Category Archives: Music

Wayne Henderson & Friends at the High Point Museum

Wayne Henderson (left) plays Henderson guitar #52 while his friend Herb performs on #400, of about 700.

Musician and luthier Wayne Henderson recently spoke before a group at the High Point Museum. Above is video of the first number they performed. Below is unedited audio of the remainder of his music and comments. It’s rather lengthy, and I don’t know what I enjoyed the most, hearing about the history of the guitar and it’s construction, hearing him play, or laughing at his stories. Enjoy!

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Morning Star

Yesterday my mother, sisters and I went to Charlotte, NC, to visit my cousin Margaret. On the way down mom asked if we could sing “Morning Star” for Margaret, a song which is traditionally sung to conclude Christmas Eve services in the Moravian Church. I think this is the first time we’ve all sung together. Mom started us off with the first verse, followed by Elizabeth, Rachel and myself. I think we really nailed the “terrified child voice” that you often get in the traditional service, as the lead parts are normally sung by young children!

Ok, it was pretty rough, but we hadn’t rehearsed at all.

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This is a picture of Margaret and me. We love her so much!

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Here is Margaret with her husband, Max.

Guitar Man. New Teacher.

I had my first guitar lessons with a new teacher, Luke Payne, yesterday and it was NOT what I expected. If I had to use one word to describe it I would call it “challenging!” My fingers weren’t challenged, but my brain was. One technique he uses is singing solfege, i.ei do-re-mi, to learn sight-reading. I thought this was something that singing students did but apparently it’s a “thing” that serious music students do, too.

We’re starting with one of the popular Aaron Shearer books. Hopefully I can fix some bad habits and develop some new ones. I’ve also been re-visiting Jamie Andreas The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar. Hopefully all this tutelage will make me into a decent player.

Oh! And he only lets me use my thumb to play!

Bonus Trivia! I sneeze very loudly. VERY loudly. Even when I try to sneeze quietly it’s still usually very loud. No kitty-cat sneezes here.