Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of year again to celebrate friends and family and all the blessing that we have. I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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The Art of Making a Flamenco Guitar

Pieces of wood, love, knowledge and 299 hours of work, condensed in a 3 minute film.

Beautiful.

(via Jim Dalrymple)

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Buddy Guy Interview with Tavis Smiley

Buddy Guy was recently interviewed on Tavis Smiley’s PBS show about Guy’s new autobiography, When I Left Home. Buddy seems like quite a character, and I’d love to listen to him tell stories all day. For now, this short 24 minute interview will have to do:

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New Music Tuesday

Today was a good new music Tuesday for guitar-based music fans:

  • Joe Bonamassa’s new album Driving Towards the Daylight was officially released. I’ve been listening to this album for a couple of weeks now, and I think it’s his strongest album of the last few years. It’s a somewhat more focused album than last year’s Dust Bowl, with a more straight-forward blues-rock approach.
  • John Mayer released Born and Raised. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this album, but I think it is brilliant. I’m mostly a fan of Mayer’s blues-focused music, and Born and Raised is a departure from that side of Mayer’s playing. This album is mostly acoustic with Mayer’s songwriting really taking the focus. There are some great songs as well as song great guitar playing.
  • Sonny Landreth released his new album Elemental Journey. With guest spots by Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson, you know this will be a popular release among guitar players. I’ve been a long-time fan of Landreth’s slide guitar work, and this release is full of Landreth’s intricate slide guitar playing.
  • Slash released Apocalyptic Love. Unlike his self-titled 2010 release, this album features Miles Kennedy as the vocalist for each track. I have mixed feelings about Kennedy’s vocals, but Slash’s guitar playing is strong as always, and I think Kennedy does an adequate job for this type of music.

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Rory Hoffman Demoing the PRS Modern Eagle LTD

I was browsing YouTube the other day and came across this impressive video of Nashville-based guitarist Rory Hoffman demoing the PRS Modern Eagle LTD guitar. Hoffman plays with a very unorthodox picking style, but he really rips. Check it out:

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The Violin Maker

While this is not guitar-specific, I found this short video profile Brooklyn-based violin maker Sam Zygmuntowicz very interesting. If you’re into the process of instrument building, check it out:

The Violin Maker from Dustin Cohen on Vimeo.

(via kottke.org)

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Andy Timmons Interviewed on the Bill Murphy Show

Regular Guitar Lifestyle reader and commenter (and clearly a man of excellent taste) Chad S. recently let me know that Andy Timmons was interviewed on the Bill Murphy Show, a music interview show based out of South Florida. In the interview, Timmons talks about his new album, Plays Sgt. Pepper, attending the Jazz School at the University of Miami, some of his early concert memories, his recording process, and they also preview a couple of tracks from the new album.

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Martin Guitar – History Retrospective

There are few, if any, modern guitar makers with the history of C.F. Martin & Co. Fewer still that remain family owned. Fortunately for those of us that enjoy learning about the history of the guitar and guitar making, the Martin family have maintained a lot of historical information regarding the early days of the company in Nazareth, PA.

In the video below, Chris Martin provides a little historical information, and company archivist Dick Boak provides a tour of some of the Nazareth factory where guitars were made from 1859 through 1964:

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Leo Fender

Keith Richards talking about Leo Fender shortly after Fender had passed away in 1992:

“He gave us the weapons,” Mr. Richards said to the crowd of 950 about the man who invented the Fender electric guitar. Mr. Richards’s parting shot to the crowd was what he called the “guitar players’ prayer”: “Caress it. Don’t squeeze it.”

Leo Fender was born on August 10, 1909. He would have turned 102 yesterday. His inventions have had a profound effect on my life, and I am deeply grateful that he chose electric instrument making as his vocation.

Wired ran a nice article on Fender to commemorate his 100th birthday in 2009. I’m still amazed by the fact that he never learned to play the instruments that he created.

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Ben Lapps – Phunkdified

JP Holesworth found this impressive video of young guitarist Ben Lapps playing Justin King’s “Phunkified”:

It looks like a fun tune to play, and Ben did a good job with it.

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