Hello and welcome to the Stringed Instrument Peddler.  I am the peddler of all that is good in the world of musical instruments. Here is where you will find me and my life’s work. I am a Kansas native who now resides here in Eureka Springs. I currently own and operate the Stringed Instrument Peddler at 53 North Main. Prior to coming here I owned “Acoustic Stringed Instruments” in Hutchinson, Kansas. I am a musician, teacher, composer, instrument maker and repairman, who has A-la-carte ability to communicate via songs. I enjoy and share humorous and serious musical styles that uplift and enthuse the soul. My passion is to perform using guitars, banjo, dulcimer, piano and voice where the message is natural, fun and sometimes deep and primarily expressed in the unplugged/re-arranged folk tradition. I enjoy a musical background that is extensive and includes several genres and styles. I have had the privilege to work with trios, duos, quartets and am now enjoying a solo flight… I will be delighted to share with you the instrumentals, vocals, the sing along’s, group participation, and my extemporaneous wit. It is really great to be here in this beautiful part of Arkansas. I look forward to serving you, all of Eureka Springs, and the surrounding communities with your musical needs.

Below is an article about the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival that I think you will find interesting:

Winfield (aka Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival), how it became a reality…

Brent, along with his friend and employer the late Stuart Mossman and Sam Ontjes conceived the idea of a folk music festival to be held at the Southwestern’s College campus in Winfield, Kansas. After many talks, proposals, and scheming sessions held on long trips… the event was to become a reality. Stuart was the promoter and group enthusiast that held the passion and drive for success. Sam, the festival director, Brent, his best friend, even today, Bob Prewitt, Alan Menne, and a whole host of others began to work on this undertaking already having convinced the college administration etc. “We were convinced we would make it work and fly”… Brent. “Most of us probably didn’t even realize we were working on the event of our lives but it was sure fun.  The nites at the local coffee house “The Black Eye” lead us to areas unknown” said Bob Prewitt. The first year was a hugh success with marquee entertainers like Doc and Merle Watson, blues man Mance Lipscome, Pat and Victoria Garvey, Jimmy Driftwood and Art Eskridge, “Vern and Ray” with Herb Pedersen on Banjo…WOW…! what an experience that first festival.

The second festival was immediately granted by the college administration and was now “better funded” a key ingredient. So, Winfield was on the map and thanks now to Bob Redford, the flame has continued. The festival was honored in 1999 by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Being selected to receive the first ever “IBMA Bluegrass Event Of The Year” award was a proud moment for everyone who has worked to make the Walnut Valley Festival a success. Though the festival is called “bluegrass”, it has never been JUST bluegrass. It now is a blend of all kinds of acoustic music: bluegrass, folk, old-time country, a little bit cowboy, some Irish, blues, Cajun, and more. And the bluegrass is both traditional and progressive. Still the third week-end in September, in Winfield, Kansas, at the Cowley County Fairgrounds, the Walnut Valley Festival has long prided itself on being educational as well as enjoyable, but most of all, the Festival is a homecoming. And a homecoming not just because of the music and how folks act, but a coming home to a place in the soul and the heart with a spirit of celebration.

I have a lot of people ask me what the best way to learn to play guitar is. It’s typically after they’ve watched me and a few locals jamming. The comraderie is addictive.

But, for most, it starts with a good program and daily practice. And that’s where Jamplay comes in. It’s an online course that is pretty darn cheap and has everything you could want to know in order to start jamming just a few weeks from now. It’s also great for training the next generation.

Here is an honest review that will give you a bit of insight.

The Versatility

There are some sites that cater to beginners, while others are more geared toward those who have been playing for quite some time. The good thing about this site is that people on all levels can find lessons here. Yes. That means that the guy who has never picked up a guitar and the one who has used one daily for the past twenty years can both find what they need here.

The Members

Unfortunately, some people do not have any type of support when they are getting guitar lessons. As a result, they are not as strong as they could be. The members of Jamplay are like a family. There are thousands just like you who are looking to master guitar, and many of them are more than willing to provide you with moral support as well as potential friendship.

The Games

While learning to play the guitar is generally not a game, it is important for you to have relaxing time in between lessons, or you risk overdoing. This site has games available that can help you unwind. Sure, they are music based, but they are easy and very fun. They prove that music can be fun, and you do not have to be so intimidated by it.

The Progress Reports

It is a pain when you are working hard toward a goal and you are not sure if you are doing well. Jamplay has progress reports available for each member. You can use them to figure out what your weak spots are and work on them. They are personalized, custom reports so you pretty much are in charge of what you would like to keep track of. You can also bookmark anything you are having an issue with so you can remember to work on it the next time

The Teachers

There is nothing worse than signing up for any type of lessons before finding out that your teacher knows just as little as you do. Not only is this a waste of money, but it is a serious waste of time. The instructors on this site are all experienced, which means that you will be learning from people who were once in your shoes, yet they have gone on to master the art of guitar.

As you can tell, there are many great benefits to becoming a part of this online community. If you are not sure if this is the place for you, it would be a great idea to give it a try. There are many coupons and discounts available for new users, which means that you won’t go for broke trying to make a decision.

Maybe next time you come through town you can pickup a guitar and jam along with us. There is always room for one more.

 

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