Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2016’

Merle Travis

Merle Travis

Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His song’s lyrics often discussed both the lives and the economic exploitation of American coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are “Sixteen Tons,” “Re-Enlistment Blues,” “I am a Pilgrim,” and “Dark as a Dungeon.” However, …

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Checking Out Open G Tuning

Open G Tuning: A Brief Intro

I recently spent some time in Open G tuning, or “Low” Open G Tuning, as it’s sometimes called. I was following the lead of Don Ross in his fingerstyle guitar lessons, where he walks through the details the tuning and provides some example material. In short, the Open G tuning alters the standard guitar tuning so that the open strings, …

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Doc Watson

Doc Watson

Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson (March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012) was an American guitarist, songwriter, and singer of bluegrass, folk, country, blues, and gospel music. Watson won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Watson’s flatpicking skills and knowledge of traditional American music were highly regarded. He performed with his son, guitarist Merle Watson, for …

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Revo Guitar Straps

Revo Guitar Straps Review

Revo Guitar Straps is making headway.  You’ll see the guitar straps around the shoulders of folks like Zac Brown and Ziggy Marley. Revo’s idea is simple:  comfortable wooden guitar straps, handcrafted in Costa Rica. Wood? Yup, wood.  They kind of remind me of those wooden beaded seat covers favored by New York cabbies. (It’s possible that I had one one of …

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