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Update

Well, as usual its been a while since I have updated this blog. I got some acrylic nails put on at the beginning of summer and ended up not sticking with them. They sounded great for regular fingerpicking, but i could not make them work for clawhammer banjo or guitar. My index finger nail kept hitting the string below it …

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New videos with Tim Connell

I recently put up some new videos with mandolinist Tim Connell from our gig last year at Newberg Music. After a bit of hiatus Tim and I are back practicing together and will be out gigging more around town. We are recording some demo tracks this weekend, so look out for those here soon.

Introducing Merry Hob

I am happy to introduce my new band, Merry Hob. We are: Lisa – Accordian Justin – Mandolin/Bouzouki Vash – Percussion Anton – Guitar/Flute/Banjo We have been practicing together since October and recently had our first few gigs over the St Patricks Day weekend. We played Saturday at the McMenamins Kennedy School and Sunday at Biddy Magraws, a classic bar …

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Sylvain Barou – Solo Album

I recently purchased French flute player Sylvain Barou’s self titled debut album and have really been enjoying it these past few days. Surfing for John Doyle clips on Youtube one day I came across this video of him and fiddler Liz Carroll playing with a flute player I had never heard of. I’ve watched this clip over and over, often …

Steve Baughman – Clawhammer Banjo DVD

My friend Steve Baughman recently released a new DVD entitled Zen Banjo, Music and Mindfulness. It is a clawhammer banjo instructional DVD aimed at beginners with plenty of material for more advanced folks as well. Steve walks the viewer through all the techniques needed for clawhammer banjo like the bum ditty, drop thumbing, and double thumbing. Throughout the DVD Steve …

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 …

Guitar Lessons in Portland and Online

Hi Folks, I have some room for additional guitar students and have added a lessons section to my website. Lessons are $40/hr and take place at my home in North Portland. Distance learning via Skype or iChat is also an option. I believe students should get enjoyment out of the material they are learning while building sound technique and good …

Guitar Bench Issue 1

Guitarbench.com recently revamped its content into an online magazine format, and I am happy to say I have an article in the first issue. It covers some right hand fingerstyle techniques, melodic playing in Orkney tuning, and includes an arrangement of O’Carolan’s Receipt. I am happy to be writing for these guys and looking forward to doing more in the …

Portland Fingerstyle Guitar Night 2012

Portland Fingerstyle Guitar Night Join three of Portland’s top acoustic guitarists for a night of brilliant acoustic music! Guitarists Doug Smith, Eric Skye, and Anton Emery will appear at the Tabor Space coffee house at 7 pm on April 7th, for an evening full of eclectic music including jazz, celtic, bluegrass, and modern acoustic compositions. Tabor Space is at 5441 …

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, …