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Issue 9 Contents

Piano feature: Dave McKenna's Rose Room

Applied Riffery: The Gypsy Turn

The Musician's Ego

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Django Speaks

Django Links

Scott LaFaro

Wes Montgomery - The King of Octaves

Transcribing the Gipsy Kings with SlowGold

What is Gypsy Jazz Guitar?

Performance/Practice Tips

Are you learning or just copying?
Tips for applying those riffs and licks you're transcribing with SlowGold and SlowBlast!

Performance tip: On jazz and keys

Perfect Practice

Transcribing Chords

SlowGold Secrets

Soloing Through Chromatically Descending Chords

Upstrokes on guitar


Recording Tutorial
How to set levels and record tapes, LPs and other material into Wave files. One of our most popular articles.

The Future of Music Technology - The Plug-In Interview with Warren Sirota

wood.shed n. v. –shed-ded, -shed-ding –n. 1. A shed for keeping wood for fuel –v.i. 2. Slang to practice a musical instrument assiduously and with a specific goal in mind: He’s woodshedding for next week’s show [wood+shed]

Hi! I'm Warren Sirota, and I've been a writer and programmer in the music world for quite a while. I've written about music and music gear for Guitar Player, Electronic Musician, Musician, BAM, Multimedia World and many other publications. I'm also the author of SlowGold, the Woodshed's flagship product and the editor of Woodsheddin', this e-newsletter.

I play a lot of guitar (and have been doing so for over 30 years), yet I'm always trying to learn how to play better. Sometimes improvement is accomplished through physical exercises, but just as often through listening, transcription, study and ear-training. After all, it's one thing to have fast fingers, but an entirely different thing to give them something worthwhile to play.

In this area, which will be updated on a regular basis (please bookmark this page, or click here to receive update notices via e-mail), I will be sharing some of the practice tips that have served me well. I also will publish your comments and letters, and inform you of updates to the Woodshed's products - both free and otherwise.

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