How about a lesson from one of the most talented mandolin players in bluegrass today? With Essential Techniques for Mandolin, you will have the opportunity to sit down and receive technical tips from Chris Thile. In this DVD, Thile discusses both the left and right hands and how they should handle the mandolin. You willContinue reading “Essential Techniques for Mandolin”
Most musicians in a group setting aren’t going to be playing lead 100% of the time. Sometimes you will be expected to back up a singer, while other times you will be playing rhythm while another instrumentalist takes a turn. Playing rhythm really can be enjoyable, whether you are on the guitar, the mandolin, orContinue reading “3 Tips for Playing Rhythm”
If you want to teach yourself how to play the banjo, don’t buy a songbook—try this instead. Master your instrument. The Banjo Encyclopedia: Bluegrass Banjo from A to Z by Ross Nickerson teaches you how to build your knowledge of the five-string banjo from the ground up. First come the basics: Parts of a banjo.Continue reading “The Banjo Encyclopedia”
If you are buying acoustic guitar strings for the first time, you will soon realize that you have a bewildering array of options. Different brands, different materials, different gauges…how do you decide? To make your life a little easier, let’s take a look at the topic of string gauges. Most manufacturers offer three basic gauges:Continue reading “Choosing String Gauges for Acoustic Guitar”
Louisiana State University has put together an excellent website packed with countless building plans available for free PDF download. If you are the do-it-yourself type, this is a site that you should definitely bookmark!
Horses are a favorite subject when it comes to art. Both amateurs and professionals love to capture the graceful motions and varying personalities of these beautiful animals. If you want to take your drawing and painting skills to the next level, you may find The Art of Drawing & Painting Horses from Walter Foster useful. Continue reading “The Art of Drawing and Painting Horses”
Children love drawing horses! Here’s a book that can guide them through the process in a fun way. The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses by Barry Stebbing starts with the basics: Shading. Mixing colors. Using shapes to make drawing easier. Then on to a number of discussions on drawing different breeds, markings, gaits, and poses. InterestingContinue reading “The Wonderful Art of Drawing Horses”
Here’s a way to combine two favorite interests. Hand the woodworker of the family a copy of this book and see what happens! The Complete Book of Birdhouse Construction for Woodworkers by Scott D. Campbell provides detailed plans and instructions for the following birds: House Finch. Great Crested Flycatcher. Purple Martin. Phoebe. Downy Woodpecker. WoodContinue reading “Complete Book of Birdhouse Construction”
If your children are looking for a useful but simple skill to pick up, consider handing them a ball of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and this book.
Here is just the thing for the handyman of the family. Whatever you want to build, whether it is for your home, your garden, or your farm, check out this book for ideas.