Trying to Learn Vibrato

I am trying to learn vibrato. I am trying to learn to bend strings.

I have played guitar for over fifty years. But I never learned the blues and rock techniques of string bending and slow vibrato.

When I began playing guitar I studied with a locally legendary Hollywood Florida guitar player and teacher named Del Staton. He admonished me never to have my thumb hanging over the top of the neck. He emphasized a strictly classical style. Somehow I went through my whole life never learning these essential rock and roll techniques.

Until I come to Michele Castellani here in Italy for lessons. And here I am a home now, after my most recent lesson with Michele, sitting in my oversize IKEA armchair, practically lying on my back, trying to acquire this new motion in my left hand, this twisting vibrato motion with my thumb wrapped around the top of the neck. It works fine until I wrap my thumb around the neck. I do it over and over again.

One day I will have great vibrato.



Cary and Norma Go to the Theater

In our little town in Italy there is a cool little theater like something out of a Wes Anderson movie called Teatro Mario Spina and since I was a boy I always wanted to have a box seat in a theater and whereas you’d have to be a Getty or a Blum to have one in San Francisco here in Castiglion Fiorentino we just had to go chat up Paolo at the edicola, wading through the Italian jazz magazines and the dubbed DVDs because he is the king of local entertainment and for what it would cost to go to one opera in San Francisco we got season box seats at the Teatro Mario Spina and that’s how we got to see Duo Baldo who were both hilarious and friggin’ virtuosic and you can’t beat that.

Seriously, we laughed a lot and the music was amazing.

I came home and I was so happy I wrote this blog post.

Teatro Mario Spina in Castiglion Fiorentino