GTR-097 - The Master Class Story

December 12, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 097

The Master Class Story - It is amazing how the entire course of one's life can be altered by one seemingly small event or decision. This is the story of how I was convinced by a student to write my first book. What a can of worms he opened! But, alas. He was right!

In addition to sharing the back story of how I got started producing instructional books and videos, I answer a question sent to me by a listener that may be on the minds of many.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-97-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the coolest music in the world!

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GTR-096 - 10 Good Gadgets

December 5, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 096

10 Good Gadgets - If you hang around picking bluegrass long enough you will eventually be on stage with a band. You may be giggin' a lot or just once in a while. Either way, you are going to experience being part of a "self-contained entertainment" situation. That's the kind of gig where you carry your own sound and lights. It's kinda like back when Bill was carrying his own tent show.

There are things which can make that kind of show easier. Let me tell you some of what I have learned.

One of the things I talked about was the value of having an easy to set up, compact "store" for your CDs and other merchandise. I made a quick YouTube video showing what I used and you can see it on the show notes page (link below) or just go here: The Pony Express General Store.

There is still time! Christmas times a'coming! Learn some Christmas tunes on that mandolin with Jackson's Christmas Songs For Mandolin eBook.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-96-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the most difficult music to define in the world!

 

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GTR-095 - Common Mistakes

November 28, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 095

Common Mistakes - This episode is a discussion of things which I've seen students do that I think hinder their progress. How many of these things are you guilty of?

And don't forget--Christmas times a'coming! Learn some Christmas tunes on that mandolin with Jackson's Christmas Songs For Mandolin eBook.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-95-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the coolest music in the world!

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GTR-094 - Polishing Vocals

November 22, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 094

Polishing Vocals - Roll up your sleeves, put some elbow grease into your singing, and the results will astonish you! This episode continues the thread of the importance of good singing in bluegrass. The basics of finding harmony parts was discussed in Episode #93 and today I dig into ways to polish and hone your vocals.

Correct notes, accurate harmonizing, and matching of tone and rhythms is what makes those bluegrass trios so fine! If you refuse to do it for yourself, please do it for your audience!

And don't forget--Christmas times a'coming! Learn some Christmas tunes on that mandolin with Jackson's Christmas Songs For Mandolin eBook.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-94-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the most awesome music in the world!

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GTR-093 - Bluegrass Vocal Stacks

November 14, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 093

Bluegrass Vocal Stacks - What is the best way to move up a rung or two on the ladder of greatness? Improve your singing--in particular your bluegrass harmony singing.

In this episode I run through the basics of devising and understanding bluegrass trio singing. Lead, tenor and baritone. I also discuss the three ways to stack bluegrass harmonies: standard trio, high lead and high baritone.

And don't forget--Christmas times a'coming! Learn some Christmas tunes on that mandolin with Jackson's Christmas Songs For Mandolin eBook.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-93-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the greatest music in the world!

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GTR-092 - Non-Musical Skills

November 1, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 092

Non-Musical Skills - It's not all about the music. Yes, good musical skills are important but there are a lot of other handy skills which can propel your music forward. How are your soldering skills? Know how to jump start a car? Do you gripe and belly-ache a lot? 

And don't forget--Christmas times a'coming! Learn some Christmas tunes on that mandolin with Jackson's Christmas Songs For Mandolin eBook.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-92-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the greatest music in the world!

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GTR-091 - Just Say Yo!

October 25, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 091

Just Say Yo! - I love irony. Irony is: "a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result." That is exactly, to a tee, what I describe in this episode. Bluegrass. Strictly clean and decent. Yeah, right.

Have a great week. I still have a lot of downed trees to deal with.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-91-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the greatest music in the world!

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GTR-090 - My Life As A Stripper

October 18, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 090

My Life As A Stripper - In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael I quickly put together this episode giving you a taste of what it's like to be forced to camp out. To fill out the promised full length episode I include a test episode from a possible future podcast series.

The only sorta-kinda bluegrass content in this episode is me talking about making a new fretboard for a 1909 Gibson Mandola by the light of kerosene lanterns during this storm.

Anybody who stops by over the next few weeks, hoping to pick or shoot the breeze, better bring their chain saw and bottle of George Dickel. Bring your guitar too.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-90-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the greatest music in the world!

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GTR-089 - Quick Update

October 9, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 089

Quick Update - I recorded this short episode while walking around the barn gathering up and tying down anything which could blow into the next county. I give a very short review of a festival I went to last weekend and talk a bit about playing with drummers.

I am releasing this show a day early because the last time a hurricane steamed through our county it was nearly a week before I had electricity and internet. If the good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be back next week for a full length show.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-89-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the greatest music in the world!

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GTR-088 - Give It A Rest

October 3, 2018

GrassTalkRadio.com Episode 088

Give It A Rest - A bit of obsession is helpful at times but you don't want to become Captain Ahab chasing a mythical white whale!

In this episode I talk about the importance of providing opportunities for your subconscious mind to process all those inputs you pour into your head when practicing.

Taking time off, whether 10 minutes, a week, or a month, is important to your sanity and will improve your overall progress as a musician.

If you enjoy the show you can support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

For additional goodies, be sure to scope out the show notes here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-88-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--the greatest music in the world!

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