Author Archives: Dick

FREE HARMONICA LESSON!

How many of you have bought a harmonica, blown and drawn a few chords, got bored with it and put it down, discouraged and not sure what to do next? I suspect, most of us. That’s because we probably didn’t … Continue reading

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The Mighty Drone Flute!

This article is about the drone flute, a startlingly powerful version of the Native American flute! There are two ways to play an instrument. You can play it along with at least one other person, (a duet, a trio, quartet, … Continue reading

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Quest For the Native American Flute

Sometimes it can be a long road to finding an instrument you really want to learn to play, an instrument like the Native American flute. With me it was an easy walk to the tenor guitar, (a small guitar minus … Continue reading

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Lightnin’ Hopkins and His Blues Guitar Style

Learning to finger pick the guitar is an adventure, and I look back with great memories on some of those turning points that led me closer and closer to the logic of fingerpicking. There is a logical approach to it … Continue reading

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Band Member Becomes Author

Sometimes it’s fun to see how someone can start in one artistic direction, like music, and then shift to another direction, like writing. This is from a blog article by Bonnie Lynne. It bears re-posting. ~Penthouse 5 Founding Member’s Final … Continue reading

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Strrrrrretching “Folk” Music

What the heck is music? Really, what is it? I found a good formal definition online. Here it is– Music: vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression … Continue reading

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“Knitting” Tunes

In this article I would like to compare “doing” music to the art of knitting. What? Have I lost my mind?! No. Far from it. If you’ve read even some of my articles on this blog page you will already … Continue reading

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Play That Old Guitar

I have no way of knowing what percentage of you who read my articles are musicians. Many of you who want to turn that corner from listener to musician might be afraid to try. After all, picking up something like … Continue reading

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The DNA of Music

Before you read this article, please note that this is not a political blog. So when you read that some strict religious sects don’t allow music, this is not meant to ramp up anger among music lovers. I use this … Continue reading

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Whales and Native American Flutes

Very recently someone asked me if you could play a major scale on a Native American flute. I assured him that not only could you easily do this, you could play a number of both major and minor scales on … Continue reading

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