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O’Carolan’s Welcome

I had the great opportunity to play a house concert outside of Seattle a few weeks ago. It was a split bill with Linda Waterfall, who has one of the most wonderful and unique guitar styles I have ever heard. Videographer Vaun Raymond setup a few cameras and captured some great footage. Here is the tune O’Carolan’s Welcome. I’ll be …

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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.

New sheet music – Bobby Casey’s

Man its been a while since i have updated this blog. Ill try to be better at that. I guess alot of times life gets busy and I feel I have nothing interesting to say about guitar playing. Since we have been snowed in here in Portland for the last few days I have had to sit down and record …

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 …

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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.

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 …

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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A few new videos

I recently pulled out the video camera and stayed up late last weekend shooting a few guitar videos. It is something I plan to do more regularly once I get setup in my own music room. Easier to leave the mics, lights, and camera setup that way. My basic setup is a cheap $200 JVC video camera, and my Peluso …

Peluso CEMC6 – Fingerstyle Guitar

Well I couldn’t resist and picked up a pair of Peluso CEMC 6 small diaphram condensors on Ebay. The last thing I probably need is more mics, but I wanted something a little different from my medium diaphram ADK A6’s. The Peluso’s are not a matched pair, but from what i read that quality control is good enough that i …