Greetings From Knoxville,TN

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Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by Roaster42 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:07 pm

Greetings from Knoxville, TN by way of NJ.
I grew up in NJ and studied classical and flamenco from age 7 thru 13 when I began playing electric.
I played a Rodriguez when I was a student which was similar to the Cordoba Master Series that is made today.
(Terribly wish I still had that instrument!!!)

I played electric rock and blues thru my teen years and did a bit of session work by way of playing in a collective house band at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. The years of theory and training have always been my foundation and saving grace on multiple occasions.
I would consider myself a Segovian devotee in that I studied his technique almost exclusively as a young student and developed a fierce practice routine. I was fortunate to see maestro perform at the last performance at Avery Fisher Music Hall in NYC. A true wonder.

I moved south to NC and eventually inherited an 1899 Haynes Excelsior Parlor guitar from my wifes late Grandmother, a musician from Upstate NY.
I played this around the house regularly for a decade until the humidity factor began some delamination and structural issues (Hopefully I can find some suggestions for that as well here).

I grew up around a great guitar luthier named Rod Schoepfer who was a former Gibson luthier who worked with the late Sam Koontz who made marvelous archtop jazz guitars. My education could not have had better bookends,

I am returning to the fold as my wifes son is getting married and asked if I would perform at the wedding.
So I have undertaken the massive task of returning to my once beloved classical guitar.
I have procured an artist series Yamaha to begin with and have an amazing gratitude for my electric/acoustic steel string playing for maintaining my technique and muscle tone. I am sure my pinky on my right hand will start to wonder what the other fingers are doing with all this plucking and striking and come back to the team, for now the pinky is a spectator wondering....

As I continue my blues and Jazz performance and mold it all into the rock styles I still work in I am intent on returning to the style and method that captivated me in my youth and gave me the love I have for this wonderful instrument.

I am by way of a trade a Coffee Roaster and have been for nearly 2 decades.
I teach throughout my industry which affords me the opportunity to travel to many different places, where I hope to expand my musical education and enjoyment.
Coffee Roasting is like classical guitar, part technique, part art.
Without both the end result works, but never reaches what it could be.

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Re: Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:09 pm

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Re: Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by Luuttuaja » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:39 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum!

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Re: Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by fraim » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:26 pm

what a great introduction!
i also lived in nj...exit 150 for some years before moving to my latest dallas, tx location. been to the stone pony many times...great place to hear live bands back in the day. i also saw segovia perform at one of his last performances outside of philly back in the 80's. it was a fantastic performance in spite of his advancing years. i also saw elliot fisk & others at avery fisher hall...what a great venue!
anyways...welcome to the board & good luck with re-learning classical style. best of luck with the wedding performance.

p.s.-- any recs on "must have" coffee's


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Re: Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by Roaster42 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:14 pm


Ah, the Clifton/Patterson area of the Garden State.
Such a fan of the Capital Theatre.
Matter of fact I just was in Atlanta to see Southside Johnny and saw Mary, who was a crew member at the Capital for decades.

As for must have coffees let me say this.
I owned and operated my own roastery for 16 years before being headhunted by the 'single serve originator, multi billion dollar coffee company based in New England' whose products you see on virtually 94% of every grocery store in the US. So, my normal response is, try this or that K-Cup.
(Organic Sumatran or Lake and Lodge Blend)
I am also a Specialized Lead Instructor/Advanced Coffee Trainer for the Specialty Coffee Assn Roasters Guild where I have the cool title of 'Instructor Mentor' and it exposes me to my friends who are the best of the best in the industry. So, let me ask, what you like?

Stumptown has a great Colombia El Jordan.
Orleans Coffee, my good friend Bob's place, has Sumatra Gayo 36 Elephants, which is as good as Sumatran can be.
Ozo Coffee has a Ethiopian Chelbessa which has a great flavor and finish.
Wilson Coffee and Tea, my friend Neil, has a Costa Rica La Minita that is exceptionally roasted and tastes great.

Thats just 4 friends who are great roasters.

Coffee and guitar are similar in that they are part science/technique and part art.
Without one the other may have merit but will fall flat.
Its why I love what I do, in both senses.

Coffee Roasting is like classical guitar, part technique, part art.
Without both the end result works, but never reaches what it could be.

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Re: Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by Roaster42 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:40 am


We had our big event.
What was originally rehearsed as an outside event was moved indoors as the weather deteriorated.
I kept the Yamaha tuned for the Drop D tuning for the Pachelbel piece.
My Cordoba shouldered the lions share of the performance.
I was set upon an old 18"x24" AC grate, which made for difficult fretting.

Many of the older attendees appreciate the after bar..., the Minuet in G, Greensleeves, Jesu and my beloved Patita a Moll.

I pulled Little Wing together and filled in the remainder of the time with some finger-style arrangements of popular pieces such as The Godfather love theme and a variation of a few other contemporary works.

The AC grate made it difficult to play through a frigid afternoon. What was to be a 20 minute performance ran slightly in excess of three quarters of an hour. I was never more relieved to play the Wagner Bridal March in my life!!! The Mendelssohn Recessional was muted by thunderous applause (For the Happy Couple, not Me).

Thank You to all the members who reached out and offered support in this rushed event.
My nails have taken hold and I am thoroughly committed to maintain this passion from here out.
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Coffee Roasting is like classical guitar, part technique, part art.
Without both the end result works, but never reaches what it could be.

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Re: Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:07 am

Welcome to the forum! Enjoy this wonderful site! See you around.

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Re: Greetings From Knoxville,TN

Post by Jack Douglas » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:32 pm

Hi and welcome,
Espresso and guitar work well together for me. I'm glad your playing went well.
There's a Luthier in Charlottesville, VA who builds parlor guitars and might be able to advise you about the issues you're having with yours. If you're interested PM me and I'll give you his contact information.
All the best.
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