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  1. Robert Clinton

    G’dmorning Bob

    Finally knuckling down to learning “the Noodle Kitchen”.

    As I begin to hear you coming out of my instrument I’m reminded how lucky it was to begin playing guitar and music in Regina during the late ’60s and early ’70s. Seems almost impossible now in the age of instant internet. There were so few sources other than records (and real people in real time). A rarity like Stephan Grossman’s Contemporary Ragtime Guitar book was an astonishing occurrence. And you already had that music lively and toe-tappable before Hatton’s brought in a copy (price on the front cover?: $3.95).

    We got to hear you play many many times. You were a constant inspiration; between each performance making huge leaps in arranging, facility and confidence as a player, expressiveness as a singer. And your smile and dry wit made friends with everyone in the house. Humour does belong in music.

    Thanks for showing the Way. Your “tonic” soothes and heals.

    . . .and, you know, I’ve finally figured it out: if I don’t play on my left hand knuckles. . .

    best wishes for a merry Christmas

    Robert

    1. Bob Evans

      Hi Robert. Great to hear you’re scraping your knuckles on The Noodle Kitchen. And thanks for reminiscing a bit about the old coffeehouse days in Regina and the kind words.

      Yup. The resources for learning to play guitar in Regina back in the early ’70’s were completely different from what we have at our fingertips these days. Happy Traum’s and Stefan Grossman’s books published by Oak Publications were gold.

      Also, Dick Jack exposed me to so much fingerstyle guitar music back then. Did you know him? He was the founder of the The Regina Folk Festival and the Regina Guild of Folk Music coffeehouse. I still mark attending that first Regina Folk Festival as one of the those literal life changing moments.

      Dick was a doctor by day, folk music and fingerstyle guitar enthusiast by night. He had albums by all the iconic fingerstyle players – Davy Graham, John Fahey, Jansch and Renbourn, Tom Rush etc . All sorts of material that just wasn’t available in Regina stores. He really gave me a leg up on discovering some of that music at such an important developmental stage of my life.

      Merry Christmas as well. I’ll have a new Christmas piece posted on Youtube either today or tomorrow. I’d better hurry, because Christmas is coming.

      Regarding playing guitar with your left hand knuckles. A word of advice. Don’t do it. You’ll get the hair tangled in the strings.

      Bob

  2. Tjs1020

    Hey Bob, I stumbled across you on YouTube performing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and I must say it is a splendid version! I was wondering if you had that tab available for download?

  3. kennardot

    Dear Bob, I just stumbled upon you by chance, so to speak, on youtube while exploring various fingerstyle xmas tunes – and I’m dazzled by your creative playing. I feel like I just discovered a little gold mine – wonderful schtuff! The guitar goddess has smiled upon you, I see – I’m a fingerstyle player as well, with less experience and less smiles from the goddess, but luckily at least there’ve been no casualties so far in terms of those who’ve been brave enough to listen to me. If you ever get to the Boston, Massachusetts area, I’d love to hear you live or meet for a coffee or so. I can be found with some of my uploaded videos online on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/Udaphonic/videos – many fine musical thoughts in your general direction sir, Kennard, aka, Udaphonic (on youtube).

    1. Bob Evans

      Thanks very much, Kennard. You’re covering some some classic pieces on your Youtube channel. Dave Van Ronk, Merle Travis et al. Good stuff. And I liked your Udaphonic video with your original tune. It would be interesting to hear that on guitar. to compare to the MIDI version.

      I’d love to play Boston sometime. I cut my musical teeth on Jim Kwekin and The Jug Band in the late 60’s and i dreamed of getting to the Club 47 one day. Now it’s Club Passim. I managed to see Jim Kweskin and the guys play there in an online concert last fall during their 50th anniversary tour. Not as good as being, but it will have to do.

      Thanks again for dropping by. As far as Christmas music goes, I’ve got a version of Good King Wenceslas I’m going to be posting on Youtube in the next few days. There will be a transcription available for download.

      Keep on pickin’.

      Bob

  4. mjosdal

    Hi Bob,

    My fiancé and I are getting married in Regina next summer and are looking for a guitarist to play the ceremony. Was curious if you Could drop me a line at mattjosdal (at) gmail.com to discuss a bit if you might be interested.

    Thanks!

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