Wednesday, March 22, 2006


I discovered this great tool called Guitar Vision from the Musicians Friend Website (Ray Mcdonald use to say"they ain't no freind of mine")
I have an excerpt from the website that gives a good description:
What is GuitarVision...GuitarVision is the easiest way to learn how to play your favorite songs. GuitarVision's animated fretboard displays the exact chords, notes, fingerings, techniques, and lyrics of the songs you want to learn. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned guitarist, GuitarVision will help you learn your favorite songs faster than ever.YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO READ SHEET MUSIC OR TABLATURE, GUITARVISION READS IT FOR YOU AND SHOWS YOU WHERE TO PUT YOUR FINGERS TO PLAY YOUR FAVORITE SONGS!What Songs Can I Learn...Songs you can learn on GuitarVision include hits by: Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, B.B. King, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Blink-182, Incubus, Sum 41, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, Staind, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Nirvana, The Beatles and many, many more. To see GuitarVision's complete song library click here.What People Say About GuitarVision: "THIS IS THE COOLEST THING I HAVE EVER FOUND ON THE WEB! Your guitar music program is so easy to use it is definitely the easiest and quickest way to learn new guitar songs." -- Drew G., Riverside, IL"This is one of the greatest concepts for teaching music I've run across, hands down! You have the most awesome PC app I know of to teach folks how to play music on a guitar... BAR NONE! Thank you for producing such a great tool! To have at your finger tips, a tutor that can be called upon 24/7 and be controlled to teach at anyone's pace of learning is priceless! I can learn in private, and not be embarrassed by anyone's remarks, reactions, or impatience to my level of playing. Thanks for the free tools as well!" -- BigThunder1 "I'm stoked on the continued additions to the song library. Plus the free guitar scales are a HUGE bonus!" -- Sean Deorsey - San Francisco, CA See It, Hear It, Play It – with GuitarVision.
For your own free download go to: and then look up "Guitar Vision.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

RV'ing "Making Memories with your Families"

Is life passing you by? Owning an RV can provide you with the opportunity to enjoy fun & affordable travel. There is so much to see in the USA, national parks, state parks, the beauty of the roads less traveled such as Historic Route 66, and all the excitement of the cities across the country.
Recreation vehicles, or RVs, comprise a whole family of towable and motorized vehicles that combine transportation and temporary living quarters. Some provide a simple place for sleeping and eating, while others are virtually luxury lodges on wheels. Conveniences range from the basics of running water, cooking and bathroom facilities to additional comforts such as air conditioning, entertainment systems and slideout rooms. Many people find that an RV is a mobile status symbol.
For families it can provide the quality time we all desire, reconnecting with each other and building memories for future enjoyment. It is a time to de-compress, relax and enjoy life for a weekend or an extended vacation.
For those considering retirement, living full time in a large RV can be less than the maintenance and taxes on your present home. And then you have the added bonus of seeing new sights and people every day of the year. In the last few years we have had some of the greatest times. We purchased a campground membership that is exclusive to Utah and the campgrounds are wonderful. Every year we look forward to taking the coach to Bear Lake, the Uintah's and hopefully in 2007 we are planning a trip up and down the west coast from the Canadian border to San Diego. More memories to be made.

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Dream "a preview"

check out We will get there!!!!

What is Bartimaeus Cohousing?
The vision of Bartimaeus Community at Meadow Wood is to create a safe, affordable, and welcoming place where people can substantially grow into the whole, healthy, unique persons God intended. We also want to create a place where adults and families in difficult circumstances can come to be restored through sustained involvement in a strong, safe community. This “refamilying” can help them regain their strength and become whole, outreach-capable individuals.
(Not the actual common house!)
We do this by committing ourselves to “living in community.” By choosing to live in closer proximity with others than is normally the case in suburban housing, we are opening ourselves up to unique growth opportunities.
By choosing to live in closer proximity with others, we are opening ourselves up to unique growth opportunities.
These include making decisions together, doing gardening and yard work, eating, playing and praying together, sharing our talents with the community, and working through conflicts as they arise. We envision a place we and our guests may voluntarily and comfortably participate in community meals, prayer, music, informal conversations, visiting speakers, and other activities, while respecting our legitimate needs for privacy and solitude as well.
Bartimaeus Community LLC has a sister organization, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization called Shepherd’s Sanctuary which works in conjunction with Bartimaeus Cohousing, the developer of the physical project. Shepherd’s Sanctuary is raising funds for the ongoing mission of Bartimaeus Community for two of their goals: providing a guest house for people in need and providing affordable housing ownership for low income households. Shepherd’s Sanctuary will offer voluntary times of prayer, as well as seminars, bible studies, videos, and friendship mentoring.

Residence in this community is not intended to replace a person’s involvement in a local church, but to extend and empower that dynamic into an everyday living experience.

Lessons "Rythm Guitar Fun"

Imagine you’re playing guitar with friends around a campfire, rockin’ out in a Beatles sing-along at a party, or learning your favorite oldies off the radio. You will likely encounter many musical styles, and this lesson will give you the rhythmic vocabulary to help you play along with some of those songs. We’ll cover some of the basics of folk, country, rock ’n’ roll, soul, and pop. And in a future issue, we’ll work on blues, reggae, swing, funk, and other rhythms. Rhythm guitar begins with solid left- and right-hand technique. When fingering a chord with your left hand, you can think of the chord as either “on,” in which the notes ring, or “off,” where your fingers are still in place but are lightly touching the strings, deadening the sound. Begin each strum by sending your right forearm down (or up for upstrokes) in a broad arc beginning an inch or two before the sixth string and ending an inch or two after the first string. Snap your wrist in the direction of the strum just as your hand strikes the strings, as if you’re flicking water off your fist. Most of the examples that follow are shown with closed chords (no open strings). Try to play them as written and keep the notes from ringing past their written duration. I also recommend that you use a pick, medium gauge or heavier, to maximize the percussiveness of your strum. If you’re having trouble with any of these rhythms, try practicing them with a metronome set to a slow tempo and gradually increase your speed as you get more comfortable. Boom-Chuck The boom-chuck beat is one of the first rhythms guitarists learn, and for good reason: you can play thousands of folk and country songs in this style. Example 1 begins with a bass note on the root of the C chord (the “boom”) followed by the rest of the chord (the “chuck”). The second bass note is a G (the fifth of the C chord) and is again followed by the rest of the chord. This figure, called an alternating bass, tends to sound better if the fifth is played below the root rather than above it, but certain chord voicings won’t allow you to do this. It’s usually best to play the “booms” and “chucks” with downstrokes. When playing at faster tempos, try making the “chuck” staccato (rapid, brief, and clipped in sound) by lifting your fingers off the chord just after you play it. At slower tempos let it ring.


Reader's Rig

Singer-songwriter/fingerstylist David Reed depends on a custom Steve Sauve Size 2 steel-string with an Engelmann spruce top and a rosewood armrest.
WHO HE IS David Reed is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Berkshire County, Massachusetts, who divides his time between gigs and his family-therapy practice. He has gigged extensively in the northeast US; organized seven Caribbean island tours; opened for Third World, Hot Tuna, and Rory Block; and performed at Switzerland’s 2004 Blues to Bop Festival and Bulgaria’s 2005 Bansko International Jazz Festival. “I’d been playing rhythm guitar in rock and string bands for years when I first heard Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, back in the early ’70s,” he recalls. “Those guys transformed the guitar into little bands in their hands, and I wanted to do that, too.” MAIN GUITARS Custom Size 2 steel-string built in 1987 by Steve Sauve, (phone: 413-663-3060), with a 25.4-inch scale, a German spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, rosewood armrest, and bone saddle and endpins. “It sounds larger than life and loves to play anything I give it,” says Reed. “In 1985, Steve resurrected my Guild D-44 [see below] after years of road life. When I was ready to a purchase a custom instrument, I trusted his craftsmanship. He listened to me and helped me select wood and materials, explaining their properties and my design options. We kept in close contact during construction and, nine months later, my Size 2 was born!” SECONDARY AXES 1970 Guild D-44 with a spruce top and pear back and sides; Gibson CL-20 Standard Plus (“for fingerpicking rags and blues”); 1892 Cole Eclipse five-string banjo; and a Sauve-customized six-string banjo that has a pot and maple resonator from a 1920s Bruno Royal Artist tenor banjo—and a humbucking pickup. “It really turns heads,” Reed raves. “Depending on EQ, it’s comfortable striding ragtime, skanking reggae, or scratching calypso.” AMPLIFICATION Fishman Matrix undersaddle pickups in the Sauve, Gibson, and Guild guitars feed a Tech 21 SansAmp Acoustic DI, which is routed to a Mackie 1202-VLZ Pro mixer, a pair of JBL EON 10 powered speakers, and a JBL EON 15 powered subwoofer. For small gigs, Reed uses a Crate TX50D Limo amp. EFFECTS Alesis NanoVerb, Boss BD-2 Blues Driver, and a vintage MXR Phase 45. STRINGS AND THINGS Elixir Polyweb lights, Jim Dunlop Zookies L-20 thumbpicks, and Shubb Deluxe capos. FAVORITE GIG “I loved learning from scratch-band musicians in the Caribbean,” says Reed. “I always enjoy performing on my ‘home stage’ at The Lion’s Den in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, too. But my favorite gig is always my next one.” LISTEN TO THE MUSIC

Thursday, March 16, 2006

lenny P's blogspot

First things first. Talking about the Dream and the Guitar.