Wednesday, 1 July 2009

New Acoustic Gallery news

The New Acoustic Gallery (NAG) in Solingen, Germany, now has the Tone-Gard™ (shown on left) in stock at €89.90 each. The Tone-Gard™ holds a mandolin away from the player's body to avoid damping vibrations, and is used by many prominent mandolinists, including David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, John Reischman, and many others.

Oliver Waitze of the NAG will be one of the three distinguished instructors at the Bluegrass Workshop in the Bayerischen Musikakademie Hammelburg (7-9 August 2009), together with Jürgen Biller and Rupert Paulik. Further details can be found here or obtained from Peter Näder, Popularmusikbeauftragter des Bezirks Unterfranken, Bayerische Musikakademie, 97762 Hammelburg, Am Schlossberg: e-mail (readable with Javascript).

The NAG's 1st International Mandolin Festival will be held on 29-30 August, with jazz, swing, and classical music among the genres that will be featured.

Oliver Waitze's book Flatpicking guitar: master technique: (in English & German) is now published by Mel Bay Publications Inc. and available from Amazon.

More details on all these items from the NAG's July newsletter can be found on its website.