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It’s not a book. It’s a system.

Universal Music Theory For Any Instrument explaines the simple geometry of music which freed me from reading music, got me playing by ear, and gave me the keys to the musical kingdom. Since that glorious day long years ago, I have figured out songs and played whatever I want…and you can too. […]

Washtub bass

It’s Killington, Vermont, 1961 and I’m 14. I am watching The Shanty Boys play at Mike Cohen’s Trailside base camp. Mike, brother of John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers, is on guitar. Roger Sprung picks his iconic gold hearts-and-flowers Mastertone banjo, grinning like WC Fields. On the first washtub bass I’d ever seen […]