Once again, I am introducing a new section to Riffs Of Wisdom, two in fact -“Happenings” and “Players.” One of the most significant and educational ways to progress on your journey towards musical nirvana is to learn from other players. Whether it’s through books, videos, or a good old-fashioned face to face meeting, other musicians, more or less experienced, can teach you valuable lessons. It’s often said that one hour of practice with another musician is worth ten alone, and you never know what kind of helpful knowledge someone might have – don’t judge a book by its cover right? Plus, isn’t that what all this practicing is about, actually playing music? So without further adieu, I present our first “happening” and “player” . . .
Doug Morier is a Los Angeles based guitar player who specializes in Bluegrass and Old-time American Music. A fellow New England immigrant, I first met Doug a few years ago when I joined the UCLA Old Time String Ensemble. Ever since, I’ve seen Doug act as the unofficial spokesman for Old-time music and all things Americana, this side of the 405. Doug also performs his own original music, drawing influence from the aforementioned styles, and performs locally with his group, the L.A. Bluegrasshoppers.
As long as I’ve known Doug, he has always been a great teacher, totally open to revealing the secrets of the craft. At last, Doug has created his own weekly teaching series called “American Guitar,” every Wednesday night at 6PM at the Westwood Music Center. For those of you that don’t know, Westwood Music is one of the coolest guitar shops in the world, with an amazing staff and inviting environment – but I’ll save that for another post. “American Guitar” will cover all the bases of Old-time American music. Flat picking, finger style, accompaniment, basic music theory, traditional songs, and lots of licks, this class will give you everything you need to begin your quest for musical nirvana – American style. Plus, Doug is a great player, with knowledge far beyond these parameters, who will gladly entertain any special requests, and make great recommendations for outside resources. So grab your gi-tar and head down to the Westwood Music Center this Wednesday for an Old-time American musical education!
“American Guitar” @ Westwood Music Center, 1627 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles CA – All classes $20 or 2 for $35