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Lick Me Up, Lick Me Down, Lick Me Outside

I love Licks!  Learning licks is a great way to quickly feel confident learning the guitar.  There are all sorts of Licks book available, but the best one for a beginner is — “Hal Leonard’s Lead Licks” — because that book will give you 220 Licks and five playing styles and a CD to help you study.

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TicketMaster Gags Gaga Fans

I will admit I have not been a fan of Lady Gaga for that long of a time — for the longest time I thought she was less about the substance and more about the style. Then I found out she released her music on vinyl as well as other formats, and everything changed for me. I bought her album “The Fame” and got right into it.

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Singing Gender into a Vocal

When we are listening to the words of a song being sung by a musician, does the gender of the musician matter? I think it really comes down to the subject matter of the music itself. There are songs that are completely gender neutral and there are many songs which imply some sort of gender from the very subject of the song itself.

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Singing the Vowel in the Vessel

Yesterday, we learned the value of removing the “Hiss” from your lyric; today we will concentrate on singing the Vowel in your Vessel.  The throat, as you can see in the image below, is one of the many vessels in the body — and we learned that creative notion from Willa Cather, the great Nebraska writer.

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Slipknot Sing the Poetics

I am not a heavy metal fan — the harsh, unrelenting bass and drums do not appeal to me melodically — but that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of Slipknot, for I am, and here’s why:

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August Wilson Plays the Blues

When you think of August Wilson, you quickly recall images from his amazing canon of plays that made him the best and most successful Playwright in the modern American theatre. 

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Boles Blues Blog Debut

We are delighted to bring you — Boles Blues — the 12th, and newest, blog in the Boles Blogs Network!

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