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Tom Principato — They Tell Me I Had A Good Time!

They Tell Me I Had A Good Time!

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"They Tell Me I had A Good Time!" follows guitarist and Indie Record Co. owner Tom Principato on his travels and encounters throughout touring and the "Music Business"; and seeing and being inspired by Blues guitar legends B.B.King & Albert King at the legendary Cellar Door night club in Washington, D.C. in the late 1960's, his early days in Boston with the band Powerhouse. and includes some great road stories from touring in the USA; encounters with Freddie King, Dr. John, NRBQ, Frank Zappa, Joe Pass and Big Mama Thornton, as well as stories of European concerts where he shares the bill with guitar icon Jeff Beck, Blues Piano legend Champion Jack Dupree, a flight with soul singer legend Wilson Picket, and a career high appearance at the Montreux Jazz festival.

Included are photos and anecdotes about his days playing with Washington, DC guitar legend Danny Gatton and "Blazing Telecasters", Roy Buchanan, and jamming with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paul Butterfield, Wayne Jackson, the Memphis Horns, Chuck Leavell, and Lonnie Mack.

It's a "who's who" and a "what's what" of guitar anecdotes, jokes, stories and schtick, from the eyes of the player as well as a music fan, all told in a conversational style that feels like you might be sitting at a bar having a beer with Tom while he's telling his stories. Tom's mixture of humor, honesty and humility make for a great read told by an Independant niche artist who managed to "survive" over 50 years in the "Music Business" and live his dream.

 

 

Tom Principato — Open–String Guitar Chords

Open-String Guitar Chords

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© 1999, Hal Leonard Corporation
(102 pages)
Tom Principato first became aware of open-string chords through the music of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and the “jazzier” extended voicings of Lenny Breau, which intrigued him to begin collecting the chords in this book in 1978. During a show with Danny Gatton, Buddy Emmons, and Lenny Breau in Washington D.C. in 1979, Tom and Lenny discussed open-string chords and Tom showed him sample sheets of some of the more interesting chords he had compiled. Although they had no further discussion, Breau later published a series of columns on the subject in Guitar Player magazine from November 1981 to January 1982.

Finished in 1997, nearly 20 years after it was started, this book encompasses over 4,000 chord voicings. Guitarists will find it a valuable reference whenever something special or different is needed for a particular musical situation.


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