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The Three Ps

Practice, play, perform. Those are pretty much the three ways to make music. And the words create different feelings in musicians or music students. “Practicing” sounds like drudgery, delayed gratification. Doing something dull now so that you can do the exciting stuff later. “Playing” sounds like fun, of course! Kids play all the time; grownups […]

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Yawning as warmup

Go ahead and yawn. Do it a few times.  Feels good, eh? People often try to hold back or cover up their yawns as they would with belches. Don’t be shy about yawning! It is good for you (maybe belches are too but we’ll leave that for another discussion). Recent medical research shows that yawning […]

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Flying with your guitar

No, I don’t mean riding it like a broom. I mean taking it on the plane. If you’re traveling to a gig, you have to bring the guitar. But if you’re just flying on a vacation or business trip, should you take the guitar along? And if so, how? First of all, yes, you should […]

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Levi-Strauss on music

these facts make the creator of music a being like the gods and make music itself the supreme mystery of human knowledge.

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Mother’s Best Music Festival

Mother’s Best Music Festival — it’s named after another brand of flour that once sponsored a radio show in Helena, Ark. (King Biscuit Flour was the sponsor of King Biscuit Time, which lent its name to the town’s much bigger and longer-running festival, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, until an unfortunate legal challenge took that […]

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Say Amen, Somebody!

I enthusiastically recommend Say Amen, Somebody. It is a movie about gospel music but a major part of it is blues singer Georgia Tom, who rechristened himself Thomas A. Dorsey when he became the Father of Gospel Music. The reasons you, a blues fan, ought to run right out and get it from your library […]

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Steve’s sample song

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Listening spectrum 2007

Listening spectrum Originally published 1/23/2007 (I adapted this from a jazz newsletter; I think that writer adapted it himself from a music-appreciation class.) In most clubs, the best it gets is number 3, often it stays at number 2. When I give a concert I strive, and often manage to, get the listeners up to […]

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how to behave with live music 2006

how to behave with live music Originally published 10/23/2006 I played at a restaurant last night. There were a couple tables of people already there before I started. I played a song, then a second one, and got no reaction at all from any of them. They didn’t applaud, didn’t even look over to see […]

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