Godin Multiac Performance Tip

Hi Dan, This might be useful information to other guitarists. I have been using a Godin Multiac solid-body nylon string guitar with RMC pickups to do music for a play with a solid-state electric guitar amp. I noticed that the guitar was uncommonly quiet and free of any 60-cycle hum caused by the dimmer switches … Read more

Semi Polished Classical Guitar String Review

Recently I’ve been experimenting with many different types of strings to find the right combination for my Ramirez 2CWE nylon string electric cutaway guitar. As a jazz player my technique on the nylon strings tends to produce squeaks on the wound basses. Since discovering that Savarez offers semi-polished basses & D’Addario carries a recording set, … Read more

Blues Book: Big Mama Thorton

Here’s an interesting Biography by Michael Spörke. His new book “Big Mama Thornton. The Life and Music.”, the first biography about Big Mama Thornton, will shortly be available. It can be pre-ordered via the publisher (see the link below). http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-7759-3 When Michael was researching his book he contacted me & we spoke about Big Mama … Read more

Traveling abroad with guitars containing rare woods

Travel Abroad with Your Instrument May Require CITES Certification The AFM and its longtime government relations partners met in late April with US Fish and Wildlife (USFW) administrators to discuss public promotion of government guidelines relating to the international transport of musical instruments containing parts of federally designated endangered species materials and/or rare woods such … Read more

D’Addario Chromes & Half Rounds Review

Recently I had the good fortune to meet Jim D’Addario at one of my performances in the Palm Springs area. Jim was kind enough to put me in contact with George Santos, Product Specialist at D’Addario who provided me several samples of D’Addario string products.  So far I’ve tested & shared two of the products that … Read more

Skylark Course Comments!

Hi Dan,  So far so good, just have to set aside some time to really dig into this, but I like the videos a lot and it helps to see it in different keys. Thanks again for putting this piece up – a wonderful tune and great jazz guitar learning experience.  I’ll let you know … Read more

Jesse Van Ruller

Here’s a great video featuring the trio of  brilliant Dutch Guitarist Jesse Van Ruller. Great sense of rhythm & dazzling technical facility. Reminds me of my friend the late great Billy Rogers!

Johnny “Hammond” Smith Project

My old Boss & Pal Johnny “Hammond” Smith is still cookin’! Johnny’s widow Cheryl Smith is in the process of releasing some of Johnny’s music that hadn’t been previously released. Cheryl has organized a Kickstarter project. It’s a great way to support a worthwhile cause & get some groovin’ Johnny Hammond sounds! Check it out … Read more

Real Book Website

Check out this cool new site that features sheet music for many of the popular “Real Book” tunes plus sample recordings to accompany each chart. A great resource to get a feel for the tune you’re working on.  Enjoy! The Real Book Website