My Music

Original compositions

Songs

Play Title Tuning
The Beat of My Heart Drop D
A Rose Upon This Stone Standard
Sligo Bay DADGAD / Capo 2

Instrumentals

Play Title Tuning
Changez d’air Drop D / Capo 3
Walking Papers Drop D / D
Ballade de Burgundy Standard / G
Thumbin' Drop D / Capo 3
The Ascent Drop D
Day Sailing Drop D
Repose Drop D
Chinook Drop D / Capo 2
Going Home Drop D

From the Archives

Kent Carlos Everett
May 2013

A Week with Kent Carlos Everett

Spending a week with master luthier Kent Carlos Everett has been a life altering event, and taken my guitar building to a whole new level. I am convinced it would be impossible for the most callous and jaded luthier to walk away from a time such as this un-changed...

George Gruhn
Apr 2013

A Guild and George Gruhn

A great bunch of folks from the Let’s Talk Guild forum had gathered in Nashville, Tennessee in April 2013 for a chance to see and play some great guitars, swap stories and build camaraderie. As a result of that event, and a phone call placed by a dear lady from Texas, Ms. Toni Hynds requesting a special tour, I was privileged to spend a Saturday with George Gruhn...

John Greven
Dec 2012

A Saturday with John Greven

The days right after Christmas provide for a particular time of reflection. The somber realization that another year is winding to a permanent close is replaced by the anticipation for the celebration of the new year about to begin. It was during this special time in 2012 that I was able to spend a Saturday with master luthier John Greven...

Spotlight

James May Ultra Tonic Pickup
Dec 2017

The Ultra Tonic Pickup

I recently received my first shipment of Ultra Tonic pickups from James May Engineering. James is also a partner in Audio Sprockets, creators of the ToneDexter (see my article on Pickups and Gamechanging Technology). The Ultra Tonic for steel string guitars is a passive, brideplate-mounted, 5-transducer pickup with on-board feedback suppression. A nylon string version is also available...In this article I install the pickup into my 1976 Guild F-512...