Monthly Archives: September 2012

Do guitar players need to know how to read?

Yes and no. Don’t get hung up on thinking that in order to be a great guitar player, you need to read notation. Some of the greatest musicians on the planet don’t have that skill. However, in certain situations, it’s … Continue reading

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Care and feeding of your guitar and other stringed instruments

Ever seen an old piece of furniture at a garage sale? Or the wood of a hundred-year-old barn? Chances are the wood is cracked and warped. That could happen to your instrument if you don’t take care of it. Here’s … Continue reading

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How often do I need to change strings?

A mandolin player once told me that she didn’t change strings until she broke one. I know other musicians who change their strings before every gig. The real answer is somewhere between. Strings need to be changed because they get … Continue reading

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Where’s the music variety at pride festivals?

A booming dance beat cranked up to decibel-busting levels always greets us at pride festivities. I’ve got no complaint about a great beat and partying dancers, but when that’s the only thing available to us, I start to wonder. I … Continue reading

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