I hope this finds you well!
I just have a few updates that may be of interest to readers of this blog.
The “Sonic Literacy” “Tour”
I’ve decided to take a different approach to promoting my Minor Pentatonic book
and give a little something back to the local communities at the same time. Growing up in upstate New York, I used to spend countless hours in public libraries just reading and feeding my brain. I think they’re incredible resources that often get over looked, so I’m pulling together a “sonic literacy’ promotional tour that will go to regional libraries and present the material in the book in a short clinic / lecture format that’s free to the general public. Hopefully it’ll introduce what I do to some people and perhaps it’ll get some people looking for a free lesson to reconnect to the resources that they have on hand.
Dates are getting set, but I’m kicking it all off at The Gloversville Public Library on Saturday 12/14/13 at 12pm. It’s only slated for an hour with set up so it should be short. If you’re in the area, I hope you can drop by!
I’ll post more details when I have them.
In related news…
I have a few other projects in the works…. I’ve been hitting some open mikes in a low key fashion to try out some new acoustic material and it seems to be received fairly well, so that should get recorded soonish.
There are some live silent film accompaniment gigs lined up for 2014 -and I hope to have a unique spin on it but I’ll post more about those when I have more info.
Looking at some new ensemble ideas and pulling a solo set together in a worse-case scenario. I’m also researching grants, funding and non-profit status for some of the longer-term projects but, again, more info when I have it.
The podcast is returning but in the meantime, I have a new post I put up about making the transition in self-definition as a “guitarist”. It also ties into G.A.S. and some other holiday related observations. You can check that out here.
The Chris Buono interview went up last week. You can check that out here.
The year will end out with a few reviews. A review of the Zoom A3’s been submitted and should be up soon. I have a piece about useful guitar related apps that will either go there or go up here and you might see a review of the Antonio Hermosa AH-50 classical acoustic-electric in time for the big guy to get it down the chimney for you.
I’ve gotten some people asking me about the FnH website. FnH IS still in business – they decided to overhaul the site, but if you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org you should still get someone to respond. If it doesn’t work, just drop me a line and I’ll forward your message along to them.
John Harper (the H in FnH) has told me that some stuff is coming back my way – a new FnH model and just as exciting – my double neck fretted/fretless 13 lb monstrosity that he had to make 2 new necks for and completely re-do the wiring for is also due to come back!! It bodes well for some serious sonic misgivings in 2014! ; )
Still trying to determine the scope of the practice book and the pentatonic extraction books but I think we’re good on more new books until 2014.
That’s it for now. More news as it develops and as always, thanks for reading!