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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY MAY 21ST - FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WITH JOE ROBINSON. Winner of Australia's Got Talent, Joe Robinson, is one of the Fingerstyle guitars great young players. Premier Guitar says... “Once in a great while a young guitarist captures the attention of music lovers early in his career and manages to sustain this interest as he matures creatively and sheds the 'prodigy' label. Joe Robinson is one of those rare talents.” Joe will be talking about his new project and playing some great tunes. TUESDAY MAY 28TH - PLAYING BY EAR - HEARING CHORD CHANGES. One of the most important guitar skills is to hear chord changes and be able to play them by ear. With a little bit of training you can listen to songs and understand what chords are being played. Watch LIVE on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel. It's going to be a great month! Learn all you can!

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  1. Early arrivals bulletin #2: the bill for Tuesday evening June 11 at 3rd and Lindsley is "The Piano Men: the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel,” featuring Nashville-based pianists Micah Snow (Charles Esten, Maggie Rose) and Chris Smallwood (RAIN, Alton Brown) and four accompanists. Doors open at 6:00, show 7:30. General admission tickets only, $10.00, seating is first come first served. Once Steve sets up the gathering Facebook page, we can see who wants to go and order our tickets in blocks, which speeds up entry.
  2. I'm with Dave: pick up right where you left off, and give your fingertips a couple of weeks to toughen up. Aim to put in a few minutes every day. Welcome back!
  3. I'm so sorry to hear that, Opie. We will miss you. That's your picture of me over there on the side. I'll keep my fingers crossed that all turns out well for you.
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    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Gruhn Guitars, Nashville, TN, 7:00-8:00 CDT. Playing by Ear: Hearing Chord Changes.
  5. Karl, that is one gorgeous piece of craftsmanship. Congratulations, we have a new luthier in the house. 👍
  6. @ChrisJ032 Yes, Chris, it's in 3/4, so we might better say: T-1-2-3-2-1 (p-i-m-a-m-i).
  7. Steve is traveling; he has the next live lesson scheduled for next week, May 14, with Joe Robinson. Today is May 7; there is no event on the calendar for today. Edit: I later realized that Ben was probably looking at Steve's schedule under this topic, which doesn't get updated as often as the calendar.
  8. Hi, @Stefan , way to go! Session 7 is a big step. The answer to your question really depends on where you want to go on guitar. But I would advise: yes, unequivocally, learn all 12 scales. The flats, sharps, and key signatures. Give it a couple of minutes every day until, as Steve says, you can say them as fast as you can write them, even as you start on Session 8. The payoffs are big. Knowing the scales will demystify intervals and prepare you for spelling any chord in the book. And when you practice all those scales, as in Steve's major scales workout, the fretboard begins to open up. You start seeing notes instead of dots. Go for it.
  9. Rrrrr-i-i-i-i-pppp! I peeled the label off my plastic box of lead sheets that read “Band”. Seven months and no word from our leader. Time to admit it: I wasn’t in a band anymore. After four years of almost weekly practices and rehearsals, and five gigs, my neighborhood band had dispersed. Our neighborhood social committee decided that although they enjoyed the band, the music was distracting from — to put it bluntly — the gossiping. Four of the guys returned to their continuing education rock group, of which I was not a member. Sigh. It was good while it lasted. Rrrrr-i-i-i-i-pppp! Off came the label from the box that read “Jam”. After six years and sixty meetings with my local acoustic jam, I decided, it too had run its course. The group leader had been exhibiting some troubling signs the past couple of years. Lately he could not, or would not, play in time. He just wasn’t fully present. He complained about a person who never brought music to share, and instead played to show off — no one could play along. But when this guy showed up, the leader said nothing. A few weeks ago I sat silently twirling my pick between my fingers as this diva performed his Elvis set for me and a first timer yet again, and I heard myself thinking, “That’s enough.” One box remained, labeled “Lessons”. That would stay. I twisted up the other labels and tossed them in the trash. I expected a wave of letdown. And I felt something, all right — but it was energy — a fresh resolve. I felt good. I surveyed my practice room: the guitars, the books, the music, the framed photos. So familiar, so friendly, and still so right. Now what? “Good for you, kid,” they answered. “You’ve learned how to let go. Now you’re the captain of your own ship. So go back to work, and keep your eyes and ears open. The universe isn’t finished with you yet.” The first sign appeared at the bowling alley. As always, I started the night at the grill for my iced tea and cookies. I handed the cashier my money. This time she gave me a conspiratorial smile and shook her head. “Keep it,” she said, “you’re good.” Really? I asked. She waved me off. The next signal arrived in the mailbox. The National Archives had located my late father’s record of service in the Civilian Conservation Corps. It identified his camp, a detail no one in the family could recall. From that, I discovered that a book had been written about his camp. I ordered a copy. In the center spread was a group photo of his company, May, 1934, just before his discharge. My finger ran across the faces. And there, a month shy of his 21st birthday, in a surplus army uniform shirt and tie — is it? It must be. I sprang to the living room for the picture of him and mom in 1938, just after they were married, to compare. Yes, that’s my dad. No one in the family knew this picture existed. Soon after that, an e-mail from Neil: Would I consider serving as a moderator for the discussion board? Days later, I attended a concert by fingerstyle virtuoso Shaun Hopper. The usher led me to a center seat in the second row. I introduced myself to the couple next to me. Shaun and his sax player Chris took off. It was bliss. A few times I led the small, reticent audience into applause for a solo, or to coax them into clapping along to Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”. They’re knocking themselves out up there for you, girl, I thought. Let them know you’re pulling for them. As intermission ended, the husband sitting next to me returned from the lobby and handed me a copy of Shaun’s CD. “Would you like this? For a donation, they gave me two.” “Seriously? It’s still on my Amazon Wish List,” I said, incredulous. “Thank you.” After the show, Shaun autographed it. “Thanks for coming back to Wilmington, Shaun,” I said as I shook his hand. “Say, do you know Christie Lenée?” “Sure do,” he said, smiling, “and what a great singer!” I walked out to my car in the cool spring night and started home down the long avenue that is Wilmington’s King Street. All the lights were green.
  10. Early arrivals take note: Tuesday evening, June 11 at the Station Inn, 7:00 pm: Doyle & Debbie; 9:30 pm: The Wheelhouse Rousers. The calendar for 3rd and Lindsley is filling up, but nothing as of today for June 11. I could go for another round of Mandy Barnett. ❤️ She'll be back May 25.
  11. Eric (@Sonicfreq), the normal hours at Gruhn's are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. If we assume that Steve follows the same timetable as last year, your best window is probably Tuesday afternoon June 11. There will be an early registration Tuesday at Trevecca from about 3:00 - 4:30, but that's optional. Nothing will be scheduled for the group as a whole on Tuesday evening. Typically after early registration we carpool to dinner and hit Third and Lindsley or the Station Inn if there's a good show. Then it will likely be nonstop until 4:30 Friday afternoon. We will probably wrap up around noon on Saturday, which might give you another window for Gruhn's, depending on when you have to get to the airport. There is also a remote chance that Steve might conduct a live lesson that week from Gruhn's, but I consider that unlikely because (1) now the number of attendees exceeds the capacity of the store and (2) it's not on the live lesson schedule. In mid May we can expect Steve's e-mail with the final schedule of events, an invitation to play in the student showcase, and sign up for guitar setups with Greg Voros. Our posts from last year's gathering are here, which should give you an idea of what to expect. PS / Oops, sorry, I linked to the fingerstyle retreat; the gathering posts are here.
  12. A reminder: the early registration discount ends April 14. Here are the workshop presenters Steve has lined up so far: Guitar Care and Maintenance: Greg Voros Songwriting: Kim McLean Jazz Guitar: Mel Deal Blues Guitar: Mike Pachelli Fingerstyle Guitar: Collin Hill Improvisation: Dino Pastin
  13. Let’s hear from those who have volunteered their guitar skills in some form of service: teaching children, seniors, or vets, entertaining the infirm, elderly, or incarcerated, in worship, charity work, or the like. Don’t be modest; inspire us with your stories. How did you get started? What did you learn?
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  15. @William Nelson Hi, William, you’re in for a great time, whatever your background in music theory. Last year there were two workshops on theory. The basic one, led by Paulette Krenz, assumed no prior knowledge. Steve led the advanced one, which assumed some knowledge of notation, chord construction, and progressions. Each was about an hour for two successive days. These ran concurrently with two other workshops on other topics, such as songwriting or a blues jam. They all seemed well received, so I would expect Steve to plan something similar this time. We only have time to dip our toes in the water for any subject. The instructors and artists are all aware that the attendees span a wide range of knowledge and skill.

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