Nov 20, 2019
Summary, Episode 19:
In 1988, Don became the first Canadian to win the U.S. National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. He won again in 1996, still the only two-time winner of the competition.
Don has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India.
He has played live and on recording with U.S. guitarist Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, Canadian guitarist Calum Graham, & Toronto bassist Jordan O’Connor. Don composes scores for television, radio and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians.
He’s released numerous CDs and DVDs for the Candy Rat Record label, including his new album, A Million Brazilian Civilians, on CD and see-through orange vinyl.
(Timestamps are for audio version of the podcast.)
2:49 Welcome Don!
3:52 Don’s earliest musical influences.
6:50 Don as a composer first, guitarist second.
8:40 Discovering Leo Kottke’s approach…music with humor.
9:20 Exposure to modern composers Steve Reich, Xenakis, John Adams.
10:40 Don talks about composing for film & TV.
15:44 We discuss alternate tunings and why Don Does uses them.
22:33 Why composes away from the guitar.
24:04 Music – Don plays his composition – “A Million Brazilian Civilians.”
27:33 Don’s relationship to classical guitar.
31:04 I ask Don about his live sound setup.
32:50 Keep it simple…we talk pickups, pedals and other guitar nitty gritty.
34:53 Don tells his “pedalboard on the highway” mishap story.
39:46 What are Don’s hobbies outside music?
41:25 His best advice for musicians.
44:47 The guitar tablature “trap.”
50:22 Ending credits & podcast contact info.
53:14 Music – Don plays his composition – “Seven Seven Four.”
Don’s band project is called “Don Ross – Louder Than Usual”
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