Years back I was working on some turnaround ideas when I wrote “Slippery Slack Key.” Also known as the “Slippery Fish Slack Key,” this is a fast paced and fun to play slack key song that saw various incarnations in my set a few years back. The slippery runs were inspired in part by the fish in the waters off Kailua-Kona. Kona’s world famous fishing was also brought to mind frequently by my landlord at the time I wrote this song, a local fish boat captain named Chuck. Hope you enjoy.
Recorded with a Taylor 310ce (Sapele/Spruce, Elixir Polyweb 80/20 Bronze) and a matched stereo pair of Shure KSM141 microphones in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, 9/20/07.
“Awake Again” is an unfinished project I started working on in in early 2009 and only recently revisited. Now, assembled here together for the first time since it was recorded, the music in this playlist brings the project to a conclusion of sorts.
This music here was recorded in Holualoa, Hawai’i, on 11 different dates ranging from 2/14/09 through 6/20/09. Rather than a finished product this is the complete ‘first draft,’ comprised of the best recordings from that time in the order I had envisioned for the completed project. Hope you enjoy.
Track List: 1 – Intro 6/13/09 2 – Dust Yourself Off 2/24/09 3 – Ohio River Rag 3/1/09 4 – Transition I 3/1/09 5 – Straight Ahead Blues 2/26/09 6 – Hand Dancing 6/20/09 7 – Home Abroad 3/18/09 8 – Make 3/19/09 9 – Moment in the Sun 4/20/09 10 – Crossing the Field 4/20/09 11 – Morning and Night 6/20/09 12 – Brownsboro Road 4/20/09 13 – Bull By the Horns 2/14/09 14 – Kona Snow 6/20/09 15 – Transition One 3/16/09 16 – Momentum 6/8/09 17 – Outro 6/20/09
Momentum is an original I’ve been playing for a while. Over the years, I have added different bridges and changed the intro at times, but at its core the song remains the same. This version has a new bridge and was recorded on my Taylor 912ce.
Recorded with a Taylor 912ce (Rosewood/Spruce, with Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze HD Light strings) and a Neumann TLM 102 microphone.
Here is an improvisatory piece recorded for a project I had a few years back. The idea behind the project, called “Awake Again,” was to have a handful of songs that were connected by mostly shorter and improvisatory ‘transitions’ that would act as both glue and palette cleanser between the slightly more structured songs. The wallpaper shows me with my old Taylor 310ce that I used to record this song. Hope you enjoy.
Recorded with a Taylor 310ce (Elixir Polyweb 80/20 Bronze) and a matched stereo pair of Shure KSM 141 microphones in Holualoa, Hawai’i, 3/16/09.
Here is a strum intensive song from the vaults called “Make”. The louder strumming in this song was meant to provide a counterpoint to some of the mellower fingerstyle and slack key songs I was playing at the time. I recorded this while living in an ohana unit with a large, tiled room that I kept mostly empty because I enjoyed the acoustics. (Plus, I didn’t own a lot of furniture.) Hope you enjoy.
Recorded with a Taylor 310ce (Elixir Polyweb 80/20 Bronze) and a matched stereo pair of Shure KSM 141 microphones in Holualoa, Hawai’i, 3/19/08.
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Here is the trailer for my two YouTube channels: BlueSkyGuitar and BlueSkyGuitar2, which feature guitar lessons, performances, gear demos, and more. My goal is to bring you interesting, informative, and hopefully inspirational videos covering areas of the guitar that may not be familiar to you, or covering familiar areas from a different perspective. All of these videos can also be found on blueskyguitar.com, where you will find additional materials and an index of videos by topic. Furthermore, both YouTube channels feature performance collections in the form of playlists that you can listen to as you would an album or a guitar oriented radio station.
I want to thank you for visiting these channels and making me a part of your journey as you explore the world of music.