Renowned Guitar Maker Remembered

Nashville, TN. (July 23, 2007) - The man convicted in the drunk driving death of a Gibson executive and renowned instrument maker has been given a 25 year prison sentence for aggravated vehicular homicide. 34-year old Julio Villasana was travelling the wrong direction on a highway just north of Nashville when his SUV collided with 51-year old Charles Derrington''s motorcycle in August 2006. Villasana''s blood alcohol level was three times over the legal limit at .23. Villasana, a Mexican citizen, had been deported 14 times.

Derrington managed production of Gibson''s mandolin division. He is known for rebuilding Bill Monroe''s prized 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin after a burglar broke into his home and smashed it. The mandolin can be seen at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Derrington had a passion for Loar-era instruments. He was responsible for bringing Gibson mandolins back to the forefront of manufacturing popularity in the ''90''s.

The Charlie Derrington Memorial Fund

There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

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  • Explain how chords are generated from scales.
  • Create unusual harmonies, chord progressions, bass lines, and melodies using the blues scale.
  • Demonstrate how music theory and musical intuition can coalesce to create unique sounds from traditional materials.
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