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How long, O LORD?

Today’s Old Testament mass reading, Habakkuk  1:2-3; 2:2-4 really struck me.  With all of the strife, violence and discord going on in the world today, both on our shores and across the world, this seemed very apropos:

How long, O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.
Then the LORD answered me and said:
Write down the vision clearly upon the tablets,
so that one can read it readily.
For the vision still has its time,
presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint;
if it delays, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not be late.
The rash one has no integrity;
but the just one, because of his faith, shall live.

As always, the Lord is merciful and provides the hope, the promise and the comfort.

RMC Hex Pickup and Poly-Drive Install for Roland GR-55 Synth Access

Here’s my recap of my process of upgrading my Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 semihollowbody guitar with new RMC Pow’r Bridge ‘G’ pickups in the bridge along with the Poly-Drive 1 electronics module and all new control wiring.
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The synth access equipped guitars on the market, for example such as those available from Godin (LGX-SA and LGXT-SA) or Carvin (Frank Gambale FG1) were very attractive to me but cost more than I wanted to spend on a guitar. Besides I love working on things so I decided to do this upgrade myself and document what I did in case anyone […] Continue Reading…

Artcore Bliss!

My new Ibanez Artcore Expressionist AM93 (Thanks Sweetwater!) with my added RMC Poly-Drive 1 electronics (Thanks Richard McClish & RMC Pickups!) for Roland GR-55 synth access. Ahhhh…. Can’t wait to start playing it nonstop! 😎🎸

DB-14 How to Use the Metronome

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This is lesson DB-14 “How to Use the Metronome”, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as an adult double bass student.

See the video for a few pointers about using the metronome.

Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Getting used to practicing with a metronome is really important. It will help improve your rhythmic abilities and improve your consistency of playing at a given tempo. And the more you practice with a metronome, you will find that you start hearing a metronome in […] Continue Reading…

Visual History of Boss FX Guitar Pedals

I thought this was pretty cool.  Courtesy of Roland UK:

MP3 for I Need You

To not hold anything back, here is an mp3 of my latest new song, “I Need You”.  You can buy the high res versions either from my web store or at CD Baby.

Thank you in advance.


Ukulele Bar Chords – F major form

Like I said, as I get the time to put these together I will share them with you.  Today’s chord du jour is the F major shape bar chord which has its root note on the second string, the E string as shown in the diagram below.  Have fun strumming!

I Need You Video

The video for my latest song, I Need You, is now live on YouTube.  You can also download it right here from my site if you prefer.


Album Art & Ringtones

I wish this could be on the cover of a 33 rpm LP, but I don’t have the budget for that and on top of that, this song is getting released as a single anyway.  But you can always dream.  So here’s the art for the cover of my new single, “I Need You”.  Also, here is a link to the I Need You ringtone taken from the song.  You can have it now for free, but in the future it will be available via my music store so you can throw some change my way.  Do you know […] Continue Reading…

New Song Coming – I Need You

“I Need You” is a love song that I came up while I went for a walk last summer.  Boom, done – all of the lyrics and the basic melody in less than an hour!  But then it has taken me since then to actually get it recorded.  For various reasons it sat in my notebook until February when I came across Graham Cochran’s Recording Revolution “One Song One Month Challenge”.  Of course the One Song One Month Challenge began in January, and by February I was already a month behind.  So, I got the song arranged and recorded by March […] Continue Reading…


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