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Arlen Roth on Taste and Restraint

05.30.2013

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Above all, the most identifiable and memorable times within your playing are when you can truly use “taste and restraint” to your favor. Many of us learn to play, and want to play fast, but I tell many students to not also try to be all about speed. Speed is important of course, and any one of us who plays notes would also love the ability to play them at an impressive, lightning fast clip. The problem is, “what happens when we simply want to slow things down, and be more tasteful?”
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Arlen Roth and a Les Paul Tribute

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05.28.2013

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Well, last week we all gathered to celebrate yet again, the 2nd release of the Les Paul Tribute album, only this time on VINYL! It was a star-studded event, and me and my daughter Lexie got to play and sing our tracks from the album, “Vaya Con Dios” and “Mr. Sandman.”
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Arlen Roth on Why Every Student is a Blessing

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05.15.2013

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It really is true that each student one can have is a real blessing! I have found that not only have I made some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had through teaching them, but also the very act of teaching has done more to teach me than anyone else!
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Arlen Roth on Gigs for Friends and Family

05.01.2013

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Sometimes we all end up doing some gigs that we may not necessarily really want to do, but we end up with a sense of “having” to do it! This occurs very often when friends or family ask us to do them certain gigs as “favors.” It is amazing how these gigs can come about, and sometimes for me there have been some really funny circumstances!
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Arlen Roth on Starting a Band

04.24.2013

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When you want to first get together with some friends and really start a band for yourselves, you’ll find this to be a very exciting time! The early and formative days of anyone’s life in music can be a time when great memories are made, and when anything is possible. The feeling you get is basically like you can “rule the world” and that nothing will stop you or slow you down!
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Arlen Roth on Why Every Guitar Tells a Story

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04.22.2013

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As players, appreciators and as collectors, we all must admit that in many ways, every single guitar has a story to tell. In fact, the ones that don’t somehow seem far less interesting, and as we all know, the guitars that seem to acquire the most “mojo” are really the best ones anyway, and they seem to have more “soul”, in a guitar kind of way!
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Arlen Roth on Making the Best Album You Can

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04.19.2013

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I’m sure many of you have already recorded albums, or at least have plans to eventually do so, and I hope this blog can offer you some tips and some help in achieving the best recording you can. These last few months I have been involved a great deal in recording my latest album, a “Slide Guitar Summit”, and there have been countless decisions made over the course of the recording to make improvements, and to affect its ultimate outcome.
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Arlen Roth with Lee Roy Parnell

04.17.2013

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What a momentous day of recording! Got to continue my “Slide Guitar Summit” album with 3 tracks with my good buddies Lee Roy Parnell, and Greg Martin, who plays lead for The Kentucky Headhunters, one of my all-time favorite bands! Both Lee Roy and Greg each made Hot Licks videos for me back in the earl to mid-Nineties, and back then we had established terrific friendships as well as loving playing together!
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Comradery During Projects and Sessions

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04.15.2013

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This “Slide Guitar Summit” I have been working on has really brought a lot of musicians together for sure. I have gotten a chance to play with folks who I played with a long time ago, I have played with people who I always wanted to play with, and some folks who I had never met before, but who’s playing I have always admired.
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Arlen Roth on why Blues is So Important

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04.04.2013

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I know I’ve written blogs in the past about having “roots” to your playing, and what it means to many players and their histories, but it’s the blues roots that to me, really have the most meaning. This is especially true for those of us who enjoy playing American “roots”-based music, and that of course, stretches around the world, especially when it comes to the guitar!
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