Yearly Archives: 2017

“We Got The Beat . . . : Perfecting Rhythm

With the vast majority of guitar instructional material you see on the the internet (and in pre You Tube material as well) the emphasis has been on two of the three elements of music, melody and harmony. The third element,

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Tequilla . . . : The Champs, Wes Mongomery and My Aching Head

This past weekend I met up with some old friends who I have known since college. This inevitably led to the consumption of alcohol.  I probably drank more alcohol this past weekend than I have for the past several year

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“Gentle On My Mind” . . . . . . : Glen Campbell (1936 – 2017)

As I think about Glen Campbell on the sad occasion of his death, I realize that he was a presence in my musical consciousness for almost my whole life. I remember a moment when I was around ten years old.

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Dawg Music : The Bluegrass Jazz of Dave Grisman and Friends

From the bluegrass/Dead nexus of the previous post, I noe move on to a sub genre of music as singular as it’s name, Dawg Music. The term is what mandolin player Dave Grisman called the music on his 1977 album

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“He took my twenty dollar bill” . . : Bluegrass and The Grateful Dead

My recent Grateful Dead listening phase has gone off road into bluegrass. My first exposure to bluegrass was in the early Seventies by performers who themselves were influenced by bluegrass. Besides the Dead, I remember hearing David Bromberg doing fiddle

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“Comes A Time” . . . : Dead & Company at Citi Field, NYC June 24, 2017

I saw Dead & Company last weekend at Citi Field in NYC and I have to say that they were great. I haven’t been to many post Dead related band shows. I listened to many of the shows of these

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The Final Frontier . . . . : The Grateful Dead’s Dark Star

“Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” My musical roots are in what is now referred to as jamband and at the top of that pyramid were the Grateful Dead. There were however extended periods

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