Author Archives: Ron

About Ron

I started playing guitar in high school bands playing songs by the Ventures, early Beatles and other British Invasion bands. With excursions into many types of musical styles and genres in the intervening years I have developed an appreciation for the unique skills of the guitar accompanist. The accompanist serves the song and serves the singer, enhancing rather than competing with the song and the performance. This blog highlights those skills and the practitioners who exemplify this important bit of artistry.

Lead Guitar and Follow Guitar

You have spent a fair amount of time developing your chops, getting comfortable moving around the fretboard, honing your ear for exciting and explosive lead lines.  Now, you are a lead guitarist and you want to let loose.  When the … Continue reading

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Music Stores

There are only two kinds of stores that I like to go in purely for the sake of browsing, trying things on for size, often with little or no intention of buying – book stores and music stores.  Record stores … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Make Yourself Desirable

While this may seem like a topic more suited for a glossy newsstand magazine than for a music blog it is an important subject for guitar players.  There are four ways to approach your playing that will help make you … Continue reading

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Learn the fretboard

Being a valuable accompanist requires you to play a complementary role to the player or singer you are accompanying.  One of the ways to do that is by offering a different timbre or sound quality from the main parts.  This … Continue reading

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Making Musical Sense

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to take a class with renowned jazz guitarist Herb Ellis.  As one friend said at the time, ”Herb has more swing when he snaps his fingers than a lot of people … Continue reading

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Artists and Engineers

I was reading an interview with Bil VornDick in Premier Guitar magazine the other day.  http://digital.premierguitar.com/premierguitar/201304_1#pg128. Bil is a very successful, highly respected Nashville engineer and producer who has been practicing his craft for many years.  I have been thrashing … Continue reading

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Frank and Horns

I like Frank Sinatra.  I didn’t always.  My parents would play his records when I was a kid.  When I was very young the basic rhythm and rhyme was enjoyable.  Then I reached a certain age where I realized that … Continue reading

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Air

I was visiting a friend’s recording studio today and listening to some songs he was in the process of mixing.  This was a singer/songwriter sort of project, but the instrumentation was pretty full.  On most tracks there were lead and … Continue reading

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Steve Cropper

You have to be impressed with someone whose sound and style defined a musical genre while their name remained unknown to the majority of people hearing the music.  As a founding member of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. … Continue reading

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Guitar: An American Life

Several years ago, while browsing in a large, well-known chain bookstore near Union Square in Manhattan I happened across a book with the intriguing title Guitar: An American Life.   I bought it and read it at least twice, maybe three … Continue reading

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