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“When Sunny Gets Blue” . . : Pat Martino 1944 – 2021

Pat Martino, jazz guitarist extraordinaire, passed away recently at the age of 77. Pat started out in the Philadelphia jazz scene, playing in the soul jazz organ combos of Charles Earland, Don Patterson and Jack McDuff. You can certainly hear

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Seven Year Twitch” : A Long Strange Trip and The Debut Album of Wire Wood & Steel

I realized this month that I’ve been writing this blog for seven years with at least two post a month without a break. Why have I done this for that long? Because I’m a music nerd and one thing that

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Posted in Country/Bluegrass, Improvisation, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis, Uncategorized

“From My Window” . . . : Snow Music from Wire Wood & Steel

When I woke up this morning I saw that NYC was in the middle of a pretty decent snowfall. After the morning beverage, I began to play my guitar while looking out the window, not really thinking about what I

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“Set Out Running” . . : Friend Of The Devil by Wire, Wood & Steel

I have previously posted about a new music project I’ve started called Wire, Wood & Steel (see https://roymusicusa.com/2020/05/11/what-i-did-on-my-permanent-vacation-new-music-project/ and https://roymusicusa.com/2020/09/03/wire-wood-steel-an-new-acoustic-music-project/). After some delays I finally started recording and I thought I would share the first song, an instrumental cover of

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Posted in Country/Bluegrass, Improvisation, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Guitarist Tony Rice 1951 – 2020

On Christmas Day, 2020, guitarist Tony Rice passed away at the age of 69. Rice was a pivotal figure in bluegrass guitar. His music spanned from traditional bluegrass to jazz-influenced New Acoustic music to songwriter-oriented folk. I first became aware

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“A Merry Jerry Holiday” . . . . . . . . : 25 Days Of Jerry

Happy Holidays everyone, we made it through a year in hell. Weeping Willow Guitar Lessons is an excellent YouTube channel for Deadhead/ABB fan guitarists (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSqUU4fjNPVq6NvKtNIWKOQ). He’s been putting out some serious high quality content: solo transcriptions, breakdown of guitar parts

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“You Know You Know” . . . . . : The Mahavishnu Orchestra

There were records that were pivotal in my wanting to play music: Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore East and Eat A Peach, Grateful Dead Live Dead and Europe 72 and Mahavishnu Orchestra Inner Mountain Flame and Birds Of Fire.  The

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Posted in Improvisation, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Wire, Wood & Steel – An New Acoustic Music Project

I had previously announced the start of a new music project that would focus on acoustic music called Wire, Wood & Steel (see https://roymusicusa.com/2020/05/11/what-i-did-on-my-permanent-vacation-new-music-project/) starting with a video of myself playing an original song on the dobro.  I’ve now added

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“If You Get Confused Just Listen To The Music Play” . . : A Video Asks, “Was Jerry Garcia a Jazz Improviser?”

As a musician and as a Deadhead, I have had on more than one occasion a conversation with non-Deadhead musicians who dismiss Jerry Garcia as someone who just plays scales up and down, someone who “noodles”. This pisses off Deadhead

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis, Music Theory

“Don’t You Let That Deal Go Down” . . . : Learn Jerry Garcia’s Solo From Deal (7/4/89 Buffalo)

I had lunch the other day with my old friend Errol. Errol is an excellent guitarist and we have been in bands together on and off for about forty years. Errol is currently in an excellent Jam band based in

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Posted in Classic Rock, Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis, Music Theory
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