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Guitar Musician e-zine 08/02/2006
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| "Usually, no one quite knew where Django Reinhardt was
going to be, but I met his brother and about an hour later in walks Django
with an entourage of friends. He always traveled with a large group--carried
his own admirers with him, the most sinister-looking bunch of hoodlums
you've ever seen. I walked up and offered to buy him a drink. That seemed to
be the right thing to do... he was the first really brilliant solo guitarist
I ever became aware of, I had records of his when I was 10 years old. It
just blew my mind that anyone could play a guitar like that. Still does."
- Charlie Byrd / Jazz Guitar
A man was walking down the street when he was accosted by a particularly dirty
and shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for
The man took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of
"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.
"Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?" the man asked.
"No, I don't waste time fishing," the homeless man said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."
"Will you spend this on greens fees at a golf course instead of food?" the man asked.
"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!"
"Will you spend the money on a woman in the red light district instead of food?" the man asked.
"What disease would I get for ten lousy bucks?" exclaimed the homeless man.
"Well," said the man, "I'm not going to give you the money.
Instead, I'm going to take you home for a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."
The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty
The man replied, "That's okay. It's important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up beer, fishing, golf, and
A Lesson For The Learning
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GUITAR Q AND A
Increasing Your Lead Speed
Frank Numberg; Los Angeles, CA
Q: How can I increase my speed? I want to shred but I feel I am falling short.
A: So you want to SHRED! The best way to get you prepared to play fast passages and rip up the guitar neck is to design an exercise routine and practice it consistently.
It seems like everyone is looking for a magic pill or potion that will make you a great lead guitar player instantly, but it really comes down to hard work and consistent practice.
A great daily practice routine should be balanced with scales, exercises, lead patterns, and difficult single-string pieces to challenge all your skills together (I like classical pieces from Mozart best).
My DVD program Hands of Steel has three complete workout routines that can help get you started if you don�t have these components to use already.
Yours in Music
Copyright Your Music
You've spent many hours on the new song, honing the lyrics and polishing the melody; now, how do you copyright it? Any artistic expression is protected by copyright law at the moment of its creation... but how can you prove ownership? The option (for U.S. musicians) is registration with the United States Copyright Office. (For copyright information in non-US countries, see Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (UK), and The Australasian Performing Right Association Limited.)
The copyright law of the United States (title 17 of the United States Code) provides for copyright in "musical works, including any accompanying words," which are fixed in some tangible medium of expression. Musical works include both original compositions and original arrangements or other new versions of earlier compositions to which new copyrightable authorship has been added. The Copyright Office registers claims to copyrights and issues certificates of registration, but does not "grant" or "issue" copyrights. Under the present statute, copyright protection begins at the time a work is created in a fixed form such as a writing or recording. Original musical works may be registered in published or unpublished form. For unpublished works and works published on or after January 1, 1978, registration in the Copyright Office is not a condition of protection; however, there are certain advantages.
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, U.S.C.) provides for copyright protection in sound recordings. Sound recordings are defined in the law as "works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work." Common examples include recordings of music, drama, or lectures. Copyright in a sound recording protects the particular series of sounds "fixed" (embodied) in the recording against unauthorized reproduction and revision and against the unauthorized distribution of phonorecords containing those sounds. Generally, copyright protection extends to two elements in a sound recording: (1) the contribution of the performer(s) whose performance is captured, and (2) the contribution of the person or persons responsible for capturing and processing the sounds to make the final recording.
Copyright forms in PDF form are available from the United States Copyright Office at the Library of Congress located at http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/forms/. The forms require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print.
If you choose to register a claim in your work by mail, send the following material in the same envelope or package to:
Register of Copyrights
1. A properly completed application form;
For more information see the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 for all the legal mumbo jumbo about copyright infringement and more.
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