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Acoustic Guitar at NAMM -- Thursday, January 14

Greetings from Anaheim, where much of the Acoustic Guitar staff has joined our colleagues in the music industry for the 2010 NAMM trade show. The show started today, and we've already seen a lot of exciting new guitars, accessories, and other gear. Throughout the weekend, we'll be posting here in the Community blog, sharing some of the highlights from the biggest gear-fest of the year.



We're also looking forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary with a party for our… Continue

Added by Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher on January 14, 2010 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Pat Metheny - Orchestrion... WOW

How would you like to have access to this rig? I know he's playing electric, but I have to give him an honorary acoustic doctorate based on the mechanical nature of all the instruments involved.

Enjoy:
http://www.patmetheny.com/orchestrioninfo/

Needless to say, I have my tickets for the show!

Added by Jeff Titus on January 13, 2010 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Music programs are not extras!

Instrumental and vocal music classes are often referred to as "extracurricular" classes. Music is anything but

"extracurricular". Music classes offer many benefits which make them very indispensable. Performance programs enhance a

student's sense of self esteem as well as their social skills. Students become a part of a positive group and organization.

Not only do students profit socially from music programs, but they also gain academically.

Several studies have confirmed… Continue

Added by Steve Cano on January 12, 2010 at 12:45am — 2 Comments

HELPING YOUR CHILD SUCCEED!

1. Provide a steady consistant lessons schedule of at least one or two lessons per week.

2. Provide a quality instrument for your child to practice on.

3. Provide a quiet, private place for your child to practice.

4. Provide a consistent practice schedule of at least 20 minutes each day.

5. Provide constant praise and interest in your childs progress.

6. Provide an incentive rewards program for your child as they log in their practice time.

7. Make sure you ask… Continue

Added by Steve Cano on January 12, 2010 at 12:44am — No Comments

Benefits of Music

The benefits conveyed by music education can be grouped in four categories:

•Success in society

•Success in school and learning

•Success in developing intelligence

•Success in life



Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to… Continue

Added by Steve Cano on January 11, 2010 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Bill Medley, of The Righteous Brothers

Enjoyed the concert with Bill Medley, the rock and roll hall of famer, of The Righteous Brothers fame...He and his daughter, McKenna, put on a great show at the OC Pavillion. One of the members in his band, a 30 year old named Michael Graham, is going to be someone for you all to watch for. Plays like Stevie Ray used to, and has a voice like Michael Bolton...really a talent!

Bill's daughter, 22 year old McKenna, can really bring it as well...not only a beautiful lady, but has the singing… Continue

Added by Michael "Malamutemike" Hendricks on January 11, 2010 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Played for the first time today audience

I have been taking lessons since April at a shop in Westerville Ohio

Today I played at a coffee shop Powell Ohio 1 song

That was the first time I have played in front of an audience

The first time out side of lessons and home

It was student recital I Guess you can call it that 3 hours of music

2 of use played a nice rendering of - Wild wood Flower

We were going to give Shady Grove a try but we ran out of time



Stomach full of butterflies I got real… Continue

Added by Dave Wells on January 10, 2010 at 9:21pm — 3 Comments

GUITAR TUNED IN FOURTHS

HI!

I've been playing guitar tuned in fourths (EADGCF) for over forty years. It works for every style. The advantages are chord and melodic patterns are the same all over the neck. GIVE IT A TRY--ASK A FEW QUESTIONS.

Added by Geary S. Thompson on January 10, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Advice for staying in or around Nazareth PA

My family and I are going to visit the state of Pennsylvania this summer.



We live in the kingdom of Denmark in Scandianavia (ruled by a Queen since 1971)



We bring 2 teenagers



Off course I want to see the Martin factory, and my mrs. is very interested in patchwork.



It would bee nice, if you had an idea off something that could be at interest to the teenagers



We have booked B&B in Intercourse in juli on the 9-10-11-12 and 13th, but we… Continue

Added by Jan Borgstroem on January 10, 2010 at 12:20pm — 2 Comments

Zavaleta's New Website

We have launched our new website. While I am continuing to add some content, the new site is functional and current. The new website was designed by son, Henry Greenberg. As we are continuing to make improvements, I would greatly appreciate comments and feedback.



http://www.zavaletas-guitars.com



We will continue to maintain the old website for a good while.…



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Added by Zavaletas on January 10, 2010 at 9:45am — No Comments

I'm on the Google Nexus One phone!!!

Amazing news to kick off 2010!!!!!



Just a few days into the new year and 2010 is looking up. My song "That's The Way" is one of 13 songs preloaded on the new Google Nexus One android device that came out earlier this week. If you haven't seen the news coverage about it, check some of it out here. Or check out their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/googlenexusone

If you… Continue

Added by Zack Borer on January 8, 2010 at 6:36pm — No Comments

New music and a scary video

It may be a while before i post again due to my back injury but in the meantime this made me laugh.
And here is a new song to download(recorded before my back…
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Added by Matt Stevens on January 8, 2010 at 2:19pm — No Comments

New Acoustic Guitar Album From Eric Bibb

AWESOME new album from blues man Eric Bibb.

Here is info on the new album (with audio samples!):

http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/albums/Bookers-Guitar-TEL-31756-02/

Love to hear back, thanks!

Added by Zak Weil on January 7, 2010 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Our web site is up!

We apologize for those who followed the link in the current issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and were unable to find our site. We had a go live date targeted for Jan 4th when we thought the issue would be released. It came out earlier than we expected.



Find us now at www.GuitarHumidor.com. Handcrafted cases for indoors to conveniently protect and display your instrument. Don't let your guitar go dry!



Thanks to the many who called… Continue

Added by Kevin on January 6, 2010 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Cooperstand

Thanks to everyone for the "HUGE" success we are experiencing with this cool new product that we have introduced to the stringed instrument world.



If you are someone who has not seen this. Please check it out and let us hear from you...



Best Regards,… Continue

Added by Daniel Cooper on January 5, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

January edition of The Vintage Guitar News and Views ,Greg's Guitars.

The Vintage Guitar News and Views January Edition.















As with my peers concerning the state of todays guitar and vintage guitar market I will add in my own opinion for what it is worth.(no pun intended ). What I see is a halt to the sudden and rapid rise in prices that mint vintage guitars will bring in, such as those we have seen in the last 3 to 4 years and a slow down or market correction,which we are seeing today, not that these guitars are worth… Continue

Added by GregsGuitars on January 4, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments

John Long- Bluesman Extraordinaire

In the world of music, I have been blessed to know a few professional musicians, such as Iris Dement, John Prine, John Long, and Bill Medley, formery paired up with the late Bobby Hatfield in the duet, The Righteous Brothers.

Today, I wanted to share with you a bit about John Long, a Bluesman extraordinaire, who's CD " Lost and Found", found it's way to be nominated for Acoustic Blues guitar Album of the year a couple years ago.



My first impression, when I met John, at the Santa… Continue

Added by Michael "Malamutemike" Hendricks on January 4, 2010 at 8:23am — No Comments

If your left handed....

The great dilemma running through my head, in regards to guitar playing, is one that I do not hear discussed very often. Let me start by saying that I am a beginning acoustic guitar player, who is left-handed. I began playing right handed and have become quite comfortable with it, with a finger picking style. The dilemma is...do I remain true to myself, and learn to play left-handed, or do I go with what I have already begun, right handed. Most guitars are for right handers, and I know they are… Continue

Added by Michael "Malamutemike" Hendricks on January 3, 2010 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

Classical vs. Acoustic

Is their really a difference in an classical guitar and an acoustic. I've heard a lot of people say that they're totally different instruments. To me though, they seem exactly the same except the shape and the sound. Can you play the same songs with both, or is a classical for just specific songs? It does look mostly that people use a classical guitar for finger picking most, and an acoustic more for strumming.

Unless it does count for each person may like the the sound of a classical… Continue

Added by Falling 4 You on January 3, 2010 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Writing More Personal Style Music.

Hello Everyone,



I have been writing country and rock&roll music. Just recently I started writing on a more peersonal level. My first solo project is a song about my Mother. I have reread my words and realize that it really covers all mothers. So I'm calling it a tribute to Mothers. I hope that I can do some editing and restructure the wording to make since in three verses. My wife likes the style of rhytym/ picking playing I do on this song. I have more trouble getting the words… Continue

Added by David Church on January 2, 2010 at 2:35pm — No Comments

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