GTR-066 - An Insomnia Cure

April 25, 2018

An Insomnia Cure - In this episode I suggest some exploration of keyboard instruments as a learning and understanding tool with music theory. Things which are so scrambled up on banjos, mandolins and guitars are laid out so beautifully and logically on a piano keyboard.

My wife has often joked that I should market my podcast as a cure for insomnia. I think she may be on to something! I kid you not, when I was listening back to this episode I was out like a light before the half-way mark. So, if you are having trouble sleeping, put this on, get comfortable, and you'll sawin' logs in no time flat! On the other hand, if you want to learn something from this episode, I suggest a couple of double-espresso shots right before listening.

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GTR-065 - Practicing Alone

April 18, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 065

Practicing Alone - How can you make the best use of your time woodshedding at home? Jams are great fun and there is a lot to be learned there too, but there is no substitute for getting in some quality practice time alone. In this episode I weigh the options, talk a tiny bit about metromones, playing along with records, using practice tracks, hiring a professional band to live in your basement and other more practical ideas.

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GTR - Bonus 01 - Mandolin Treasure Chest

April 17, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Bonus Episode 01

Mandolin Treasure Chest - Imagine that you have come to possess an aged fragile treasure map. This pirate has for more than four decades roamed where he pleased and collected, not without a fight at times, a staggering quantity of perfect gemstones, pearls, dabloons, ingots, massive gold chains, silver goblets, and even a pouch full of gold teeth pried from the jaws of his feckless adversaries! The hoard is legendary and you have the map!

You follow the sparse clues to the cursed spot and, with your trusted assistants, you begin digging in the pale light of a watchful moon. Thirty feet below, your spade strikes something solid in the moist sand.

Nearing dawn, as the sun threatens exposure, you and your sweating and cursing cohorts unearth and hoist to the surface an oaken chest, encrusted and wrapped in rusty chains and iron straps. Under the glare of the dwindling carbide lantern you break the bonds with a pry bar and raise the creaking lid. At last!

(Next you dispatch your foolhardy companions and throw them in the hole and make off with the treasure. Muwwaahaahaaa! Or something similar.) Enjoy this special bonus episode!

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GTR-064 - End of a Perfect Day

April 11, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 064

End of a Perfect Day - Was attempted murder justified? Would a jury have acquitted after hearing the accused plead "temporary insanity due to hormones"? I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions about this true tale from a bluegrass festival.

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GTR-063 - How To Fill In

April 4, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 063

How To Fill In - Inevitably, sometimes a band member can't do a gig and that creates an opportunity for someone else to get their foot in the door, help a band in need, and rack up more mileage on the experience-o-meter. Here are my thoughts from both sides of the issue on how to pull it off successfully. Enjoy!

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GTR-062 - V.I.P. Interview

March 28, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 062

V.I.P. Interview - I have a hard time understanding folks with no kids. I am also quite sure they have a hard time understanding those of us with kids. Perhaps this long-promised interview with a very important person will shed some light on this. Dig a hole, put a chicken in the hole, put sand in the hole. Pure genius.

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GTR-061 - “Blue Grass Boy” Author Barb Rosenstock

March 21, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 061

Barb Rosenstock Interview - Join me for this interview with Barb Rosenstock, author of the new children's book "Blue Grass Boy", a biographical picture book about Bill Monroe. Listen as she tells how getting lost, winding up at Bean Blossom, and binge listening to Bluegrass Junction led to the creation of this wonderful book. The episode also has a quick bit of news for students using my mandolin instruction videos.

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GTR-060 - Heckling The Audience

March 15, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 060

Hecklng The Audience - For the audience, the band is the show. For the band, the audience is the show! Join me in this rambling diatribe on a few things I have observed from the stage. No offense to cloggers, cow bell clangers, spoon players, generous drunks, conga-line dancers, clap-along-ers, or any other supporter of live bluegrass music. Have fun.

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GTR-059 - Saints and Sinners

March 9, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 059

Saints and Sinners - This thought, like a pinball rattling around in my head, has attracted my mind for decades: Is bluegrass some sort of folk religion? Play along with my ride while I stretch this harmless analogy to its limits. Hmmm... Perhaps I'll paint it on velvet one day.

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GTR-058 - Your Timeline

March 1, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 058

Your Timeline - We are all on a timeline. Events and choices come along and affect our ability levels and our life. In this episode I run a timeline of myself and try to reveal what causes the ups and downs.

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