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Lesson Prices Reduced for 2017

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The Secret to “Passing Chords”

For example, if you are playing in the key of F and you will be going to the “B Flat” Chord, you can play the F-Augmented chord first, then play the “B-Flat” chord. F-Augmented is the “passing” chord. You might … Continue reading

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East Texas State University Alumni

I attended East Texas State University in the 70’s and 80’s, graduating in 1982.  In 1976, Dr. Stuart Anderson was instrumental in bringing the First Annual Bluegrass festival to ETSU.  During the banjo competition, I won the contest by playing … Continue reading

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The Metal Work of Gary Moreland

I went out to my shop and this dude was settin’ there pickin’ some mean steel geetar. He said ” hey can you help me find the Big B?” I said you mean the Big E?” He said no, the … Continue reading

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Practicing on the Dobro

Since I didn’t have any students the other day, I decided to put on some rhythm tracks, activate my portable Sony recorder and play along for a while.  This is always a good thing to do frequently so that you … Continue reading

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My Retirement Plan

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I first learned about paradiddles from Buddy Emmons.  He had a small board with ten short strings attached that he would use for warm up before a show. With this “Speed PiK”, by EZELL & HAWKINS, one could sit anywhere … Continue reading

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Ten Strings My Soul

Here’s a preview of the songs on my CD, “Ten Strings My Soul”.   Amazing Grace   Because He Lives   Blessed Assurance   Blessed Be The Name   Create In Me A Clean Heart   In The Garden   … Continue reading

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Kurt Stephenson

I met Kurt a few years ago in Mountain View Arkansas.  He is a great musician and can play any instrument.  He won the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship in Winfield Kansas in 2010.  I sure enjoyed shuckin’ some corn with … Continue reading

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