Entries by Richard Cleaver

Guitar Sales Statistics

Some interesting statistics on guitar sales. Last year, the Washington Post carried a story on the death of the electric guitar. The various retail reports that I have read show a steady decline in the sales of electric guitars down from about 1.5 million in 2008 to just over 1 million in 2017. Acoustic guitars, […]

Fender American Performer

The folks at Fender told me about a new series that they are producing called the American Performer. They really covered the bases in terms of marketing on the web. There is coverage everywhere on this product launch. From Fender’s news release: Handcrafted in Corona, Calif., the American Performer Series elevates the standards of performance-grade instruments for […]

Pete Thorn In Toronto Today

One day I would like to play like Pete Thorn. Such a talented and tasteful guitarist. My friends at Cosmo Music had sent me an invitation to come out to a workshop Pete is holding there today. As I am currently travelling in Florida, I wasn’t able to make it. I’ve watched pretty much all […]

Mesa Boogie Roadster Repair

Having had a dual rectifier, I can relate to the challenge for an amp tech to troubleshoot and resolve issues as these are very complicated amps. Although the video is long at roughly 45 minutes, I found it, well, really engaging, almost like a mystery novel. The Guitologist is quite the tech. So much circuitry […]

The Training

Taking stock, thinking about where you might be over time, setting up goals and objectives, all of that really doesn’t mean anything without consistent actions. One of Thomas Edison’s famous quotes: Vision without execution is hallucination. I would add to his quote: small actions, applied consistently over time, yield amazing outcomes. And so it is with […]

The Program

Just beginning the journey to becoming a better jazz guitarist. I’ve taken stock of where I am as a player and where I want to be in six months and out five years — should I still be on planet Earth. To build a program to keep me on track, I needed to address four […]

Take Stock

Although aimed at the jazz guitar student, the lessons I have been taking are widely applicable to other pursuits in life. I was asked to do the following as part of my jazz guitar training: Take Inventory Dream Define Long-Term Goals Define Short-Term Goals Take Inventory Here I was asked to identify my musical victories, […]