The Sonic Literacy Regional Tour And Other News

Hi everybody,

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

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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.

Guit-A-Grip

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.

Guitar-Muse

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.

Other

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 info@fnhguitars.com 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!

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Pre-Thanksgiving Updates

Hey everybody,

Just a few quick updates in chronological order.

Guit-A-Grip

Guit-A-Grip is going to have a refocus which will be of interest to readers interested in the Music Business side and career sustainability.

For those of you who have ever read a book and thought, “Hey I can do that!”  You probably can – but there are some things you might not have counted on.   My latest post on Guit-A-Grip shows a little accounting slight of hand from Amazon and details the good bad and ugly of self-publishing (replace the words “book” and “publishing” with “recording” and “music business” and many of the same observations apply) here.

There’s also a new podcast on project management up.  If you’ve decided to hit that New Years resolution early – this podcast might be of interest.

Guitar-Muse

A gear review of the Positive Grid Jam Up and Jam Up Pro app for iPhone and iPad got reviewed here and I would have had a review of their new BIAS software (which looks like the real deal) but my iPad was too outdated. Positive Grid IS working on an iPhone version and I should be testing that when the Beta version is out.  In the meantime you can read some overviews here.

TrueFire Guitar Guru Chris Buono sat down and gave an in-depth interview on teaching, performing, gear, endorsements and more.  That interview should be up on guitar-muse this Thursday.

It looks like there will be at least one more gear review, one more interview and one more lesson on Guitar-Muse before years end, and I’ll post that info when I have it.

A lost gig

Ah….I forgot – it turns out that the 1 gig I got to play with the Children of Mu project last year  was recorded by mastermind/drummer  Justin Wierbonski.  If you like the Onibaba stuff or the Daren Burns stuff you might dig this as well.

You can stream or download the track here.

“The Children of Mu live at Bar 4 from 7.12.12. 100% improvised. Recorded with an Optimus CTR-115 Hand Held Cassette Recorder and a Radio Shack 33-306 microphone.”

Steven Husted – Bass
John (Lavibora) Aleman – Guitar
Nick Herman – Percussion
Scott Collins – Guitar
Justin Wierbonski – Drums

Other

In the meantime, I’ve been playing some low key gigs and open mics to prep for some acoustic and electric recordings  I’m trying to get out the door by the end of the year, writing a book on practicing and editing the pentatonic extraction book.  It’s a lot coming down the pike but it’s good stuff and I hope you dig it!

As always, thanks for reading!

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My New (Free) Melodic Minor Extraction Lesson Is Now Up On Guitar-Muse

Hello everybody!

The Power of Pentatonic Extraction

I’ve posted a few times about one of the new books that I’m working on, Pentatonic Extractions, and I’m really psyched about how its coming together so far.  It’s going to cover a lot of material in an easy and accessible way and make a great addition to the series.

But you’ll get to see what I’m talking about yourself as the good people at Guitar-Muse.com have been kind enough to allow me to adapt some material from Pentatonic Extractions for a lesson on the site.  There’s theory, audio and tab for some ideas that will probably get you shooed of the next open blues jam – but I really dig ’em and I hope you will too!  You can check that out here.

More on that Muse of Guitar

All of the audio examples were recorded with the JamUp Pro app by Positive Grid which is just an incredibly useful app.  I’ll have a full review for that coming up for Guitar-Muse, along with some other reviews, player profiles and interviews.

And For those of you who wish to guit a grip….

Guit-a-grip is going to be serializing chapters from my book, Nothing Ever Got Done With An Excuse, which chronicles the processes and observations I used to release the first four books of the GuitArchitecture series in 5 months.  If you want to get a hold on a project (or a late new-years resolution), this series will definitely help motivate you and keep you on track.  Look for a new podcast this week.

More soon!  As always, thanks for reading!

Up With Updates

Hey everyone! Just a few very quick updates:

1.  There’s a 10 minute podcast went up on Get-A-Grip last week about developing and nurturing fans.  You can find that here.  A new podcast featuring lessons learned from a small town ice cream shop on the drydocked shores of Johnstown will be up on Friday.

2.  A new interview with guitarist/bassist/composer Eric Klerks is going up on Guitar-Muse.com.  You can check that out here.  Look for an Odd Time Riff transformation lesson with eX-Girl next week.

3.  Pentatonic hook?  No.  Pentatonic book.  In addition to graphic updates on the print edition of the Pentatonic Visualization book (nothing Earth shattering, just some small tweaks that are bugging me) that should be done in the next 2 weeks, I should have the Pentatonic Extraction book out by mid fall.  It’s a book that will work and in hand with the chord scales book and approach the material in a different (and I hope cool/useful way).

4.  Booking studio time for an acoustic session in late June with the hope of a summer ep release.

5.  A number of personal distractions and stressors lately, so output is slowed down here, but don’t worry….nobody’s stopped working here.

More things in the pipeline as well.

As always, thanks for reading!

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