Author Archives: fretgenie

Three days in Odessa, Ukraine

I had always wanted to see Odessa, ever since watching the 1925 Sergei Eisenstein film The Battleship Potemkim in high school. The brilliantly-conceived scene of horror and tragedy distilled into an ironic symbol — a baby in a buggy rolling … Continue reading

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The 20th anniversary of my instructional video

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of my 1994 instructional video, The Guitar of Preston Reed: Expanding the Realm of Acoustic Playing on Homespun Tapes. (I can’t believe it’s been twenty years!) In the late 1980’s I … Continue reading

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Let’s get bored

When I was in China last fall I watched a teenage girl on a Beijing subway say goodbye to a friend getting off at a stop. As soon as they had waved goodbye and the doors closed, the girl pulled … Continue reading

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Recording an instructional video project

A few weeks ago I flew to Colorado to record a video series for an internet company specialising in online guitar lessons. I had been contacted by the company about six months earlier and liked what they were offering guitar … Continue reading

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When you are doing nothing, you are doing something

When I first finish a challenging creative project, I feel a sense of relief and euphoria. That feeling may last for a little while. But eventually it wears off…and I am left feeling exhausted. The truth is, the project has … Continue reading

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An incredible year

I think this past year has been the biggest of my life. It was a year of creating, producing, traveling, performing, making new friends, learning, meeting challenges and growing. It was a year of “firsts” — my first album in … Continue reading

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China on my mind

I went to China for the first time last month. I spent ten days playing concerts and workshops, sightseeing, exploring, eating, drinking and shooting photos in the three biggest cities — Guangjhou, Beijing and Shanghai. Food, the heat and humidity, … Continue reading

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A unique festival

I recently participated in a unique music festival in Rochefort, France, called Rochefort en Accords. The slogan of this small festival in the south of France — the brainchild of French Canadian organiser Pascale Graham and her partner, American cellist … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the campaign

My forty-six-day campaign to crowd-fund my new album and a global tour ended a few days ago. Although the campaign didn’t reach the “goal” amount which would have helped pay for me to tour with the album, it did reach … Continue reading

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The final five days

We are down to the final 5 days of my crowd-funding campaign. I want to thank everyone who has contributed over the past 41 days! You are helping an artist (me) to continue to create original music and bring that … Continue reading

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