Today, August 10, is Fred Schane’s birthday. I moved to the Berkshires on January 1, 2004 and met Fred Schane shortly thereafter. He worked at the local music store, which was actually called “The Music Store.” Learning that I had moved to the area to teach guitar, he promptly requested I attend an open mic […]
Hello to all. As many of you know, my friend Nick Torres does occasional roles in theater in the Washington, DC area. He’s currently part of Three Sisters, enjoying a run at Studio Theatre. From the photo, it looks like a wild time: That’s Nick on the far right, wailing away on a custom-made balalaika. […]
Having spent the afternoon with Jeffrey at his “Grateful Dead for Acoustic Guitar” workshop, I headed home to do some quick errands. That evening I was going to attend the first ever “Berkshire Strings Presents” event at Dewey Hall in neighboring Sheffield. Two things you’re going to want to know about this: first, Berkshire Strings is […]
Last Saturday (March 11, 2017), I did something I’ve never done before: I went to a guitar workshop. Usually, I’m way too busy to spare a few hours on a weekend afternoon, but things worked out so that I could attend “Grateful Dead for Acoustic Guitar,” taught by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. I knew of JPR through […]
I got the email on a Saturday (exactly one week before the gig), asking if I knew anyone, myself included, who’d be able to play bass with a band on very short notice. The next day I practiced the first set. Monday I practiced the second set. The rest of the week I worked on getting very […]
Hello to all! The Spring 2017 Guitar Workshop classes at Berkshire Community College will be starting up the last day of January!
Hello to all. UPDATE – AUGUST 6, 2017 Thank you everyone for writing. It seems like the folks at DK keep moving the audio files online! Try this URL for the “Idiot’s Guides: Playing Guitar“ book When you get to this page, you should see a note at the bottom called “book extras.” Put your […]
Hello to all! I’m thrilled to announce my latest book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Art of Songwriting will be available at bookstores everywhere as of tomorrow, August 2! This is a new experience for me as it’s the first book I’ve co-written, working with Nashville songwriter, Casey Kelly. As you can read in […]