Captain Trips – Video Now Available

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020
Clearly, I'm a little rusty. Not only did this morning's Letter not go out to everyone; when it did, the new video was not visible yet on Youtube. Hence this correction. If you missed the earlier message, here it is in its entirety, complete with...
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John Freaking Renbourn

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2019
Austin, Texas, where I presently suspend my chapeau, brands itself "The Live Music Capital of the World." Said branding is the subject of much debate among the musicians who actually make that claim possible. Once upon a time, the story goes...
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Just the Contrafacts, Ma'am

Uncategorized Dec 05, 2019
The secret to holding insider information is to scrupulously avoid becoming the kind of person who uses it for evil, rather than for awesome. If you've ever watched someone take over a conversation with the opening phrase "actually, it turns...
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Spy Vs. Spy

Uncategorized Nov 21, 2019
I'm beginning to think fingerstyle guitar is the great leveler. I touched on this in an earlier post, quoting jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini's observation that as guitar players, we like just about anything played on the guitar. One of the...
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Cheveux en Feu

Uncategorized Nov 12, 2019
Here it is, the traditional end-of-signup email. Registration for Fingerstyle Blues Composition closes in less than an hour, so get it while you can. Here's the link!
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Blues Composition Registration Closes Tonight

Uncategorized Nov 12, 2019
I'm pleased to report I managed to get my eight-bar blues written with fourteen seconds to spare at this afternoon's Zoom session. I even managed to write a contrasting bridge, and so technically wrote an entire 32-bar instrumental in the allotted...
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And...Go!

Uncategorized Nov 12, 2019
The summer my friend Victoria worked at the Sirius Community in western Massachusetts, her boss routinely answered the phone: "Sirius! No kidding." As a guy whose last name routinely draws well-intended if sub-par repartee from the employees of...
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Viscounts

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2019
I had a friend in high school whose mom was English, and whose house always smelled amazing. There was a lot of garden action out back, which turned out to be because her mother had gone to the Royal College of Horticulture, or someplace along...
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Fingerstyle Blues Composition Workshop

Uncategorized Nov 08, 2019
I know not everyone who wanted to could make it to the live Zoom session on writing your own blues instrumentals, so yes, Virginia, there is a replay available, at the link below. Zoom is never quite the same as having everyone right...
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You Make It Up

Uncategorized Nov 05, 2019
I read composer Robert Fritz's book The Path of Least Resistance when I was about 21 years old, and while various bits of it have passed in and out of my thought process since then, one thing that really stuck with me was his explanation...
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