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“What’s That Song With The Cello? . . . : J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude in G Major

I’ve previously written of how the New York Public Library provided a invaluable resource in my early music self education (https://roymusicusa.com/2017/01/13/blues-for-new-orleans-duke-ellington-the-new-york-public-library-and-me/), Pre-internet, it was the only way I would get to hear musicians and pieces of music that I read

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Posted in Classical, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“The Bear Got You” . . . : Steely Dan and The Lost Gaucho

Gaucho was the album that (for a time at least) broke Steely Dan. Recording began in 1978 and over the course of a two year span, the band used at least 42 different musicians, spent over a year in the

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Posted in Classic Rock, Music Appreciation and Analysis

A Haiku For The Holidays 2019

A Song For Those Here And For All Those Who Are Not Let Us Play For All

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

“I’m Verklempt”* . . . . : Blue Sky by Quail

Full disclosure: I’ve known Anna Young (bassist, composer, arranger and all around awesomeness) and her brother Nick Young (mixing and mastering – sonic and otherwise) literally their entire lives. So it is with the greatest of pleasures that I present

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“Embryonic Journey” . . . : Three Guitar Instrumentals By Jorma Kaukonen

My previous post talked about John Fahey, Leo Kottke and the “school” of acoustic fingerstyle guitarists who created an amalgam of folk, blues and country guitar styles, sometimes mixed with jazz, Indian raga and other world music elements. Wikipedia referred

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Posted in Classic Rock, Jam Band, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Like geese farts on a muggy day”: Leo Kottke’s “6- and 12-String Guitar”

Sometime in the early seventies I began reading in Guitar Player magazine about a group of acoustic guitarists. Their music drew upon the traditions of folk, ragtime and blues but often would also incorporate other elements such as Indian raga.

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Posted in Music Appreciation and Analysis

“That High Lonesome Sound” . . : A Very Quick Intro To The Dobro

The dobro is a strange and (IMO) really cool instrument.  “Dobro” itself was originally a brand name of resonator guitar. A resonator is the hubcap looking apparatus that sits in the middle of the instrument and gives it its unique

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Posted in Country/Bluegrass, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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