Friday, February 26, 2010

Video Problems

Hey Everybody,

This is Chris from the days. A lot of folks have been emailing in about the videos giving errors. It would seem that our video hosting site is having some serious problems. There isn't a lot that we can do about it from here. When I looked around on I noticed that a great many of other peoples videos are erroring out as well.

However, it would seem that this outage *should* be temporary as they had a several-day outage last month as well (not that this is a good thing).

For now, all we can say is please be patient and hopefully they will come back online. If they are still down by the weekends end, we'll try to contact their administrators.


Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nechville Phantom Demo

David Cavage's nephew, Mark Cavage, demos his new banjo from Tom Nechville.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Miniseries #010: Reno Re-Visited 06

Hello Everyone,
Lets talk about licks. Single string licks. Bond. James Bond. :)
Looking at the tag lick(ending lick)in this vid, you can go over some of the ideas within this series concerning the way I approach single string. If you look at the tab for this lick, you can see the fingering for the left hand, and also the right hand. Take notice of the change of direction in spots, and the change of the forward/backward roll concept.

I would like to say, that there are many ways to visualize the fingerboard when playing some of these things. Some licks come directly out of the 4th, 3rd, or 2nd string positions. These are licks that stick very closely to the confines of the position. You can also visualize my, yours, or anyones' lines/licks by the way they "overlay",(the way you think about scales, modes, and chromatics), the fingerboard. The more ways you learn to play any scale/mode etc., the better you will become at writing and improvising these things. This is something I always work on, and its a perpetual process. Sometimes I grow relaxed with things I already know, but its good to keep changing the way you think. It keeps things very interesting, and hopefully keeps the learning process fun, and makes us all better players. Thats all for now. There will be much more in the future. Keep it going.


Miniseries #010: Reno Re-Visited 05

Hello Everyone,
A good place to start with using double stops, is to first find the melody notes, or your own line ideas on one string. In the case of this video, we are finding the melody notes on the second string. It is coming directly from the Fmaj. scale. Remember we can start on any note of the scale, in this case the F(1) note on the second string, we can ascend, or descend from that point within the scale, or fragments of the scale. Then we can use harmonizations of two or more notes to form chords. In this case we are using two notes, to form doublestops.

In this video, we also return to previous lessons on relative minors. We can use these as substitute chords to enhance our playing. A cool moveable lick, is to take the relative minor, and "walk" up or down chromatically to where ever the next chord in the progression maybe. In this case, it is the 5 chord leading to the 1 chord. Do a lot of explorations, and I'm sure you'll find some cool sounds and licks that will be your own.

Keep it goin.

Miniseries #010: Reno Re-Visited 04

Hi All,
The Nashville number system. We can relate the nashville number system to the Fourth/first, second, and third string postions. To use my method, you must first know the key of the song or tune you are about to play. Second, you must know the notes of the fingerboard. Since we know, from previous lessons, that the fourth string position consists of the 1-3-5 of the major scale, we can easily see what the 1-5 chords are to any key. You can also use the second string find the same, and also the third string find the same. We can also easily find the 4 chord, since we know that the 4th degree of any major scale is 1/2 step away(higher) from the third.