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Arlen Roth on Session Player Attitudes

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11.21.2013

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As the late, great Tal Farlow once said to me “Ain’t it amazing how there’s no end to the kinds of attitudes you come across?” Well, it certainly can be true, and there can be many rather rude and off-putting tacks that many experienced players can take with non-experienced players, but it is all something that be learned from, for sure!
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Arlen Roth on Keeping Driven

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11.19.2013

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No question that most of us who make it in this business have had to possess a certain kind of “inner drive” to make it. It doesn’t always guarantee that we in fact will make it, but the fact that we are trying is crucial to not only our success, but to our well-being too!
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Arlen Roth on Fixing Writer’s Block

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11.14.2013

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Sometimes when we feel like we should be in an incredibly productive “place” and that we should be very prolific, we can also find that we have a form of “writer’s block.” This can apply to many kinds of things, but for me since I am a writer as well as a songwriter, I can find myself “blocked” in many ways.
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Arlen Roth and his Slide Guitar Summit Movie

11.14.2013

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I have recently completed my “Slide Guitar Summit” album, featuring terrific duets with other slide players such as: Johnny Winter, David Lindley, Sonny Landreth, Rick Vito, Lee Roy Parnell, Greg Martin, Cindy Cashdollar, Jack Pearson And Jimmy Vivino.
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Arlen Roth on Building the Fan Base

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11.14.2013

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These days, thanks to social media, one can really stay in closer contact with their fans and can also make some new ones in the process…more so than in the past, anyway! I mean, it’s still the best and most desirable situation when you can actually have real contact with them, as in concerts and personal experiences, but now things can be multiplied quite a bit!
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When Rock Stars are "Approachable" or Not!

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11.05.2013

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Today I happened to find myself in a very interesting conversation with some guys who really had no idea who I was, but who started talking to me about music, and of course, then I did inform them of who I was, and what I do. The interesting part I found about this discussion was how they felt the need to convey to me just how “approachable” they thought I was for a “rock star.”
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Arlen Roth on Trading Up

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10.25.2013

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In the old days, there was nary a thought as to how “collectable” something was going to become. Even the all-time greats were always busy “trading up” their instruments for better and better ones. I can remember talking to Scotty Moore (Elvis’ original guitarist) about his old ES-295……I was in possession of Danny Gatton’s old 295 that was possibly believed to be Scotty’s original one, and I was trying to sell it for Danny’s daughter, Holly so she could raise some money, but Scotty told me it wasn’t his. He did tell me however, that when he traded up for an L-5, all he wanted was “something bigger!”
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Arlen Roth on Playing off Players with Differing Styles

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10.02.2013

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Last week, I had done the Roy Buchanan Tribute at the Iridium with Jim Weider and Tom Principato rounding out our trio, and it was amazing what similarities as well as differences there were between our styles and our sounds. It brought to mind how many people have to from time to time, deal with this kind of situation, and just what it all means.
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The "Young, Hot" Players!

09.11.2013

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It seems that these days there are more “young, hot” players than ever before, and it’s as if there is no limit to how young and how fast some of these remarkable kids have learned! I have always liked to take at least some of the credit, since I was the first to bring video lessons with “the greats” to the world some 30 years ago!
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Arlen Roth on Lessons from Great Songwriters

09.06.2013

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We all know that song writing can be an elusive, even mystical thing. Something that might elude us for years but that may equally suddenly appear and have us in huge creative spurts that seem almost unexplainable. The problem is that if we really want to turn out great songs, and want to keep working at that craft, you need to truly apply yourself to it, and to work, work and work!
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