Chopin Plays The Changes Oct 08, 2020

School is back, sort of, but getting there on time was never our strong suit, and now we're rusty. We live close enough to walk, but some mornings when I come into the room and throw back the curtains to wake the Dauphin, he makes a hissing noise,...

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Fahey, Konitz, Brevity & Taste Sep 28, 2020

So the plan was simple. I was going to show up live yesterday, spend a little time talking about finding chords up the neck, take a few questions about the membership, then exit stage left, escorted by the angels of Brevity and Taste.

And all...

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Gate's Special Blend Sep 17, 2020

Somewhere in a box in the garage, there's a photo of me and Gatemouth Brown posing with his trademark Gibson Firebird, the one with the hand-tooled leather pickguard. Despite the fact that I was a huge Gatemouth Brown fan, I can't say it was one...

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Souvenirs Sep 10, 2020
There are a lot of reasons to play guitar. But maybe the best one is just because. It's easy to forget why you started, or to be so aware of all you yet hope to accomplish that you find little enjoyment in what you already know. But I've been...
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Kids Today Sep 03, 2020

A couple years ago my friend Billy had me fill in for the day, teaching his classes at Texas State University. Billy, who built the studio I currently work from, is a genuine Renaissance man, minus the hose and doublet. He was flying out that day...

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The Persiflage Blues Aug 27, 2020

Here is a curiosity,
For those who are, at least in theory
Recompensed, for putting hand
To task, and making, on demand

The thing, the message, art or object,
Statement, or ongoing project:
What to do, when one of the
Above is calling, and you...

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"The Truth Is...I *Am* Iron Man" Aug 20, 2020

I was collaring a few breakfast burritos for the troops the other morning when I got the old "so how's your day going so far?" from the well-meaning person ringing me up from a socially distant and be-masked six feet away. These interactions go...

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Cheese Husbandry Aug 13, 2020

This week's Letter is brought to you by the Modern Jazz Quartet, another entity I have always loved but never thought to seek out further recordings of until now. The best thing about last week's post was all the suggestions I got about other...

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Good Guitarists Aug 06, 2020
I was going to write this week's post about Charles Mingus. I tend to forget that in this digital age I can go listen to nearly anything ever recorded by anyone I ever liked listening to. For decades now there's been one Mingus record in my...
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