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  • Birthday 01/18/1943

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  1. Gibson - Running out of time?

    This hurts and I wish Gibson the best. I bought my first Gibson in the 1950s and have added to it. They have always made a quality instrument.
  2. A Selection Of Guitar Books

    Hi, I am in Washington State. My horse show judging was back in the 50-70s. Most of the shows I worked were in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and British Columbia. I held several licenses i.e. American Horse Show Association; Canadian Horse Show Association and a couple others. I judged everything from western and english to jumping and dressage. Loved it. I was working on a Quarter Horse License and did a lot of Jr. judging with QH judges, but because I raised Arabian Horses instead of Quarter Horses I could never get approved, but I still had a heck of a good time with all the quarter horse people. Also worked close with the cutting horse group and the polo club. Reining patterns were just starting. Spent time on the local reservation with a friend trading horses and my brother in law married into the Blackfoot tribe so spent time in Montana in my younger days. I traveled so much with my work that when I retired I told my wife I wasn't driving anymore and she was the driver for the family. I haven't driven for 4 years ... by choice. In fact I skipped my favorite rodeo last year and I doubt I will go this year ... just tired of crowds and the me first attitude of many people on the road now days. Still have 3 horses in my back field ... don't know what it would be like not to have a horse and a dog around. I have driven through the Dakotas but have not spent any time in the area. I am an avid western history buff and if I could go back and meet anyone in history my first choice would be Wild Bill. But as usual I am getting off the trail. I'm glad you wrote ... it is nice to meet new people that like guitars and horses:)
  3. A Selection Of Guitar Books

    Hi, I have another book for you and I have no idea where you can get it. I have had it for many years. I was playing around with my classical guitar the other day and I got thinking … when did I first become interested in classical music. I was always a Bob Wills Texas Playboy fan. And then I realized it was back in the days of radio (For you youngsters a radio was a little brown box that you could hear the news, music, and stores. Oh what stories!!! And 3 of the best productions came out of WXYZ in Detroit. And they used classical music for their themes and during the adventures as fill in. Some shows had live bands and orchestras while others used wax recordings. Most shows were not recorded until around 1938. Anyhow the 3 shows that taught me to love classical music were The Lone Ranger (The finale of Rossini’s William Tell Overture), The Green Hornet (Rimsky-Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee) and Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (Reznicek Donna Diana Overture). Interestingly this may bring me to like some Metal picking … I will tell you about this later. The Mystery of the Masked Man’s Music: A Search for the Music Used on “The Lone Ranger” Radio Program, 1933-1954 Reginald M. Jones, Jr. The Scarecrow Press Metuchen,NJ & London 1987 ISBN 0-8108-1982-1 219 pages As I mentioned earlier I have no idea where or when I got my copy. Reginald Jones most definitely had a love for the Lone Ranger program and the music because what he went through to write this book was done over many years with a lot of work. The Lone Ranger was first broadcasted on January 31, 1933. It was done live in a small studio with a small band … “Mountain Pete” and his Mountaineers. They would play music that they thought fit the scene i.e. “Home on the Range”, “Red River Valley”, etc. Long story short Pete and the boys went to Hollywood Ca. to get in the movies. About the same time Republic Pictures staff had heard the Lone Ranger on radio and thought it would make a great serial on screen. With the move to the movies and wanting to keep the movie and radio show as much alike as they could Fred Flowerday was hired for $12.50 per week to search for suitable musical excerpts … this was in 1934. Like all productions the music followed the mood of the story … chase scene, fight scene, love scene, pleasant day etc. And with this in mind only excepts of productions were used so many time the production from which the excerpt was cut was not identified. And again at that time data on the music was really not maintained. Jone interviews multiple individuals that worked on the show and gained as much information as he could and then moved on to the next person. He found hundreds of music excerpts that had been used just on that one show. I will list few at this time: COMPOSER COMPOSITION Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Jolin Maple Street Rag Rossini William Tell Overture Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Wagner A Faust Overture Wagner The Flying Dutchman Overture Wagner Renzi Overture Wagner Ride of the Valkyries To those of you that are music majors you will find this a very interesting book not only because of the arrangements listed but also in the description of the production of the music to the show. O.k. that is how I learned to love classical music and now I have a couple downloads that will present the 3 major songs and with the exception of Donna Diana the others are done on guitar … I think you will understand when I say I need to listen to more metal:)
  4. A Selection Of Guitar Books

    Hi, One more book for this month. The main reason I am presenting it to you is Amazon has a heck of a buy on it and I would hate to see them all gone without me telling you about the book. Total Guitar: The Complete Guide to Playing, Recording and Performing every Guitar Style with Over 1000 Chords Terry Burrows Barnes & Noble Books 2000 ISBN 0-7607-1166-6 256 pages I paid $25 for my copy when it first came out …. Amazon has them available for 25 cents!!!!! I have the hard cover copy and it is a beautiful coffee table book (There is a soft cover copy available). The book is done all in color!! Since it has been a few years since I read the book … although I use it as a reference I will just give you a list of topics along with a couple comments for this review. More interested in getting the deal out to everyone (No I have no connections with anyone producing the book or Amazon.) Chapter I The Guitar … As you would expect this is the history of the guitar which is broken down into several sections: The First Guitars; The Classical Tradition; Guitars in America; How a Guitar Works and The Electric Guitar. Chapter 2 Playing the Guitar … Sections include Picking; Playing Chords; Scales and Keys; Lead Guitar Effects; Country Guitar; Modes; Jazz and the Guitar; Acoustic Techniques; Slide Guitar. Several other sections are also included. Chapter 3 The Chord Finder … This chapter lists and shows the finger structure of over 1000 chords (all in color). Chapter 4 Guitar Maintenance … Sections in this chapter are: Taking Care of the Guitar, Changing Strings, Setting up, and Cleaning and Storage. Chapter 5 Gettin a Sound … Sound and Amplification; Amplifiers in Practice; Finding the Right Sound; Altering the Sound; Pitch, Volume, and Tone Effects; Combining Effects, and a Table of Effects make up the break down of this chapter. Chapter 6 Performing and Recording … This is the final chapter and consists of The Recording Studio; Where to Begin; Preparing to Record; Understanding the Studio; Connection to the Desk; Studio Effects; Microphones; Recording the Guitar; Home Recording Formats; Putting Together a Project Home Studio; Laying out the Studio; Computers and MIDI; Taking to the Stage; The Live Guitar; Selling Your Soul; Mass Production and Spreading the Word. I realize that it is somewhat a dated book and this may be the reason it is a great buy, but it still has good information in it and you can use it as a reference, a history text, and a good start to developing questions about the advancing industry. Oh, I might mention that throughout the book there are off sets about Charlie Christian; Eddie Van Halen; Chet Atkins; Les Paul; B.B.King; **** Dale and others.
  5. A Selection Of Guitar Books

    FEB GUITAR BOOK REVIEW Howdy All, Well I picked out a couple books that I have had for a few years. The unique point of my selections are that both books are written by Douglas B. Green …. Ranger Doug of the “Riders in the Sky” and he is also a singer and rhythm guitar player for the “Time Jumpers”. If you go through the archives of Steve’s shows you will find Doug and Steve talking about rhythm guitar. Singing in the Saddle: The History of the Singing Cowboy Douglas B. Green Vanderbilt University Press ISBN 978-0-8265-1506-3 The book cost about $20 and is available on Amazon or the Riders in the Sky web page. A standing ovation for Mr. Green and this book!!!! Now Ranger Doug and I are about the same age, so I totally understand where he is coming from and why I loved the book. In the 50-60s you could find me driving around in an old blue chevy with a couple saddles in the back and my German Sheppard sitting next to me in the cab. We would have the radio turned up full blast to any country and western station I could find. Before I go farther I should give the definition that separated country and western music. Country is about booze drinking, he or she doing another wrong song, and hating your job. Western songs on the other hand are about the silver moon, lazy shadows, and dusty trails … environmental songs if you will. I’m sure Ranger Doug worked his butt off putting this book together! The book starts with the introduction of cattle and horses to the americas and gradually works it way through the civil war and development of the cattle industry. Music is introduced from the medicine wagon and steamboat times. Doug has a fantastic way of writing that is very descriptive and smooth. He slowly moves you through several life times where you gain a lot of knowledge and it is a pleasure not a chore. The book does not leave you asking “what if” or “how come” questions. This is particularly so when he discusses the various movie producers and studios. The book goes from the New York stage presentations to the Chicago radio shows with many participant presented in each phase … along with their contributions to music and especially western music. Many of the people I had never heard of and others were very much a part of my life. Mr. Green has chapters on the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Jimmy Wakely. If any one made a western movie with singing called for in the script they are mentioned in this book … along with their life stories. Most of the “B” westerns began during the “depression” years. Most of the singing cowboys were just guitar players looking for a job. This was the first big push for the average individual to learn to play the guitar and look for work. The book goes up through the “Riders in the Sky”, Willy Nelson, Chris LeDoux, as well as "The Sons of the San Joaquin". Now if you are close to my age you will find this book will bring back a flood of memories. At one time in my life I was the youngest professional horse show judge in my state and lot of the actors and musicians in the book would show up to a fair or powwow I was working and we would get a chance to talk horses and music. For the most part they were a great bunch of individuals working at their chosen profession. Thanks Doug for some super memories. For you who are younger music lovers … Western music became popular during the Blues, Jazz and Big Band era and each contributed to the other. This book is a true history of the guitar during this time and especially the western rhythm guitar. You owe it to yourself to read this book and add more guitar history to your knowledge. Rhythm Guitar The Ranger Doug Way Doug Green Suze Spencer Marshall Centerstream Publication 2006 ISBN 978-1-57424-204-1 Publication is available on Amazon and at the “Riders in the Sky” web page $16 The combined efforts of Doug Green and Suze Spencer Marshall created this book. Doug plays rhythm guitar for both the “Riders in the Sky” and “Time Jumpers”. Suże is a guitar instructor in the Pacific Northwest and plays rhythm guitars for the western swing big band “Way Out West”. A couple comments, found in the book, that are made by Doug are: 1) “You can play all the fanciest chords in the world, but the heart of getting that sound out of your guitar is your right hand”; and 2) “If less is more with the left hand, it is also true for the right: if you find that sweet spot on your guitar you don’t need to bang it or trash it to get the sound out.” Doug continues …. “I urge you to experiment to find the way that’s best for you”. Doug talks about his own history and the influence of Karl Farr (Sons of the Pioneers) and Freddie Green (Big Band of Count Base). He also describes his guitar collection … according to George Gruhn he truly has a “collection” not just an accumulation of guitars. Before the tunes are presented there is a discussion about each song … why it was selected and suggestions on how it should be played. A page of chord diagrams used by Doug is present although most chords are also diagramed over the chord names identified within the song. This book is just chucked full of great songs … After You’ve Gone; Ain’t Misbehavin’; All of Me; Along the Navajo Trail; Amber Eyes; Avalon; Compadres InThe Old Sierra Madres; Embraceable You; How High the Moon; Idaho; Jessie Polka; Limehouse Blues; Lullaby of Birdland; Miss Molly; Oh Lady, Be Good; Out of Nowhere; Polka Dots and Moonbeams; Racing With the Moon; Red River Valley; Right or Wrong; Sally Goodin’; Suzette’s Blues; Tangerine; That’s How the Yodel Was Born; Tumbling Tumbleweeds; Wah-Hoo; The Yellow Rose of Texas This is a chance to get rhythm guitar music that you can play and lay down as a back track on your looper … opening you up to some big band soloing. BONUS REVIEW … Ranger Doug, Andy Reiss (Also look for Andy in Steve’s archives … Steve only brings in the best!!), and Bobby Durham put out a great guitar cd. “The Art of the Archtop” Andy played the solo guitar Ranger Doug the rhythm guitar Bobby Durham played string bass and sousaphone The cover description on the disc reads …. Three old friends, a couple of stellar guests, a couple of hot summer days, a stack of classic swing tunes and a room full of priceless Stromberg and D’Angelico archtop guitars. It’s a recipe for good times and a celebration of the rich, full, exciting, romantic sound of the acoustic arch top guitar. No amps, no pickups, no electronics, just classic instruments, classic music: The Art of the Archtop. To me there is not a lie in the paragraph. The songs on the disc are: Blue Lou; Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me; Love Me or Leave Me; Besame Mucho; The Nearness of You; I Can’t Believe that You’re in Love with Me; Usted; You Took Advantage of Me; I’m Confessin’ that I love you; Stompin’ at the Savoy; Skylark; Exactly Like You. OK I am partial to Big Band and Western Swing. However this is a great disc with great guitar artists and it should be in your collection … I don’t care what age you are. There may never come another time to hear such music.
  6. Django’s Favorite Guitar at Acoustic Guitar

    I'll put this in my folder along with Trigger and Lucille. Thanks
  7. ONCE UPON A TIME lyrics and chords

    I like both of them and the song ... thanks.

    Maybe the Nashville Chamber of Commerce would foot the bill on this idea. Steve with his guitar and camera person would visit and sit in with the bands at some local Nashville hot spots. Nashville would get world wide publicity along with the individual performers and locations. Steve has had members of the Timetravelers on so why not visit the Station on a monday night and sit in with the band and gab about the members and the location where they are playing. The next month he hits a Jazz place then one supporting Blues players. Maybe playing backup at the Grand Ole Opery. Nothing rules out a short visit to the Gibson Guitar Company (They may even help fit the bill on this project). If Nashville has a concert group we could put Steve in a tux for a program of concert guitar. Maybe an interview of how a new guitarist would push a song or a talk with an agent on how he or she selects a talent they want to represent. Not sure if Steve has the time but I know I would enjoy seeing the Nashville professionals at work. THIS DOES NOT OFF SET OUR REGULAR LESSON PROGRAM!!! This would only consist of 12 hour long shows for the season ... if it grabs hold and funding is available how about sending Steve to New Orleans or Europe to spend a couple weeks and put 12 shows together for future seasons. JUST AN IDEA.
  9. Excellent Interview

    Thanks for posting. When you mentioned its not what you usually listen to I got to thinking ... I left rock and roll when the Beatlles came across the pond and began listening to the Great Guitars i.e. Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, and Barney Kessel and all that Jazz with a little bit of Basin Street Blues thrown in. I was working in the Bay Area when all the Jazz clubs were going strong. Thanks to Steve's programs I am listening to other forms of guitar. I grew up with big band and western swing that has always been around me but I could never get use to the screaming instead of singing and the bashing up of a guitar after that instrument put food on your table (Look at Willy's poor "Trigger" she gone through a lot in her life and still provides service to Willy). I will sample any guitar playing if the player has respect for the instrument. Thanks again for the post.
  10. A Selection Of Guitar Books

    I really like the idea of a Guitar Book section. I love to read and learn. I hope some of the rest of you will provide some books you have found to be interesting. Here are a few I have read ... I will present others if you are interested. Guitar Capo Mastery: A Step-By-Step guide to Using Your Capo Like A Pro Sean Laughton ISBN: 9781520664446 2017 Got my copy from Amazon $8.95 Before reading this book I really knew nothing about capos; I considered them cheaters for people who could not play the guitar ... but I was wrong. The capo actually can provide many benefits. Mr. Laughton has broken his instruction into 3 areas: 1) Getting to Grips with your Capo, 2) Unlocking the Power of your Capo, and 3) Mastering your Capo. The book begins with the correct application of the capo and the goes to keys and scales. It shows several ways to use the capo and what happens to the music with its application. He also includes a list of songs on You Tube that he uses to demonstrate the use of the tool. This is a small book … 67 pages, but it has a lot of information in it for all grades of guitar players. Recommend Teach Yourself The Guitar Dale Fradd NTC Publishing Group LCC card number 92-80885 1990 (Originally published in 1932) 122 pages You probably will have to check Abe Books or Ebay for this book. I bought my copy in an airport book store many years ago. This is a small book in structure … 5”X8”. When I bought my copy I carried it with me on my travels for something to read. The book is a full study of the classical guitar. Like most guitar books the text begins with how to select the correct guitar (classical in this case). It covers Basic Right and Left Hand Techniques and the basic theory of music. Various chapters also present the phrasing and interpretation and playing with others. The two areas I liked the best are the historical outline about the development of the guitar and the final chapter that is a glossary of terms used in guitar music … the neat thing is the terms are defined and shown in the original French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Yes, the book is in English Highly recommend if you can find it. In Search of My Father: A Warm, True Story by the Daughter of Merle Travis Pat Travis Eatherly Broadman Press, Nashville TN ISBN 0-8054-5727-5 1987 191 pages To start … “yes” Pat Travis Eatherly is Thom Bresh’s half sister. If you are at all interested in Merle or the early Nashville and picking scene this is a must read book. Like many of the country singers i.e. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, etc. Merle had a mixed and at times rough life. To review this book is hard because you are trying to cover the entire life of a man in only a couple sentences. Dale Evans Rogers (Yes, Roy Rogers wife) wrote about this book … “Every parent and child should read In Search of My Father. This poignant, real-life story reveals the deep need to love, communicate, and care between parent and child. Pat has been painfully honest in this account”. Chet Atkins wrote the forward to the book … “Merle Travis could write you a hit song and sing it; he could draw you a cartoon, play you a great guitar solo or fix your watch!” My interest in the book is because I love the Travis and Bresh playing. And to add to it my dad was one of 18 kids born in Kentucky to the same ma and pa. One of his brothers started a butcher shop and Merle worked for him hauling meat around in an old model T or A. He became very close to the family and in the book there is a picture of my aunt presenting Merle the key to the city (Drakesboro, Ky). Merle came through my town many years ago and I saw him perform. I was with others at the time and could not remain behind to meet him, but I left a note asking him if he would like to come out to the house for some Baugh’s BBQ. As I walked into the house after the concert the phone was ringing and it was Merle. He had another engagement the next night and could not come out but we gabbed on the phone for over 45 min. I met “The Breshman” a couple years ago and it truly brought back memories. Be ready to laugh and cry if you can find this book. I found my copy on eBay. Well worth the read!!!!!!

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