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A Sincere Thank You

Written by Bill on January 26, 2015 – 1:56 pm -

Bill Harp MIMI wanted to thank everyone who came to the show at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) on January 22nd. It’s opportunities like that evening, that make performing well worth it. Having a quiet, attentive crowd that listens to and hangs on to every note, is the most rewarding experience a musician can have.

Sincerely,

Bill


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Extreme Acoustic II Returns to the MIM!

Written by Bill on January 5, 2015 – 11:56 am -

2015-01-22 - Extreme Acoustic Guitar Flyer
Thursday, January 22nd at the MIM Theater. Get your tickets now as the last show sold out!

Jake Allen, Bill Dutcher, Duffy King, and Anthony Mazzella bring their jaw-dropping talents to the MIM Music Theater for an evening of acoustic guitar music that is sure to leave you spellbound.

 


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The Phoenix Acoustic Musicians Network

Written by Bill on January 5, 2015 – 10:36 am -

live cd label swirlI’ve started a new Facebook group designed to promote dialogue, regarding the workings of what it takes to perform as an acoustic musician.  It’s called the Phoenix Acoustic Musicians Network.  While this site is meant to promote acoustic musicians in the greater Phoenix, AZ valley, it also serves as a great platform to share ideas, tips and tricks, gear and business practices, as they relate to acoustic music.  If you’re a solo-acoustic performer, play in an acoustic duo or ensemble, please check out the page!

Peace, Love and Altered Tunings!

Bill Dutcher


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The Road to 2015

Written by Bill on December 27, 2014 – 9:28 am -

Bill New Pic BW2014 was a productive year and I’m looking forward to continuing that momentum into 2015.  I’ll be performing at some new venues as well as returning to some I haven’t played in awhile.  I’ve been writing new material and have been diving back into my archives of unfinished song ideas to complete another CD.  As always, I appreciate your support of independent music and  I wish you and your families a Happy New Year!


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Holiday Season

Written by Bill on November 30, 2014 – 12:25 pm -

xmas_present-sThe month of December means it’s time to dust off the Christmas tunes! Music adds a special touch to holiday events, during December. A lot of people aren’t aware that I’m available for private events. Feel free to contact me to discuss your needs.

Video: “Frosty the Snowman”.

Looking for a unique gift this year? Consider giving the gift of music this season.

 


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MY TOP-TEN ESSENTIAL GIG ITEMS

Written by Bill on November 12, 2014 – 8:14 pm -

MacGyver 1I’ve always been one to try and live by the motto, “Always be prepared”.  Some of my close friends have been known to jokingly call me “MacGyver” when it comes to fixing things, or trying to make substitutions for something that’s missing, when completing the task at hand.

I carry that mantra with me when performing live and thought I’d share my essential top-ten items that I take with me, when performing my solo-acoustic shows. While these items are not in a specific order, I’ve found that keeping this Read more »


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Featured Artist at Lakewood Guitars!

Written by Bill on November 3, 2014 – 2:58 pm -

Bill New Pic BWMy sincere gratitude to Martin Seeliger and the entire Lakewood Team for featuring me on the Lakewood Musicians page!
It’s quite an honor to be mentioned alongside the stellar performers listed and I truly appreciate the companies support over the years.

Click here to view the page.


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Synergy Carbon Fiber Harp Guitar From Emerald Guitars

Written by Bill on August 30, 2014 – 12:46 pm -

IMG_2072There’s been quite a lot of innovation in instrument construction over the years and carbon fiber is leading the way in producing instruments that can battle the elements as well as endure the rigors of road travel.  I had the chance to get my hands on the Synergy HX7 Harp Guitar from Read more »


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Coming Home

Written by Bill on August 4, 2014 – 4:54 am -

IMG_0521I’ve come to learn that there are times when you need to, as they say, ‘stop and smell the roses’.  Our summer vacation was the perfect opportunity to do so.  We had a great time visiting family and friends, catching up with people we haven’t seen since moving to Phoenix ten years ago, as well as taking the time to spend quality moments with the kids.  For me, it was somewhat of a working vacation.  I had the chance to play some of the rooms I love to perform in, as well as play some new venues.  All I can say is that I appreciate your support for continuing to come see me play.  We’ve been gone five weeks and are looking forward to coming back home.  I do have to say that over the past 4-5 years of coming back to Ohio, this has been the most perfect weather of all the summers – none of that oppressive humidity and scorching heat!  Today we’re packing things up and we leave tomorrow.  No rest for the weary as it’s back to the grind for me.  Check the August schedule as I’m playing some new rooms and have some band gigs with both The Other Brothers and the Pete Cummings Band.  Hope to see you at a show!


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Tips and Tricks

Written by Bill on June 2, 2014 – 9:18 pm -

IMG_0117I’m always on the lookout for new acoustic guitar pickups and I’m always swapping systems in and out of my instruments in order to find the best tone.  I’ve been struggling for some time in trying to get the sub bass strings of my J. Thomas Davis harp guitar to sound the way I want and my journey has finally come to an end with the discovery of Dazzo pickups!

In my opinion, most contact transducers on the market tend to lack the headroom before feedback as well as low-end bass response.  I can tell you that the Dazzo transducers surpass this in both areas.  I’m stunned at the amount of bass response without the low-end rumble you can get on stage and the clarity of the high-end frequencies is phenomenal.

While the installation can be a little tricky, what impressed me the most is that when I called for technical assistance the owner of the company picked up the phone!  Teddy Randazzo Jr took the extra time and effort to help me in making sure I was completely satisfied with the results.  Believe me, I’ve tried almost every pickup on the market and when I called other companies with technical questions, NEVER have I been able to speak with the owner of the company!

Teddy makes different sized transducers, by hand, for all sorts of stringed instruments and I highly recommend you check out his web site for more information.

Stay tuned!

 


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