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  1. Okay, I know I’m pushing the bounds of good taste and etiquette here with such an obvious self-promotion post :halo: I’ve been a closeted flatpicker for almost twenty years now. And some also know that I made this recording a while back.. Well, I finally finished it! I’m clearly not the next Tony Rice or David Grier, but I have loved and deeply respected this music for a long time now, and I’m very excited to have produced a record -featuring my good friend Tim Connell- that I think is pretty cool. Like me, Tim did not grow up playing this music. He’s nationally known for his Brazilian Choro style playing, and has a degree in Irish music from the New England Conservatory Of Music... But somehow I was able to talk him into this project:)


    Right now it’s available as physical disks and downloads only on CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/timconnell In a few weeks it’ll be at all your favorite places to find music. Tim and I are both full time musicians with families, and we are exceedingly grateful to anyone that might be looking for something new to add to their music collection, and maybe tell their friends about.







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  2. A week or so ago I posted my Thirty Day Guitar Challenge. Maybe “challenge” isn't the right word, I just thought it was catchy. But to mark what I recently realized was my thirtieth anniversary of being a guitar teacher, I thought it would be fun to try to share a short lesson a day for a month. Maybe start your day with one video and a cup of coffee and see if leads you anywhere different. My challenge to myself was to do this all off the cuff (for better or worse), and try to avoid any mention of chords or scales, or any other technical stuff… It’s really trying to be more about musicianship and artistry. Maybe it’s my manifesto! Anyway, I hope my fellow guitar players will find a few things interesting and or helpful.


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    Had someone up here last week to shoot a forthcoming interview/promotional video for the new album, A Different Kind Of Blue. While here, he shot a quick video of me jamming in my living room and bumming around my neighborhood :)

  4. Having not made a solo guitar record in almost seven years, this Winter I started down the sensible path of determining my strongest pieces, refining the arrangements, and practicing them. But of course I ditched all that after an impulsive pang to imagine Miles Davis' whole Kind Of Blue album as a little improvisational solo guitar adventure. So one very wet portland morning in April, after depositing the kids at school, I took my little 00-size guitar and my favorite old chair into friends

  5. Eric, I shared some of the trio videos over at Mandolin Cafe, where the three of y'all have SERIOUS fans, and was asked:

    - what mics?

    - what mixer, what amp, what speakers?

    - recording post mixer?

    - recording what came out of the speakers?

    - post recording mixing?

    - pre recording mixing?

    - regarding the previous two questions: what, how and how much?

    Told them I'd ask ya.


    Hi Terry

    I assume you referring to the outdoor string trio clips? We had a live sound person on that one. We used Nuemann KM 184's on the guitar and mandolin. The bass had a dynamic mic, which I can't remember, something I'd never heard of. We had no amps or monitors with us on stage. Someone shot the video with a Rode NT4 stereo mc n the audience. The Old Church string trio clips were similar, except I used an AKG 214 on the guitar. In both cases there was no mixing or post- production audio tweaks. This one

    is the only live clip were I got someone to mix it after. Mainly because of the drums....
  6. Thank you for all the nice comments :)



    For the record, I have your trio CD - but I prefer your solo stuff. You are like Prince - you don't need the Revolution.


    I'm still some trio gigs around town, with drums instead of mando, but I have a renewed focus on solo guitar for the next few years. In june I have my first solo guitar record in six years coming out. It's going to be called A Different Kind Of Blue. I've arranged the whole Kind Of Blue record for solo guitar. So I'm looking forward to that.


    Thanks again:)

  7. Thanks guys


    Nice! I liked that effect you were getting while thumb-picking near the bridge at about 1:10. That would be a good tune to compare with and without picks.


    I can not get those harmonics without picks or nails. In fact, for that tune I used a even bigger thumbpick to get those guys to pop out more...

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