Posts Tagged ‘Don Ross’

Grace in Small Things: Guitar Edition

Posted by Brian on 5th October 2011 in General Music, Grace in Small Things, Guitar, Journal

You are hereby challenged to find the joy in small things, because life is short and love is large.

GraceInSmallThings.com

Grace In Small Things is a website that encourages us to look past the noise in our lives and look for grace in the “small things” – those day to day moments of joy that we sometimes forget to acknowledge and appreciate. This strikes me as an excellent idea, so I am going to take up the challenge with a musical “Grace in Small Things” drawn from the last week or so.

Here we go:

1. The realization that one day soon I will have a Don Ross tune in my repertoire – not there yet, but barring a God-sized intervention, it will be.

2. Being sufficiently inspired to start learning another Don Ross tune.

3. Attending a guitar teacher’s workshop and learning that there is still much to learn.

4. Working on learning it.

5. Jamming until the wee hours with great friends who also happen to be great musicians.

Canadian Guitarists You Should Know About: Bob Evans

Posted by Brian on 10th March 2011 in Canadian Guitarists, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists

“Bob Evans is not a well known restaurant chain. Well, ok, technically it is. But THIS Bob Evans is the award winning, Canadian finger-style guitarist.”

intro on Bob Evans’ website

In fact, this Bob Evans has a whole page on his website dedicated to over forty of the Bob Evanses that he is not. This Bob Evans is the only Canadian Guitarist not named Don Ross to ever win the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship (2003) and two of his albums have won “Outstanding Instrumental Album” at the Western Canadian Music Awards and a third was nominated. And despite his instrumental prowess, this Bob Evans is not afraid to open his mouth and sing.

This Bob Evans – and this is one of the things I like most – provides free transcriptions to a number of his tunes and arrangements on his website. And, I’ve got tickets to see this Bob Evans when he plays at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub in Stouffville on May 1. (You can get your tickets through FingerstyleGuitar.ca – Note: I have no commercial interest in this, or any other, Bob Evans.)

Deep River Blues (Delmore Brothers):

The Things We Said Today (Lennon/McCartney):

On the Tip of the Tongue:

Bob Evans’ website: http://www.bobevansguitar.com/

Bob Evans’ YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AcousticTonic

Video of the Month: Berkley Springs

Posted by Brian on 5th February 2011 in Canadian Guitarists, Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists, Video of the Month

Berkley Springs is a beautiful guitar tune written by Canadian singer/songwriter David Essig. Written in memory of his mother and named after her hometown, it was originally written in DADGAD tuning. Don Ross wrote his own arrangement of the tune in FACFCF tuning to allow for some different chord inversions. This duet arrangement featuring Don Ross and Peter Kroll-Ploeger is one of the nicest versions I’ve heard. I also love the fact that they really seem to be enjoying themselves while playing it.

David Essig: www.davidessig.com

Don Ross: www.gobyfish.com

Peter Kroll-Ploeger: www.kroll-ploeger.com