Improvising in any context

The ability to improvise in any given situation be it musical, business, or personal is incredibly important.  Learning how to work and improvise within a given framework is a key to being successful and applying the musical principles of improvisation have allowed me to be successful in my non-musical endeavors. The ability to improvise really means being able...

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Guitar and MIDI at Gryphon

Musig Quarterly At our MuSIG meeting at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, over 30 of us were treated to a fascinating and impressive presentation on guitar synthesizer controllers by Dimitri Vandellos and Warren Sirota.   Versatile performing artist Mark Hanson, who teaches guitar at Gryphon, was our host and did a great job making sure that we had...

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The relevance of jazz

The relevance of jazz

Nice quote from Mr. Rollins. The Jazz Session » Sonny Rollins on the relevance of jazz. “I think that the relevance of jazz depends on what you think jazz is. For instance, if you think that jazz is a piano trio playing in a small nightclub — they’re good musicians, maybe have a girl singer — and you come in and there are people smoking and sitting at tables …...

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Triple Threat Guitarist

Triple Threat Guitarist

Dimitri Vandellos: David Grisman’s Triple-Threat Guitarist Jon Sievert Over the past dozen years, mandolinist David Grisman has showcased some of the world’s finest steel-string acoustic guitarists-including Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, Mike Marshall, and Jon Sholle – while producing his unique blend of Jazz, bluegrass, classical, and...

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Mining the American Music Motherlode at Telluride

By John Lehndorff It was the best of bluegrass festivals.  It was the worst of bluegrass festivals. If you liked your bluegrass leavened with rock, jazz, reggae, country, classical, blues, folk and more it was a glowing American musical celebration, not to mention a ton of fun.  If you liked your bluegrass traditional, you were left wondering if you had landed...

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