Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Style Rookie

Another inspiring place to visit.
Her Bio:
Tiny 13 year old dork that sits inside all day wearing awkward jackets and pretty hats. Scatters black petals on Rei Kawakubo's doorsteps and serenades her in rap. Rather cynical and cute as a drained rat. In a sewer. Farting. And spitting out guts.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

92 Year Old Woman Outsells Beatles to Top UK Charts

This story is truly inspiring and allows me to breathe better. Bravo.....

Vera Lynn, who made her name entertaining troops in World War II after recording her first song 70 years ago, has become the oldest living artist to have a number one album.

The 92-year-old's album "We'll Meet Again -- The Very Best of Vera Lynn" took the top spot in the British charts on Sunday, even outselling much-hyped re-mastered versions of the Beatles' back catalogue, according to the UK's Official Charts Company.

"I am extremely surprised and delighted, and a big 'thank you' to all my fans for putting me there," Lynn said, according the UK Press Association.

During the war, Lynn was known as the "Forces' Sweetheart" for hits such as "The White Cliffs of Dover" which struck a chord with British soldiers fighting overseas and audiences at home.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Uniform Project is a a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of the year, all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for children living in Indian slums.

I'm currently very inspired by this site; it proves how creative we can be with very limited resources and conscientious living.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Movie Review "It Might Get Loud" - the story of Jack White/The Edge/Jimmy Page

A little over a week ago, one of my students suggested seeing this movie so we arranged a Ladies Night Out trip to the movie theatre, a "class" field trip involving the group of us. We were an amusing crew, when we walked in we realized we were the only women there except for a few girlfriends of dudes, but mostly SINGLE men, sitting alone with their arms crossed and very serious expressions. To top it off, one of us was extremely pregnant (and has since had her baby in that week since then); us all in our 20's, 30's, 40's -professional and definitely non-rocker looking types. But we are all guitar or bass people so we KNEW what we were getting in to.

I was expecting that we'd be heckling, cringing at every turn, or plain out throwing our diet cokes at the screen with every sexist/Guitar Center comment. Our group had one loud laugh and snort when Jimmy Page compared the guitar to the curves of a women early in the film.., but in general the movie was non-offensive, exciting, and a guitar/pedal nerd's DREAM...okay, like MYSELF; and I even teared up a few times....those TONES...whew...and when JP played "Ramble On" by himself and showed us the mansion and hallway they recorded the drum intro to "When the Levee Breaks" And The Edge, minus the pretentious and annoying name, also charmed me into loving his guitar playing and song writing for the first time since "Sunday Bloody Sunday" came out. Bono...well, thank god he wasn't IN the movie, except the first U2 clips when they were New Wave and 18 years old was pretty thrilling to see.

So if you like guitar and amps and grew up with your parents Led Zeppelin albums, you will love this movie on the big screen. If you are a musician and don't care much about amps, you should see it on video. ... but see it.


Here's some information on a new fall class I'm teaching...

Taught by Sara Landeau

THURSDAYS 7:30-9:00pm Begins September 24th - October 29th (6 weeks)
SUNDAYS 12:30-2:00pm Begins September 20th - October 25th (6 weeks)
Costs $150.00

This is a fun adult's guitar class I've taught at the Willie Mae Ladies Rock Camp and the Learning Annex in NYC. We'll cover everything to get you playing and confident – whether you are an absolute beginner or long time player in need of reviewing the basics.
- easy tuning and upkeep
- proper hand technique, fretboard theory
- strums, fingerpicking, capos
- songs – we'll choose together
- buying strings./changing strings, checking intonation
- rhythm guitar and playing with a band or other guitarists
- sight reading, best online resources for guitar music
- chord
progressions - how to start writing
- easy fast ways to learn lead guitar

I'm located in Greenpoint at the corner of Greenpoint Ave and Franklin Street. All information/ location/ directions about my studio, onmy website -