A very handy web page for musicians

Today I was web browsing in order to put off finishing my taxes, and happened upon a great site authored by an old friend, Frank Ford.  He is one of the owners / founders of a fine music store in Palo Alto, Gryphon Stringed Instruments.  Frank also happens to be a fine luthier with a lot of useful hints on instrument upkeep, etc.
Frank Ford

CLICK HERE   for short articles on:

An Introduction to Instrument Finishes
Advice on Cleaning Your Instrument
Illustrated Glossary
Vinyl is Your ENEMY
Troubleshooting and Repair
Playability and Setup
Structural Problems
Checking Action at the Nut
Looking at Cracks
Tune Up Your Gears
Loose Parts Can Rattle and Buzz
Looking at Frets.
Loose Screws? Fix ’em Yourself
A Closer Look at Nuts
Buzz Diagnosis
Raising Nonadjustable Mandolin Bridges
Truss Rod Adjustment
Making a New Nut
Make Your Own Loop End Strings
Fixing Loose Tuner Bushings
Scooping the Fingerboard End
Mounting a New Fingerrest
Rebuilding a Collapsed Top
Refretting (F-5)

Whew!  You see what I mean…  I suppose the web is full of places with a closer look at nuts, but this one’s my favorite!  Check it out when you have some time, or a problem with one of your instruments.

About Peter Feldmann

Peter Feldmann has long been a musical mainstay in Santa Barbara and Southern California. Besides actively performing bluegrass and old time music with a variety of groups, Peter is also known as a bluegrass historian, collector, music consultant, teacher, and producer, both of live concerts and radio/tv programs throughout the area. His music has been heard in clubs, concerts, saloons, universities, pre-schools, at weddings, wakes, parties, barn-raisings, calf-ropings, rodeos, auctions, fund raisers, wine tastings and chili cook offs.

Peter founded Santa Barbara’s Old Time Fiddler’s Convention (1972), UCSB’s Old Time Music Front (1964), and The Bluebird Cafe (1971). Through these and other outlets, he was the first to bring many prominent folk, blues, and bluegrass artists, including Bill Monroe, Mance Lipscomb, The Stanley Brothers, The New Lost City Ramblers, Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Rose Maddox, the Balfa Brothers, and many others to the Santa Barbara area. Peter also helped others access the music by teaching privately, and in group classes for Santa Barbara Continuing Education, UCSB Extension, and McCabes Guitars. He was the first on the West Coast to produce and market instruction Lps – three on How To Play Country Fiddle, and one each on Clawhammer Banjo, and Maybelle Carter Style Guitar. He still presents lectures on country music history at UCSB, Santa Barbara area libraries, and for various interest groups, festival workshops, etc. In 2006, he presented his monograph titled “The Big bang Of Bluegrass Music” (describing the origins of bluegrass 1938 – 1946) to the worlds first International Music Symposium at the University of Kentucky at Bowling Green. He has also been very active in radio, television, and film work, producing weekly shows on country and bluegrass music over a 21 year period on various commercial and public stations. Peter currently maintains three music-related websites, a music blog, and an entertainment service company, “BlueGrass West!”, based in the Santa Ynez Valley in Southern California.

Peter performs tunes and songs from the heart of America’s musical treasure chest. His shows can include fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Well-known as a historian and teacher, Peter is first and foremost an entertainer, sharing his respect, energy and love for the music with his fellow musicians, friends, and audiences.

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One Response to A very handy web page for musicians

  1. Simona says:

    Thank you for sharing. I came to this site to read how things really are

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