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.

Guitarists You Know By Ear

How many guitarists do you know by ear? You know, those players that you recognize after hearing three or four notes, even if you’ve never heard the song before. Most serious music fans have at least a couple and, I … Continue reading

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Mark Knopfler – Accompany Yourself!

Name as many acts as you can where the lead singer, main songwriter and lead guitarist are the same person.  The list is pretty short.  For my money, and there’s not too much of it,  Mark Knopfler has to be … Continue reading

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“I’m Already Playing Too Many Notes!”

A few weeks ago I watched a video from Christie’s, the famous auction house.  It seems that Richard Gere was auctioning off a number of his guitars with the proceeds to be donated to charity.  I didn’t realize that he … Continue reading

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David Rawlings

David Rawlings is a multi-instrumentalist, primarily guitar, who uses his substantial abilities in an accompanist role.  Rawlings writes and records often with Gillian Welch.  The music these two craft sounds as if it came from another era and another place.  … Continue reading

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Editing Your Playing

A lot of guitar players who are good (or at least, adequate) accompanists have spent a lot of time practicing and developing their chops.  I’ll bet that you are pretty comfortable playing 8th note triplets or 16th notes at a … Continue reading

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Finding New Music and New Artists

How do you find new music and new artists?  The ubiquity of the internet and the rise of sites dedicated to posting music have certainly democratized the process of getting music distributed and greatly expanded the amount available.  At the … Continue reading

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Do Guitarists Need Music Theory?

This argument has raged since the invention of popular music and has reached fever pitch in the rock era.  Do guitarists need to know music theory?  One side says that theory interferes with feel and emotion.  The other side says … Continue reading

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Larry Campbell

Larry Campbell is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with an impressive list of credits.  With a career as a supporting musician that dates back to 1980 he has recorded and performed with musicians including Shawn Colvin, Roseanne Cash, Levon Helm, Jorma … Continue reading

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Bo Ramsey

Bo Ramsey is a guitar player and producer.  Working predominately in the Americana genre he has produced albums for artists like Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown and Iris Dement.  He also appears as a guitarist on these and other artists’ recordings … Continue reading

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What’s happenin’ here?

This is a music blog, this is a guitar blog, this is an album review blog, but mainly this is a blog about guitar accompaniment.  I am a guitar player who enjoys the extra energy and emotion that well conceived … Continue reading

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