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Amp tone=Musician's Age

As a child of the fifties/sixties and an old guitar player at heart, I have spent my life believing that the only real tone of an amp is that produced by a Fender blackface made somewhere between 1963 and 1966.

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A Profile of Johnny Guitar's First Guitar Teacher (Mel Bay)

When I took my first guitar lessons I had no idea I was learning from a legend.

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Finally, The USA is Picking Up On Cort Guitars!!

I learned about Cort guitars while stationed in Europe with the Army. It was in the late 90's. I was looking for an inexpensive electric guitar that still provided a level of quality that could stand up to the weekly gigging I was doing on the weekend.

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Learning Jazz Syle Solo Guitar

So Bob Burford has me inspired. I've been working on some fairly simplistic jazz solo numbers. They don't sound too bad and are not too difficult to play. It's kind of like learning math as compared to calculus. Burford is pretty amazing and makes it look so easy. When I try, I just look at the chords that are played and then find the melody and figure out a way to play them together. I don't have to stretch from the 5th to the 10th fret on any chords, mainly because I can't, but it still comes out like a song, so...

The Beatles at Busch Stadium

Beatle at Busch

Okay, so I admit. I was part of Beatlemania back in the 60’s. Although I didn’t act like a screaming banshee when I went to their concert, my heart defi-nitely went through the roof when I saw them walk from the dugout to their stage at second base. I mean like, I was actually in the presence of The Beatles! It was raining out and the sound system was horrible, but nobody cared; we were there! One week later they announced they were finishing tour-ing and never played together in the USA again. Whew! Just in time. That was the best $5.50 my mother ever spent on me!!

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Keeping Mom & Pop Alive

The 3-50 Project

Don't worry. I'm not using using my blog to lecture you about the current controversies surrounding end-of-life directives. I'm talkin' about an important issue that's near and dear to our hearts here at Johnny Guitar's Music Shop: keeping owner-operated businesses, "Mom & Pops," alive.

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We Lost a Legend Today

Just read in the Daily News Journal...

Les Paul, who invented the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock ’n’ roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

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Johnnaroo '09 Highlights: Fire Breathing Tadpoles

Below the fold we present the Firebreathing Tadpoles playing Ironman.

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Kids Rock

Kids Rock - Pulse Magazine Cover

Only one day left in our countdown to Johnnaroo '09. There's a nice write up about it in the Murfreesboro Pulse.

Johnny Guitar's music store on West Clark is hosting the first ever Johnnaroo concert this August. Johnnaroo '09 will feature bands made up from the students of the guitar store and their instructors who have been assisting the students all summer.

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Without Music...

Another Side of Bob

"Without music, life would be a mistake." — Friedrich Nietzsche

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