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How To Host A House Concert

A Musician’s View

I grew up in a time when a DJ was some old-time way of having a “record-hop”. I realize that a good DJ can be a fun experience but even DJ’s love live music. I saw a lot of great local musicians during my high school years because if we could get a band, we got a band!

I say, it is easier than you think to get live musicians to play for you and your friends. Who wouldn’t love good music, some good food, with friends in the comfort of your own space? My lovely wife, Donna, has great, “craft nights” and we’re already talking about how to rearrange the furniture for a “music night”. So let’s walk through this together… Read More

British Blues & Long John Baldry

The British Blues Scene of the 1960’s

I’ve always listened to a variety of music which I encourage you to do, as well. So while I was listening to Bob Dylan, I was also playing my guitar along with John Lee Hooker’s, double album, “Mad Man Blues” and James Taylor’s, “Sweet Baby James.” Still at that time playing the blues felt like a mission to me. Read More

How to Tune Your Guitar

Tuning for the beginning player

I was talking with one of my “brand new” students about getting together and she said, “…well my guitar is out of tune again…” I am reminded that an in-tune guitar is a happy guitar and a happy guitar leads to a happy guitar-player… So let’s all get in tune!
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Beginning Fingerpicking Guitar

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Fingerpicking a Folk song

Fingerpicking: picking with your fingers; simple right? It can be harder than it seems but with a lot of practice, it can bring you a lot of enjoyment…
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Rock & Blues Music, 1977

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Winter Tree in the Lens

The Blue Northern Band on the coast of Maine

Islesboro, Maine, in the mid to late ’70’s was a magical place. The Island Pub was in full swing, on Islesboro and the music scene throughout Maine had a large assortment of great musicians who all knew and helped each other. Once I was even a small part of that, I couldn’t stay away for long…
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Drop-D Tuning For Guitar

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Two Souls on the Beach

Why “Drop-D” Tuning?

I have played in Drop-D tuning for many years and use it today, more than ever. It offers a deeper sound in the low end and lots of opportunities for moving lines and jangling suspensions and drones…
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What Every Musician Wants

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A Musician is Fortunate to be a Musician…

With the holidays upon us I find myself looking back and taking stock in where I’ve been and where I am. As I ponder my good fortune at being a musician, I’m drawn to the question; What do musicians really want?
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Country-Rock 1976

Tulsa Times; An Adirondack Band

New York Country Rock

I returned from Islesboro, Maine to Upstate New York , in the fall of 1975. Within a very short time Joe Allard, Thon Christiana, and I were playing music and looking to start a band…

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Enjoying and Understanding Music

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Enjoying music means understanding Music

When I google “understanding music” the vast majority of hits I get are about music theory. Understanding music is much bigger than just music theory; a true understanding includes listening, playing, and creating music. You and I benefit from a better relationship with music…

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Recognizing A “Blues” Song

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“The blues is life itself” – Billy Gibbons

When we think of a Blues song we think songs from BB King or maybe Robert Johnson. Is the Blues about feeling bad or feeling good? Does it have to be “12-Bar” Blues to be authentic? I like the quote from W.C. Handy, “The blues – the sound of a sinner on revival day.”  Read More