Encountering the Button Accordion – Colin Blair

Most people I meet in the shop are not looking for accordions. Believe it or not, the guitar just seems to be more alluring these days. Most accordions are now resting in the cool and dark of your basement (or buried in the woods…

Fine Tuning Your EQ – Joe Bigham

We often see many musicians who have eagerly entered the world of acoustic amplification. They have purchased a guitar with a pickup built in, new preamp, or new amplifier and are ready to crank out the decibels. Yet, they can often be confused by…

Major Repairs Explained

We often are presented with many instruments in need of repair, some requiring extensive work that only a skilled repairman should handle. Maybe you have been presented with the following phrases: neck reset, bridge reglue, fret crowning/replacement, or bracing reglue. In this article we…

Thinking Out – Chromatic Notes by Joe Bigham

Have you ever been at a concert or a jam session and wondered how certain players can play all the “wrong” notes, yet sound like they are in total control of the notes they are playing? Many times, by using notes outside of the…

Complex Rhythms Demystified by Joe Bigham

Part 1: Reading Rhythms Many beginning and intermediate musicians can be intimidated by written music. Rhythmic values and time signatures can be two particularly difficult aspects of reading from a score. Still, one can use some very basic concepts to help decipher these rhythms,…

Hindustani Music Primer

Hindustani Music Primer Ustad Vilayat Khan with sitar Maybe you first heard the droning sounds back in the 60’s with the sounds of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”. The sitar introduced the world to Indian culture and music. But…

Native American Flute Primer

Evoking the soothing textures of a world distanced from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Native American flute’s beautiful sound and rich heritage mesmerize all. As the flute is one of the oldest instruments (one example dates back as far as 40,000…

Some Thoughts on Fiddling – Colin Blair

The fiddle: shrouded in mystery, heralded as one of the most powerful musical instruments, a natural bridge of humanity for the past 350 years, transcending social status to become a favorite pastime of the rich and the poor. The traditional styles played on the…

Resophonic Basics

In the 1920s, the ensemble music of the day began to drown out the guitar. Trumpets, saxophone, and banjos all had a natural volume that simply was too much for guitars to stand up to. George Beauchamp, John Dopyera, and his brother, Rudy, joined…