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Peter Miller Acoustic Guitar Youtube

Here’s some very nice Steel String Acoustic Guitar by an Australian based Acoustic Guitarist called Peter Miller.  Peter will be performing on the same bill as the great French based guitar player Pierre Bensusan at the Soundlounge on the Gold Coast Queensland. 

The song is called Full Flight
 

Here is a link to Peter Miller’s Myspace

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Norman Savitt – Acoustic Guitar Player Part 2

Norman Savitt    

Norman Savitt

Here’s Part 2 of my posts about Acoustic Guitar Players.  
This one is about Norman Savitt 

To quote from the Balkan Records Site 

“Norman Savitt is a unique acoustic guitarist with a versatility, texture and expression that is distinct and timeless. His debut CD, “Norman Savitt and Friends”, brings Norman together with master musicians Howard Levy, Eugene Friesen, David Amram and Susan Mitchell, in a mix of duo and solo pieces, a “compelling musical mix of happy and meditative tunes, played with enjoyment, imagination and care… full of beautiful sounds and good feelings. ”

Normans guitar playing has a folkish, slight roots sort of feel to it, with a hint every now and then of  the great Celtic players, but it has a refreshing newness about it.  I’m a fan already only after one day. 

Here is Normans MySpace – Norman Savitt

To check out Normans CD  go to Balkan Samba Records 

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Dan Tharp – Acoustic Guitar Player Part 1

The beauty of the Blog / Web technology that we have at our finger tips now is it gives people like myself  who like people and music the ability to quickly put information out to a broad audience.  Readers of my guitar blog sites would recognise by now that I’m always trying to support players of the acoustic guitar of all standards and genres, to inspire, introduce new players and create much healthier relationships with musicians.

Curently I’m writing a series of about thirty guitar players, which are already quite famous and ell respected in their fields.  BUT I’ve also  decided to do a series of 10 articles on Guitar Players who are passionate about what they do but don’t necessarily aim for the BIG stage.  And as I’ve said many times... Music is About Emotions, and it’s not just about technique or getting a Grammy or recognition by musical peers.

The First Guitar Player who I’m profiling in this series is Dan Tharp from Green Valley Illinois

Dan Tharp Acoustic Guitar Player
Dan Tharp Acoustic Guitar Player

Dan plays nylon and steel string acoustic and uses the occassional digital effect to add texture to enhance his instrumental tunes. His playing is very clean and melodic,  it’s thoughful and what I have noticed is I could sit for ages with his music running and go about my business without my thoughts bcoming cluttered. This is actually very good for someone like myself, because I often find myself in a situation where I have to solve complex Web Development issues for myself and others. To have some music which is both musical from a guitarists point of view and accessible to allow the listener to move in and out, shows the quality of what he is doing.

Dan has also made his music available for Web Developers / Site Designers.

Here is the link to the Dan Tharp Site

And to hear Dan’s Music  Dan Tharp Music

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Gordon Giltarp Youtube – Cakewalk Blues

You may or may not be familiar with the  guitarist Gordon Giltrap, but for those of you that have heard of the brilliant Scottish Jazz guitar player Martin Taylor, Gordon has recorded with Martin.  For me that was a surprise because of my memories of Gordon’s album Perilous Journey which came out some years ago.

It looks like Gordon is playing a Flyde Guitar, made popular in the 70’s. His playng at somemoments when he fingerpicks reminds me a little of Bert Jansch. It’s a very live sounding piece.

Posted in Acoustic Guitar, Concerts, World Music

Pierre Bensusan Australian Tour Schedule

A number of people have had trouble finding out info about the Pierre Bensusan Tour and Workshops

If you love acoustic guitar it would a tragedy to miss Bensusan Live

Pierre Bensusan
Pierre Bensusan

APRIL 2009

1-26 AUSTRALIA
GOLD COAST, QLD The Sound Lounge, Currumbin RSL, Currumbin Creek Rd (Gold Coast), 8:30pm, t. 07 55 347 999, Website
SYDNEY – LEICHHART, NSW The Bald Faced Stag, 345 Paramatta Road, Leichhardt, 8pm, t. (02) 9560 7188
DELORAINE (TAS) Masterclass – 3hrs) Little Theatre, Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine, 2.30pm, bookings & inquiries: Tas Regional Arts office ph 03 6426 2344 and Artifakt Gallery, Deloraine (Artifakt tbc)
DELORAINE (TAS) Little Theatre, Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine, 7.30pm, bookings & inquiries: Tas Regional Arts office, t. 03 6426 2344 and Artifakt Gallery, Deloraine (Artifakt tbc)
9-13 CANBERRA National Folk Festival
15 MELBOURNE (VIC) The Toff in Town, Second Floor, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 8pm, t. 03 9639 8770
16 CLARENCE PARK (SA) Trinity Sessions, Church of the Trinity 318 Goodwood Road Clarence Park, 7:30pm, t. 0401122256 or 08 82974037, Website
17 PINJARRA (WA) Fairbridge Festival, [Chapel venue 9.10pm]
18 PINJARRA (WA) Fairbridge Festival, [Guitar Heaven 2.10pm] 18 PINJARRA (WA) Fairbridge Festival, [Main Stage 8.50pm] 19 PINJARRA (WA) Fairbridge Festival,[Riverside Stage 1.00pm] 21 CLAREMONT (WA) Guitar workshop, Zenith Music Auditorium, 309 Stirling Highway, Claremont, WA, $30, 4-7pm, info & reservations: t. (08) 9335 1400 – david@milestogo.com.au
22 FREMANTLE (WA) Fly By Night Musicians Club, Fremantle Arts Centre, Parry St, Fremantle, 8pm, t. 9430 5976, Website
24 ALBANY (WA) Harboursound Festival, Town Hall, 8pm

Bensusan Site

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Phil Keaggy Youtube Legacy

Here is a tune on Yotube Video by the great acoustic fingerstye guitar player Phil Keaggy.  It starts off as a reasonably simple tune but then develops with some rather interesting techniques,  it’s a very nice acoustic piece.  I was recently introduced to this piece by Peter Miller, an Australian Fingerstyle acoustic guitar player who is playing as a support act for Pierre Bensusan in Queensland Australia at the Soundlounge in Currumbin.  Peter’s Website is Peter Miller com

Thanks Peter Miller for introducing us to another great Phil Keaggy tune

Posted in Acoustic Guitar, guitar tips

How to Get Back into Playing Guitar After You Forgot You Had One

 

Martin 000 Acoustic Guitar
Martin 000 Acoustic Guitar

Over the years I’ve noticed that a lot of guitar players start playing, then they hit points in their life where other things take over and music drops to the background, their guitar that they so passionately treasured just sits in the corner of a room to gather dust.  

I’ll side track a little. I discovered an easy way to get around this happening in the first place, it was something I arrived at due to teaching guitar to a lot of kids over the years.  I had always tried to get the parents to NOT call music practice HOMEWORK.  When people call music development ‘homework’, the kid suddenly sees music as a chore, or maybe even the ENEMY, instead of being the beautiful gift it is which they can carry through their life to express themselves.  So, the underlying thing here is about the thinking; if we can’t see the benefits and only see the work involved we lose sight of why we’re doing something in the first place. 

What I found with kids learning music was it was important to take time out from their music practice.  The ultimate goal, as I see it for a music teacher to do is to get the student to the point when they fall in love with music.  Once this happens it’s easy to teach, until then there’s often a bit of a pull in all directions.  What’s needed is to be able to get the student to be organised enough with their time, that they can comfortably do enough for their music skills to gradually increase and then become a natural part of their life.  

My understanding, which made me rethink a lot of things about playing was when one day, a kid asked me “Do I have to practice in the holidays?”.   My reply was “no, I think it’s good to take a break, this will help your return to music a little fresher, go swimming, ride your bike, fallout of a tree, eat ice cream, break a leg or something crazy, but you’re going to need to set a date to get back into some organised pattern again”.

I’m pretty sure, the reason why a lot of players leave the guitar in the corner and don’t return to it is because they don’t organise their time and don’t have the right resources and inspirational material close at hand, and then it all seems too much  

The best way to reenter music after time of is:

  • Set a return date and stick to it
  • Have plenty of resources around to inspire you
  • Clean the guitar and change the strings, even go a gauge lighter 
  • Play a few simple things to warm yourself up a but, if you try and play things that are a little complex you can end up frustrated 
  • Tell the world to go away, you’re busy because music is important to you

Tony Hogan