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Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Electric ragtime playlist

Check it out. Here are a couple of recordings I've done in the past few weeks, 3 songs and a couple of Hobo Nickel plugs -- Electric Ragtime!

Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at "hateful ragtime" no longer passes for musical culture. To assist amateurs in in giving the "Joplin Rags" that weird and intoxicating effect intended by the composer is the object of this work.

Scott Joplin
School of Ragtime, 1908

posted morning of August 9th, 2015: 1 response
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Friday, August 7th, 2015

It's a record!

So I've been mentioning it for a while now... At last Hobo Nickel is a physical object! Check it out:

Hobo Nickel by The Modesto Kid can be got from CDBaby! Getting good feedback so far locally. I'm sending out a couple of review copies, ever hopeful... :)

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Sunday, August second, 2015

Electric Ragtime Playlist

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Finger picking with your wrist

It is a mistake when finger picking to hold your right wrist in place relative to the strings. When you do that -- I have even gone as far as to hold my forearm against the face of the guitar to anchor my wrist -- all of the force for your fingers and thumb striking the strings will come from the muscles of your palm and fingers. If instead you incorporate motion of your wrist and forearm, you will bring the muscles of your arm into play -- and simultaneously bring into play the mass of your hand and wrist, increasing the momentum of the picking digit. All this translates into speed and power. The trade-off at first is your playing can get sloppy, you will need time to adjust and relearn the muscle memory of the strings' positions. But that does come with time.

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Dancing Barefoot (solo)

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Ragtime in D

Ragtime in D

The Modesto Kid
at Lonesome Nickel Studios in South Orange, NJ
May 16, 2015 (my birthday concert, sort of! :))
  1. "Rag Mama" (Blind Boy Fuller, Jim Kweskin)
  2. "Here I Go" (Syd Barrett)
  3. "Clean Break" (Jeremy Osner)
  4. "Drinkin Wine (spo-dee-o-dee)" (Granville "Stick" McGhee)

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The Tortex(tm) Talon



...In use!

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

Jim Dunlop



I'm kind of flabbergasted still about how seemingly good, worthwhile music is just about pouring out of me since I started using these picks! It's like it was the crucial next step from the Dunlop Thins that I used when I was recording "The Modesto Kid" -- suddenly I'm actually a musician! Check out this playlist [redacted rant of self-justification] -- "Jim Dunlop" by Jer "The Modesto Kid" Osner, traditional music and beyond.

[redacted footnote of self-justification]

https://soundcloud.com/the-modesto-kid/sets/walk-right-in

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Plectra

Wow! I must say I'm enjoying playing with the new picks I recently acquired! It is opening up a whole new sort of relationship with the guitar for me. Some songs and attempts at songs that I've been recording with these new plectra, are at my Soundcloud stream. Look!:

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Sunday, January 26th, 2014

The murder in Braddock

So a couple of weeks ago I was writing a murder tune based loosely on iconic murder tune "The Banks of the Ohio" -- I came up with "Braddock" as a good name for a town to be the setting; did a little research and found there is such a town, and it is pretty ideally located on the banks of the beautifully named Monongahela River, one of the two principal tributaries of the Ohio. Came up with "Veil of Mourning", which John and I played at our New Year's jam. And weird, this story seems to be sticking with me -- I spent some time last week listening to "The Cuckoo, she's a pretty bird" in different versions including Richard Fariña's, "The Falcon"; and the thing to do suddenly seemed to be to write a new version of the Braddock story, called "The Buzzard" -- so that's what I did. Check it out:


It was fun picking up my guitar -- I have not played it in a while.

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