Joseph Sobol – Fingerpicked Cittern

Hi Everyone, Came across yet some more great videos on Youtube recently.  Here is Joseph Sobol playing a jig and reel fingerstyle on his Sobell cittern.   Great stuff, i really like the drive and lilt he gets with his playing.  I remember several years ago when i was the Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week Joseph Sobol stopped by.  Him, Robin …

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Book – The Natural Classical Guitar

I picked up a new book this weekend, The Natural Classical Guitar, by Lee F Ryan.  Its a great book, and looks pretty deeply into the both the mental and physical aspects of playing guitar.  Most of the material is applicable to any guitarist or musician, though alot of the right hand stuff will be of more use to classical …

John Doyle videos on Youtube

John Doyle is one of my favorite celtic guitar players.  During some recent youtube surfing i came across a great series of videos of him doing a solo gig in North Carolina.  Its a side of John Doyle’s playing i dont get to see much.  I really love his high energy backup and flatpicking, but i like his singing and …

Celtic Sessions in Portland Oregon

Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects about playing celtic music is going to a good session and playing till the wee hours of the morning.  Celtic sessions are where a group of musicians get together in a pub or someone’s house to play.  Much like jazz or bluegrass there is a large body of standard tunes, (numbering in the …

Perfect Pitch

A few weeks ago my wife and i went to some friends’ house for dinner, and i brought my guitar.  Our friends have a few kids, and the oldest one is quite the piano player.  They have wanting to hear me play of my celtic guitar music, so i played a few of the things i have been working on.  …

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Martin Simpson Concert on Youtube

I recently came across a great series of videos on Youtube of Martin Simpson in concert at the Museaum of Making Music.  Here is the link to the full series.  Martin Simpson Concert I really love Martin Simpson’s music.  In the world of acoustic driven folk he is at the top of my list.   Anton

Guitar Playing Position

Over the past few weeks i have been changing up my position when playing solo guitar. Usually i play in the more common position, guitar on the right knee, pretty parallel to the ground. With this position my picking hand seems to fall naturally to that space between the soundhole and the bridge. Not overly bad, and to me my …

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Videos on Vimeo – Father Kellys

Hi Everyone, Been working on recording a few videos to put up on Youtube and Vimeo.  I prefer Vimeo because the quality is better, but youtube is more popular.  I will just probably just end up throwing my videos on both.  I have just been recording using my Macbook as the camera and my Zoom H4 to capture the audio, …

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Right hand techniques for fingerstyle guitar

My friend William Bajzek is always sending me various Youtube clips of musicians that catch his eye.  William has great tone and technique, so i always try to pay attention to what he has to say.  He sent me this video the other day, and i was amazed at this insane flamenco player.  I knew flamenco guys could play fast, …

Guitar Arrangement – The Drunken Gauger

Here is a fun tune i got off Grey Larsen and Paddy League’s cd, The Dark of the Moon.  Apparently the guager was someone who would go around with a short measuring stick and make sure folks were getting a full pint of beer when they were being served in pubs.  I can see how that line of work might …