Thursday, January 24, 2013

Steel Guitar News January 24. 2013

This is Bob Hempker and we got a great email from Bill Fall.  Here it is.

Hi Guys!

I can appreciate how challenging it must be for you, after a while, to come up with fresh new tips and ideas, so let me suggest a topic which, broken down, I think could be the subject of several newsletters: bars and bar control.

The late Jeff Newman, a genius at steel guitar pedagogy, taught a beautifully simplified, effective method for holding and controlling a bar that I suspect probably is still be available in some form from Jeffran Music.  However, I don't know if Jeff ever went beyond the simplest basics in that discussion.

Much could be said about the advantages and disadvantages of different bar diameters, for example, as well as about various bar types.

One specific part of bar control that I was never shown, but only developed subconsciously over years of practice and playing, is moving the bar nose vertically across the strings.  This may be particularly helpful for newer players. The idea would be that when playing single notes, you want to align the nose-end of the bar right on that string.  This allows you not only to apply a bit more pressure on the single string you're 
 picking, but also to better focus your attention on the correct string, and to better coordinate your right hand to attack that string more accurately - because we're never looking at what our right hand is doing, of course.

Put simply, you LOOK at the string you want to play, you POINT the bar's nose at that string, and then you'll be able to PICK that string more accurately.  With practice, all three will happen together automatically.

The same principle applies to picking double-stops or triads: The nose-end should be placed on the outer-most string.

Realize in this connection that increased bar pressure on the string(s) provides better clarity, ring and sustain.  But, if you need to apply so much pressure that your bar hand gets tired or even starts cramping, then you may want to try a larger diameter - heavier - bar.  I'm pushing 70 now, and my hand muscles don't have the resilience they once did.  So I carry two bars: one, 7/8ths-inch diameter; the other, 15/16ths. I use the heavier bar for playing slower tunes when I want to get the most ring and sustain.  I'll go to the lighter bar for speed-picking, or for when my bar hand starts to poop out.

Bill

Something else I can add is when you’re talking of using the bar tip, you can also use it to bend a note into tune if a note is a little bit flat by using a little more pressure on the top part of the bar or by sliding the tip of the bar just a little bit horizontally and using your ears to hear the note go in tune.  

This can also be of help if we have a string that we hear is out of tune but don’t have time to tune it because we’re in the middle of a solo or something.  We can use not only the tip end of the bar but the back end of the bar if we have a lower string that’s out of tune. 

Fiddle players use this same technique with their bow.  They may put more pressure on their bow to raise the pitch of a note while at the same time sliding their finger up the neck.

Left hand bar vibrato is a technique all its own and needs perfected.  The technique like any other technique improves over time.  Different things we play will require a different type of bar vibrato.  Some things require practically no vibrato at all, where if we’re playing a Pete Drake lick or John Hughey lick, you may want to use a more exaggerated left hand vibrato.

Bear in mind, even these players didn’t use it on everything they played.  Bar vibrato is similar to a singer using vibrato for an effect.  When an effect is used all the time it ceases to be effective.  Use the bar vibrato with discretion.  That will give your playing a sense of taste.  It’s kind of like salt.  You don’t want too much salt on your potatoes.

I want to thank everybody who let us list them as teachers and remind all the new players who might be interested in taking lessons to refer to the list at www.steelguitar.net/teachers.html 

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CRAIG CAMPBELL ROCK HALLMARK CHANNEL AND YAHOO

CRAIG CAMPBELL ENJOYS SCREEN TIME WITH PERFORMANCES
ON HALLMARK CHANNEL AND YAHOO! NEXT WEEK
Appearing on “Marie” on January 29 and
Ram Country on Yahoo! Music on January 30

TWEET: TUNE IN ALERT! @CraigCampbellTV joins @MarieOsmond on @HallmarkChannel on 1/29 and @YahooMusic on 1/30!!!  #OuttaMyHead

Nashville, TN...(January 24, 2013)... Country music star CRAIG CAMPBELL is set to enjoy some serious screen time next week with performances on both MARIE on Hallmark Channel and Yahoo!’s Ram Country Music Performance Feature - Country Covers.

While Campbell is currently on the other side of the world entertaining fans in Australia, U.S. audiences can join superstar host Marie Osmond in enjoying Craig’s southern style and sound in a taped performance of his new single “Outta My Head” and debut hit “Family Man” January 29th at 12pm ET/11am CT on Hallmark Channel.  The following day, catch Craig paying homage to one of his musical inspirations, Travis Tritt, on Ram Country on Yahoo! Music at ramcountry.music.yahoo.com.

Roughstock.com recently proclaimed Craig “…one of the most promising neo-traditionalist country music artists…today.” His new single “Outta My Head,” from his upcoming sophomore album, is a high-octane up-tempo track with an evocative lyric that describes the struggle of lost love. Produced by Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Matt Rovey and written by Brandon Kinney, Michael Carter, and Cole Swindell, the mesmerizing track showcases Campbell’s rich, warm baritone and expansive range.  The mind-bending music video, directed by Mason Dixon can be seen HERE.

ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. After signing with Bigger Picture, he has entertained crowds across the U.S. and Australia and performed for national TV audiences on Fox & Friends, Huckabee and Marie. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics for his 2011 self-titled debut album, which has sold more than a half-million tracks. Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit followed by fan-favorite “Fish.” His current smash "Outta My Head" is the title track to his recently released 5-song digital EP and the lead single from his sophomore album, set to release this spring. To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.

Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, Restless Heart and Many More To Set Sail On the Inaugural COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE

Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers,
Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap,
Restless Heart and Many More To Set Sail
On the Inaugural COUNTRY MUSIC CRUISE



7-Day Luxury Voyage Runs January 19-26, 2014

From Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Turk,
San Juan, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (January 24, 2013) --- The very first Country Music Cruise will launch in early 2014 and sail through the Caribbean with an incredible group of superstars and much-loved fan favorites onboard including Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, and Restless Heart with television personality Lorraine Crook hosting the entire journey.  The vacation of a lifetime for country music fans, the cruise will hold intimate concerts every day, exclusive events not available anywhere else, activities, comedians, world class dining, deluxe accommodations, and much more for seven luxurious days aboard Holland America’s MS Eurodam.  All concert tickets, activities and meals are included, with further information available at www.CountryMusicCruise.com.

The stars scheduled to perform on the 2014 Country Music Cruise have an astounding 350 hit singles between them, with nearly 90 #1 hits.  In addition to the headlining concerts, clubs on the ship will host performances by even more artists such as Andy Griggs, Wade Hayes, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, The Warren Brothers, Bryan White and others.  Chuck Mead from BR549 will be playing daily poolside.  Amidst the music, guests will be invited to a beach party on their very own private island, line dancing events, cooking exhibitions, wine tasting, songwriter workshops, spirited trivia contests, exclusive screenings of country music films and documentaries, games and more.  The ship will also dock in several ports, where guests can explore the majestic beauty and vibrant culture of Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Philipsburg (Saint Maarten), and Half Moon Cay (Bahamas).  Not only will the voyage give fans the rare opportunity to see so many of their favorite singers all in one location, it all takes place among breathtaking ocean and island vistas on one of the most magnificent ships at sea.

“Country music fans are in for something really special,” says Vince Gill.  “Not only will they get to experience a luxurious ocean cruise, but they can enjoy exclusive concerts by country music’s iconic superstars.  The cruise is destined to become a vacation destination in the years to come.”  “I couldn’t be more excited about performing on the Country Music Cruise and being a part of a vacation that my fans will never forget,” adds Kenny Rogers.

“This will be the Country Music party of a lifetime. Real stars, real music and real friends, both old and new” said Mike Jason, Senior Vice President Retail, StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. ”We have produced over 35 full ship charter music cruises and ‘Country Music’ is a perfect genre for an exciting and overall cruise experience,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. The programming and entertainment opportunities for the Country Music Cruise are unparalleled.  It will be so much fun.”

Cabins are available now at www.CountryMusicCruise.com or by calling (toll free) 1-855-332-6868.  Early reservation Country Music Cruise fan rates start at just $1,925 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and on-board activities.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DIERKS BENTLEY AND MIRANDA LAMBERT PERFORM ON THE 55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

GRAMMY® NOMINEES THE LUMINEERS, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND JACK WHITE TO PERFORM ON THE
55TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

DIERKS BENTLEY AND MIRANDA LAMBERT
TO JOIN TOGETHER IN A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

ELTON JOHN AND ED SHEERAN
TO PERFORM LIVE TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® — Hosted by LL COOL J — Airs Live on CBS
Sunday, Feb. 10, 8 P.M. ET/PT


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2013) — Current GRAMMY® nominees the Lumineers, Carrie
Underwood and Jack White are set to perform; nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert will join together in a special performance; and Elton John and nominee Ed Sheeran will perform live together for the first time on the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast. They join previously announced performers and nominees The Black Keys, FUN., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns as host of Music's Biggest Night®. The music industry's premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1surround sound on the CBS Television Network  from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Dial Global, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon. For GRAMMY coverage, updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

Nine-time GRAMMY winner Jack White has three nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for Blunderbuss, and Best Rock Song for "Freedom At 21."

First-time nominees the Lumineers are up for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album for The Lumineers.

Dierks Bentley, who has 10 prior nominations, has a nod this year for Best Country Solo Performance for "Home."

GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert has a nomination for Best Country Album for Four The Record.

First-time nominee Ed Sheeran is up for Song Of The Year for "The A Team."

Five-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for "Blown Away."

The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are the writers.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "The GRAMMYs" on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, GetGlue, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

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Bob Romeo Announced As 2013 CRS President’s Award Recipient http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.de/2013/01/bob-romeo-announced-as-2013-crs.html


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