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Album Art Sketches

Crossing The Black Album Artwork Sketches
Crossing The Black Album Artwork Sketches Crossing The Black Album Artwork Sketches Crossing The Black Album Artwork Sketches Crossing The Black Album Artwork Sketches

I met with my brilliant friend and artistic associate "The Artist" on Monday (the artist requested to remain nameless for now.) We met to review artwork for the cover of Crossing the Black to be released summer 2015! We started with a discussion about art and music, and ended up in a cribbage game with a couple of drunken strangers. I won. The sketches capture my vision perfectly. The music on this record is some of my most personal work, drawing on my experiences, my fantasies and my present life. The title "Crossing the Black" refers to the Black River in…

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Ken Chapple and Simon Linsteadt Attic Session

Ken Chapple And Simon Linsteadt Attic Session

On a cold February evening, a lonesome traveler arrived at my door. His name was Simon Linsteadt, and he was on a journey to show to his soul what it meant to truly be a solitary wanderer. We shared stories of jams come and gone. We listened to bits of the new Steep Ravine record, The Pedestrian (which is killer, by the way.) After a while, my wife, baby girl and Sammy the dog, and Cleo the cat laid down for bedtime. Once the whole house was quiet, and everyone else was asleep, Simon and I ascended the dark staircase…

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Is It Wise to Run a DIY Album Release Campaign?

Is It Wise To Run A DIY Album Release Campaign?

... or is it really dumb? What am I missing? What do you think are the pros and cons of a DIY campaign? Have you ever tried, or considered trying a crowdfunded campaign to sell pre-orders? With the work left to do on my record dwindling down, I have begun to think about how I’m going to release this lovely work of art. I think I’ll try a DIY crowdfunding campaign to sell pre-orders. Crowdfunding is Probably a Good Idea I wasn’t initially intending to run a crowdfunding campaign, but as the money spent on the record has reached up…

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5 Albums To Inspire Your Flatipicking In 2015

5 Albums To Inspire Your Flatipicking In 2015

Here is a little list I've compiled of albums (in no particular order) that I stumbled across in the past year that may be slightly off the beaten path. I definitely recommend purchasing all of these fine recordings. For your convenience, I have provided links to buy these records from the artist. Allen Shadd - Miles From the Hard Road Allen is a two-time national flatpick champion and Miles From The Hard Road is filled with beautifully executed flatpicking. Buy Here   John Mailander - Walking Distance Molly Tuttle brings some very nice, creative picking to John Mailander's Walking Distance.…

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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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