Arranging "House Of The Rising Sun"

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2020
At its simplest, arranging just means starting with the bare bones of a song – a single pass through the melody and the chord progression – and making a series of choices. If you play solo fingerstyle guitar, your first choices might...
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The Membership Is Open

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2020
I did my first live-on-Facebook performance today. I know The Face is not everyone's jam, particularly among the Fretboard subscribership, but it has its moments. The ironic thing is that while social media lets you reach people all over the...
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What To Work On

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2020
Let me just come clean and admit our family's not exactly spending the quarantine teaching ourselves conversational Latin or putting together a professional mandolin orchestra. Last weekend, the big kerfuffle was over whether or not to...
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Dominant Dozen Replay Available

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2020
We have a friend who was smart enough to invest in Zoom about three months ago. Of course, I didn't see that one coming, even though I've been using Zoom myself for live online workshops and Q&A sessions since last fall.  And given that...
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The Dominant Dozen (Rescheduled)

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2020
My friend Jim Henry has a book called 50 Pro Tips For Musicians. It is, in fact, a really good book, with an even better subtitle: "Practical Advice For An Impractical Business." Personally, at the moment, I have just one salient...
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Livestream Postponed

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2020
Due to technical snags associated with my studio move, I regret to say today's scheduled live Youtube stream at 3pm CST has been postponed. I hope to announce a new time for the event within the next 24 hours. Thanks for your patience, and my...
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Chords Up The Neck

Uncategorized Apr 03, 2020
When I toured with Joan Baez, a favorite band pastime involved trying to coax Bob Dylan stories out of the boss. Actually, it wasn't so much coaxing as waiting patiently downstream from whatever was on Joan's mind, hoping that at some point a...
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Loud Music

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2020
I knew this guy Micah in high school, and he and his band were obsessed with the Rolling Stones. For the time, that wasn't unusual. But these guys were enterprising as well as obsessed: when they found out the Stones had rented a place in western...
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Return of the Horizontal Three-Step

Uncategorized Mar 31, 2020
We've got a rainy week here in Austin. For late March, that's good news, because it's going to get super hot here in a matter of weeks. The cats are going bonkers out on the porch, because they're not so into being inside with the dog but we're...
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Move It On Over. And Over. And...

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020
This is the third time in four years I've packed up my studio to relocate. The first time was voluntary; I'd been in the same space for eight years and the lack of sound isolation, indifferent management and complete inability to get anything done...
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