RGC Meeting and Play List, October 19, 2009

Another lively meeting of the Rochester Guitar Club in the comfort of the Abilene lounge! We began by watching an introductory video to “Coming Back Alive” which chronicles the recovery and return to performing of Billy McLaughlin after being stricken with Focal Dystonia, which virtually crippled his left hand. Even this brief introduction dramatically illustrated how devastating a physical or neurological disorder can be to a musician. We look forward to seeing the rest of this documentation, perhaps in December.

In a similar vein we talked about the forthcoming presentation/workshop “Playing Effortlessly” for guitar players as well as other string players to be given by physical therapist Fred Onufryk on November 16. As it happened Fred visited us last night during the round robin session.

As promised, Norm Tibbils narrated his personal introduction to the wonderful world of guitars. Long, long ago, Norm bought his Robert Ruck Guitar from a friend who had waited years for the guitar to be made only to discover a crack in the body! Norm took advantage of the situation to get a good deal on the instrument, crack repaired and the rest is guitar history! Incidentally, Ruck is no longer accepting orders. Norm then treated us on the instrument to “Lap of Luxury” and “Angelina.”

Here is the play list for the evening:

Norm Tibbils, Lap of Luxury (original), mini-presenter
Norm Tibbils, Angelina (Tommy Emmanuel), arr. Earl Klugh
Jeremy Carter, Movie Theme Medley including Wind Beneath My Wings, Wouldn’t it be Loverly, As Time Goes by, If I Were a Rich Man, Mash Theme, Pink Panther Theme and much more!
Ted Peck, America the Beautiful (Samuel Ward)
Richard Taglieri, Adagio (Mertz)
Bernie Lehmann, King of the Faeries (Turlough O’Carolan)
Von Martt, The Claw (Jerry Reed)
John Williamson, Witchcraft (Leigh/Coleman)
Bill Kenny, Buckdancer’s Choice (Sam McGee)
Mark Grover, So Long (Billy McLaughlin), featuring tapping technique
Paul DiMiero, The Handing Down (Ed Gerhard)
Kinloch Nelson, Bourée (Bach), on the harp guitar

—R. Taglieri

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