JP ran across this and we thought it was  worth listing here.  What a piece of history.   Click here for the link.

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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.


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New Links

We added a ton of new links to Rick’s page. A complete resource for instruments, amps, cables, electronics, and other gear – the ‘Links’ page has most of the big name manufacturers in the business. If you’re looking for something specific, or just curious about what’s available in the industry, hop over and have a look around.

Click here to see the ‘Links’ page


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A few of my advanced students have dreams of working in Nashville as studio musicians. Nashville uses a method called the Nashville Number System. The Nashville Number System is a shorthand method of writing musical arrangements that was developed by Nashville studio musicians based on the degrees of the scale (do, re, me, fa, sol, la, ti ..). It is a powerful tool in the written communication of music.

I am starting to teach this method which is well known in the recording industry. The Beatles, during a recording session in England, hired a Nashville pianist and asked if he wanted them to play the song for him to become familiar with it. The pianist looked at their arrangement and started jotting down notes. The Fab Four noticed that the pianist was jotting down numbers instead of chord changes and notes. To their surprise, he told them he was ready to record. He played it through the first time perfectly. The pianist was using the Nashville Number System.

Recording time is very expensive and this method cuts down on costs significantly. I am anxious to see how my students take to this method.


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Well, summer is almost over and I know we have all been very busy, but it is getting to be that time when we all will want to cozy up with our instrument of choice. I found these strange guitars while surfing around and I wanted to share them. I guess there is a guitar out there for everyone.

Click here to see them:



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N-Tune (guest blogger, JPH)

Found a neat little piece of gear to make every guitar player’s life easier… enter the N-Tune.

The N-Tune Onboard True Bypass Chromatic Tuner is the world’s most convenient solution for fast, accurate guitar tuning. Whether you’re in the studio or on stage, simply pull your guitar’s volume knob and use N-Tune’s super-bright display and silently tune up in seconds. Then push it back down to play — with perfect tone, thanks to N-Tune’s true bypass design which removes all tuning circuitry from your guitar’s signal path.

The N-Tune website has a complete story about how the N-Tune was envisioned, designed, and developed. No information is available on price yet – but keep your eyes peeled for these new gadgets in your local music stores.Good luck – JPH

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

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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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RL: Wonderful Tonight

Here’s a video of Rick performing “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton:

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We decide to rework Rick’s blog, so this is version 2.0. We’ve included some new features and created a design that is not only easier to maintain and update, but also easier for you, the reader, to use and enjoy. We hope you find your experience on Rick’s blog to be entertaining and informative.

For the whole scoop on Rick, visit his main page.