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Who Is John Lere? John W. Lere Jr. was born with a guitar in his hands. Not really, but it's a romantic thought and seems very fitting if you're familiar with him. Whether banging on different toys with a pencil or plucking around on various beginner guitars as a child, John Lere has been making music his entire life. He began traditional study on the guitar at the age of 9, taking weekly lessons from Art Gomez at Vesley Music in Las Vegas, NV, learning the fundamentals and written language of music. John started giving his own lessons to neighborhood kids or friends at school and loved everything about the guitar. As a freshman in High School he joined the Stage Band and was introduced to jazz music. The piece of music given to him to play for his audition was 'Birdland' by Weather Report. All of the sudden an obsession with this different type of music took over and John went on to play in many different High School Jazz Ensembles around Las Vegas, constantly learning and improving. He was accepted to the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies and Performing Arts after his sophomore year and the study of jazz music went into overdrive! This new learning environment was a dream come true to any kid that wanted to play, practice and study music all day and that is exactly what John did. LVA Jazz band director Alan Lawson, introduced John to legendary & local guitar instructor Hap Smith(RIP Hap. You will be forever missed) and was taught a deeper lesson in discipline and music theory. John continued regular study With Hap Smith during his junior and senior years, and began teaching part time(mostly to kids and beginners) at local music shop Pat's Desert Music. With College just around the corner, John set his sights on a school on the other side of the country. Being Alumni of Berkeley School of Music in Boston, Hap helped John prepare an audition piece and gave a very gracious letter of recommendation. After much consideration however, the decision was made to stay in Las Vegas For College and he accepted a scholarship from The University Of Nevada Las Vegas. Over the next few years John studied with jazz great Joe Lano, focusing on chord inversions, chord solos, different picking techniques and smoking cigarettes. John Played in many different bands, many different styles and genres, toured around the country many times, teaching along the way where ever possible. He has worked for Carnival Cruise Lines and traveled to Mexico and Canada, but never really feeling satisfied with what he was doing. That would soon change! Even though John had listened to and been a big fan of country music throughout his whole life, when he heard the music of The Hellecasters he became totally intrigued by the many different sounds, that in the right hands, the Telecaster could produce, and so began the journey towards Tele-mastery. All of the sudden that fire and enjoyment of playing the guitar was back! A desire to teach was also resurrected and a feeling of responsibility to give back to anybody aspiring to learn the guitar. John Lere has dedicated his life to music and of all the many different instruments in the world, the one that chose him was the Guitar. He has acquired an extremely large amount of knowledge and skill and he continues to strive for new things on the guitar as well as in Life. Fortunately, it is all available for purchase for a great low price! LOL Welcome to Adventures in Chicken Pickin’ Guitar Players, aspiring Chicken Pickers, professional musicians and everyone else who love things guitar related, this is the place for you! Be part of an online community of guitar players, teachers, collectors, luthiers, and other enthusiasts. If you’re interested in learning how to play guitar or want to improve upon what you already know, Sign up for the Academy of Chicken Pickin’ and we will plan out a structured course of study that’s designed solely for you with the aim at getting you to the level of playing you wish to be. Or just hang out and chat with others about your favorite players and bands. Stay tuned for more adventures and cool stuff to be added very soon. Thank you! John Lere
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This program is unlike any other in the world because it combines ongoing guitar training with all the inside information that only a real world professional can provide. Tim Pierce has been a recording guitarist in Los Angeles for over 30 years. His list of credits is astonishing. With over 100 hours, over 1000 videos, you’ll hit the ground running. Tim adds new lessons, jam tracks and tabs throughout the year, so your collection will continue to grow. Click the info link and subscribe NOW... Tim’s recording discography includes Crowded House, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Avril Lavigne, Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin, Meat Loaf, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas, Rick Springfield, Phil Collins, Madonna, Toy Matinee, Don Henley, Santana, Rascal Flatts, Chris Isaak, Jewel, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Dave Matthews Band, John Legend, Gavin Degraw, Mika, Carolina Liar, Goo Goo Dolls, Uncle Kracker, Josh Groban, Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lovato, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Daniel Powter, Chris Allen, Jack’s Mannequin,The Band Perry,Shinedown, Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkson,Il Volo,Lana Del Ray, Gloriana, Colbie Caillat, and many others. He works with producers such as: Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), Warren Huart (Augustana, The Fray), Matt Serletic (Santana, Rob Thomas), Eric Ross (Sara Bareilles), John Fields (Switchfoot, Jonas Brothers), Walter A (Mariah Carey, Marc Anthony, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin), Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, ELO, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty), Tim James (Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Sick Puppies), Ron Nevison (The Who, The Rolling Stones, Meat Loaf, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Lloyd, Howard Benson (Gavin DeGraw, Daughtry, Chris Cornell), Patrick Leonard (Roger Waters, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Anna Vissi, Rod Stewart, Madonna), Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac), Trevor Horn (Seal, Yes, Art of Noise), Dan Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill), Randy Jackson (American Idol and others).
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Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V: My Guitars: Rutters, 1957 'Stratocaster'
Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V is a new series featuring the one and only Josh Smith, one of the greatest all round guitar players on the planet. As well as studio tips and tricks Josh will be getting up close and personal with some of his favorite guitars and showing why they're the mainstays of his formidable arsenal. In episode 2, Josh introduces us to his Rutters, 1957 Stratocaster.
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Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V: My Guitars: Frank Bros, 'Arcade'
Josh Smith 'Live' From Flat V is a new series featuring the one and only Josh Smith, one of the greatest all round guitar players on the planet. As well as studio tips and tricks Josh will be getting up close and personal with some of his favorite guitars and showing why they're the mainstays of his formidable arsenal. In episode 1, Josh introduces us to his unique (made especially for him) Frank Bros, 'Arcade' Model.
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Nashville-based guitar virtuoso, Guthrie Trapp
Guthrie is one of Nashville's hottest, most in-demand sideman and session player. Guthrie's good friend and online guitar expert, Brett Papa, and our own local LA based session great, Tim Pierce jam, chat and dig beneath the surface to unearth some of the secrets to Guthrie's vast range of chops.
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King Cotton's White Blur Show Late 80's Early 90's Radio Show Co-Produced by Norm.
Norm produced a radio show back in the late 80's and early 90's playing some of the coolest obscure blues and r&b with great guest including Doctor John, Rick Vito, Russ Titelman (Eric Clapton), Rudy Ray Moore (The Dolemite), Brenton Wood, Willie Dickson featuring tunes by Johnny Guitar Watson, BB Albert and Freddie King, Ike Turner, Little Milton and loads of other hand picked cool tunes that you possibly have never heard. And King Cotton is one of the craziest, wildest characters around. You can listen to it on YouTube, we have almost 100 episodes we did back in the day, if you’re an R&B and blues buff, you gotta check this show out. King Cotton has two episodes up now, click the INFO button to check out the show.
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5 Tones of the '90's How To Get Some Classic Sounds.
"Our very own Cooper Greenberg and Patrick Marr are children of the 90's-- an subsequent fans of (almost) all of the music that the decade produced. Today they're here to run down five of their favorite tone profiles, discuss the impact of these sounds, and tell you how you can capture those nostalgic tones with readily accessible guitars and effect pedals. From clean Strats to searing metal zones, chorus'd out acoustics to phased out Mustangs, what are some of your favorite 90's tones?"
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Guitar of the Day: 1983 Fender Stratocaster
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Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast
Blast From The Not So Distant Past | Dweezil Zappa & James Santiago
Dweezil Zappa, son of music legend Frank Zappa, sits with Norm and their mutual buddy James Santiago, of Universal Audio. Learn who Dweezil was dating in the 80's, what characters he played in his TV/Movie acting career, why he plays the guitar he plays, and what album of his dad's he'll be covering in its entirety, during his fall 2019 tour. How old was Dweezil when he picked up his first Fender? What guitar is he famous for playing, and how does Eddie Van Halen fit into his story? Find out all this and more, in this episode of Norman's Rare Guitars, The Podcast
Is Floyd Rose OUT of his MIND..?
"Here’s a new YouTube video with my friend, and brilliant guitar Inventor/builder: Floyd Rose. We interviewed him on the channel last year. He’s finally into production on his new Stratocaster and it has some radical features! Thanks so much for all your support" Tim Click the INFO button to take the 14 day free trial of the amazing TIM PIERCE Masterclass.
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Shaun LaBelle playing a Fender Jazz Bass Made in Japan in Sea Foam Green
Shaun LaBelle playing a Fender Jazz Bass Made in Japan in Sea Foam Green Norman's Rare Guitars.
Update: Jan 22, 2021: Epiphone introduces ‘Nancy Wilson Fanatic’
Update: Jan 22, 2021: News out of NASHVILLE, that Epiphone, has introduced the new Nancy Wilson Fanatic. The Fanatic is created and co-designed by Nancy Wilson of Heart and marks Wilson’s first Epiphone signature guitar and her second guitar overall with Gibson Brands. A guitar virtuoso from the age of 9, Nancy--and her sister Ann--lead the multi-platinum group, Heart, who have sold over 35 million albums, garnered 10, Top Ten albums, been nominated for four GRAMMY Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nancy is revered as an ingenious guitar player, as well as a gifted songwriter and lead vocalist. In an era when females in rock ‘n’ roll were scarce, Nancy carved out a place for women to front rock bands and dominate on stage across the globe. In fact, that’s Nancy singing on Heart’s first #1 hit song, “These Dreams.” As a songwriter, Nancy has co-written a collection of indelible songs that have earned their way into the classic rock canon including “Magic Man,” “Crazy on You,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On” and more. says Nancy Wilson."In the midst of the distant eighties, I was approached by Gibson to design a signature model,” “I put pencil to paper to first design the body shape and chose a curvy female diminutive silhouette for the cut away. Many years later the body shape remains exact and the hardware I requested makes the Fanatic a solid citizen amongst the great rock guitar screamers.” The Nancy Wilson Fanatic features a classic Nighthawk shaped mahogany body and a figured maple veneer top. The Epiphone Nancy Wilson Fanatic comes equipped with ProBucker™ humbuckers, a 5-way pickup selector switch for a wide variety of tonal options, master volume and tone controls, a fast-playing rounded C profile mahogany neck with an Ebony fretboard, and an attractive Fireburst Gloss finish and hardshell case. says Krista Gilley, Brand Director of Epiphone and Kramer. “We are proud to present the exclusive, Nancy Wilson Fanatic guitar to the world,” “It’s such an honor to work with Nancy, an icon who has been instrumental and influential to generations of players around the world. She has paved the way for female musicians to believe in their passion, talent and in music, and that comes with an obligation for all of us at Epiphone to pay tribute to Nancy.” The Epiphone Nancy Wilson Fanatic is now available worldwide www.epiphone.com. Click the INFO button for more.
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Paul Reed Smith 513 Norman's Rare Guitars
Guitar of the Day Paul Reed Smith 513 Norman's Rare Guitars.
Update: Jan 21, 2021: Gibson just announced new Kirk Douglas SG signature model
News out of NASHVILLE, that Gibson has just announced the new Kirk Douglas SG signature model marking the second instrument collaboration between GIBSON and Captain Kirk Douglas, guitarist for the legendary, multiple GRAMMY-Award winning hip-hop group The Roots. Kirk’s newest Gibson signature guitar illustrates Kirk’s own modern take on the SG. Today. Said Kirk Douglas, “What I love about the Gibson SG is I am able to get my Les Paul tones and I’m able to get the single coil pickup tones, this guitar is extremely versatile, and by utilizing the pull up feature on each volume knob you can get a lot of tones,”. “I find with the SG you are able to get a lot of different musical colors, all out of this one guitar.” said Cesar Gueikian of Gibson. “Captain Kirk Douglas is a talented vocalist, guitarist, all-around musician, and Gibson Alliance member who has taken a classic design such as the Gibson SG, and modified it with modern concepts that fit his playing style,” “It’s been an incredible journey for us and this guitar is a perfect example of how we put the Gibson Innovation Lab to work in service of our artists and the outcome in this case is pretty epic; we are all in love with this new signature SG.” As the guitarist for The Roots, the beloved house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, Captain Kirk Douglas has developed a well-earned reputation as a stellar player. His guitar collection includes several Gibson models, but arguably the best is his three-pickup Gibson™ SG™ Custom, which is now commemorated in the new Kirk Douglas signature SG. The guitar features non-locking Keystone tuners, a mahogany neck and body, rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and large block acrylic inlays, a Graph Tech® nut, ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic™ bridge and Kirk Douglas signature "Captain" Lyre Tail Vibrola tailpiece, black Top Hat knobs with metal inserts, and three BurstBucker™ humbucking pickups. Like the Captain himself, the pickups and controls on his SG are incredibly versatile. On a basic level, they operate somewhat similarly to a two-pickup SG, but with significant added capabilities. The three-way toggle switch selects the bridge pickup, neck pickup, or both. Each of these pickups has its own volume control, and each is equipped with a push/pull pot that switches from humbucker to single coil when the switch is pulled out. A single master tone knob located in the usual lead tone control position, is provided, and where you’d normally expect to find the second tone control, an additional volume control (again, with a push/pull switch for coil tapping) is installed. This controls the middle pickup and can be used to blend its signal in with the other (one or two) pickups, regardless of how the three-way pickup selector switch is positioned. This means you can run the neck and/or bridge pickups alone or together, the neck and middle, bridge and middle, or all three pickups simultaneously, and at any relative volume amounts desired. Even better--once you have dialed up the exact balance you want, you can adjust the overall output level of the entire guitar with the pickguard-mounted master volume control. For more, click the info button now.....
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Cheap Stratocaster vs. Expensive Stratocaster: Can You Hear The Difference?
"Today we're taking a look at different ranges of Stratocasters-- a "cheap" one, an "expensive" one, and something right in between. The Squier Affinity, Fender Player (Plus Top), and American Professional II Stratocasters all follow the same formula: 3 single coil pickups, tremolo system, satin neck finish; but at 3 distinctly different prices, can you hear the difference? Take a listen to the demos of each of these, and see which one you think might be right for you."
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Guitar of the Day 1960's Coral Vincent Bell Electric Sitar Norman's Rare Guitars
Happy Birthday to the boss man, Norm!!! Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Lemmo playing an Original 1960's Coral Vincent Bell Electric Sitar available here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #Coral #Sitar #ElectricGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300.