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DBZ Guitars, Darkside Collection (guest blogger, JPH)

DBZ Guitars, the guitar manufacturing company formed by Dean Zelinsky, has officially launched their ‘Dark Side of Dean’ range. The darkside collection has quite a few shocking and awe-inspiring models including this gem below (my favorite ‘bird of prey’ series):

Hop over to the DBZ website (here) or go straight to the ‘Dark Side of Dean’ collection (here) to see all the wicked new axes.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift for Guitar players (guest blogger, JPH)

Still looking to pick up some gifts for the guitar players in your life ? Look no further than the guitar string bracelets from WearYourMusic.org.

Offering artists bracelets and fashion bracelets, there’s something for every type of guitarist. In the case of the artists bracelets, 100% of the proceeds from the sale are donated to a charity chosen by the artist. For the fashion bracelets, a percentage of the profits are donated to the MusiCares Foundation.

WearYourMusic.org

There’s also other merchandise available on their site – so head over, take a look at what’s there and pick up something for the music fans in your life.

JPH is part of Missing Daybreak and a regular poster over at Triple Tri Blog

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DO YOU KNOW THE BLUES? (guest blogger, Lawana)

I don’t know if this happens on MySpace to everyone, but, the other night I got a friend request from the official BB King MySpace.  I have no idea why, maybe someone out there knows how that all works.  Maybe they pick someone at random.  Anyway, I don’t care why I got the request because it made me goofy-happy.

I was very honored to have had the chance to see Mr. King in concert at a small venue a few years ago.  The theater only holds about 1200 people and we were in the fourth row in the pit.  My heart was in my throat the entire concert.  To be sitting there, that close to a blues legend was just about more than I could handle.

BB is charming and magical and he did not disappoint.  I kept thinking of all the music we love today and how it all really came from people like Mr. King who kept playing and writing no matter what they faced in their lives.

From rock and roll to rap, if you listen to the blues, it is all there. If you don’t get it, you don’t get music, plain and simple.  I love the raw feelings and delivery that turn those basic three chord turn-a-rounds into thousands of songs in their own right.  I love the hesitation, the crack of the voice, the smooth, deep resonance..I love it all.

If you look into their weathered faces and the way they caress their guitars, you know they share with us something timeless and beautiful–they make us feel.

I honor and thank all those musicians, some gone, some still with us, who blazed that trail and opened us up to a whole new world.  I honor their lives, their generosity, and their brave souls.  I honor their music, the music they made ours.

Lawana

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TREASURE THOSE HANDS AND FINGERS (guest blogger, Lawana)

It’s been a busy year for Rick and me and it’s bound to get busier. Rick’s student pool has grown and we expect it to double this year! One thing that sticks out in my mind about this year, is the number of hand injuries his students sustained over the summer. I remember at least five and that is five too many. It got me to thinking about how we take our hands and fingers for granted.

Rick has never taken his for granted and he is always careful with them, however, a few years ago, even he was the victim of an injury. He cut one of his fingers so badly, one of the nerves was permanently damaged. That has made him even more careful. Thank goodness his playing is not affected by it, but, it is a constant reminder that our hands are precious and we need to take precautions to protect them.

Common sense tells us to wear gloves when it’s cold outside, but, what about when we are working on something like a car or a bike or even a simple repair around the house? A little protection goes a long way. Also, if you don’t have to put your fingers and hands in danger, don’t. If you don’t need to stick your hand inside your car engine or even change a tire, don’t. It may sound a little silly, but, leave it to the professionals if you can. Sports, now that is a sticky subject. A lot of the injuries over the summer were sports related. The best thing to do is play by the rules and use any protective equipment available to you. Be aware of protecting yourself while you are being competitive. It can be done if you think about it. The thing to remember is to have fun and stay in one piece. A few months of healing may keep you from your guitar or banjo and that is a very long time if you love to play. It seemed like forever when Rick injured his finger and he was a very unhappy guy for a while.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday season and a great new year. Keep playing and enjoy yourself!

Lawana is a member of Missing Daybreak.

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