Monthly Archives: August 2014

“Summertime Done, Come And Gone, My, Oh, My. . .”: Happy Labor Day

Wishing everyone a happy Labor Day weekend. Here in the United States, Labor Day is the psychological, if not actual, end of summer. This leads me to the clip below. A video of the Grateful Dead playing U.S. Blues as

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“Bing, Bing, Bing, Bing”: The Awesome Guitar Of Charlie Hunter

I’m just saw Charlie Hunter this past week. I’ve lost count of how many times I seen him but the number is in the double digits easy. I first heard about Charlie Hunter in a Guitar Player magazine article as

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Posted in Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Bass Is The Place: How Being A Bassist Made Me A Better Musician

I play several different instruments but in the capacity of an actively performing musician, I am primarily a bassist. And like many bassists, I started out as a guitarist. I had been playing guitar for about five or six years

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Posted in Bass, Improvisation, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Stick Theory: The Continuing Adventure Of The Chapman Stick Guitar & Me

My wife suggested that I move the material I have on my Chapman Stick Guitar page to a post on my Home page so it gets seen by more people. I agreed but felt this was a good opportunity to

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“Hey, Hey Mama”: Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”

I became aware of this video from the website It’s a combination of 80 different YouTube video covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”. I guess it shows how getting your Led Zeppelin riffs down is a rite of passage

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Posted in Blues, Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“A Friend Of The Devil Is A Friend Of Mine”: Jerry Garcia’s Birthday

Jerry Garcia would have been 72 years old today. I want to avoid going on about the usual stuff that has been written about Jerry and the Grateful Dead but I want to hit these points: No one sounds like

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