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Coming Soon: Website Reviews

As any student of music is surely aware, there is a virtually unlimited number of instructional resources available, often for free, online. Even when I was learning guitar, I relied heavily upon a number of websites for tablature, playing exercises, … Continue reading

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Gear Review: Brossard Picks

Brossard Picks: Wood, Bone, and Horn Guitar Picks Although they are expensive, Brossard Picks are certainly worth a try and make for an ideal gift for guitar or mandolin players. There are many options for package sets in the 20-30 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unlocking the Guitar – Notes on the Neck, by Chuck Anderson

Unlocking the Guitar – Notes on the Neck, by Chuck Anderson. Anderson Music Publications, 2002. ISBN#0-9719730-0-8 This book provides an approach to one of the trickiest topics guitar players of any level face: learning the notes on the neck. The … Continue reading

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Album Review: Moanin’ by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Moanin’, by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, 1958. Blue Note, 95324 On October 30, 1958 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers recorded the album Moanin’ at Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey for the Blue Note label. Moanin’ is … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt

The Best of Mississippi John Hurt, by Mississippi John Hurt, 1990. Vanguard, 19/20. This album is a live concert recording from Oberlin College, 1965, of one of the most influential and imitated guitarists of the 20th century. Though recorded near the … Continue reading

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The Grateful Dead, Dark Star Orchestra, and Representation

In a very interesting article appearing in November 2012, in The New Yorker (“The Vast Recorded Legacy of the Grateful Dead”), Nick Paumgarten writes about many aspects of the culture surrounding the Grateful Dead. However, his perspective is unique in that it … Continue reading

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