Tag Archives: Acoustic Guitar

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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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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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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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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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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