This Friday night, May 17, 2013, at 7:30 pm, The Homegrown String Band will be featured as part of the Friday Night at St. Paul's Concert Series in Exton, PA. We played there last spring and a good time was had by all. We are surely looking forward to returning to see old friends and hopefully make some new ones too. Exton is about 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, if you're in the area stop in and lend us your ears.
Last week I was saddened by the news that Bob Brozman had passed away at the, relatively, young age of 59. The sadness was deepened when I learned that he had taken his own life. What a terrible loss for the traditional acoustic music community. Bob was an author, teacher, musicologist, and instrument designer, as well as a virtuoso musician. Beginning his career as a busker, performing on the streets of Santa Cruz, California, Bob would eventually record about thirty albums, several instructional videos, and travel around the world entertaining audiences with his unique interpretations of jazz, blues, and Hawaiian music.
A couple months ago I purchased Bob's Ukulele ToolboxDVD for Georgianne. I posted the following review on Amazon.com and on a forum for ukulele enthusiasts.
"The other night I sat down and watched Bob Brozman's Ukulele Toolbox Volume one. Bob is a great player and a great teacher. On this video he teaches you how to play the ukulele; not how to play songs on the ukulele. There is a lot of information presented here, some for the complete beginner, but mostly the lessons seem to be aimed more towards people who have some musical background but may be new to the uke. He starts out with some right hand techniques that are applicable to players of any level. He then moves on to chord positions, progressions, and turn arounds in several keys. Bob does a good job explaining but, given the limited time, he goes over things pretty quickly. I think a person with some basic knowledge of chord structure and chord progressions (things like, I - IV - V, or I -VI - II - V- I, etc.) could get a lot out of this video. Basically you get couple lessons with a master musician for only 20 bucks, too bad you can't stop him to ask questions or pick his brain, but I think if you watch it and take what you can, you'll get your money's worth and more." The talents, wit, and wisdom of Mr. Brozman will be missed.
Though I haven't used any of these sites or services myself, I may have chosen one if I didn't already have a website and domain name. Storenvy suits my needs well and was very easy to incorporate into my existing web page design.
If you don't have your own website Craftstar, Zibbet, and Artfire offer online shops and markets similar to what Etsy offers. Craftsar's shop layout looks really nice, very clean and neat. They also have a video feature that lets you post a spot on Craftstar TV. UPDATE: Craftstar has recently (as of June 2013) eliminated listing fees and sales commissions and gone to a flat monthly rate like Zibbet and Artfire. Zibbet also has a "Basic" free option. Indiemade and Retailr, for a flat monthly fee, will set you up with your own multipage website.
Interesting Link for and about the Trolls lurking under the bridge.
From Psychology Today September 8, 2014 In this month’s issue of Personality and Individual Differences, a study was published that confirms what we all suspected: Internet trolls are horrible people.
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