Duck Baker–Thumbs of Fury

Since I often talk about right hand technique on this Blog, you might think ‘Thumbs of Fury’ refers to the right hand thumb.* Yes, the fingerpicker’s Jedi force surely resides in the right hand thumb, but in the case of long-time fingerstyle master Duck Baker, there’s a lot going on with the left hand thumb. […]

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Duck Baker-Modern Fingerstyle for the Ages

I’m pretty much obsessed with guitar technique, especially fingerstyle, so I was excited to get a chance to hear the legendary Duck Baker perform and catch one of his teaching workshops. Duck Baker jumped on the instrumental guitar circuit in the early 1970s, at a time when the glow was still warm on the 1960s […]

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The Intonation of the Gods – The “Schoenberg Set-up” Part Two

Schoenberg heard fingerstyle music and the sound of the guitar in a very particular way and this led him to work with a number of world-class luthiers to develop his own limited-edition line of guitars. Along the way he worked out how to set up a guitar to optimize it for fingerstyle.

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Intonation on Fingerstyle Guitar – The “Schoenberg Set-up” Part One

One of the things I learned after years of frustration is: if you want correct intonation on an acoustic, you need a tech who knows acoustics. And if you want correct intonation for fingerstyle, you need a tech who gets fingerstyle. A tech who only plays electric guitar or acoustic rock probably won’t get what you need, or know how to deliver it. Enter the Schoenberg set-up.

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Fingerstyle Guitar Nirvana – Schoenberg Guitars

Schoenberg Guitar Store is the inner sanctum of Fingerstyle Guitar Nirvana. Nestled on a curvy, shady street in off-the-beaten-path Tiburon, CA, the shop is like a little magical glen, festooned with nothing but the nicest guitars you’ve ever seen–all of them dedicated to fingerstyle. There’s a preference here. OM model guitars abound. New Martins, fresh from Nazareth, PA and vintage instruments that are tuned and set-up perfectly.

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Rare 78s Found of Blind Blake’s Lost Sessions

Rare 78 rpm record has been found–the only known copy of some of Blind Blake’s final recordings that had never been compiled into a modern collection.
The two songs, A and B sides of a recording issued in 1932, were among the last Blake recorded. “Night and Day” and “Sun to Sun”

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