Bradley Laird’s Grass Talk Radio - Bluegrass
GTR - Bonus 06 - Insert Coin, Press Play

GTR - Bonus 06 - Insert Coin, Press Play

May 13, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com Bonus Episode 06

 

Insert Coin, Press Play - In this short bonus episode I am asking for your assistance. I have created a Patreon page which makes it easy for you to help keep the wheels greased here at GrassTalkRadio headquarters.

 

Speaking of quarters, that's all it takes! You can probably dig around in the belly of your washing machine or under your driver's seat and find a handful of quarters. Fifty cents an episode (chump change) is only $2 a month. Do whatever your pocketbook allows.

 

If your power is about to be turned off, I don't want your money. But, on the other hand, if you are on your 3rd high dollar mandolin and the dividend checks just keep coming in, maybe you could chip in a bit more than the average bear.

 

If you think the show is worth listening to then I hope you will consider becoming a Patreon supporter. I shot a video explaining more and you can sign up here:

 

www.patreon.com/bradleylaird

 

There is a video I made from my back porch which explains more on that page.

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--that form of music in which you must "save up to go on tour." (Quote from Seldom Scene mandolinist and tenor singer, John Duffey.)

 

GTR-115 - The Need For Speed

GTR-115 - The Need For Speed

May 9, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 115

The Need For Speed

 

This past weekend I played a Kentucky Derby Party gig on bass with The Pluck Tones. That, and that screwy contested result, got me thinking about speed and the need for speed.

 

Then, out of the blue, I got an email from a fellow who stated he was struggling to keep up with the speed demons in his bluegrass jam. This podcast is a full response to his email with tips for how to keep up when the tempos get insanely fast.

 

If these thoughts and ideas help you I hope you will keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter.

 

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

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-115-show-notes.html

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play bluegrass music--the music which takes a mournful theme and sets it against a speedy, uplifting beat. Talk about juxtaposition!

GTR-114 - Tie Up Loose Ends

GTR-114 - Tie Up Loose Ends

May 3, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 114

Tie Up Loose Ends

 

In this episode I talk for a bit about my leap of faith in you and then I get on with a list of ten things you can do to tie up some loose ends.

 

There are always things awaiting your attention and perhaps today is the day to make your own list of 10 things that you have been meaning to do. Take care of them and, when you've checked off all 10, you'll sleep better that night.

 

You can help keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter. The question is: Will you? I hope that you will.

 

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

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-114-show-notes.html

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play bluegrass music–a participation sport which only survives through the activity of the fans who also play and sing it.

GTR-113 - More to Life

GTR-113 - More to Life

April 26, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 113

More To Life Than Bluegrass

 

I intended this episode to be a short, 10 minute, explanation of why I couldn't put up a full length podcast today. I was going to talk about my bandwidth limitation struggles, etc. But, when I started I just got to talking about some things very important to me--and which I hope are important to you--and I just rambled on for 40 minutes.

 

Then I tried to upload it. It was TOO long. Should I wait until the first of the month? I don't want to wait for the reset of my upload space. So, I bit the bullet. Stuck the ol' Minie ball between the molars and clicked "upgrade". I am counting on YOU to help me make this podcast continue. I'll talk more about this later and explain how you can help. For now let me describe this episode:

 

This show talks about the broader world of music, how we learn, why you shouldn't stand to close to a raging flood going down a drainage ditch, and how there is more to life than bluegrass. I know. You thought I would never say that. I am the "bluegrass, bluegrass, BLUEGRASS!" guy. But, it's true. There are other things of equal importance. And some things (*sniff sniff*) that are more important.

 

I'll be back next week with a full-blown podcast to recap the Voices of the Valley concert which I will attend tonight and I will explain my leap of faith in you the listener.

 

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to stretch the rubber bars of your cage.

 

You can help keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter.

 

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

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-113-show-notes.html

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play bluegrass music. We love the people in the audience, and we love jammers, but this show is for the folks willing to stand up front, play and sing and consider the audience.

GTR-112 - Creative Thanks

GTR-112 - Creative Thanks

April 18, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 112

Creative Thanks

 

I set out this morning to answer some listener emails and I got to talking about a very thoughtful gift I received this week from a listener. I'll tell you all about it. I never got to those emails.

 

I also talk about automotive parking brakes, the old shareware days, my Egyptian hieroglyph font and a sweet little letter I got in the mail. The episode also includes a mini-review of McClung's mandolin arm rests and a Frank Ford pegwinder crank.

 

Take the time to do little things for the folks in your life who make your life better. Pick a dandelion and hand it to your wife and tell her she is beautiful. Stuff like that.

 

Pet a dog. Say something nice to a tree. Find the right kid and give him a walking liberty half dollar and tell him about how money used to be real silver! Give a promising picker one of those tortoise shell picks you've been hoarding. After you stop looking at your stock portfolio and checking your bank balance, these are the only things that are left that really count.

 

 

You can help keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter.

 

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

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-112-show-notes.html

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play bluegrass music. We bluegrass folks are very inventive.

GTR - Bonus 05 - Bluegrass Bass Learning System

GTR - Bonus 05 - Bluegrass Bass Learning System

April 12, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com Bonus Episode 05

 

Bluegrass Bass Learning System - In this bonus episode I announce the completion of a project 40 years in the making.

 

It can help you if you want to learn to be a better bass player or it can help that lousy bass player you suffer with. Do yourself a favor and point that dude or dudette to my course.

 

Read all about it on my own website here. Or, if you want to download it, just click here.

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who play or are learning to play bluegrass--where carting a dog house bass around, and playing it well, is sometimes appreciated!

GTR-111 - The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

GTR-111 - The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

April 10, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 111

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

 

Mankind, along with many other creatures, is a planner. But often these plans go awry just like the poor mouse in Robert Burns' poem. How can you devise, tweak and implement plans which actually work and bring about positive results?

 

Plans do work! They can also fail miserably. Come along for this discussion of "plan versus no plan" and the art of attempting to actually follow plans--all related to learning to become a better bluegrass musician.

 

Here are some of the plans I have customized for you:

Mandolin: The Mandolin Treasure Chest

Bluegrass Banjo: The Banjo Learning System

Clawhammer Banjo: Clawhammer Banjo Lessons 1-6

Bluegrass Bass: Bass Instruction Course

 

You can help keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter.

 

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

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-111-show-notes.html

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who love planning bluegrass "stuff" such as planning to learn an instrument, to go to a festival, to start a band, to write a song, start a podcast, write an instruction book, invite some pickers over for a jam. Some of those plans work out and make the world a better place.

GTR-110 - Let’s Get Picky

GTR-110 - Let’s Get Picky

April 3, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 110

Let's Get Picky - The pick. That's where it starts. You can have a hundred grand tied up in a glorious instrument but if your pick is crummy, or if you use it in a crummy way, you might as well be playing that $99 Amazon deal-of-the day instrument.

 

Conversely, you could be starting out with that $99 special and take a little care with pick choice–find one that really sounds good and suits you–and make much better music!

 

All right. Let's talk picks...

 

You can help keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter.

 

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

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-110-show-notes.html

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who love making music with wooden boxes, strung with wire and plunked with bits of plastic or other semi-flexible materials... and let's not forget that high, lonesome wailing. Yeah!

GTR-109 - Don’t Do Like I Did

GTR-109 - Don’t Do Like I Did

March 27, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 109

Don't Do Like I Did - When I got home from the jam session last night I had one of those forehead slapping, Homer Simpson "Doh!" moments. I hope you enjoy this little short episode describing something you should never do at a gig or a jam session.

 

The number of listeners to this podcast has risen over the last months (which is a great thing) but the donations, purchases or other financial support has not risen accordingly. Due to technical bandwidth limitations with my current podcast hosting plan (Yes, it costs me to put these out.) I was forced to squeeze this episode down to the bare minimum in terms of length and file size. I would really like to move up to the "unlimited plan" with my hosting service but, frankly, that all depends on you.

 

You can help keep this show going and growing by becoming a GrassTalkRadio Supporter.

 

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

 

Additional information about the podcast is always found here on the episode show notes page: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-109-show-notes.html

 

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who love bluegrass music and get a thrill participating and contributing to the scene.

GTR-108 - Listener Questions

GTR-108 - Listener Questions

March 22, 2019

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 108

Listener Questions - By request, I begin this episode by telling the story of how I helped rob a bank!

After that I clear my email inbox and answer some listener questions and comments. I decided to do this "on air" because you might have the same question. It's sort of a "kill two birds with one stone" effort.

I think you will learn a few things and enjoy hearing what other people are saying and thinking. If you have written to me recently I may be replying to you!

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-108-show-notes.html

GrassTalkRadio is a show for people who have discovered bluegrass music and want to learn to play it too!