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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