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Onstage Acoustic Guitar Amplification

It was fun being featured in the January 2013 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. I was asked to shoot a video talking about my onstage amplification setup, for an article and a series of videos “Real-World Rigs From Acoustic Guitar”…videos of several SF BayArea guitarists, including Garrin Benfield, James Nash, Jackie Green, andLaurence Juber, as well as one of my favorites, Northern California’s own Nina Gerber. I motored up to Marin from the City to the offices of AG mag….

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Walter Strauss – Ishi

Walter Strauss has the most unique style. With strong compositional skills at his command, Walter makes use of techniques he has developed based on West-African music. Walter has thoroughly absorbed the feel of this music and informed it with his own feel for modern fingerstyle.
Playing on an Oneida Guitar also gives Walter a special sound. With the song he played for my camera, the sublime ‘Ishi’, Walter overcomes the ‘seen-it-all-before’ attitude, and amazes with powerful rhythms and intricate picking, with no need for flashy pyro-technics.

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Garrin Benfield – Unbound

I’ve known San Francisco based singer-songwriter Garrin Benfield for some time. In the mid ‘oughties’ (this century has turned out sucky for decade names so far,) we were booked on the same bill at a local SF acoustic music showcase night. At the end of the evening, Garrin and I jumped onstage for an impromptu […]

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Shaun Cromwell-The Rise and the Fall of It All

One of the guitarists I was lucky enough to meet at the Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) conference is Shaun Cromwell. I’ve posted the clip of Shaun playing his very cool song “The Rise and the Fall of It All” to my YouTube page.

Shaun was a featured performer at the FAR-West conference, and his show proved to be one of the most enjoyable for someone like me, who loves good songwriting combined with great fingerpicking.

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Fingerstyle at FARwest 2009–Six Approaches

Fingerstyle guitarist Mokai took video of several Fingerstyle Guitarists for the annual Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West), presenting them together in a half-hour video “Fingerstyle at FARwest 2009”. The video includes songs by six different performers playing their original material, including Walter Strauss, Shaun Cromwell, Ernest Troost and Garrin Benfield.

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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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