Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
When it comes to playing guitar, I’ll do whatever it takes to learn. I have taken private lessons. I have used DVD’s. I have asked for tips from players on YouTube. I regularly look for new content on Fretbase’s song pages. And I have bought many, many books with good lessons. So you can imagine that it is hard for me to understand how it took Gwyneth Paltrow 6 years after marriage to get guitar lessons from her husband – Coldplay front man and guitarist Chris Martin. But that’s what it took.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
My wife discovered Patty Griffin at a listening station at a Borders Books & Music in 1996 (it is amazing to think there was a time when we found good new music that way). At the time, Patty had just released her first album Living With Ghosts. We both became big fans of the album and of Patty. Since then, Patty Griffin has become an even more popular musician and songwriter (even though her original label dumped her – fools – before she got picked up by Dave Matthews’ label). Her songs have been recorded by artists from The Dixie Chicks to Emmylou Harris, but we still prefer Patty Griffin’s versions of all of her songs. Last year I saw Patty Griffin on back-to-back nights at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz and then The Warfield in San Francisco. She was great both nights. Patty is a great artist to try to play on the acoustic guitar. Read on to find out how.
Photo Credit: Rick Harris under a Creative Commons License