Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Saturday, February 10, 2018

New Fingerpick Day!

It's New Fingerpick Day! That after 15 years of usage, no filing and still perfectly fine! So today I tried a fingerpick from my new supply. They're narrower now which makes them difficult to mold in hot water. I re-mold them so that I am free to touch the strings directly for multiple harmonics, tapping, percussion, etc. And, yes, I wear them "wrong". I've done so for 35 years without regret :)

That said, several years ago I switched to using bare flesh. Initially, it took more effort to project notes and produce tone, but the benefits are truly astounding. Many fast, single note lines are easier and far more defined than when using a thumbpick. The increased exertion also greatly improves technique. And with virtually no risk of damaging the guitar top, you extend the life of your Golden Era '45 ;) It is a wonderfully liberating experience, and I have no intention of ever reverting!

Still, I just had to try these new fingerpicks for old times' sake ;)

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

João Pedro Grácio Portuguese Guitar Restoration

Many years ago a man in his 90's honored me with a 66-96 year-old João Pedro Grácio Portuguese guitar. This instrument was almost entirely apart, and for several years remained in safe storage in various countries during my travels. I wanted to feature the guitar in a recent video shoot, so having rebuilt it and a few coats of finish still to follow, I strung it up and shot it at lakes, mountains and above the clouds! Below are some photos and a terribly rough recording of this gem of a guitar!