Updated: Jul 17
I hope everybody has been staying safe and healthy. I have a few little updates to talk about.
I've been really procrastinating when it comes to a lot lately. This website is definitely one thing that I need to get back up and running. I think I'll just start small with a blog for now so I can have some time to work on the rest. My sheet music store is back with at least twice as much inventory as I had on my old site. If there are any bugs at all in my store, please bring them to my attention immediately. I'm also not 100% sure what the mailing list box at the bottom will bring us but I promise I won't flood your inbox. I'm trying to make it so you'll only get an email when I post something on my blog.
Since COVID-19 hit, I've had a lot of time on my hands, and will continue to for a while. On July 1st, I had arthroscopic surgery on my right hip for femoroacetabular impingement. I'll be off of my feet for a long time so I better figure out what to put on this website during this time. Help me stick with it, would you please? What would you like to see from me on here? Also, what have you been up to?
Lately I haven't been playing as much as I'd like to due to my hip problems. I recently finished restoring an 8-course renaissance lute. I'll be sure to share pictures of it here when I get them organized. It came with unison basses on it which I really enjoy compared to my other lute. Let's have a talk about that topic soon! #teamdowland
Pre-surgery, I got to play around with an Irish tenor banjo. It's a 1925 Lyon & Healy banjo made in Chicago. Its original owner was my girlfriend's grandmother's sister. It's fun to play! I made a short video on this banjo of "Danny Boy", more of a chord-melody arrangement than a typical Irish
tenor banjo tune. It's tuned in fifths, which I'm not very accustomed to. So I used a fun mandolin tablature book by Brent Robitaille called Celtic World Collection - Mandolin. There's a fun arrangement of Auld Lang Syne in there that I'm saving for the end of the year. (While you're at it, check out his Celtic ukulele book too.)
I also recently purchased some of Aquila's low A strings for guitar. I really like them so far! It's exactly an octave below a guitalele, so I'm imagining some interesting duets coming from this. I found out about these thanks to Rob MacKillop's video which you can watch here. I made a couple rough and quick videos pre-surgery that I will edit and upload soon!
For the ukulele players out there, have a free download of my arrangement of Francisco Tárrega's "Lágrima". This is one of the all-time greatest pieces of music from the Spanish romantic guitar era. I arranged this for baritone ukulele specifically, but the tablature can be used for any low G ukulele (banjo players: tune your high D string up to an E if you can). Click the thumbnail to the right to download a free PDF of my arrangement. Please tag me on social media with a video of your performance!
Thanks for reading! Talk to you soon.