Wild Mountain Thyme

Getting my feet wet on this whole “vlogging” thing. I should have turned the lamp off. Oh well. The take was too nice to trash. My arrangement of “Wild Mountain Thyme”, or “Holy is His Name” when I play it in church, either way a timeless Celtic melody. Performed on the most recent guitar built by me.

I’ve started transcribing this into notation. As soon as it is done, I will post it here.

Focusrite iPhone Dock and #41

When this guitar was strung up for the first time, I shot a video with this little unit and promptly uploaded it to YouTube.  i thought it was a pretty cool and handy device to have for these type of things. After the guitar settled in a bit after initial stringing, I got the dock out to try to do some more serious vlogging……only to find that the right microphone stopped working. Bummer. So much hope…..

Here’s the one vid I got off before the unit went on the blink:

Ready to finish…

neck is installed, fretboard slotted and glued on, fretted with Gold Evo 110, neck carved, pores filled, french polishing commences tomorrow!

Cedar/cocobolo with 640mm scale

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My album is available now!

Sacred melodies freely arranged for solo classical guitar. I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for decades. The ideas started flowing to manuscript and to my fingers about 2 years ago. Last September, my son, Joey, and I took a pair of Neumann KM184’s, an RME Fireface UC, and a laptop running Reaper into St. James Catholic Church, a century old midtown parish in Kansas City, MO. After Joey METICULOUSLY positioned the microphones for optimum room and guitar sound, we recorded through the night over the course of 2 days. This album is the result of those 2 nights. There is no reverb or echo of any kind added to the recording. The reverberation that is heard on the recording comes entirely from the room itself and where Joe chose to place the microphones.

The album is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.

Ken Whisler: Adoration

On Amazon:

Adoration (mp3 download)