Got to hang with Micheal Farley, no relation to Chris Farley…. 🙂
He is the light man, as I refer to him. We’ve seen each other at Trade shows every time and have become friends.
Micheal found out about me through one of my video lessons that I posted on youtube years ago. It was Here comes the bride. He sent me some of his products like his clip on light, that works great for musicians who read music or charts on a darkened stage.
What a great guy too and plays guitar great too! So that’s why we hit it off!
Going for dinner tomorrow night, Saturday and really looking forward to enjoying some Monell’s fried chicken in Germantown….
It’s that time of year again and so many people come to CAAS. (Chet Atkins Appreciation Society)
This, I believe, is my tenth year in a row that I’ve come to the event and I’ve been very fortunate to play the event for the last three years. CAAS was a great event for me and my dad to get together and hang. He passed in 2010 and going gives me a good memory of him and the legacy that he left me on the guitar.
My career owes a lot to CAAS. On my first year I met some English people, that became friends immediately. This eventually led me to a trip in 2008 to London and I got to perform for a finger style guitar club in Chesham.
In 2006 I produced my first cd and promoted it at CAAS, along with my arrangement of Sometimes in Life, which was featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Now known as Fingerstyle 360.
On my first year I got to meet Mr. Tommy Emmanuel and jam with him for a good 30 minutes on the early morning. He gave me the name guitarlancer, which a lot of you know me by because of my email and website www.guitarlancer.com.
CAAS brings people from all over the world! I’ve met so many finger style guitar players that it may drive someone crazy. I’m sure it has driven some wives quite crazy!
Here’s a list of people I’ve jammed for and met and became aquiantences with.
I got to visit this new music store in Nashville, TN. I found out about it while playing guitar at the famous Antique Archaeology, which is next door. Located inside the Marathon Motor Works factory on Clinton St. near downtown Nashville.
I was really impressed with the old time look and hardwood floors. The banjos were really nice and there was few really nice acoustic guitars and mandolins for sale. Not to mention the lap dulcimer and a hammered dulcimer. There was a really nice place to pick with friends.. I think I’m going to make this a hang out next time I go into town without my son. Landon is cool, but he’s not quite cool with me jamming just yet. Patience son! 🙂
Here are a few pictures that I snapped and I would recommend anyone to stop by and say hello and check it out. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook!
If you want to learn guitar, mandolin, bass, or ukulele, please get in touch with me. I’m very experienced on the Skype video and webcam lessons and have taught people all over the world.
Hey Everyone! I got a TC135SC acoustic electric guitar a while back and did a nice video of the guitar.
I kinda look funny in the first video, but then there is the second one which is more basic and you can hear the sound of the guitar acoustically and the plugged in.
Kind of a neat guitar meant for finger style guys like myself who want a nylons string but maybe not the tradition 2 inches at the nut. This particular guitar too has a nice cutaway and 24 frets. I’ll be able to shred with that! Just kidding, but seriously this is a cool guitar and I wanted to write a blog post about it.
Since I’ve become a Takamine Clinician and endorsee I’ve gotten really familiar with some of there pro line of guitars that are handmade in their factory in Sakashita, Japan in the foothills of the Takamine mountain. I hope to one day get to do a trip there documenting the guitar company and how they came to be. Perhaps even meeting some of the existing family that started the company. My wife, Twila, would love to go on this trip! For now enjoy my demonstration and review of the Takamine TC135SC guitar.
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I also teach ukulele, mandolin, harp guitar, and bass.
So a lot of you know me and know that I love coffee! Years ago it was widely known that musicians and beer go well together. Not that it still doesn’t, but now coffee and musicians have a strong connection.
A lot of my musician friends are hip and drinking coffee and espresso drinks is a hip thing to do. So they do mix pretty well. Plus I really believe coffee brings out happiness in people. Probably because of the caffeine content. 🙂
I have this saying.. Set back, relax, and have a cup of coffee. Especially on days that I’m feeling low, coffee is a great perk.
So with all that said, I love going to coffee houses and trying different drinks, espressos, and pour-over type coffee. Some of my favorites in Nashville TN area are Roast Inc. Crema, Frothy Monkey, and Just Love Coffee in Murfreesboro.
Today I visited a new coffee shop in East Nashville as a referral by one of my coffee buddies, Ian Riley. The new place is called Barista Parlor. Twila was there too, of course!
They have a really cool set up in what appears to be and old garage. The tables are made of really pretty hardwoods. The Chemistry of coffee places, Barista Parlor is a top notch place to visit, hang with friends, and buy some really darn good coffee.
Thanks to Bob Gilligan, the Northern area sales rep, I got to go and we had a great time. One of the guys I met, was the Bose PA System marketing rep, Tom Beier. I also met a really cool fella whose plays Cordoba nylon stringed guitars, named Marcelo Berestovoy. He was kinda like the character from No Country for Old Men. He was a guitar player for Ricky Martin. Also got to meet Marc Seal, who has a guitar lesson TV show in L.A. He was the Taylor guitar promoter and clinician. I may need to do show here in Nashville where I teach guitar and have famous Nashville guitar guest etc.
Hey Guys I got this guitar in today and wanted to share with you why it is my favorite Takamine G-Series acoustic guitar.
Solid Cedar top provides nice warm overtones.
Satin Finish allows for louder volume and nicer tone.
Geared tuners for accurate tuning
string through bridge helps with guitars volume
1 5/8″ at nut allows for easy playing guitar
Great Set up right out of the box!
Designed and built under the supervision of Takamine’s head luthiers, G-Series guitars are created to serve all players from the hobbyist to professional. The GS330S dreadnought is known throughout the industry as the best playing acoustic guitar at this price level. Features a solid cedar top for a warm, deep resonant tone while the ultra light satin finish adds to the overall resonance of the guitar. The mahogany neck and dual action adjustable tension rod keeps the guitar playing true no matter what the environment. A super fast neck and amazing tone make this our most popular G-Series guitar.
If you have a solid top guitar and want it to tighten up and sound better, the ToneRite is worth the investment. If you’re a guitar builder, you should be using these to make your guitars open up and sound better, before they are shipped.
They are a pricey little item, but you can get that much value back into your guitar in just one week of continuous use.
I’ve used it on all my guitars! It’s a really fabulous device and will open up your instrument and sound more like a guitar that has been played for years.
Visit ToneRite’s site for a full detailed description of there product and buy one or two!
I visited Two Old Hippies today in Nashville, TN. What a treat to go into this place and set down and play some excellent guitars, and check out some hip and really cool clothing and hippy accessories. Definitely a cool place!
2OH is owned and operated by Mr. Tom Bedell, who is a super nice guy. I got to meet him in my trip to California when I was demonstrating for Takamine Guitars at the Guitar Center retreat.
So if you like acoustic guitars this is a place you will want to visit if you’re in Nashville. Not to mention all the really cool stuff in there! They have hacky sacks, and trendy clothing and the type of shirts you play gigs in. That’s what I’m talking about! They also have a stage that band play and songwriters, and even open mic for kids that play instruments!
The wall is full of guitars. Here are some brands that I saw in there that you can play and check out