G.E. Smith is a name you may know or you may not know. I don’t know if he has ever recorded under his own name but he has certainly recorded with and toured with many bands, including many years with Bob Dylan. If you do know him, it’s for one of two reasons: Either you… Continue reading Master of the Telecaster
The long-shaft pots have arrived from Stewart MacDonald and it’s now time to start assembly of my fingerstyle inspired Telecaster. You may recall the body from the last post – it is very pretty. Almost as pretty as my daughter’s cat: But I digress. Back to work. First the ferrules. But that’s easy. So next… Continue reading Fingerstyle part II
I’ve started trying to learn how to play fingerstyle guitar. Fingerstyle is a technique in which the high strings are plucked by the first three fingers and the thumb plays the bass line on the lower strings. The aspect of this technique which I find interesting is that it allows playing the melody and the bass… Continue reading Fingerstyle!
I visited my brother this Christmas and so I needed a present. My brother is interested in guitars and he also appreciates unusual things so I thought I would look for something for him in the guitar realm. Recently, I happened to see in the news that Eric Clapton was selling some more guitars, presumably for his… Continue reading The case of the missing Christmas present
Shortly after the US election, Americans have been caught sneaking into Canada. Canada’s Prime Minister has made the decision to build a wall.
A quick warning: there is precisely zero guitar content in this blog post. I had an adventure last week, jacking up a house, working outside in temperatures of -30 degrees, and some folks asked about the outcome so I am writing this summary. I own a small cabin in the mountains of western Canada. I’ve had… Continue reading How to jack up a house
I was born in Canada and I grew up hundreds and hundreds of miles north of the US border. We may have been a long way north but we still loved to rock and perhaps all the more so because of the 9 months of winter and the 18 hour nights during those winters. So I… Continue reading A few interesting and meaningful Canadian bands