Paul

Paul

Paul Race has been writing and playing all kinds of music since the 1960s, though he tends to favor acoustic and traditional songs. He has created resources like CreekDontRise.com, ClassicTrainSongs.com, and SchoolOfTheRock.com to help other musicians get a good start on their own journeys.

Why Do String-Band Pickers Grin?

You’ve heard the cliche “pickin’ and grinnin’” since you were knee-high to a grasshopper. To non-musicians it’s more-or-less a hint that you’re in for a night of good old-timey music fun. But what does it really mean? And why do certain musicians, especially Bluegrass banjo pickers grin while they pick?…

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New Old Song on Soundcloud

Just posted a new old song on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/paul-race-933212658/ “Heart of the Heartland” was written for my Folk-based play “If the Creek Don’t Rise.” I posted it on Soundcloud because I had submitted it for review to a Nashville songwriter with a number of hits and they preferred having the…

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Evolution of the Banjo

I don’t have an article about this yet, but I have two handouts I made for a clinic at the Madden Road Music Fest in Cable, Ohio, 8/12/2017. Update 8/15/2017: I updated both the table and the graphic as a result of reader response and further research in certain areas.…

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Are You Shure You Need a Better Microphone?

“Audio human” (sound guy) Danny Maland has posted several articles about microphones for live music. In one, he compared a bunch of underrated microphones to see how their “specs” lined up. http://smallvenuesurvivalist.com/mic-shootout/micshootout.html In another, he has a checklist for things to look for in a stage mic: http://smallvenuesurvivalist.com/buying-a-vocal-mic/ In another…

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Changing Newsletter Formats

My first music web site, CreekDontRise.com started about 2000, and has grown substantially since. As people asked me questions that inspired articles, other web sites like SchoolOfTheRock.com, ClassicTrainSongs.com, and RiverboatMusic.com followed. For a time, I tried to let one newsletter, MommaDontLow.com serve all of those sites’ various constituencies. But there…

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