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Build A “Pretty Much” To Scale 1/32 Box Violin

Toddler Crafts for a Happy Musical House Have any questions about building this box violin, leave a comment below, or on my Facebook Page. Download Violin F-Hole Stencil There is always music around our house in various forms. We host jams, we host rehearsals, we have touring musicians popping in, we watch youtube clips of music, we make up songs, and we dance to music on the radio. My toddler LOVES music. I found her one afternoon, just after her second birthday imitating a violin with the stuffed rainbow trout that my brother gifted her. That gave me an idea.…

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Get Ready For Winter

Get Ready For Winter Hey all! Time to get ready for winter. The cold, cold winter is right around the corner again, so I had the idea to resurrect this little gem called "Winter Song." This song was written over a period of several years, and was first recorded on Wayward Vessel's 2010 self-titled debut album. I started writing "Winter Song" in 2003. I was getting ready to head west to Portland, OR. G.W. Bush had recently declared war on Iraq. I was anxious. I was idealistic, though I knew it would be hard having moved out on my own…

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Flatpick Guitar Crosspicking Patterns

Flatpick Guitar Crosspicking Patterns

We talked about using different cross-picking patterns to accent different notes in order to bring out a melody. We also talked about using your ear to listen and identify whether the song starts on the One, Three or Five of the One chord. In the workshop, we use G as the example key. In the case of G, One = G, Three = B and Five = D. In bluegrass music, as well as many other musical styles, the melody will usually only start on one of these three notes. Picking which note to start your break on will give…

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Flatpick Guitar Self-Accompaniment

Flatpick Guitar Self-Accompaniment

Click here for Flatpick Guitar Crosspicking Patterns Here is a video that shows me playing the Sitting on Top of the World break from Sunday's clinic. We talked about using a repetitive crosspicking pattern to catch the listener's ear, and tie the melodic licks together. Then we broke up the crosspicking with some doublestops and downstroke melodic lines. Remember when you practice: Isolation¬†Isolate the problem sections like the crosspicking pattern by practicing slowly with a metronome with your right hand only Repetition¬†Practice the same sections with a metronome in a loop until you can play it ten times in the…

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Write away from your instrument

Write Away From Your Instrument

You're sitting at home with a six-pack, or maybe some freshly squeezed juice if you're not into drinking al-k-hol. You pick up your guitar and you're like¬†[koo_highlight style="yellow"] OK, let's write a song [/koo_highlight]. If you're like me, this never works. Try Bud Dry In order to really get in the songwriting mood, try something different. The potential of your brain when it's free to imagine is far greater than when it's limited to your knowledge of the guitar, mandolin, or whatever. Even if you're a virtuoso. Put down your guitar and just imagine something from your recent past. We…

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See Where She Goes

See Where She Goes

Here's a rough mix of the song "See Where She Goes." This is one of the more traditional-sounding songs on my upcoming record Crossing The Black. This was recorded mostly live at Big Red Studio on 2/15/2014.The track features Lex Browning (fiddle,) Martin Stevens (mandolin,) Peter Schwimmer (banjo,) Rob Wright (bass) and Ken Chapple (guitar/vocals.)

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