Kids Today

Uncategorized 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

Uncategorized 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"

Uncategorized 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

Uncategorized 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

Uncategorized 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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The Giant Blue Count Steps Down

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2020
I did an interview with Bill Piburn about a month ago for his Fingerstyle Journal, and when it came out a few days ago I realized a couple of thing: First, in talking about my experiences thirty years ago as an undergraduate and (briefly)...
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The Rue Patisserie

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2020
A week ago Monday, when my online songwriting group met, I played a song I had written in an hour the day before. When you get back to town and your neighbors have been taking care of your cats, and the cats turn out to have been, as they would...
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Travis Picking Live Stream, With Membership Details

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2020
In last Friday's Youtube live stream, I presented a steady-bass arrangement of the blues classic "Sitting On Top Of The World" and walked through a five-step process for taking a tune from basic melody to complete arrangement. This is the same...
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Last Call, Summer Registration

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2020

Summer registration for the Fingerstyle Five membership is closing tonight. If you're still interested, here are a few links to help you out. And if you've already determined the membership is not for you at this time, that's cool too. Just for...

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Live Youtube Lesson & Membership Registration

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2020
I'll be returning to the airwaves this afternoon with a live Youtube lesson on playing the blues classic "Sitting On Top Of The World." The arrangement is one that I recently taught in my Fingerstyle Five membership, and I'll spend some time going...
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