Licensing Acoustic Music

When my cd first came out I submitted it to various music licensing services. These are agencies that will make your music available to companies that might want to use it for TV, Film, Radio, Videogames, etc. The service is usually free, and in return they take a cut of the licensing fee. Companies like this include Pump Audio, Rumblefish, …

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New Brooks Masten Banjo

I recently got a new open back banjo and wanted to post a few pictures of it. Its made by Brooks Masten, has an 11″ cherry rim, fiberskin head, walnut neck, ebony fingerboard, and brass tone ring. Its basically a stock Spartan model except for his custom tailpiece. Brooks was great to work with and lives about fifteen minutes from …

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Drop D Chords for Celtic Backup

There is a bit of discussion going on at the TradConnect forum on guitar backup, and someone asked for guitar chords in Drop D. I thought I would post some here so everyone can benefit. Despite this being “celtic fingerstyle guitar” I also like to flatpick a bit, both backing up tunes and playing melodies. Orkney tuning is nice for …

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Line Audio CM3 Mics Acoustic Guitar

As a side hobby many of us solo and instrumental guitarists often get into home recording. It is by no means easy, but with a relatively simple setup and some experimentation one can get a good recorded sound at home. Not having to worry about bass, drums, or screaming marshall stacks means all you need are some high quality mics …

CD Review: TradConnect.com

Just a quick note that there is a nice review of my solo cd, Noone Lasses, over at TradConnect.com TradConnect is a great new website bringing together celtic musicians from all over the world to chat, interact, and share music/videos. Go on over and check it out.

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Steve Baughman: Clawhammer Guitar

My friend and mentor Steve Baughnan just released two new clawhammer guitar videos up on youtube. They were filmed at Doug Young’s studio and showcase Steve’s tune “Wasilla Weed” as well as give a basic primer on the clawhammer technique. Steve has a new DVD out at CDBaby called the Power of Claw. So what is clawhammer guitar? In a …

Doug Young’s New CD

My friend Doug Young recently released a new cd, his second album entitled entitled Closing Time. It is a mixture of solo and ensemble acoustic guitar tunes that run the gamut from jazz to a traditional celtic piece. Doug put together some great arrangements on this album and its that variety that kept me drawn in. The opening track, The …

Celtic Guitar Tab: Granny In the Corner

Next up is another transcription of one of my arrangements. This one is a great melodic reel called Granny In the Corner. Irish tunes sure do have funny names. I picked it up from my friend and teacher Steve Baughman during a trip to San Francisco back in May.  He started flatpicking it and I just knew it would make …

Price reduced on physical cd’s

Hi Folks, Just a quick note that I have lowered the price on physical cd’s through CD Baby to $10. As far as online sales I sell alot more digital downloads than cd’s. Most of those get sold at gigs. Anton

Welcome to my new WordPress website

Well its been a while since I have updated this blog. Mostly I have just been busy with other things but I also have been working on moving it over to a WordPress platform over the last month. My previous website was on Squarespace.com Its a great service, everything is entirely hosted by them and you can edit your entire …