Bradley Laird’s Grass Talk Radio - Bluegrass
GTR-152 - Ad Lib Thoughts

GTR-152 - Ad Lib Thoughts

March 31, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 152

Ad Lib Thoughts

I started this episode three times. Each time I hit record I began wandering off on little rabbit trails and I would hit stop, gather my thoughts, and then begin anew. I have an idea that I am not the only person with that type of thinking processes right now.

 

In this episode, after a quick email from one of your fellow listeners (who only had one simple question) I talk about breathing and its relation to relaxed playing, I talk about the ultimate master of focused, laser beam concentrated picking (the pickle jar effect), how fear can harm your playing abilities, and I give a little shout out to the Josh Cole Bluegrass Podcast.

 

Keep your chin up, folks!

 

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My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy!

GTR-151 - The Underground Tape

GTR-151 - The Underground Tape

March 20, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 151

The Underground Tape

A little humor is in order. To wit, I present you with what I consider to be the classic underground tape, handed from picker to picker over decades, of Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt burying the hatchet and ending their longstanding feud.

 

Smile folks. This too shall pass.

 

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GTR-150 - Tristan Scroggins Interview

GTR-150 - Tristan Scroggins Interview

March 11, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 150

Tristan Scroggins Interview

This episode features a conversation with mandolinist Tristan Scroggins discussing the differences between Old-Time and Bluegrass jam sessions, his new book of fiddle tunes for mandolin, how to get over fear of taking solos and more. Additional show notes and links to Tristan's website and his new book are found here.

 

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GTR-149 - Ear Training

GTR-149 - Ear Training

March 3, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 149

Ear Training

How can you improve your solos? How can you take breaks on songs you don't know? How can you express yourself better through your instrument and with your voice? Get started with "ear training!"

 

Grab your instrument (it doesn't matter what you play!) and try playing along with the sample ear training exercises I present.

 

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GTRB-09 - Do Me a Favor

GTRB-09 - Do Me a Favor

February 20, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Bonus Episode 09

Do Me a Favor

 

"Breaker breaker one nine. How 'bout a radio check? Come back."

 

After over 150 episodes I am doing a radio check, so to speak. I want to hear from you. Send me an email if you are listening to this show. It will only take a few minutes and I would really appreciate it.

 

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GTR-148 - Dynamics

GTR-148 - Dynamics

February 17, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 148

Dynamics

Often skimmed over with beginning students, and sorely needed by many long-time players, the art of employing dynamics can add a great deal to your musicianship and sound.

 

As a prelude to this discussion I update you a bit on keeping "the farm" operational, report from a recent gig, and a job I did running sound for the 3 Redneck Tenors act. Fun stuff.

 

In the heart of this episode I attempt to explain the concept, the terminology and give you a road map for improving your dynamic abilities.

 

The outro music is a demo recording of a good bluegrass gospel song called "Final Hour", written by Randy Godwin and Darryl Wilson. My job was to stand in Randy's closet and play banjo and mandolin. As I recall, Randy played the bass and guitar parts.

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!

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GTR-147 - Jamplification

GTR-147 - Jamplification

February 5, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 147

Jamplification

Are you satisfied with the sound you experience at your local jam session? Has someone suggested setting up a mic or two? Will it help or hurt? After a bit of discussion about what it means to be an "expert" I dish the dirt on the use of PAs at jam sessions.

 

Thank you to Charles Schlaufman for emailing me with his question and this show topic. You too can submit questions, comments or show topic ideas to me at brad@bradleylaird.com.

 

The outro music is a recording of "Rickett's Hornpipe" recorded on a Tascam 4 track analog cassette recorder in my living room back about 1999. That is Mike Estes on fiddle, Buddy Ashmore on guitar, David Ellis on banjo (with removed resonator), me on mandolin, and Randy Godwin on bass.

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!

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GTR-146 - Your Bluegrass Bucket List

GTR-146 - Your Bluegrass Bucket List

January 29, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 146

Your Bluegrass Bucket List

In this episode I challenge you to create your own "bluegrass bucket list" of things you dream of doing, seeing, experiencing, or creating. First, dream it. Then, do it!

 

Get out a pencil and make a list. Start checkin' them off!

 

The show notes for this episode (and some embedded YouTube videos of some of Jackson's recent DAW creations) are located at  http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-146-show-notes.htm

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.

GTR-145 - Considering Duality

GTR-145 - Considering Duality

January 21, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 145

Considering Duality

It is rare to find anything in this world which is all bad or all good. It's always somewhere in the grey zone. In this episode I discuss the ten things I think are bad in bluegrass and ten things I think are absolutely superlative. You have to keep a balance.

 

I close the podcast with a comparison (for those frothing at the mouth for a "definition" of bluegrass) between the poetic form called a sonnet and the string band form we call "bluegrass".

 

The show notes for this episode are located at  http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-145-show-notes.htm

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird. This really helps keep gas in the car and food in the fridge. And, with luck, I will get a new set of bass strings in 2020.

GTR-144 - Metro Gnomes

GTR-144 - Metro Gnomes

January 10, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 144

Metro Gnomes

Personal practice with a metronome is one of the best ways to improve your playing. I have said that so many times. Unfortunately, a lot of folks just don't do it. Not for long anyway.

In this episode I discuss the frustrations of that evil device and how you can turn that nasty little gnome into your personal slave. Or at least come to terms with him. My collection of metronome MP3 tracks can be downloaded here.

The show notes for this episode are located at  http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-144-show-notes.htm

 

If you enjoy my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Or, you can become a GrassTalkRadio Supporter here.

 

You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.