Don't Suck at Guitar

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Guitar Players

  12/02/10 23:54, by , Categories: Beginner , Tags: bfmn exclusive, dan grigor, guitar stand, guitar strap, guitar t, interactive t-shirt, musician christmas present is really designed for guitar players. Some of our topics and technical jargon may be weird for others to read. Maybe you are not one of us, but you love one of us. We are not easy to get along with, are we? We like to be the center of attention, our creativity makes us absentminded and oblivious and music is a permanent mistress. It can be difficult. Count your blessings; it’s easier than living with a drummer.

We really do love you and appreciate you coming to our gigs and holding the jackets and sitting at the table talking us up to the drunks while we are on stage. We get it that you have heard all our jokes and have listened to the same 20 songs over and over and over again. Thank you. No, seriously, thank you!

Click through for ideas to make your favorite guitarist’s holiday brighter!

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The Pentatonic Scale – A Pent Up Tonic for your Soul - Part 1

  04/01/10 01:17, by , Categories: Don't Suck at The Blues, Beginner , Tags: 7th, b7, blues, bobby mcferrin, chord, dan grigor, flat, major, minor, patterns, pentatonic scale, scale, scales, snake

I wanted to explain how the pentatonic scale is an innate aspect of our beings. I wrote and rewrote 500 words. OK, who are we kidding? It was more like 800 words or so about this scale and how it has become a part of us. Then I found this, where, at The World Science Festival in 2009, Bobby McFerrin, using no words at all, performed an amazing display of how ingrained it is in us:

Click through for an amazing video and a little Al Bundy too…

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A Little Monday Morning Blues - Any Tme You Want - A New Song

  03/01/10 03:30, by , Categories: Beginner, Monday Morning Blues , Tags: any tme you want, barefootmusicnews, blues jam, buitar, dan grigor, monday morning blues, new song

My good friend, Ed, is going to be interviewing Shane “The Original One” O’Brien for us at We got together for a JAM and a plan. While Shane was there we shot a promo video for him. As long as we had the lights on we left the cameras running. We have a few songs we’ll be posting.

This first one is my new song “Any Time You Want,” a soft 2 chord blues played on Shane’s cool 3/4-size Republic steel-string.

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Don't Be Closed Minded About Open Jams

  02/28/10 02:47, by , Categories: Don't Suck at The Blues, Beginner , Tags: barefootmusicnews, blues jam, dan grigor, guitar center, jeff chaz, open mic, tony nash

Check your local paper or an online entertainment guide for your area and I guarantee you that there is a bar near you that has a regular blues jam or open mic night. Even if you are a “big-time” guitar dude with a band and a myspace and merch for sale, you owe it to yourself to take off and go be just another guitar player at a blues jam. You will meet fascinating people, amazing front-porch players and probably make friendships that will last for years. Not to mention that you’ll get to show off and try new stuff and get honest feedback based on what you play not who you (think you) are.

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the Big Bill Broonzy classic “Key to the Highway”

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