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Jason Vieaux creates his own thumbnail from ping-pong balls and Krazy Glue.
March 14, 2012 The guitarist recalls the story of a flying fingernail during a stifling concert in Thailand.
Guitarist Jason Vieaux loves the wide open spaces in Aaron Copland's music.
March 18, 2011 It took the guitarist a few years of growing up after college to finally disregard his guilt over liking music that wasn't completely earthshaking — like Aaron Copland's ballet scores.
Guitarist Jason Vieaux would love to play more new works for guitar.
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January 26, 2011 The guitarist believes that increasing the number of classical music lovers, both now and in the future, depends on educating today's children.
Jason Vieaux decided not to discriminate against living composers when planning his Dinner With The Dead.
November 4, 2010 Bach might be too boring. And Beethoven too deaf. Neither of these composers are the right fit for guitarist Jason Vieaux's ideal "dinner with the dead," so he picked a composer very much alive -- the 101-year-old Elliott Carter.
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Guitarist David Leisner overcame a muscular condition known as focal dystonia.
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October 14, 2010 This week, we're telling stories about teachers who made a difference. Guitarist Jason Vieaux remembers three teachers who changed his technique for the better. Tell us your own story.
Jason Vieaux was captivated by the slow movements of two great guitar concertos.
September 17, 2010 The classical guitarist recalls high school summers fueled by the voluptuous slow movements in concertos by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Joaquin Rodrigo.
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June 22, 2009 If you love seeing live concerts, chances are you've gone to shows where the clinking beer bottles and incessant crowd chatter were louder than the music. After seeing the soft spoken Laura Gibson lose out to a noisy audience during a show in Austin, TX, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson came up with a novel solution: They invited Gibson to play at the NPR Music offices, specifically Bob Boilen's desk, launching what's now called the Tiny Desk Concert series.
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June 15, 2009 The classical guitarist has a wide ranging appetite for music, and plays with a clear, lyrical technique. His diverse set at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen mixes the baroque, Argentine dance, West African rhythms and a classic from Spain.
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October 30, 2008 Work is nothing more than eight hours of stress, with a lunch break in the middle. You find it's getting easier than ever to fly off the handle, even when the cause is as benign as a lack of hazelnut creamer in the coffee line. Don't reach for the Alka-Seltzer or Prozac. Instead, these five tunes will ease your toughest day on the job just fine.
April 8, 2006 At the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus — a gothic cathedral in Cleveland — classical guitarist Jason Vieaux recently chose a new guitar. It's a crash course in how a musician selects an instrument.
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