The Metro Orange Line is set to begin carrying passengers on Oct. 29 — that’s a Saturday, folks — and will be giving free rides that weekend. Here’s the latest press release: Official Opening Date for Metro Orange Line set for Oct. 29 Free public rides, community festivities planned for opening day weekend Heralding a … Continue reading Free Metro Orange Line rides on opening weekend
Chris Weinkopf of the Daily News opinion section brought in this Yamaha C45R classical guitar, shown at right, which I strung for him with D’Addario Pro Arte strings. It seems to be the same as the Yamaha C40, but perhaps a special model for Costco, where he bought it. Anyway, it’s pretty good for $99. … Continue reading Yamaha’s cheapest classical
We got a brochure in the mail from the MTA announcing the day. The Orange Line travel times aren’t in yet — they’re probably still figuring it out with the test runs (I’ve seen a total of one bus so far). But the Daily News today, in a Lisa Mascaro story warning motorists about the … Continue reading Orange Line Busway opens Oct. 29
The sewer work in my Van Nuys neighborhood made its way to our street yesterday. Giant holes were dug with enormous backhoes (the 2-year-old loved it — “big trucks!” ) ostensibly to install pipes that were broken during the Northridge Earthquake. Oh well, what’s 11 years of leaky sewers between friends? I really am excited … Continue reading They came, they dug big holes, they left
Cathy Segal Garcia, one of L.A. best-known jazz singers and probably its most popular vocal instructor, tells on the Ted Greene Tribute Page about how she met Ted when she was a waitress at the famous Donte’s night club (the site of many great jazz performances, and where I saw George Van Eps and Grant … Continue reading Ted Greene and Cathy Segal Garcia
There’s always an argument in methods of jazz improvisation over how much of a role learning, using and thinking in terms of the modes of the major and minor scales should play in figuring out how to hit the right notes when soloing over jazz chord changes. The whole thing is very Zen: You’re supposed … Continue reading Ted Greene’s "Jazz Guitar: Single Note Soloing — Volume 1"
Here’s a great story about one guitarist’s encounter with Ted Greene: “Ted Greene,” by Scott DetweilerPhoto by Pete Huggins from a seminar at California Vintage Guitar and Amp in Sherman Oaks. Scott really captures the feel of what it was like to see Ted play after years of knowing him only through his books and … Continue reading A Ted Greene encounter