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Cowboys In Cybersp@ce - May 2000

© 2000 Bob Howe

"Live and Learn"

Albert Lee
Would you like to play guitar
like Albert Lee?
Me too !
It's been over two years since Cowboys In Cybersp@ce dedicated a column to resources for musicians on the World Wide Web. This time in particular, I'm going to focus on the tutorials and lessons that are available to download. The Internet excels in delivering short packages of information and this holds true for educational material. There is no point in studying 'How To Play Harmonica in One Hour' when the harmonica championships start in 30 minutes, trust me!

In a fast moving world we demand short, easy to digest snippets. Guitarists and bass players will find their answer at a site called TrueFire. As well as E-publishing original music, poetry and digital art, they have over 1,000 guitar lessons packaged as MP3 sound files with accompanying tablature. They have a large section dedicated to Country and another for Acoustic music. Choose from titles like '25 Country Licks You Should Know' and 'Chicken Pickin' Delight'. The best thing is that you can join for free and be given $10 to spend on whichever lessons you choose.

Detailed instructions:-
When you get to TrueFire, follow the Join Us link and make up a username and password. They will E-mail you a certificate number that gives you $10 to spend for free (also make sure that when it says, 'If you were referred to the website by a TrueFire member, enter his/her TrueFire username:' type cyberbob and then click the GO button) When you get your $10 you can download free lessons - MP3 sound files and corresponding PDF text files. Pretty cool. Ready? Click here to get to TrueFire.

Riff Interactive takes a different approach. They specialise in Live Internet Guitar Lessons. If you are lucky enough to be on-line at the right time, you can chat with the Celebrity teachers during the lesson. All the interactive examples given, can be slowed down (in real time) to suit your own pace. Simply stunning technology! If you're late for a lesson, don't worry. They file them in an archive which includes lessons with Albert Lee and the legendary Hank Garland, who also sat in on their recent acoustic Kentucky Bluegrass series.

You'll find a stack of other links and lessons at Guitar Bazzar, the premier guitar players community. More Country licks can be found at GuitarCool who also have an interview with the great Junior Brown. There are plenty of resources for other instruments out there too. Drummers could try Drum Bum, the Internet's first and largest Drum Lesson Database. Vocalists can pick up some tips from Mark Baxter, Vocal Therapist or take a free Voice Training Session with Billy Purnell. Steelers might enjoy a sample of Jim Loessberg's Pedal Steel Guitar Course. Fiddlers look here, at Michele's Fiddle Lesson notes and songs, and don't forget to check the Fiddley Friends links page at our very own Fiddlers Festival Online.

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If it's linedancing you want to learn, there are plenty of sites out there for you on the Internet. First port of call should be Country Goss. Not only has this popular Australian linedance magazine gone to a new glossy format as the New Country Goss, their Web Site has had a facelift too. It's packed with information, including where you can find a dance teacher in your area and where to then put your new bootscootin' skills into practice. In the 'Special Features' section you'll find a lot of different views of this year's Tamworth Festival from a linedance perspective, including the Australia Post Longest Linedance World Record. The Dance news is broken down into the different states of Australia, and countries of the World. Country Goss is the best place to start your virtual bootscoot.


And now for our regular round-up of news
and newly found sites: -

Eric Bogle performing at The Basement


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If you want to share the location of an interesting site you’ve seen or request a topic for discussion in future columns, why not E-mail me. Until next month, happy surfing.

 

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