Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Unable to focus on work and overwhelmed by the wall-to-wall news coverage, I felt relieved yesterday afternoon when I was able to beckon my son outside to throw a baseball in the street out front. Such a simple pleasure in life, one that sadly will no longer be possible for some local families. I hope those directly affected by the blasts have family and friends to support them through such tragedy.
Later in the evening, I forced myself to spend some time cleaning and re-stringing my latest guitar acquisition. In times of what can be paralyzing grief, focusing on manual tasks helps me to go on. A newly re-strung guitar must be played and frequently re-tuned while the strings initially stretch. So I played some and re-tuned, and played some more. So too, we must process this terrible attack on our community and adjust step-by-step and resume living, enjoying the small blessings of each day. I simply pray that we can protect our children and continue to make music as we move forward, as we must.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Yamaha FG-730S features a Solid Sitka Spruce top, and Rosewood back and sides. (Yamaha has designated its solid top FG models with the "S" suffix since their introduction in 1977). Premium appointments include an attractive abalone rosette and vintage-looking yellowed-cream binding, including a bound fretboard and headstock. The headstock also sports an inlaid MOP Yamaha company name and leaf logo and die-cast chrome tuners. Online reviews overwhelmingly agree that this is one of the best options currently available new in the price range for the beginner or intermediate-level player.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
One guitarist who has made this guitar his own is Guitar Player Magazine's 2011 Guitar Superstar Competition winner Mark Kroos. As Mark tells me, he just didn't have enough space to do what he wanted on one guitar neck, so he bought a used Ovation CSD225 guitar in 2009 and took half the strings off the top neck to be able to play two six-string necks at the same time. The results are so impressive that he is now sponsored by Ovation. Check him out below playing both parts of Dueling Banjos simultaneously with his distinctive tapping style! Mind-blowing!! If you like what you hear, check out his two albums of instrumental tracks.