GTR-057 - Go To A Bluegrass Festival

February 22, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 057

Go To A Bluegrass Festival - Bluegrass festivals are the great tribal gatherings of folks like you. Tired of being surrounded by friends and co-workers who don't "get it" like you do? Pick a festival, make a plan, and go.

The start of the show is a little commentary on technology and why you should back up your computer and why I love granny's old cast iron skillet. Have fun!

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GTR-056 - How To Learn From Videos

February 15, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 056

How To Learn From Videos - Online video instruction is taking over from private lessons and books but I am not sure everyone knows how to make the best use of this one way stream of information. Try these ideas if you are using videos to improve your playing. Have fun!

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GTR-055 - Choose One Thing

February 8, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 055

Choose One Thing - In this episode I discuss one of the best ways to improve the quality and results of your practice. I make the case for constructive tunnel vision. Have fun!

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GTR-054 - Just Go

February 1, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 054

Just Go - In this episode I give an "after action report" on a recent trip to see the Del McCoury Band perform in Athens, Georgia. I explore why you absolutely cannot "do bluegrass" from the comfort of your couch. I also get into the financial realities of the music world and a lot of other thoughts that crossed my mind on the way home. Have fun!

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GTR-053 - You Can Write a Tune

January 25, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 053

You Can Write a Tune - In this episode I do my best to encourage you to try writing your own tunes. I divide my time between technical tips and philosophical considerations of devising new tunes. Have fun!

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GTR-052 - Trivia Night

January 18, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 052

Trivia Night - The worlds oldest profession and performing music have a lot in common. Sell it and you still have it. I yak about that for a bit and then, for the meat of the show, I test your bluegrass knowledge and we play trivia. Have fun!

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GTR-051 - Tuning Talk

January 12, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 051

Tuning Talk - This episode goes down the rabbit hole of this thing called tuning. The discussion twists and turns more than Earl's D-tuners. I examine the A440 standard, talk tuning gizmos, introduce you to the concept of equal temperament and the false notion of perfection. Have fun!

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GTR-050 - Timeless Advice

January 5, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 050

Timeless Advice - This episode discusses a bit of wisdom which I found lurking in the preface to a 1909 music book stashed in my mother's organ bench. I read it and thought "I've said the same thing to every student I ever had!" Have fun!

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GTR-049 - Magic and Music

December 31, 2017

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 049

Magic and Music - There are striking similarities between the art of pulling a rabbit out of a hat and performing a great bluegrass show. In this episode I share what I learned as a magician before I was bitten by the bluegrass bug. Part illusion, part sleight of hand, smoke and mirrors, and a lot of work behind the scenes. Have fun!

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GTR-048 - Finding The One

December 19, 2017

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 048

Finding The One - Finding that perfect instrument for you is a lot like finding a mate in life. Every sort of instrument, be it a mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass or slide trombone, will present itself in 5 quality categories. Learn the difference between "barely playable junk" and the coveted "working musician's axe".

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