Guitar fingerpicking made easy

guitar close upYou’ve got a few strums under your guitar strap and now you’re ready to move on. If you want to play songs like “House of the Rising Sun,” “Blackbird” or “Hallelujah” you need to know how to fingerpick. Like anything else with playing the guitar, if you break it down, play it slow and practice, you’ll get there. Continue reading

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He played real good for free: live music in New York City

20190322_185111This is a travelogue of my recent trip to the Big Apple. I promise it’ll be more interesting than your Aunt Edna’s slide show of her trip to Boca. I discovered lots of great music, much of it for free in the subway stations (but of course I tipped them). I also heard a phenomenal jazz band, visited a cool funky music store and saw two top notch musicals. Continue reading

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Ukuleles in Hawaii: There were beaches?

20181213_071210There I was in Waikiki while my wife was running the Honolulu Marathon. I’m the one sipping coffee at the finish line, waiting for her. The whole day before she had to prepare. The day after she was recuperating. That left me with way too much time on my hands and way too many ukulele stores in one city. Waikiki is one big shopping mall anyway. It’s like the Mall of America on steroids, only with a beach and palm trees. I wasn’t interested in designer purses but show me a dreamy four string and I’m yours, baby. Continue reading

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Recording my album, part two. No fancy shoes.

I thought recording was all about the shoes (see last post) but alas. Here’s part two about my journey to making a new album. No fancy shoes but lots of fancy playing. Continue reading

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Recording my new album: it’s all about the shoes

ukulele shoes

Well, they do help, especially when they’re coordinated with the instrument I happen to be recording. It was ukulele day right off the bat. Continue reading

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Buying your first ukulele

hendrix ukulele

You’ve always had that burning desire to learn “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” just like Israel Kamakawiwoʻole or maybe you just want to strum “You Are My Sunshine” around a campfire  – what’s your first step? Unless you plan to win a Grammy for air ukulele you’ll need an instrument. Read on. I’ve played for many years. I can help you save time and lots of dough on your first instrument. (Want lessons? I teach via Skype and in Ottawa, Canada. Contact me here.) Continue reading

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The Virginia Women’s Music Festival 2018. And barbecue chicken. And hearts.

IMG_20180526_112846There’s an amazing movie on a loop in my brain. My foot taps to the beat of a great song, my mouth waters at chicken hot off the grill, women’s laughter surrounds me, and if I could, I’d draw big red hearts all over this blog post. There’s more. Read on. Continue reading

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