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Addition Studio and Tinfoil Rose Band CD “Between Here & Somewhere”

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A new release from Jim Schmitt and the Tinfoil Rose Band has passed through the mastering equipment at The Addition Studio.  Jim is a veteran musician, songwriter,  and performer residing in Morris County, New Jersey, with early musical roots fronting rock bands in and around the “Jersey Shore” coastal regions of Asbury Park . Continue reading Addition Studio and Tinfoil Rose Band CD “Between Here & Somewhere”

You can pick your friends but…

P1020573Ok, I know many have heard this old chestnut:
A tourist is wandering around New York City when he stops and asks the store owner who is opening up shop for the day,” Do you know how I get to Carnegie Hall?  The busy shop owner hardly pauses to think about the question just asked to him and says “Yeah, practice, practice, practice!”

So what do I find as important as that obvious tip for improving technique for many guitar and mandolin players?  You’re looking at it.

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Addition Studio working with Roy Hurd Adirondack folk singer

roystudiob2smallThe Addition Studio will be recording mandolin tracks for Roy Hurd’s new CD, slated to be finished in the spring of 2017.

I have had the pleasure of working with and accompanying Roy Hurd on mandolin for the last year and a half.  Roy’s music has been the heart and soul of the Adirondack folk music scene for decades.  Holding a staff writing position for both Sony Music and Warner/Chappell, Roy wrote and contributed songs to artists such as Continue reading Addition Studio working with Roy Hurd Adirondack folk singer

Rick Davies’ Latin Funk Thugtet CD update

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I am happy to report that all the artists involved with the late Rick Davies’ Latin Funk Thugtet CD project have finished recording their tracks at The Addition Studio this past week.  It’s been a long road, but the studio has seen Herm Matlock, Corey Marsico, Ray Vega, Wayne Davison, Michael Lewandowski, and Alex Stewart performing solos and multiple horn parts for the heads to all eight original songs…….. Continue reading Rick Davies’ Latin Funk Thugtet CD update

Joe Cleary and Campanella Stringed Instruments

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I recently took a trip to Burlington, Vermont to enlist the services of the talented and well established luthier, Joseph Cleary.  I had some issues with my current mandolin that I perform with, so I made a date to consult with him on how to deal with the issues.

I had met Joe previously when he came to the Addition Studio to track some violin on Steve Light’s recording project, “Banjo and Friends.”  I was impressed with the tracks Joe contributed to the album, as well as the violin that he built and used on the session.

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