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Music Around the World: Salt Lake City & Rock Springs

By Richard Gilewitz

From Germany to New Zealand to the USA. How’s that for picking up some air miles and extra peanuts? Upon my return from touring the beautiful land of New Zealand, I flew to Salt Lake City to join my Nashville friends, “Plaidgrass”. We then drove to Rock Springs, Wyoming to perform at International Day, a […]

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Pickin’, Grinnin’, Breathin’, and Clenchin’

By Richard Gilewitz

No matter how long I’ve played my instruments, worked with my teachers (past and present), or relived the memories of indoor and outdoor stages I have performed on, as a solo fingerstyle player I am completely aware there is always going to be a new challenge around every corner. Sometimes it can be an absolutely […]

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The Ukulele Versus the Advanced Beginner

By Richard Gilewitz

In a recent blog about a unique traveling guitar stand cleverly named “The Pub Prop”, I spoke about my friend Mark Pugh in the UK, his invention and his company Stones-Music. As it turns out his company’s real specialty is an indulgence in the world of ukuleles. What I found out last fall while touring […]

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The Pub Prop

By Richard Gilewitz

It seems that nearly every time I show up for a performance anywhere in the world I wind up kicking myself as I walk towards the stage and mumble under my brain, which usually comes out of my mouth, “I wonder if they have a guitar stand here?” It’s always been my own fault as […]

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The World Stage

By Richard Gilewitz

I believe I’ve found the cure to jet lag. It’s actually rather simple. First you acclimate by flying from Florida to Wyoming and back. That’s just the warm up. Follow that with a flight to both islands in New Zealand, continue west to Australia, return to Florida, take one day off and then spend an […]

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John Fahey’s Dance of Death

By Richard Gilewitz

I recall as if it were only yesterday or possibly even a distant dream of my high school years in Huntsville, Alabama, when many a late evening I would set up my turntable with my latest record of guitarist John Fahey, such as Dance of Death and other Plantation Favorites. I would lift up the […]

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The Wild Horses of Wyoming

By Richard Gilewitz

I can’t recall how many times I’ve said in a multitude of different ways, from every angle possible, how grateful I am to have the job – if I can call it that – playing and teaching guitar around the world. Don’t get me wrong. There are definitely those rough days. A challenging airline flight, […]

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The Power of Musical Notes

By Richard Gilewitz

Within a number of articles I’ve written for various publications, the theme has always been along the lines of a new musical product on the market, an amusing road story, or some sort of unique or prestigious event. The triggers for many of my touring escapades have been generally based on a past experience of […]

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Universal Language

By Richard Gilewitz

Is language truly a barrier? For the zillionth time in a row – musically speaking – I say a resounding NO. I recently found myself in yet another situation where I was confronted with not only a classroom of youngsters who spoke little English, but also an entire day of teaching one of my guitar […]

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I Have It Somewhere

By Richard Gilewitz

This has to be the most common comment I hear from students whether during a one-on-one lesson, guitar camp or Skype session. What are they referring to? It is something that often exists only within their imagination and not in their home, vicinity or guitar case. Their metronome. The excuse line is always, “Well, I […]

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