Desert Island List: Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez, Guitarist

1. Koln Concert, Keith Jarrett – Keith was comatose after driving more than 24 hours to make this gig. It’s 100% improv and shows tremendous musical virtuosity and integrity. 2. Midnight on the Water, Mark O’Connor – Mark shows excellent mastery of the guitar and violin. Impressive. 3. Soundtrack: The Good, the Bad and the…

Facebook Poll: Top 10 Guitarists

Asking people to pick their favorite guitarist is like asking parents to pick their favorite child. But I took the plunge and asked my Facebook friends to list their top six string masters.  I compiled the list and ranked it by order of popularity based on times mentioned in the poll. I’ve also added links…

Top 10 Albums of 2010

1. The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monae I had this album on constant rotation in 2010. I was amazed by Janelle Monae’s ability to mix hip-hop, soul, R&B, punk and electronica in a delectable mix of unique tracks. I dare you not to dance while listening to Tightrope. 2. Chamber Music Society, Esperanza Spalding I’ve been an…

My Guitar Teacher – Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez

I’ve finally settled on a guitar teacher, Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez. He’s taught at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and has performed professionally since 2000 in the US, China and Mexico. He works as a solo artist and runs his own record label and concert company – Omeros.net. When asked what style of music he plays, he…

This Guy’s Shirt Rocks

While strolling through a flea market in Houston, I noticed a booth with guitars hanging on the wall. The owner sold instruments, accessories and guitar related paraphernalia. As we chatted, he asked me if I wanted to see something cool and then started rocking out on his T-shirt. I was really close to buying one,…