Great “shades of blue” pic Richard, and let me add my congratulations on your public performance. Another milestone on the search for that pot of gold. Speaking of which, did you spot any leprechauns drawing near as you played, perhaps mistaking your guitar for a Celtic harp?
Safe travels, and please let us know of your next performance in Scotland!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Alan Lomax interviews. Thank you for your recommendation. This belongs in your journal so I’ll post it here (from around minute 4:30 into part IV: Alan Lomax: “Now I’ve shown that art is the absolute CENTER of human progress, it’s the thing that keeps the culture together and gives it its unity, and makes i…[Read more]
Thank you Mr. and Madame Ambassadors for stopping by. As anyone who has endeavored to mine the many mysteries of our beloved instrument knows well, self-discovery accounts for a significant portion of the advancement we make, however incremental, over time. This particular “eureka!” moment was significantly revelatory for me that I thought it wor…[Read more]
Scott, Kari, Mark, Bruce, Julie and Roger, thanks for taking the time to read my novel and the well wishes. It was so good seeing you all again (and Scott for the first time!) this year at summer school. So many great memories . . . Already looking forward to next year!
Thank you so much for this Roger! I’m truly humbled to know such wonderful, generous, giving, sensitive, and creative people, not the least of whom is the inimitable Armando. I could listen to his stories for hours on end. What an interesting life he has led. And how incredible that his friend, Violeta Parra, has served as a bridge to a new f…[Read more]
Hi Drew. It was great to see and talk to my favorite artist once again at summer school! Your “Cowboy Bourée” video above is priceless – your creativity never ceases to amaze and entertain. I hadn’t heard of John Mortensen before so will definitely be searching out more of his wisdom. I really like the practical, frank way in which he presen…[Read more]
My Right Hand Epiphany: An arpeggio is simply tremolo played on three strings. (But wait Mark! Don’t you have that backwards? Please bear with me . . .)
One of my goals for July is to describe and post a few videos to demonstrate what I think I’ve learned about how to both correct my right hand mechanics and increase my arpeggio speed. I’m…[Read more]
Hi Donna. Because I was away from the site for a while when my tendonitis kicked into high gear, I missed that you were struggling with nerve issues. I thought I’d remembered that you were planning on attending summer school, so the first day I kept looking for you and when I couldn’t find you I asked about you and was so sad to hear you cou…[Read more]
As I told you at SS, your diligence and discipline are very evident in your playing, which is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your energy, enthusiasm and encouragement with all your CGCA colleagues.
Your protégé is off to a very good start! It’s unusual to see – and hear -atonality embraced by one so young! 😉
Gosh, I’d love to Scott, but I’ve got so much other music in the hopper right now I’d better decline. I had to leave a lot untouched for a few months while my tendonitis healed, so I’m beginning to revisit a number of Grade 7 pieces that have been “marinating” for a while. I do plan to learn both Birds and Mountain Thyme one day though, so…[Read more]
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