Some more pick stations

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Finally, a place to keep picks

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Finally back on the air…sort of

I haven’t been on this site for a while now. Plan to redo the whole thing in a few days, but concentrating mostly on just classical guitar.

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Back soon

No, I haven’t forgotten about the site; I’ll be posting soon again. BTW I took the Handbook down because it’s going to be published soon.

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Classical guitarist mind melds with the infamous Foxy

Well here’s the whole boring story (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058142/Amanda-Knox-falls-guitar-man-James-Terrano-returns-normal-life.html)

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Lush guitarcentric landscaping

Yes, a yard shaped like a guitar. The yard and the house can be yours for a little under 18 mil. Here.

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Couple of news items…

Are armed attacks on a guitar manufacturing plant really necessary? Here is an update on the Government VS Gibson Guitars.

The Libya connection: guitar playing during street battles (certainly the sound of machine guns right next to a guitar player will drown out the notes–no?).

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Firebird X

If a hot blue (or red) Corvette–with plenty of electronic gadgetry– could transform into an electric guitar this might be what it would look like. A review of Gibson’s new Firebird X. Here’s a look at it on Gibson’s site.

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Ravi Shankar @ 91

Famed Indian siitarist still fingerslogging after nine decades–and still giving concerts. Here.

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Guitarist with steel strings plays classical guitar music…

“There was this very old guitar teacher who had an open mind to accept me to bring my electric guitar to the [classical guitar] lesson.” Here

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Gibson Guitar Co VS the Feds

Here’s a look into Gibson’s exotic woods controversy. Story over @ the LA Times.

Update.

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Cool sounds from strange instruments

Downright catchy.  Their YT channel is here. Site here.

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Chinese bossa nova

Some Chinese bossa nova, with–you guessed it– guitar accompaniment. Here.

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Ravel’s Belero on guitar

Played by Sungha Jung; great arrangement by Kotaro Oshio

Sungha’s guitar Youtube channel is here.

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The good, the bad and the ugly–on twelve strings

I’ve always loved this theme; on twelve electric strings it’s the next best thing to the full orchestra version.

Hey wait a minute here’s one (with a Irishy folksy variation in the middle) on 36 strings more or less…

Montreal Guitar Trio with the California Guitar Trio

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Electric guitar chamber music?

Yes, my fell guitar enthusiasts, the Electric 8 “has thrown all…preconceived notions in the wastebasket and now call for the same classical performance status as is given to chamber string and wind ensembles…” It could take some convincing for regular concert goers, though; I mean a lot of people just wouldn’t be able to get past all those wires and amps.

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North Korea exhibits its very young guitar side

These kids are great but I just wonder, this being N Korea after all, what kind of unusual discipline lies behind their practice regimen. Story here.

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“a dynamic cyclical model of fetishization appropriate to an age of mass-production.”

I think that sums it up pretty good…After all, why ” would someone create a replica of Blackie, complete with every single nick and scratch, including the wear pattern from Mr. Clapton’s belt buckle and the burn mark from his cigarettes? And why is that replica expected to fetch at least $20,000 at Wednesday’s auction, and probably much more?…” Read the rest of this article in the NY Times.

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The elusive flamenco guitar

“Flamenco has a solid reputation for being hermetic to those who have not been initiated into it. Some pretend that this hermeticism is nothing but a pretext to disguise its limits and insufficiencies.  Isn’t flamenco, under these conditions, nothing but a carefully managed eye fooler? The question of its deep-seated nature cannot be forever eluded. Are we in the presence of true art or a popular art? Yet, it seems to be accessible only to the initiated, even though they are relatively small in number. It is a fact that flamenco, formed by shades of light and dark, is elusive. It loses its own authenticity in contact with the forces of the music hall footlights. Yet, it resurges with its own complete vigor in semi-dark caves…” Read mere here (originally pub way back in 1981 in Guitarra magazine, now brought online.

You’ll notice a flamenco guitar usually has a tapping plate to protect the top from percussive effects.

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“Reinventing Guitar” album

On Greek guitarist Smaro Gregoriado’s new album, Reinventing Guitar: “…The album features a mixture of traditional guitar pieces, all craftily arranged by Gregoriadou, as well as original works penned by the Grecian guitarist. All of the pieces are performed on instruments built by the modern luthier Yorgos Kertsopoulos, guitars that are designed to not only evoke new sounds from the guitar, but to greatly expand the range and harmonic possibilities of the instrument…” Article’interview  here (from Guitar International). This link has some pics of some pretty radical designed classical style guitars

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Cherry supreme: good enough to eat

This is what a $5000.+ guitar looks like: Gibson Les Paul Cherry Sunburst

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East meets West

Duo: Chinese pipa (played by Liu Fang) and classical guitar (Michael O’Toole).

I’m generally not a big fan of Eastern music but the combination here is beautifully haunting. According to the video info it’s is a transcription basesd on Philip Glass’s composition for string quartet.

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…Now for something completely different

Jeff Corallini plays ‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ on a seven-string bass.

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Gibson quality control issues

I’ve been reading on and off for several years now about Gibson quality control problems–painting, gluing, etc. Here’s a picture I got off a recent forum showing one of the problems, in this case cracking along the fingerboard perimeter. Type Gibson quality issues or Gibson quality control problems in Bing or Google and you’ll come up with a good cross section.

Forum link here.

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Tommy Emmanuel and his band

Here.

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Another guitar crime

I’ve posted several stories of criminals using guitars as weapons. Here’s another.

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Now this, a, er, looks sort of interesting

Click here.

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Ovation guitars

The Ovation iDea.

I haven’t had a chance to play one of these yet but it looks like a great idea. Not only can you play it like a regular acoustic guitar but it also plugs into an amp, but the most interesting feature is the digital recording console built in; not only does it allow you to instantly and conveniently record, say a run you’ve come up with, some musical idea you’ve stumbled upon, but you can also layer musical lines, as for example a chord progression, and as you’re playing that back you can add a melodic line or another chord progression to go with it. This looks ideal for guitar composers. This particular model lists for over $900. or so but I’ve seen them now for under $250. (Amazon for instance)

Top mounted digital console.

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Guitar duo: brothers Odair and Sergio

“…Mr. Assad, 57, is half of what critics consider the world’s leading classical guitar duo, with his brother Odair. He almost won a third Latin Grammy in the ceremonies held Nov. 11; he was nominated twice for Contemporary Classical Composition. The Washington Post suggested that the brothers might be “the best two-guitar team in existence, maybe even in history…” Here.

The brothers in younger days.

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Electric guitar Gods

There are Gods of the classic guitar, jazz guitar, flamenco guitar; there are even Gods of the Banjo and Uke. Above are electric guitar Gods (please leave the appropriate sacrifice).

 

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