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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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Exclusive Interview with Jack Ryan Sullivan
Jack Ryan was born in Clemson, South Carolina and was the guitar and mandolin protege of Jimmy Rogers, who was known as the fastest guitar player in the southeast. While Jack’s background is a mix between Jazz and Bluegrass, he is also well versed in Blues, Country, Rock and Roll, Metal, Classical, and Pop music and he's also an amazing five-string and plectrum banjo player In 2013, Jack moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became the house guitar player for many of Nashville’s world-famous honky tonks including Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, Honky Tonk Central, Second Fiddle, The Stage, The Valentine, and during this time, Jack became known as having the “Fastest Fingers on Broadway” .While in Nashville, Jack played on stage and toured with Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley, The Swon Brothers, Hank Williams III, Rhonda Vincent, and Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers. Jack Ryan’s band was the featured band for Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan’s private CMA Party in 2016. These days, through his amazing business, Jack Ryan Music Jack plays and teaches acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, violin/fiddle, viola, cello, upright bass, electric bass, five-string banjo, plectrum, banjo, tenor banjo, ukulele, dobro, lap steel guitar, accordion, piano, and drums. Jack is also producing several new and upcoming national and local artists that he feels has a shot at making in the music industry. Jack was able to keep the studio afloat with ALL of his teachers still employed during the worst part of the COVID19 Pandemic, and has managed to grow his studio, teachers, and student roster by 50% since June of 2020 and he prides himself in 'always finding a way' and giving back to the community as much as he can.
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Subscribe to the Tim Pierce's Masterclass NOW
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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Strymon Delay Comparison Every Delay Pedal Strymon Makes, Tape Head to Head!
Today we're taking our first dive into the beautiful pedals by Strymon. We're so glad to now carry these pedals, and we thought the best way to start showcasing them to y'all would be with a big ol' massive comparison. In this first installment, we're checking out every delay pedal that Strymon currently produces: the Timeline, Deco, El Capistan, Brigadier, Dig, and Volante. Take a listen to the demonstrations and our thoughts on each, and let us know what your favorite is! 0:00 Intro 0:50 Talkin' Strymon 19:19 Timeline Demo 22:04 Deco Demo 25:34 El Capistan Demo 28:59 Brigadier Demo 31:49 Dig Demo 36:05 Volante Demo 41:16 Wrapping Up
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Alice Howe with Freebo & Lemmo: "Things I'm Not Saying "
Alice Howe is back with a new tune called "Things I'm Not Saying" with Freebo on bass and Lemmo on a brand new Fender Acoustasonic Jazzmaster at NormansRareGuitars.
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Rogo playing a 1930 National Tri Cone Round Neck Style 1 at Norman's Rare Guitars.
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1966 Fender Jazz Bass
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In 1964, Ken Kesey, the famed author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” set off on a legendary cross-country road trip to the New York World’s Fair. He was joined by “The Merry Band of Pranksters,” including Neal Cassady, the American icon immortalized in Kerouac’s “On the Road.” Kesey and the Pranksters intended to make a documentary about their trip, but the film was never finished and the footage has remained virtually unseen. With MAGIC TRIP, Oscar®-winning director Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood were given unprecedented access to this raw footage to create a documentary of this extraordinary piece of American history. Documentary, R, director: Alex Gibney, Allison Elwood, Starring: Ken Kesey, Neal Cassidy
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2021 Gibson ES-335 Custom Murphy Lab
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Fender Player Stratocaster Comparison SSS vs. HSS vs. HSH.
After running down the pickup options on American Pro II Stratocasters, we had to check out the pickup offerings on another one of the most popular lines, the Player Series. The Player Series offers both SSS and HSS, as well as an HSH Strat-- "H" meaning, Humbucker! Check out these awesome Humbuckers on 3 great Strats, and let us know which you like best! 0:00 Intro 1:14 Specs 8:36 SSS Demo 10:02 HSS Demo 11:28 HSH Demo 12:58 Wrapping Up
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1958 Fender Esquire
Wow! Grant Geissman is our special guest on today's episode and it's his birthday!!! Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Grant playing an Original 1958 Fender Esquire Blonde finish here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #Fender #Esquire #ElectricGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300.
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The Most Popular Telecaster You've Never Heard Of
The Fender Special Edition Custom FMT HH Telecaster (whew) is that special Tele that comes around every once in a while... the Tele to reignite your love for everything rock n' roll. Somewhat underrated, rarely spoken of, but always impressive-- this Telecaster with two Seymour Duncan humbuckers can give you sparkling cleans or long-sustaining heavy tones. Check out our demos and let us know what you think! 0:00 Intro 0:40 Specs 5:50 Clean Demo 7:22 Overdrive Demo 8:40 Wrapping Up
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11-years-old Charlotte Milstein playing Van Halen
Wow! This kid can play, and she's only been playing for a year! Check out Charlotte Milstein, a 11-year-old guitarist who came in with her parents looking for a guitar to play some Van Halen on! Here she is playing our Knaggs Severn Tier 3 Trembuck