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Acrylic Nails and Acoustic Treatment

I recently got around to doing something I have been meaning to try for years and got a set of acrylic nails put on my picking hand. We were out eating a lunch and a nail salon was next door, so I decided to pop in and do it. They looked at me a little weird till I explained what …

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Steve Baughman – Orkney Tuning Lessons

My friend Steve Baughman has a new series of humorous Orkney tuning lessons up on youtube. Here is the first one in the series. It walks beginners through some basic chord shapes, riffs, and ends with a beautiful arrangement of Danny Boy.

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ADK A6 for Fingerstyle Guitar

I think I finally settled on a mic placement that will work for recording in my home studio. It is my pair of ADK A6 mics in “AB” placement Thanks to Doug Young for the advice on this one. AB is similar to spaced pair except both mics are on a single stereo bar and at the same height. In …

Celtic Backup in Standard Tuning

I’ve decided to experiment some playing celtic rhythmic backup in (gasp!) standard tuning. I was recently able to spend some time with my friend Aaron O’Rourke and was really impressed with the way he played backup. I think standard tuning offers some really interesting voicings, though the chords are perhaps less powerful than Drop D or DADGAD. In the latter …

New Video – Christy Barry’s #2

I just put up a new video of a jig arrangement, Christy Barry’s #2. This tune appears on my cd as part of a larger set of jigs. Its also a session standard that is played along with, fittingly enough, a tune simply called Christy Barry’s. I usually play these on flute and I think first heard them played by …

Feature in Fingerstyle 360 Magazine

Bill Piburn, formerly of the physical magazine Fingerstyle Guitar has started a new digital magazine called Fingerstyle 360  It focuses on various styles of fingerstyle guitar around the globe and includes video and audio content as well as sheet music. The great thing about this digital format is that readers can just click on an audio or video link within …

New Steve Baughman Videos

My friend and teacher Steve Baughman recently put up a few new Youtube videos, and I wanted to post them here. They are truly some beautiful arrangements, and I think the second one really showcases the great touch and tone Steve gets with his right hand. Be sure to watch the whole thing of Nearer My God to Thee. It …

Flatpicking in CFCGCD Tuning

Lately I have been spending some of my practice time exploring the CFCGCD tuning. Steve Baughman uses it for a few tunes on his Celtic Guitar DVD, and John Doyle talks about it some in a recent issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine. I am amazed at how quickly some folks can pick up tunings and seem to map out the …

CFCGCD Chords

I’ve been exploring the CFCGCD tuning a bit more lately. Last summer at guitar camp John Doyle was talking about how he used it, and I messed around with it some, then got distracted by something else. Then a few issues ago Acoustic Guitar Magazine featured him on the cover, and they covered the CFCGCD tuning a bit. So that …

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Guitarbench Issue 2 and New Videos

Hi Folks, Man, its been a bit since the last blog update. I apologize for that, life has been busy. I have been doing a bit of writing for some online guitar magazines, improving my home studio setup, as well as working the day job and just dealing with the regular responsibilities of life. Issue 2 of GuitarBench magazine is …