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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Tableau For Galoot And World Events

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2020
I'm writing this from the front porch of the Fretboard residence while our big fluffy galoot of a dog and I dig the early spring weather and keep our social distance from any and all passers-by. (I do the Queen Wave, she barks and runs around a...
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Four Ways of Thinking About Fingerstyle Accompaniment

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2020
Last week in The Fingerstyle Five, our monthly live Zoom workshop was about arranging and improvising on the blues and jazz standard "Careless Love." I honestly had no idea this particular song would be such a hit with everyone, but that has been...
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What Would Be Cool, And What Would It Take?

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2020
A few years back, I ran a couple surveys, just when I was getting Fretboard Confidential off the ground. In essence, the surveys asked, "What do you really want to know about playing the guitar?" And inevitably, I would get back answers...
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Good Time Charlie

Uncategorized Feb 27, 2020
Groove is, of course, one of those slippery things, easy to mention and hard to describe, much less teach. But if you're going to play fingerstyle guitar, groove is one of the essential things to consider, and probably the first one worth paying...
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