It’s a little late, but one month into 2013, I’ve finally settled on some resolutions for this blog! I’m adding a couple of new running topics to the blog such as album and concert reviews, instructional book, DVD, and website reviews, and tips and advice for those studying or pursuing a career in music. Here are some of the things in store for 2013:
Albums of the Month
So far, 2013 has been a great year for my own music listening habits. I’ve found great music from artists I’ve always been aware of, but never heard, unknown gems from some of my favorite musicians, and artists I’ve only now discovered. The first notable recordings are the new Wayne Shorter live album Without a Net, Juluka’s revolutionary and classic Universal Men, and the classic Shakti album, Natural Elements. Full reviews are coming soon, and will be posted about every 10 days.
Tune of the Month
Here I’ll be sharing arrangements of guitar, banjo, and mandolin songs, including traditionals, covers, and originals. These may include solo guitar chord melodies, lead sheets, duo and trio arrangements, or full scores. This is my way of sharing my approach to music with fellow performers and students.
Advice on a Music Career
As a music instructor, performer, luthier, and researcher (among other things), I’ve approached making a career in music from many perspectives. I’ll share my own experiences and advice that may benefit other musicians looking to make their passion a career.
Guitar in World Music Series
Guitar International Magazine will be publishing a multi-part series of articles dealing with the guitar in music cultures around the world. These articles cover the guitar in world music from historical, cultural, and musical perspectives, while providing suggested listening and reading guides for anyone interested in exploring new musical genres.
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