Yearly Archives: 2015

Another Haiku For The Holidays

Another Haiku As we seek a state of grace Happy Holidays Amazing Grace performed on the Chapman Stick Guitar (SG-12)    

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The Dreidel Song On Chapman Stick Guitar

Tonight’s the last night of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday celebrating the re-dedication of the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean revolt. I always felt that Christmas songs were generally better that the songs associated with Hanukkah. However there

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Cool Video Alert: 10 Things EVERY Bass Player Should Know

I recently came across an excellent YouTube channel called Scott’s Bass Lessons ( The channel features a collection of free online bass lessons. There is something for bassists of every skill level, beginner to advanced. The range of topics covered

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“He’s a bad motha – SHUT YO MOUTH” . . .: Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World

The video below was brought to my attention in a recent post on It a very cool documentary on the wah-wah pedal. Yes, the wah-wah pedal. The coolest guitar effect ever! Featuring a slew of guitarists (Eddie Van Halen,

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“Ooh . . Scary”: Phish Perform Disney’s Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

As an old Deadhead, the thought of discussing Phish can indeed be scary. I have tried to get into Phish in the past but I just could’nt do it. My main problem was the quality of the songwriting. I would

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Cool Website Alert: Jazz

For a musician with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to get better, the internet can be a wonderful thing. I am always checking out YouTube videos, websites and blogs that deal with topics that are near and dear

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“Who By Fire. .” : Leonard Cohen Meets Sonny Rollins

I have been meaning to talk about this clip for a while now and it seems appropriate to do so on Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement and the holiest days in the Jewish calendar. For two seasons (1989 –

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“Layla, you’ve got me on my knees. . . : Isolated Guitar & Backing Tracks

If you’re a music geek like me (and I assume you are if you are reading this) then you are fascinated by the the process of creating music. You want to see how it’s put together. If that’s the case

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“Houses In Motion”: Talking Heads – Live In Rome (1980)

In my previous post I discussed Television, one of the great bands that came out of the New York rock scene of the 1970’s. In seemed natural to go from Television to another band that will forever be associated with

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“I Stand Neath The Marquee Moon..”: Tom Verlaine and Television

After college, I returned back to my home, trying to get a foothold onto this thing called life. Coincidentally, my brother also moved back home after realizing that a future life in academia was not what really cared for either.

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