George Dennehy is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. He was born without arms and uses his feet to play guitar, bass guitar, piano, and cello. I recently had the opportunity to chat with George about his guitar technique. George started playing the cello when he was seven years old. He studied with Jennifer Petry, a Suzuki string … Continue reading Guitar Technique with George Dennehy
Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) was one of the world’s greatest guitarists. His improvisations and compositions have inspired jazz and popular music guitarists for decades. Fortunately, Django recorded extensively during his short life; he made over 900 sides of 78-RPM records between 1928 and 1953. Listen to one of Django’s solos and you will marvel at his … Continue reading Hot Jazz: Fingers Working Overtime
Last week I had the opportunity to interview Tony Memmel, a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Nashville. Tony has performed all over the world and has received many awards for his music. He recently co-wrote a song that was selected as one of the Top 40 Songs of the Quarter by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)! … Continue reading Featured Artist: Tony Memmel
Part 2: Stringed Instruments True or False: Cellos are always played with the strings perpendicular to the floor. False! All you need is ingenuity, perseverance, and a cello stand. Inga and Elena play cello adaptively. They use their left feet to bow and their right feet to press on the fingerboard. Inga and Elena … Continue reading Instruments are for playing, not holding!