{there is a video below you can listen to while you read #NoAutoPlay} I don't care what you believe in or whom, but there is a thing that happens on Sundays that is pretty special and it should happen more. Every Sunday people from all walks of life… more »


My first job

I have some spotty memories of my very early youth. It was a long time ago. I can remember a few special moments from when I was very young. I remember a moment on my dad’s shoulders. Young enough to be in diapers, probably, I sat on his shoulders as he… more »



It happens to everybody, I know. I just don't like it when it happens to me in such a silly way.  We're a musical family and we are insanely supportive of each other. My Son is a rock star in the Bay and he has a show and a release party this weekend.… more »


The Magic House

You know what I do? I’m such an idiot. You know what I do? I forget how good I have it. I bellyache when things don’t go my way. I bitch when the coffee gets cold. I whine about my double-vision and having to look like a friggin pirate now, but you know… more »


I Nearly Died Twice Once.

As many of you know, I have had some medical issues recently; double vision all of a sudden to be specific. Both eyes work OK, just not at the same time. I have been alternating an eye patch to do stuff. One eye sees better far and one better close up.… more »


The 10th Annual "What would you say to your Dad today?" FARK Father's Day thread. This thread is older than your nine-year-old

Click here for the lyrics WOW for the last ten years we've been posting this thread on Fark.com. What an amazing thing. It has been called "cathartic" by many. It has become "a thing." Get it off your chest. Say the things you would have, could have,… more »


Today I saw one of the most romantic things I have ever seen.

We live on the lakeshore. My back yard is a roughly 3,000-acre natural freshwater lake. Sounds great, right? It is mostly, then there is the California drought which essentially added 100 yards of stuff to mow and a really long walk uphill from the… more »


Look what popped up in my Google news feed.

Something to listen to while you read. (new window) [image:66:(Stassi's such a bitch!):.floatright] OK, this is silly, I know, but it made me smile. I was checking the weather on my Nexus 6, a Google phone. On my phone if I swipe left from my home… more »


How to record a 12-string guitar. Check out this DanG Rig.

I get this question a lot so I thought this time I would make a post about it so I can explain why I do what I do when I amplify or record my twelve-string guitar. When I record, I prefer to use a Blumlein Pair. The mics that do that best are kind of… more »


How to fingerpick a 12-string guitar

I want to talk about right hand finger-picking technique for a minute. I watch a lot of videos online and I see a common problem that is holding a bunch of you back. Please let me fix that with a thing I learned from my early years of Flamenco guitar… more »


Songs from The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns (part one)

We were on our way home from a really fun wine tour when we decided to take a detour. We've been on the lookout for a good location to play some music and shoot video. We decided to go to the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns in Death Valley. It was kind of on… more »


Top Ten Videos of the Week

1.Dan Grigor Plays the $110,000 Martin D-100 guitar at NAMM 2010 2.Anton Oparin plays amazing guitar live at NAMM 2010 3.BFMN Catches Andreas Oberg and Martin Taylor jammin' at NAMM 4.In My Arms - Dan Grigor - Amazing 12-string Guitar 5.Cant Find My… more »


Get in the JAG!

Well we are off on our adventure (cue the wildwildwest theme), and having a trip. We did a silly thing followed by many silly things. We bought an '05 x-type Jaguar, put some stuff in it and pointed it north. Altitoodles as we say around here. We… more »


Why I play the twelve string guitar

The other day, in a Facebook thread in a huge guitar group, a guitar player asked, "Why do you play the 12-string?" He said he just didn't "get it." Granted, he was young, a mostly electric guy with a few cheap acoustic guitars. So this guy, we'll call… more »


The 9th Annual "What would you say to your Dad today?" FARK Father's Day thread. Bonus: New Dads what will you tell your child today?

Click here for the lyrics We've been posting this on Fark.com for nine years now. The comments are an amazing study in fatherhood. It has been called "cathartic" by many. It has become "a thing." Get it off your chest. Say the things you would have,… more »


On the topic of Moms

I lost my Mom this year. Today is hard. There are, and have been, some amazing women in my life. Can we take a moment to acknowledge the alt.moms. Step Moms and Granny Moms and Auntie Moms and Daddy Mom... more »


My face is wet.

There are only two things I do well with my eyes closed: play guitar and type. I can't reach my guitar. Sorry. There is a thing that men, Dads in particular, do.  It's really stupid and self-destructive.  It's a tough lesson and you have to learn it… more »


Alisa B

There is a special thing that happens now on the internet as we are more and more open to making friends with people nowhere near us, friends of friends or folks that find your video on youtube and hook up on SocNets. more »


What would you say to your Dad today if you could, or Fathers, what would you say to your child?

We've been posting this on Fark.com for eight years now. The comments are an amazing study in fatherhood. It has been called "cathartic" by many. It has become "a… more »


The King is dead. Long live the King.

That became our visitation outing. My Dad would come by and pick me up in the Cadillac and we'd ride downtown... walk up the creaky wooden stairs and learn music... some of my fondest memories. Thus began my addiction, obsession and passion for the guitar. more »