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Check back often to visit the new links, and be sure to visit
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David M. McLean - Skinny Devil Music Lab
Skinny Devil Music Lab is the vocational shell of guitarist/composer/engineer David M. McLean. Here, you will find information regarding David's personal projects (solo CDs, musical collaborations, etc.), corporate "music for hire" projects (commercials, game music, soundtracks), musical gifts (including customized musical pieces), guitar & music lessons, music related articles & essays, and the like.
Ben Blackmore is an talented young jazz guitarist currently based in Bristol, England. His website features audio clips, press reviews, performance schedule, and his personal journal, BenWorld. Ben also teaches guitar through The Creative Tutors Music Group.
Mountain Mirrors <Mountainmirrors@yahoo.com>
guitar-driven, recovery solace--inspired stew of punk, new
age, Indian, blues, world and classic rock
Jeffrey J. Sanders (http://www.mountainmirrors.com).
Includes recommended reading. Aspires to inspire. In Peace
and Light, Gratefully, Jeffrey J. Sanders"
Invitation to a Different Shade of Blues: We are all asleep
in the same dream. In that dream
called life the
inner workings of the religion of art pull us toward the direction
of waking. It is not always easy or comfortable to wake up.
William Nowik is an artist whose multi-faceted work deals with
the struggle within that attempts to prevent any piercing of
the veil. William brings to us remarkable stories of his journey
of living his craft as an apprentice to the gods of the arts
and his forays into the other side of the veil. Whether you
are a witness to these stories via William's songs, CDs, performances,
writing, books, images, or etceteras, I believe you will discover
something that will touch you. I invite you to take a look
into a life cast from a novel hue of blues. (Forward written
by Bridger Wells)."
Calabro: The Zen of Learning Jazz Guitar
visit my humble site dedicated to my personal relationship
to six strings and a piece of
a discussion on life and reality
Bruce T. Campbell, "Just
a Guy & a Guitar" <BRUCETCAMPBELLDD@aol.com>
a singer/songwriter/guitarist/philosopher (contemporary folk)
with a new CD, "Time for a Change." MP3
clips from the album are available for listening through
Remember, "We are what we believe we are."
a quick note to tell you about a website here in canada,www.liveandonline.com. i found out
about it when i was busking across canada last summer,and i
am on it under the busking section. if you have realplayer
g2 or better, you can down load some local indie talent,audio
and video. they also welcome submissions, so check it out.
it's small, but hopefully growing in the spirit of indie artists
Sebastian Moon (Mel
is this band called Sebastian Moon? Nobody by that name is
in the group. He isn't playing with
the group, because
honestly, Sebastian Moon is a fictitious person, an imaginary
dude. He is made up, because none of us could ever be as hip,
wise, on time, righteous, and in tune as he is. Sebastian Moon
only shows up when things are really happening, and he brings
everything into the proper lunar phase. People have made footprints
on the Moon, they have mapped the Moon with telescopes, satellites
and lunar probes, they can predict the phases of the Moon,
but they haven't yet explained why moonlight is romantic, or
why there are tides of good and bad fortune, or why so many
love songs are about the Moon. Other sides of the Moon remain
hidden. Which brings us to the tunes, all of them original
music written for this occasion. The band was recorded live,
so you can experience the spontaneous freshness that is so
important in our music. I thank you for taking the time to
share a few of your precious moments with Sebastian Moon."
"Jason Barker is a guitarist based out of the Raleigh-Durham
and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, also known as
the Triangle. Specializing in original instrumentals
and occasional vocal songs, Barker's music draws from a variety
of styles including rock, progressive blues, and country-rock
while embracing the improvisational spirit of jazz. Barker,
who attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
has enjoyed steady activity as a session and live guitarist
for more than a decade and has been fortunate to work with
many well-known and talented musicians."
Richard Shepherd <email@example.com>
Shepherd, songwriter, is a purveyor of soulful acoustic pop.
He is formerly the drummer of synth-pop
phenomenon Cause & Effect
and alt-rockers CAKE.
The Bold Strummer, Ltd. <BSTRUMMER@aol.com>
"The Bold Strummer, Ltd. was founded in 1973 by Nicholas
and Mary Clarke. We have been serving the music community with
interesting books about the guitar and music for more than
25 years. We hope that you find our Web pages useful and
informative. We welcome your comments, complaints, checks,
credit cards, money or praise. P.S. We have a similer book
to Zen Guitar entitled "The Natural Classical Guitar" and
they complement each other."
Mojo Stu (Stuart
slide guitar and deft fingerpicking combined with passioned
vocals have made Mojo Stu one of
gut-grabbing and foot-stomping 'retro-revivalists' of the new
generation of bluesmen. People often wonder how such true,
down-home blues can come from a yankee surbubanite, they often
think they are experiencing one of the old masters. Mojo Stu
certainly plays and sings with all of the passion and conviction
of any of the Blues greats, is undeniably contemporary, blending
striking original material with traditional presentation and
classic emotional content. 'The first time I heard the Blues,
I was gone! It was at big rock concert back in the seventies,
I was 12 or 13 at the time, James Cotton was the opener, the
music grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I left, went home and
practiced.' The music still hasn't let go, instead now flows
from a source deep within the artist. Meeting and studying
with legendary 'Philadelphia' Jerry Ricks, who since has become
friend and mentor, gave him connection to a direct line of
masters. 'Jerry didn't give me lessons in the sense we normally
think about lessons, more like letting me watch how he communicated
through the instrument. He always tried to get me to play not
just guitar, but music.' "
live in Atlanta, GA. I am twenty years of age, and I book,
manage, and promote for my band, Dying
Myth. I have
played bass guitar for some odd six years, and guitar for roughly
four. My approach to music in general has always been a very
kinesthetic/tactual applied method... or to be simple... I
like to jam. My basic rule for bassists is to learn guitar,
so that they can watch the fingerboard for root notes in a
jam. The next step is learning major and minor scale patterns,
in open and closed positions. I love jazz and classical music,
although the main of my experience has been with blues/classic
Kim Milai <firstname.lastname@example.org>
music teacher by day, rock drummer by night, Kim was long
a fixture of the New York City music
the stage with the B52s, Cyndi Lauper, Marianne Faithful, Live,
Matthew Sweet, and Living Colour. Her new release is a CD for
young children, entitled "Dinobone, Dinobone, Have You
Heard?" Kim's arrangements of children's folk songs are
hip, clever and kid-tested, maybe best described as Bjork meets
Raffi or Kate Bush meets Burl Ives. Kim produced it as if it
were an adult pop recording. She says, "I wanted the music
to have a fun, modern and alternative edge." She proves
that folk music can be modernized for kids without taking away
from its traditional value. Click here to
hear a sample.
Blues meets zen in orbit. Head in the sky and feet on the ground. Listen to some tracks by clicking the links below.
Peter Blue <email@example.com>
would be honored if you would review my 1997 CD release 'Nude
with Guitar.' This CD is somewhat
unique in that the
songs were composed spontaneously beginning with the moment
I decided to do a recording project. I entrusted my 34 years
of playing experience and recorded nearly every song only days
after it was composed without the benefit of anyone else's
ears. I focused on the intrinsic beauty of the instrument rather
than any particular genre of music and I was careful to reveal
the subleties of my playing by not using too much production.
These songs have been extremely popular on all the new mp3
sites where they can be found. Thus far, 7 of the 9 tunes have
been featured on mp3.com. Please visit my home page at http://www.minstrel.net
to get a feel for my music and my personality. Thank you." Pete <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Stefan Dill: Flamenco,
Free Jazz, Improvised Guitars
FLAMENCO MEETS FREE JAZZ IMPROVISATION: "An artist's
work is planted and grows in the earth of continual experiences,
from birth onward. Planted in my personal soil are three main
roots from which the work springs: 1) traditional flamenco,
2) that spectrum of jazz that journalists call "free jazz" or "free
improvisation", and 3) certain techniques of contemporary
classical compositon. My pieces each have a composed foundation
and/or a traditional flamenco palo (form) but specific form,
development, departure, interpretation are all spontaneously
derived--i.e. improvised--during each performance. It is in
finding the intersections of these traditions, exploring the
possibilities of where and how they meet and interact--while
remaining honest and respectful to them both--that forms the
basis of my work. Another interest of mine is in reaching young
people, and I've developed an ancillary site called Challenge
and Hope directed towards young artists. So many things,
one thing. Carry Joy - Build Hope - Offer Love."
Elaine Farris, on-sitemedia.com
Elaine is a website designer in North Hollywood, Calif., who
works largely with musicians and musical groups, including
the Wisconsin-based Zen 17. "just wanted to say that i loved
your book, and now that i've found your website i'd like to
add links to it from several of my sites, if you don't mind. here
are the URLs:"
Hart / HHGI
has appeared in Guitar Magazine, Guitar World, and Guitar
Player; as well as Southern California's
Mean Street publications. Along with creating instrumental
guitar madness, Howard has also founded the guitar instructional
which has quickly become recognized as one the most innovative
and forward thinking in its field -- with satisfied students
from all over the world! Along with 'Dancing Madly Backwards,'
Howard's latest guitar release is 'Mind Grind.' As always --
it features an eclectic blend of guitar other-worldly-ness...
from Rock to Fusion to acoustic and beyond!"
played their last shows this week. It was good. we laughed,
we cried, we had closure. We unanimously
to give away the LOVESUCKER e.p. for free in MP3 format. You
may download the whole thing, make copies for friends, burn
CDs and give them away, whatever. Any non-commercial use and
broadcasting is OK. It is here: http://www.mp3.com/bomb except
for the song "Personal Jesus" (MP3.com won't let
you post covers) which is here: http://www.kittyfeet.com/mp3.htm SPREAD
THIS AROUND, SPREAD THE LOVE. MUSIC WANTS TO BE FREE! Also,
my first girlfriend from when I was 15, and still my good friend,
Denise DeLaCerda, is doing tattoos in NYC and now has a site.
Her work has been on the cover of Tattoo mag, Body ARt and
Outlaw Biker Tattoo. Check it out at http://www.chicksdigtattoos.com/"
have been playing music of some sort or another for about
13 years. currently i have 3 projects
going: my solo
work under the name model 563, which combines acoustic (sometimes
prepared), guitar with obsolete electronics like old tube oscillators
and shortwaves all looped through a series of effects and delays;
a duo (with zen guitarist john
schuller) called ham and treachery, in which i play drums,
upright bass, and try to tame the synth, which is a bit of
a free improv (dare i say jazz...) disaster waitting to happen;
and a trio known as burzy ming (with john again on bass, and
melissa on drums) where i play guitar, bass, some things in
between, an assortment of ethnic instruments and drums (such
as zithers, berimbau, ektara, dumbek, etc) and do a little
programming of instruments i dont have or cant play while im
Matt Butler <email@example.com>
Hello! I wanted to send you this link to my music so you can
check it out. Thanks! www.mp3.com/mbq
Schuller is an improvising and experimental guitarist from
Seattle, WA. His music has followed the Way
since he first
encountered the teaching's of the Zen Guitar Dojo. Music that
stretches the Mind. Music that stretches the Soul. Music that
pushes John further and further everytime he performs."
my name is Randy VanHosen. Roze has been together playing
for over 20 years. We play hard
rock and have 7 releases
under our belts."
musician's guitar player. Ben's new album, 'First Light,'
represents the culmination of 27 years
of guitar playing.
It is a long awaited document of Ben's love of the guitar in
all its diversity, and it communicates the sheer joy and enthusiasm
that Ben feels about playing guitar. It showcases the whole
range of styles that Ben has mastered, offering a joyful mixture
of all instrumental rock, jazz, classical and acoustic styles."
guitarist Tobias Hurwitz offers a combination of funk, heavy
rock, jazz and blues on his CD "Painted Sky," including
the lead-off track, "Zen Guitar," penned in tribute
to the book. Songs are a combination of "faux jazz encrusted
with genuine grooves" and "genuine rock-n-roll soaked
in funky sauces."
E. Fletcher is a modern guitarist and songwriter from Central
Illinois. James' debut CD is an inspired
work entitled "Guitar
d'jour." James has studied Zen philosophy since his discovery
of the book The
Unfettered Mind (by Zen master Takuan Soho, 1573-1645)
in 1994. James saw his music as the sword upon reading this
book, and began to initiate Zen philosopy in his practice and
performances. Music available at: http://www.mp3.com/jfletcher
NOYES (aka Todd Glacy) is a Boston-based sound artist working
with the combined elements of electronically
sound and photographic/video mediums. "I have always been
attracted to electronic sound-making because of the potentially
infinite ability to create new and unique textures. I find
this very exciting as it is largely uncharted territory, and
as such, there are fewer rules and restrictions dictating people's
perception as to what is good or bad based on what they are
used to hearing in more commercial forms of music." Todd's
current project is "Zen Clouds" and makes use of
his Zen Guitar system, which includes a midi-based guitar/synthesizer
controller and a number of sound engines and effects combined
with a visual slide show of cloud formations. "The music
is used to create a mood through my soundscaping improvisations,
and the visuals are there to provide the audience with a jumping
off point for their own creative imagination."
the butterfly effect
"a butterfly flapping its wings over tokyo
causes hurricanes in miami (a discovery that demonstrates how a slight alteration
in the initial conditions of a system affects major
alterations in the behaviour of the system).
"On the stage, 23 noise instruments, that is, 23 very
strange boxes of different and lively colors, bristling with
horns, with handles and levers. 'Let's go!' I said. 'The past
has been defeated at last. We're about to see the first flight
of the Angels! We must shake the gates of life, test the bolts
and hinges. Look on the earth! Red swords slashing for the
first time through the edge of music.'"--Timothy Andrew
Edwards, network of noises
Alexei Panshin's The
Abyss of Wonder
"Welcome to the Abyss. It's out of the wind here.
Time goes by slowly, and strange things take place. This
is a realm of story, and story about story. Here you will
find marvelous happenings and intimations of what we are going
Zen master/writer/lecturer/martial artist is author of The
Secret of Freedom, Soul
Sword, and The
Power of Still Waters. "I have come to see
that is impossible for man to know God without knowing
himself, since man is meant to be a reflection of what
God is. If we are not awakened to that truth, we reflect
him through the muddy mirror of our distorted minds and
call it religion. I am concerned with the human faimly
returning to their spiritual and pyschological roots in
God, regardless of the lanquage, religion or methodlogy
we use to divide ourself from our common heritage."
No Biggie Music Company
"Songs wrote. Guitars picked. Make yourself t'home." --Jerry
Biggie, Boise, Idaho.
new band headed up by Chris Williams with influences from
rock, funk, blues, reggae, latin, jazz,
soul. Chris began
playing the piano at four years old, and was performing at
the age of five. He played the trombone throughout his early
teen years, and bought his first guitar at fifteen. Music had
its most profound effect on Chris, however, while watching
his coaches play at African soccer games. Feeling the drums,
hearing the chant, and watching the dance, this is where he
truly learned the joy of music's effect on people. Come experience
the positivity felt by a 12-year-old at a soccer game. Feel
good about yourself and let the music move your soul."
Eri Takase Artworks
Japanese calligraphy, including pieces made to order. "For
artists (and philosophers) there is such a wealth of material
when one looks at a culture through the filter of another.
Such are the wonderful results when I make Japanese art using
Western materials. I often try to explain that much of the
Eastern philosophy that is used in the Martial Arts is the
same philosophy that is used in Japanese calligraphy: We calligraphers
are well versed in 'ki' and 'ki' is an integral part of our
ZG reader Paul Knowles sends this link to his Arizona-based
band, featuring Nic Storto, who quotes the wisdom of The
Tao of Pooh (by Benjamin Hoff): "Rabbit's clever
and he has brain, I suppose that's why he never UNDERSTANDS
anything." Paul says, "Be sure to visit my friend Adrian
Belew's site as well... a true ZEN guitarist."
reader Dave Tarnowski: "We're based
in LaSalle, Illinois, about halfway between Chicago and the
Mississippi River, in
the area affectionately known as the Illinois Valley (Illinois
River, that is). We cover tunes by classic blues artists such
as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, as well as newer blues
by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Sheppard (what's with these
guys with three names, anyway?), and on and on. We're a four-piece
band, and we kick ass, if I do say so myself."
describes a space where new age meets new edge, where Michael
Hedges meets Paula Cole and where
father Roy and daughter
Alexis Donkin meet in harmony, not discord. d describes a space
where like hearts and minds join in music of passion and intellect."
the recommended tunes: The Clint Eastwood Theme Song--"Written
to sell back when Clint was shooting a cowboy movie in Baker,
Oregon. A lot of our friends went down there to be 'extras.'
This take was recorded by Jimmy Borsdorf (of Hawks and Eagles
fame) in summer of 1986 on a mission funded by the State of
Nevada. Jimmy got a grant to drive around the west and record
music that was part of the folk process, but was 'falling through
the cracks' in the distribution system."