GTR-078 - Get a Clue

July 18, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 078

Get a Clue - As a service to the newbie, I am going to just say the things which people actually think. I hope I do not make enemies of everyone I have ever picked with. That is not my intention. It's just that folks are usually too nice to really clue you in. Strap in and hang on.

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GTR-077 - The Thinker

July 11, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 077

The Thinker - In this episode I ramble on about the rise of tablet devices, debate cause and effect versus chance, discuss two general categories of bluegrass players, and describe narrowly missing being pulverized by a thousand pounds of green pecan timber.

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GTR-076 - Be Prepared

July 4, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 076

Be Prepared - In this episode I talk about how to be prepared for whatever may come your way when you are jamming or gigging. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Right?

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GTR-075 - Podcast Shout Outs

June 27, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 075

Podcast Shout Out - I am a podcast addict. In this episode I roll through a list of other podcasts that I listen to that I think you will enjoy. Check 'em out, support them, and this wonderful world of "personalized radio" will continue. For a list of links to the podcasts I mentioned in this show just go to the show notes page for this episode. (Link below.)

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GTR-074 - Feedback Loops

June 22, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 074

Feedback Loop - In the world of music performing, feedback is the devil. But in the world of learning to play, feedback is vitally important. In this episode I discuss the varieties of feedback you will encounter and which you can rely upon and which you might be better to ignore. I also talk a bit about the qualities one should look for when seeking someone to build an instrument for you and how that logic can be applied in seeking instruction. Enjoy!

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GTR-073 - The Great Wheel

June 14, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 073

The Great Wheel - In this episode I lead you through a thought experiment to help you better understand time and the operation of the "bluegrass machine". I preface this with a revelation of the process I go through to create each episode and then go deep into the complex gear train of a fully functioning band.  I then present my Great Wheel Theory. Enjoy!

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GTR-072 - Lemme See That Mandolin

June 6, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 072

Lemme See That Mandolin - This episode is another installment in my series talking about what I check for when examining a student's instrument. In addition to talk about mandolins I also tell some stories and discuss proper protocol when handling someone else's instrument. You also learn Bill Monroe's particularly pithy protocol. Enjoy!

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GTR-071 - Nature

May 30, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 071

Nature - This morning, with no real plan, I was reminded of the importance of our connection with Nature. To quote Butch Robins (speaking about Bill Monroe and his creative process), "If something happened in his conscious surroundings, such as a bird flying by or a dog barking, he would make sounds within the music flowing from him that reflected the action he had just ingested with one of his five senses."

After some rambling pre-dawn social commentary, I turned the show over to Nature herself. Sometimes the best way to recharge your battery is to un-plug. Enjoy!

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GTR-070 - Bluegrass on Vinyl

May 23, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 070

Bluegrass on Vinyl - In this episode explain why I love vinyl records, big home stereo systems, and album covers. Then I race through a tour of 400 pounds of bluegrass records which have influenced, entertained, mystified and inspired me. I also try to make you feel guilty (just a little) when you listen to records on YouTube instead of showing up at a performance and carting home some swag, merch and physical recordings.

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GTR-069 - Pickers Paradise

May 16, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 069

Pickers Paradise - This past weekend I practiced what I preach. My wife and son were off on a year-end 5th grade school field trip and I did what any devout bluegrasser would do. I loaded up and took off to a weekend bluegrass festival.

In this episode I recount my experience, talk a bit about some of the bands I saw and heard, and describe the poor man's teardrop camper that was my humble abode for the weekend.

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