Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mandolin Workshops

Don't forget pickers our Mandolin series continues next Wednesday with the Chords & Rhythm workshop. Fred Redekop will be joined by guitarsmith Al Popowitch and they will demonstrate techniques for effective accompaniement. There will be lots of playing and opportunities for questions. Cost is only $10.00 but we have limited seats available so you MUST pre-register. Call (204)783-2542 to register or e-mail Hal.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Doc's Restringing Guide

Well it was first published in 1996 and now it's back. Doc's handy guide to restringing your guitar ("How to String Your Guitar So It Stays In Tune"). Simply follow this link and the mystery of the ages will be revealed to you.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

New Look for the Website!

It seems redundant to show a pic here since you're looking at the website now, but here it is. The new look of the Sled Dog Music website. Notice the new logo and the improved navigation.

We've kept our web log (blog) up front and streamlined the catalogue navigation. Also we've given more screen space over to the content reducing all the navigation to a banner on the top.

Tell your friends...tell your neighbors...heck tell the whole world! And it turned out nice again today.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Mandolin Workshop Pics

Here are a couple pics from the first of the Mandolin Workshop series. Fred Redekop led these folks in basic techniques of achieving good tone. The workshop focused on string and pick selection as well as how to hold the pick to get the best tone possible as consistently as possible. It was a real cool experience learning from Fred as he shared his wealth of knowledge regarding the mandolin, including many tricks he learned from David Grissman and Chris Thile at the Mandolin Syposium.

The 2nd workshop (Chords & Rhythm) will take place on Wednesday Feb 22nd and will focus on choosing chords to accompany a soloist or singer. Fred will be bringing his friend Alan Popowitch with him to provide the soloist and guitar duties. If you haven't registered yet you can do so by calling 783-2542 and giving us your name and number. The workshop is at 7pm and cost is $10.00.

Here is a Quicktime clip of the participants playing "Old Joe Clark" to finish out the night. The clip is 4.52MB. Enjoy!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Harvey Levy - Local Hero

The gentleman you see here on the left is Harvey Levy. Harvey is a great songwriter and all around nice guy. Plus he has one of the sweetest left handed guitars we've ever seen. Harvey is also one of the fellows behind Levy's Gig Bags and Straps worn by Best Dressed Players Worldwide. Harvey's next gig is on Friday Feb 10th at Academy Coffee Company. Show starts at 8pm and there are a bunch of good songwriters featured.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Groundhog Day!

Well folks it's official! Wiarton Willie has predicted that we will have an early spring. That news couldn't come soon enough for us here at Sled Dog. Don't get me wrong we enjoy the long dark nights and cold wintery days but here in Winnipeg the city comes alive in the spring. Folks start sitting out on their porches playing guitar and heavy winter coats give way to much more attractive attire. Ooooo boy I can't wait.

The Mandolin Workshop series begins tonight at 7pm with Fred Redekop taking us through the basics of Tone & Technique. If you haven't registered yet call 783-2542 and get your name down. Each session is $10.00 and seats are limited so call now! The next session, Chords & Rhythm is on Feb 22nd at 7pm and the final session Soloing & Improvising is on March 15th. We'll see ya there!