Sep 9, 2014
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Mar 28, 2014
Admittedly, this was something even I was confused about early on. For a while, I was incorrectly referring to 12-fret guitars as "short scale" guitars, assuming they were one-in-the-same.
In fact, a guitar's scale length and its number of frets are mutually exclusive. (Just because a guitar only has 12 frets, doesn't mean it's a short scale, and vice-versa.)
Mar 12, 2014
This is an awesome little picking riff to add to your repertoire. It's fun and it's pretty simple because you're mostly holding chords the whole time.
Mar 5, 2014
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Feb 24, 2014
I've been on a bit of a guitar-buying kick lately. When it comes to a really good-quality instrument at a low price, I have a tough time saying no. (I've actually written an entire post on my affinity for budget instruments.)
Guitars have such a wide variety of shapes, styles, and sounds, that it's tough to limit yourself to just one. As a [mediocre] slack-key player, having multiple guitars is also convenient because I can leave them in different tunings, and simply pick up the guitar for the song I want to play. (Something I wouldn't have the luxury of doing with higher-priced guitars.)
Here is my humble collection of bang-for-buck guitars I've collected along the way:
Feb 17, 2014
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Feb 6, 2014
So you've been seduced by the sweet sound of Hawaiian slack-key guitar music, and as a do-it-yourselfer, you're looking to learn how to play. Or maybe you're already a guitarist, looking to expand your repertoire. Either way, here are my three definitive slack-key resources:
Feb 3, 2014
Feb 1, 2014
Growing up, I remember musical instruments being a serious investment. They were very expensive, and therefore only reserved for those dedicated to practice and committed to lessons and/or performing. (They weren't something you had the luxury of buying to “try out” or just to “fool around on when you have time”.) And as a result, if you decided to take the plunge, chances were it meant it was probably the one instrument you were stuck with.
On the other hand, attempting to buy a "cheap" instrument meant you'd probably end up with something that more closely resembles a toy than a real instrument. Something where the quality was either too poor to play “real” music or so unplayable that you'd give up on learning out of pure frustration...