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MY FINGERS ARE SORE

Yes, even I get sore fingers.  Usually that happens when I switch instruments for a while.  I  have been playing more Spanish guitar lately and that uses a whole new set of fingering techniques.  I always advise students, who play more that one stringed instrument, to be sure to switch instruments once in a while.  It will keep you fresh and keep those fingers in shape.  Also, you won’t get bored with your playing as quickly.

It’s cold outside, why not stay in and play more music?

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TIAGO DELLA VEGA

This will open your eyes!

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Tiago Della Vega is a Brazilian guitarist. Born in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, he began learning to play the acoustic guitar at the age of five. After a year, he realized that the electric guitar was his greatest passion. He started to study electric guitar, practicing 14 hours a day.

Tiago della Vega played with the bands After Dark and Fermatha. At present, he travels around the world playing and doing workshops. He currently holds the Guinness World Records title as the fastest guitar player in the world, playing The Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov at 320 beats per minute.

He plays a custom signature Andrellis 7-string guitar which has 24 frets and a Floyd Rose tremolo, the Andrellis TDV.

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ESP GUITARS CELEBRATES 35 YEARS

ESP Guitars is celebrating 35 years with a new web site.  Check it out here.

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MY LATEST GUITAR

I’ve been very busy, but, I want to share my new guitar with you all.  I wanted a nice, economical electric guitar to use at the shop and in my studio for teaching.  I found one and am very pleased with it.  It handles great, sounds fantastic and it’s nice looking.  It’s an ESP H 51 and you can see it here.

I have the electric blue, but, it also comes in red.  I’m having a blast with it.  Next up will be a Deering banjo.  I’ll let you know when that one makes it home.

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IT’S ALL HOW YOU LOOK AT IT

I guess when you’re driving a round speaker, it doesn’t matter what shape the cabinet is really – but I’m just used to seeing big square / rectangular stacks and these triangles are a little different. JPH

I agree with JP, after 30 plus years in the business looking at the same square boxes, it is a little hard to get used to, but, if it plays, it plays.  Check out these 3rd Power Amplification Systems

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REFLECTING ON LES PAUL

This interview with Les Paul in 1992 is a treasure and should make every guitar player who walks into a music store humbled at the array of “toys” he provided us. He glided over his adversities with the same grace he played guitar and that is a gift to us all.

 

INTERVIEW

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LOUD SILENCE

JPH found another cool post for us.  This item would be great for small spaces and where noise needs to be kept to a minimum.  There’s a great video demo that explains it very well.

Go  here  to see what it’s all about.

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ANOTHER BUSY SUMMER

I can’t believe we are in the middle of another busy summer already.  As busy as it is, I manage to gain new students regularly, even when my current students are on vacation or in the pool.   It can be difficult to find time to play your guitar/banjo/mandolin, etc., but I always pick up at least one instrument each evening.  I find it relaxes me before bed time and I get a little practice in, too.  Yes, even the teacher needs to practice!

Don’t forget to take your guitar to the bonfire or cook out.  It will add to your practice time and also give you more confidence.  Besides, it’s just good fun!

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THINK YOU HAVE NO TIME TO PRACTICE YOUR GUITAR?

Here’s a nice little article that may help you plan your guitar or other instrument practice.  I  hope everyone had a great weekend!

Finding time to practice

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SAMSON H4 HANDY RECORDER

I really, really want one of these.   It is the greatest little invention to come along for musicians in a long time.  Take a look and check out the fantastic features this little unit has.

SamsonH4

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