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That is Why We Teach Music

Not because we expect you to major in music
Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun

BUT --- so you will be human
              so you will recognize beauty
              so you will be sensitive
              so you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
              so you will have something to cling to
              so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good ---
               in short, more life.

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?


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Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method - Books 1 & 2 Combo Edition Review

Just finished  reviewing the Hal Leonard Guitar Tab Method Books 1 & 2.

I think I'll use this book for young adults and "young at heart" students.  The song index of well known pop, rock, metal and TV melodies is extensive (over 100!).  That's what makes this book so much fun!  It minimizes the need to know music notation, just rhythms and time signatures.  But, it does teach the "names" of notes as a secondary learning event.  The primary push is to get hands on the guitar and PLAY!  It will bring up a new student fast and teach TAB to a  more experienced student even faster.  It has a CD so you can hear how it should sound but it becomes unnecessary except for the more complex rhythm licks/melody lines or for songs that you don't already "know".  There's even entire songs at the end when standard chords are introduced.  By that time, your hands should be use to holding down single notes and 2 or 3 note chords.  A much better way to …

100 Rock Lessons - Awesome Guitar Instruction Book

Wow!  Just listened to 80 out of the 100 lessons, straight thru, back to back, from this instruction book.  The depth of coverage for different rock styles / methods was impressive.  I especially liked the mixture of TAB and standard notation.

New Effects Processors For Christmas

I've been playing acoustic guitar and singing at local coffee shop in New Carlisle, Ohio over the past couple of years. I haven't really been using any effects processors except reverb.  So I thought it would be fun to put together a series of effects processors and put it in a Electro-Harmonix Pedal Board with Bag.  As Christmas gifts I got the bag, the TC Helicon Harmony Singer Vocal Effects Processor and the TC Electronic Guitar Ditto Looper Effects Pedal.  I already had a four channel stereo Alesis mixer with on-board effects, a Boss CS-3 Compressor/Sustainer Pedal,  aDanelectro DJ-14C Fish & Chips 7 Band EQ Mini Effects Pedal, and a Boss TU-3 US Chromatic Tuner, Convenient Pedal-Based w/21-segment LED meter.  I added a power strip.  The guitar inputs into the EQ then to the Looper, then to the Sustainer, then to the Harmony Singer, then to the tuner, then to the mixer which connects to the sound system.  The microphone connects to the Harmony Singer,  then to the mixe…