Yearly Archives: 2016

A Haiku For The Holidays 2016

Here We Go Again Another Year To Give Thanks Happy Holidays Silver Bells  on the Chapman Stick Guitar

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The History of Bass: Highly Condensed Version

Continuing our bass theme from the last post, the video below is from CDZA, a loose knit group of New York musicians who produce cool videos. The one below offers a highly condensed history of the bass in music. Over

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“Tryin’ to make a livin” . . : Berry Oakley’s Isolated Bass Part to Ramblin’ Man

It’s been busy here at Casa de RoyMusicUSA so this will be a quickie (“that’s what she said”). Below is a video of the Berry Oakleys’s isolated bass track to the Allman Brother’s Ramblin’ Man off their 1973 album Brothers

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The Deep Down Blues

It is a very sad day. Yesterday my country elected a hateful bully as it’s president. To think that so many of my fellow Americans could not see through his smoke and mirrors is an embarrassment. When I contemplate the

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“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part IV – Standard Tuning Slide Guitar Edition

Continuing my series on cool blues guitar instructional videos, I want to focus on one of my favorite guitar techniques: slide guitar and in particular, slide guitar played in standard tuning. My older brother went to high school in the

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“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part III

Continuing my little mini series on instructional blues guitar videos, I want to call to your attention a cool website called Learning Guitar Now w/ John W. Tuggle (http://www.learningguitarnow.com/). The site has dozens of free instructional videos on blues guitar.

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“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part II – The Hendrix Edition

With September 18th marking the 46th anniversary of his accidental and tragic death, it seems like a a good time to mention Jimi Hendrix.  In addition Legacy Recordings has announced the release of the complete first set ever played by

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“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part I

Confession time. I don’t think I’m a particularly good straight blues guitarist. I’m o.k. but my style is more Grant Green than B.B. King. But I love B.B. and all the other Kings. I grew up listening and learning from

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“And Die Behind The Wheel” . . : Steely Dan’s Deacon Blues

I was watching a bit of the Olympics and happened upon the medal ceremonies for some event or another. As I watched, I thought about the athletes who never get a gold medal despite all the blood, sweat and tears

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“It Was Forty Six Years Ago Today” : Santana at Tanglewood, MA., 1970-08-18

Sometimes I have a specific topic in mind when I start writing a post for this blog. Other times. . . well, not so much. I had just finished reading “Live At The Fillmore East and West” by John Glatt

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