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Last Fair Deal Upcoming Gigs – Parrot Delaney – Bridge Street Live and more!

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LAST FAIR DEAL UPCOMING GIGS

Last Fair Deal Upcoming Gigs!   Greetings music lovers!    Last Fair Deal continues to redraw the map of American roots music with energy and creativity. Their eclectic repertoire reflects influences from bluegrass, jazz, acoustic rock and contemporary singer-songwriters, and features their own original material as well as unique interpretations of classic songs from the […]

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Music Transcriptions

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  I hope you enjoy some of the music transcriptions below! ♫Sally Goodin Texas Backup ♫Emperor’s Hymn  ♫Floating Crowbar  ♫Glenroad To Carrick ♫Jerusalem Ridge ♫Gypsy D Minor tune ♫Lady’s Fancy ♫Leather Britches ♫Misty Morning ♫Queen of Hearts ♫St. Louis Blues

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How to Buy a Guitar for a Beginner

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People ask me all the time what kind of guitar to get for a beginner. There are a lot of choices but some stand out. It is hard to go wrong with a Mexican Fender Stratocaster. These guitars are Fender’s “middle of the road” models. These can be found in the $300 price range and […]

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Take Care of Your Gear!

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Roadie Boot Camp for your gear! When you are a musician or musical hobbyist or collector you always have to deal with caring for your gear. What you sometimes need is Roadie Boot Camp or Guitar Tech 101! Some things that always come up and need to be dealt with are: Guitar strings: Always play […]

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Relaxation Tip for Drummers

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Tido Holtcamp Music-Drummer-Teacher-Author

by Drum Teacher Tido Holtkamp As I work with students who are preparing difficult audition pieces, I am amazed at how often I need to remind them of the importance of relaxation in playing music.  Drummers often tighten their grip, raise their shoulders and tense their neck and jaw when they play, and the more […]

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Tip of the Day: Keep the Rhythm Going! by Piano/Autoharp Teacher Gale Gardiner

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Gail Gardiner, Piano, Autoharp Teacher at Paul Howard's Valley Music School

No Matter What Happens Keep the Rhythm Going! by Gale Gardiner, Piano Instructor at Paul Howard’s Valley Music School. When preparing music to perform (regardless of instrument), Jim Houke (international upright bass player, composer) advised me:  “People will forgive a wrong/missed note before they will forgive an interrupted rhythm”.  That is why I help students focus […]

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Wake up your voice!

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Voice Tip of the Day!! Guest Post by Linda Kimball! Did you know that singing is as physical an activity as sports? Part 1 of 5 tip of the day! Wake up the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle beneath the lungs that causes them to fill with air. When you sing the ribs should stay […]