figured I'd post here because I know a lot of players hate strap buttons as I do. My strap elimanates the need for a strap button in the heel of the neck. It cradles your guitar and many who tried it on at the show said it held the guitar more comfortably than a conventonal strap. Anyway, I know this is a shameless… Continue
Added by Matthew Miller on July 22, 2009 at 3:50pm —
If you’re a frequent reader of Acoustic Guitar
, you’ll no doubt be familiar with our Player Spotlight department, which features a mix of up-and-coming and established artists. While thumbing through our most recent issue (September 2009), I stopped to read about Sarah Jarosz
once again, despite having read the article a dozen times before it hit the newsstands. In the interview with frequent Acoustic Guitar
author Kenny Berkowitz, the 18-year-old native of Wimberley,… Continue
Added by Managing Editor Mark Smith on July 22, 2009 at 11:42am —
I just flew my Taylor 414 from South Carolina to Minnesota and back, via US Airways. I was very apprehensive due to all of the negative flight stories, online. I used a Gator ATA Plastic case and made sure that the guitar could not move within the case. I checked the guitar, and it was inspected on the return flight, but all padding was put back just as I had it. I want to add this positive story to offset all of the horror stories.
Added by Frank Stewart on July 21, 2009 at 6:51pm —
OK, so here's the follow-up to last weekend's Summer NAMM posts. I don't know what I was thinking that I could get them up on the first day back in the office, so please accept my apology for being a day late...
The Czech Republic’s Stonebridge
guitars have been making a splash with fingerstylists such as Antoine DuFour and Richard Smith, and now the company has added to its already extended lineup of models. A new… Continue
Added by Teja Gerken, Senior Editor on July 21, 2009 at 11:02am —
(Detail from "Lenticular cloud")
Given its structure and contents, the second part of “Leftoverturned” could have been entitled “Informaëlstrom II” (ref: "1000 Radios"), but because of the undeniable influence of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” the full… Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on July 21, 2009 at 8:26am —
The widest range of tone color and dynamics is achieved with a combination of nail and flesh. By varying the angle of the fingers one can use either more or less nail. The optimum length is one that allows you to just see the nail over the tips of the finger when looking at the palm. The nail should follow the contour of the fingertip. It is also important to make sure the sides of the nails don't have any corners that will catch the string or catch other things and crack… Continue
Added by John Francis on July 21, 2009 at 4:23am —
Brahms Famous Lullaby Arranged For Solo Guitar by John Francis Continue
Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833 to a poor family. His father was a double-bass player. His mother was a seamstress. Brahms began studies on the piano at the age of seven. By the age of thirteen he was able to support himself by playing piano at bars and brothels and arranging light music. He soon began writing sonatas, piano trios, and many…
Added by John Francis on July 20, 2009 at 2:28pm —
I've uploaded a simple Chord Doco using triads for those guitar players wishing to add a little jazz style accompaniment to their playing. It is in TAB and dots. I learnt this technique years ago from British Jazz great Ike Isaacs. I had uploaded previously to the web, but in an oversight I called it 1 6 4 5 progression because I used one of my other templates.
I have found this sort of playing very useful for accompanying singers. Using the triads allows for greater mobility and… Continue
Added by Tony Hogan on July 19, 2009 at 9:00pm —
I have had two computers have problems in the last 3 weeks. As I also work in the IT industry, a quick reminder to back up any of your work, particularly your music that you spent hours recording and editing.
As I just spent the last hour and a half fixing a TC Electronic Sound Card issue and have lost a little hair in the process, I thought it would be a nice idea to remind other guitar players that bypass these thought of things consider the option creatig duplicate copies saved… Continue
Added by Tony Hogan on July 17, 2009 at 10:04pm —
Day one of Summer NAMM is just about wrapped, and the Acoustic Guitar
crew—including myself and senior editors Teja Gerken and Scott Nygaard—roamed the Nashville Convention Center hall, checking out new products and talking to our industry colleagues.
While the actual size of the show is no doubt smaller than in past years, the mood among exhibitors and attendees is upbeat and positive, and there are more new products being released than many expected. We saw traffic-stopping… Continue
Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on July 17, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I have a Gurian guitar made around about 1980. When Pierre Bensusan saw it, he sad that he recorded his first album on the same model. Also some years ago in a Stefa Grossman book, he had also recommended them. Does anyone else here play one?
Added by Tony Hogan on July 17, 2009 at 5:40pm —
Rhythmstrummer.com has been live for about a week, and i'd thought i would invite you all over to check out some of our full length free lessons.
We have a bunch in both the song and technique lesson category. Check em out and let us know what you think.
Added by Rhythm Strummer on July 16, 2009 at 10:09am —
I've posted a Fingerstyle TAB and music notation arrangement of Amazing Grace in DADGAD tuning. It's very different to a lot of other arrangements, it's slow and bluesy. To Check it out, go to DADGAD Fingerstyle Arrangement Amazing Grace
Added by Tony Hogan on July 16, 2009 at 4:00am —
Friends of Houston Jones:
I must start this newsletter with a gargantuan THANK YOU to all our great fans that made it to the Freight and Salvage gig. Between reports of people being out of town and the economic situation, I don't mind telling you I was a bit worried. You guys are the BEST!! I really can't put in words how it makes us feel to have such wonderful support from such wonderful people. Hope you all enjoy your "sampler" EP of a couple of the new studio cuts plus a bonus… Continue
Added by Houston Jones on July 16, 2009 at 1:21am —
After 30 years of playing De Visee's Bouree in D Minor and always thinking it was a bit thin sounding, I decided to throw it into A Minor for a little more bottom end, well I'm not talking Boom Box stuff, I thought it would be great to get a little more out of the lower two strings. It actually sits quite nicely.
I'm waiting for the Classical Guitar Gods to attack now, I have helmet and am hiding in the Himalayas. To check out the simple Guitar Arrangement in TAB and music Dots go to… Continue
Added by Tony Hogan on July 15, 2009 at 11:00pm —
I played to 12 people on Saturday night. Typical July "crowd" in New York City. But everyone seemed to have a good time.
However the crowds were out in force in Prospect Park on Sunday. Perfect weather, 79 with low humidity and bright sunshine. I found an empty bench along a scluded walkway, right under a big, old shade tree. Three hours later my hands said it was time to put the guitar away.
Summer NAMM arrives this week. Everyone is calmly waiting to see what new gear… Continue
Added by Spoon Phillips on July 15, 2009 at 9:30am —
Myself and several other Acoustic Guitar
staffers--including fellow Senior Editor Scott Nygaard and Editorial Director Dan Gabel--are headed to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the annual Summer NAMM
show, which starts Friday, and goes through Sunday. Summer NAMM of course is the slightly smaller version of the primary Winter NAMM show (held in California in January), and it is where many of the industry's main manufacturers and… Continue
Added by Teja Gerken, Senior Editor on July 14, 2009 at 11:37pm —
With the Luthiers Wall 1 sold out... and previous walls (Artisans, Boutique Builders, Original Custom) sold out... we've decided to make one more general builders wall available...
LUTHIERS WALL 2
• EXCLUSIVE: Only 40 blocks available
• Huge 250-pixel square blocks (62,500 pixels)
• Each block includes 16 Front Wall blocks at no cost
• First come, first served for top positions at… Continue
Added by Jeffrey D Brown on July 14, 2009 at 11:25am —
Just giving you the heads up on a web issue that happened to me this morning. Most of us love traffic to our websites. This morning I checked my stats and ,I thought my statometer had Swine Flu or the equivalent web disease. It said I had 4000+ visitors, and I thought oh what article was that good. Then I noticed that they had all come from the same site.
Some Cyber Nerdie person had written a tiny bit of software that had been visting… Continue
Added by Tony Hogan on July 13, 2009 at 3:00am —
I'm happy to announce the release of my 2nd solo 10-string guitar CD, "CAPARISON". It is now available on the MERCHANDISE
page of my website and will be up on CDBaby and iTunes soon.
Listen to the track previews on my AG Club page's Music… Continue
Added by Perfecto De Castro on July 12, 2009 at 7:52pm —