[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 27 views]
Steve Eckels Podcast

Steve’s professional and artistic mission has been to write and publish music for enjoyment by guitar students. To this end he has published fourteen book/CD sets for Mel Bay Publications. He has been the guitar instructor for Flathead High School in Kalispell, Montana since 2000. As a solo guitarist, Steve Eckels has recorded albums of music ranging from Classical Masterpieces to Cowboy songs, Native American-influenced to New Age.

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[16 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 146 views]
Beppe Gambetta Interview

Beppe Gambetta is an Italian musician born in Genoa in 1955. An acoustic guitar flatpicker and singer, Beppe has been called a “virtual United Nations of influences: Italian, Ukrainian, Appalachian, Sardinisn, Celtic”. He is a composer, teacher, and researcher of traditional music and instruments.
With the horizon’s line as a challenge and attraction, Beppe is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled …

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[9 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 396 views]
Leon Hunt Podcast

Leon Hunt has, for more than a decade, continued to confound the manystereotypes that attempt to confine the 5-string banjo to Bluegrass music by making his living playing alongside some of the world’s top musicians from a number of musical styles, backgrounds and disciplines.
Since graduating from his ‘Music and Music Technology’ degree in 2000 Leon has taken part in several notable ‘transatlantic’ recordings; Miles Apart (2004) Shuttle Diplomacy (2008) and Fishing Music (2009). These projects have included some of the biggest names in American traditional music; Viktor Krauss, Tim O’Brien, Stuart Duncan, David Grier …

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[4 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 219 views]

UPDATE: Aquiles Priester’s DVD Top 100 Drum Fills has been voted the best instructional DVD in the world by the readers of Modern Drummer USA.

First he showed the details of his refined technique in “Live in Concert – Inside My Drums” (2004). Then he revealed some double bass secrets (and much more) in “The Infallible Reason of My Freak Drumming” (2010), voted third best educational DVD of 2011 by American magazine Modern Drummer considered the drum bible of the world.

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[2 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 632 views]
Exclusive Ranger Doug Interview

Douglas B. Green, better known by his stage name Ranger Doug, is an American musician, arranger and award-winning Western music songwriter, best known for his work with Western music and the group Riders in the Sky in which he plays guitar and sings lead and baritone vocals. He is also an exceptionally accomplished yodeler. With the Riders, he is billed as “Ranger Doug — The Idol of American Youth” and “Governor of the Great State of Rhythm”.
Green graduated from Cranbrook in 1964, and the University of Michigan in 1968. He …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 360 views]
Playing Fast

“Collin Bay is a talented and extremely knowledgeable jazz guitarist who is currently helping many musicians as director of artist relations and product development at Mel Bay publications. It is to all our benefit that he has written this book with a tried and true method to develop speedy chops. I have seen the undeniable results many times.” – John Wunsch, Owner of Strings By Mail

Playing Fast, by Collin Bay
When discussing the topic of playing fast, I’m almost always given pause. There is such an abundance of musicians—famous, …

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[26 Mar 2014 | 2 Comments | 828 views]
Mel Bay Exclusive Podcast with Mark Nelson

Mark Kailana Nelson’s music transports you to a tranquil world where tropical winds carry the echoes of soft music and far-off lands. Explore music from islands real and imaginary, lovingly played on instruments from widely different parts of the world.
Bringing together two of the world’s most beautiful instrumental styles-the Hawaiian slack key guitar and Mark’s ground-breaking Celtic dulcimer-Mark Nelson creates an enchanting new sound as soothing as an island breeze. During a career that started well before he could drive, Mark has picked up music from places as far afield …

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[21 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 1,078 views]
Rocking The Bow

New from Mary Ann Harbar Willis, The Violin/Fiddle Manual and Encyclopedia of Techniques is a comprehensive “how-to” instructional, covering all aspects of technique from basic through advanced, as well as fundamentals such as holding the instrument and bow, tuning etc. and much more. It thoroughly covers the biomechanics involved to unlock all the instrument’s capabilities. Clear, concise explanations, plenty of photos and 140 quick video clips take you from square one to over 100 techniques spanning all Western styles.A must for the serious player. Designed to produce results!. This all …

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[19 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 776 views]
Exclusive Billy Robinson Interview

Steel Guitarist Billy Robinson was hired in 1948, at the age of 18, to play the steel guitar on the “Prince Albert Show” with Red Foley. The NBC Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry was the only network part of the show at that time. As a part of the Prince Albert band, he had the opportunity to work with Hank Williams, George Morgan, Hank Snow, Little Jimmy Dickens and Carl Smith. From all over the country music stars at that time were guest on the “Prince Albert …

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[17 Mar 2014 | One Comment | 538 views]
Recording as Self-Assessment by Gohar Vardanyan

Recording as Self-Assessment
When we are in school or taking lessons, we have an extra set of expert ears telling us what we are doing right and what still needs improvement. Many times those comments solidify what we ourselves noticed about our playing; other times we are surprised that something sounded a certain way, good or bad, to the person listening to us. In either case, having feedback helps us improve and grow. Unfortunately we cannot always have the luxury of someone listening to us and giving us feedback while …