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Arlen Roth on Holy Grail Guitars

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09.04.2013

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It’s real nice to know that there are certain real “Holy Grail” guitars out there still to be found, and I even found one lately, but what does it take to truly be considered a “Holy Grail?!” There are so many incredible instruments that mean different things to different people, and the “grail” label seems to be an ever-expanding description.
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Arlen Roth on the Nashville Cats

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08.15.2013

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Well, this past couple of months, I was fortunate to be working on my new Slide Guitar Summit album, which features me doing slide guitar duets with folks such as Johnny Winter, Lee Roy Parnell, Greg Martin, Jack Pearson, David Lindley, Cindy Cashdollar, Jimmy Vivino, Sonny Landreth and others, and my sessions that I had in Nashville once again totally convinced me about just how right John Sebastian was when he talked about the “Nashville Cats” in his famous song with The Lovin’ Spoonful.
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Arlen Roth on the All Time Greats

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08.08.2013

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One thing is for sure, there never seems to be an end to the “debate” over who is the greatest or in the Top 5, the Top 10, or even the Top 100 when it comes to guitar players. I find the whole thing about “competition” amongst other players to be really tough to take, and actually an impossible thing to rate or truly “measure.”
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Arlen Roth on Studio Etiquette

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08.01.2013

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Among the very first things one begins to notice when you start to do studio work is just how much the interaction (or non-interaction) between you, the players, artist and the producer really means. Of course, each situation is different and there are many different kinds of personalities you may come across in your career, but every time is also a time to make an impression, and if it’s good, it’ll lead to more work and more good times, for sure!
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Arlen Roth and the Terror of Open Mic Nights

07.16.2013

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This whole new “open mic night” phenomenon that has basically swept the globe has offered many new as well as experienced players some great opportunities to be seen, heard and of course, to meet other players as well. They can also make for some of the more anxiety-producing experiences in many cases, and unfortunately, I know very talented players who simply have felt like they got “burned” at one of these events.
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Arlen Roth: “The Twang’s the Thang”

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07.10.2013

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There’s no doubt that for a very long time now, adding a little bit, or a LOT of “twang” to your playing can be a great sound! It has long been associated with a kind of “western” sound that is used on guitar, mostly utilizing the lower strings, and with a combination of bending, whammy bar and even sometimes some amp tremelo and /or reverb.
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Arlen Roth Says Break Out Those Forgotten Guitars!

07.02.2013

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Summary: If you’re like me, sometimes I can almost seem to lose track of just what guitars I have and where. Granted, I have a pretty big collection, and have been collecting instruments now basically since the year of 1967, when I got my first truly great guitar, my 1952 gold-top Les Paul! I have to say that since that initiation into great guitars I was really hooked, and I have been seeking out and finding many terrific instruments ever since!
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Arlen Roth on the Allure of Vintage

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06.18.2013

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There’s really nothing quite like a vintage Gibson guitar, and of course, all the other makes too, but there is no question that the new ones being made have in a lot of ways finally re-captured the sensibility that made the old ones so great. It’s true that there is a great deal of consistency in the guitars that have been perfected for today, but one thing that cannot be built in is the kind of vibe and patina that only an old vintage instrument can possess!
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Arlen Roth on Learning Fingerstyle

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06.06.2013

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I cannot stress enough just how important finger-style guitar is to developing your true overall approach to the guitar. If I didn’t play with my fingers in addition to using the pick, I would certainly feel like I only had a “half” ability on the instrument. More than that, finger-style is the only true way you can really “control” the 6 strings of your instrument. The blocking, dampening, muting and overall touch you get in this way totally helps define your tone in a much more complete way than just using a flatpick.
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Breaking Out of the "Same Old Scales"

06.04.2013

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This seems to be a constant predicament for many guitar players over long stretches of time, and for many it can sometimes feel as if there is just nowhere left to go that is “new” on the fret board. Of course, there is nothing further from the truth, and of course, you know it! In fact, it’s the very fact that you do know there’s an answer but can’t find it that makes it doubly frustrating for the guitarist!
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