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
Feb 12, 2014
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...