Monthly Archives: June 2009

Harp Guitar Youtube Andy McKee

Here’s another Harp Guitar Youtube, this one features Canadian Andy McKee

To see Don Alder playing Harp Guitar, Click Don Adler Youtube

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Harp Guitar Youtube Don Alder

Here’s another great guitar player Don Alder playing Harp Guitar.

And here is Don’s Site Don Alder, check it out

If you are interested in Harp Guitar, check out builders from the early 1900’s like the Larson Brothers. Click on the link to go to Whaley Guitars, a site that has info on Harp Guitars Whaley Guitars

To Hear Michael Hedges on Harp Guitar Click Michael Hedges Youtube

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Harp Guitar Youtube Michael Hedges

Here’s the great Michael Hedges on Harp Guitar playing a tune called Because it’s There

For more Michael Click the Link to go to The Guitar Player Blog Micheal Hedges

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Tommy Emmanuel Youtube Tutorial for Guitar

Here’s Tommy Emmanuel doing an Acoustic Guitar Video on Youtube. This has some great practical ideas on how to practice.

So simple and sensible

And here’s Tommy reinventing Classical Gas Tommy Emmanuel Youtube Classical Gas

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Acoustic Guitar Video Youtube Antoine Dufour

Here’s a great Acoustic Guitar Video on Youtube by Antoine Dufour, extremely funky and percussive,  It’s called Drac and Friends

And if you liked that, check out this: Antoine Dufour Acoustic Guitar

Tony Hogan

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For People in Iran and the Rest of Us

So why would a guitar player write an article about Iranian politics?

When I first saw the stories about Iran filtering out and into the news, it didn’t really catch my eye. Although I have compassion as much as any other person who has contemplated his or her navel, burnt a truckload of incense and bowed to false and real Gods, I generally don’t involve myself in political issues because I don’t trust the media at all and also I have a total distaste for private political agendas of any sort.  So, what got me on this one?

Firstly, I’m not prepared to get caught in the trap of throwing insults at any foreign government or political party and start screaming ‘human rights!’, if I was to do that I feel I would be disrespectful to the people of Iran, and by saying this I am not in support of the government there or the opposing powers; I think it is essential to clarify this.  I am in support of the Iranian people and the underlying principles which unite humanity. It is important to be unbiased and look at other things here; there are tyrants in every country, both in power and struggling for power and many faces that we don’t see who hide behind various political parties and call the shots.  Find me a country that does not have such people.  Many supposedly friendly people in politics have been involved in committing the most heinous crimes and gotten off unscathed, even totally unnoticed.  It’s very easy to be judgemental when we see news articles about issues in other countries and jump in with an opinion.   Yes issues are real, yes we need change and yes we need to help in some way, sometimes the methods of help have more to do with the way WE live than pointing the finger elsewhere.

What has struck me with this issue in Iran is the use of Social Media and what I would call ‘the power of grass roots digital media’.  It is important that we in the West and others outside Iran speak, in fact scream loud and clear that we support the Iranian people, not the political opinions but the rights as human beings to be treated with respect, to be heard and that we actually do care for people of other countries in some way.

The most important barriers to break down in the world are the cultural and religious barriers that separate us.  Not at the expense of sovereignty but there is a need to remove the walls that divide us; to embrace the unity in diversity and to be tolerant of differences that in the end are not so important at all.  So for me, what I need to say to the people of Iran and also all the rest of the world is we need to change our thinking and remove our limited thoughts.  Thoughts that arise and make us feel better in some way than someone else from another culture, religious or social standing.  Until we can do this we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over, (think Groundhog Day),  and the governments and political parties will only reflect what is at our core; this is what I call ’the separation in diversity’.   These times that we live in, houses are divided, families are shattered, neighbours hate each other, brothers and sisters can despise each other. We really have a lot of work to do, and while we look at Iran and ask for basic human rights to be respected, we need to look at ourselves as well.

And pray for peace in Iran, other countries and our own hearts.

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Lior and Serena Ryder Youtube

I just saw the show Rockwiz on television it had Lior and Serena Ryder performing Neil Youngs Heart of Gold.  Very nice.  Lior also did a very good acoustic tune. Excellent backing band as usual.  I love it when music is live and there’s combinations of people peforming who don’t normally work together but manage to create something fresh.  Nice harmonica too.  I’ll update soon about where Lior is performing, he’s a Sydney based musician and he’s very musical. I’m glad they put this tune on youtube to share with us.

Liors website Lior

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