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Canadian guitarist Don Ross is a legend in the acoustic fingerstyle world. With decades of experience, he employs modern techniques, altered tunings, and a strong melodic sense to write memorable songs. Aaron Sefchick and Joe McMurray have a fun and informative conversation with Don about a wide range of topics including his musical journey, his guitars, acoustic guitar pickups, traveling with guitars, songwriting, recording, his most memorable shows (good and bad), and much more.
Part 2 of 2 begins with a discussion about Don’s approaches to songwriting. He expands on how he uses altered tunings to solve compositional problems and expand the range of the guitar. He talks about following song structures, thematic development, and different grooves.
Don talks about his experiences as a recording engineer, working with ProTools, and his favorite microphones and pre-amps for recording acoustic guitars. He tells the guys about recording his wife’s (Brooke Miller’s) album at his home studio and having that album mixed by world-renowned music producer and engineer, Frank Filipetti.
Joe and Aaron ask Don about his most memorable shows. Then Don offers some advice about making money as a musician, songwriting, and originality. He specifically gives praise to Petteri Sariola, a young fingerstyle guitarist from Finland. Finally Don talks about his guitar camp that he is hosting at his home in Nova Scotia from October 11-14 (http://donrossguitarweekend.com/).
Find out more about Don Ross at https://donrossonline.com/ or check out his music on any music platform.
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