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Players Play

October 18, 2011
I’ve found that the truly great musicians play music every chance they get.
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More Instruments = More Gigs

September 20, 2011
Musical opportunities grow exponentially with every instrument one plays, so I’ve picked up a few over the years.
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You’re Out of Tune (But That’s Okay)

August 16, 2011
The modern, equal-temperament tuning system we use in Western music makes a few fudgy concessions to deal with the limitations of set-tuned instruments like guitar.
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The Rules of Improvisation

July 19, 2011
The best music starts with a “yes,” because this gives license to the creators to chase their muse.
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4 Ways to Kick Ass at Chord-Chart Sessions

June 14, 2011
Unless you are reading actual notes on a staff (which I enjoy about as much as doing long division), chord charts do not make a song.
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Buyer Beware

May 17, 2011
When I first got into guitar in the early 1980s, there really wasn’t “vintage” gear. There was old and new, with “new” generally being judged superior. Of course, a ’59
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Road-Dog Travel Tips

April 19, 2011
I spend much of my work time traveling and have come up with routines and rituals that help me make it through the journey relatively unscathed.
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Last Call: Acting Like a Musician

March 15, 2011
In Gwyneth Paltrow’s current movie, Country Strong, writer/director Shana Feste wanted as much realism as possible, so she stacked Gwyneth’s band with Nashville regulars, including Jim Lauderdale on acoustic, Bucky
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Last Call: Deadlines Are Your Friend

February 15, 2011
Can John cut a funky track for ESPN overnight?
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Buy-Buy, Recession

January 17, 2011
In 1980, $250 would not get you much of a new guitar. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $672 in today’s dollars—and you can definitely buy a brand new, gig-ready axe for that amount today.
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