Guitarist Bruce Arnold's new release "Lavadura" Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company



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Bruce Arnold—Music Man Double Neck Guitar and Asher Electro Hawaiian Lap Slide

Jerry DeVore—Bass

Kirk Driscoll—Drums

A Sandy Survivor: Muse-Eek Publishing Releases “Lavadura” (MSK 300) the CD that Nearly Got Drowned.

October 22, 2012: one of the maintenance men at New York City’s artist residence complex at Westbeth was laying down sandbags, preparing the studios that lined the city block sized building’s basement for what was reported to be a “super storm.” He heard a loud noise and looked down the long corridor leading to the exit and saw a 3 foot high wall of water approaching him. By the time it reached him, it was 5 feet high, and had swept him off his feet, and the lights had gone out. The water continued to rise, pressing all the exit doors shut, until he found one that had been left open. He managed to escape with his life.

Since then many stories have been written about the damage done to the studios in Westbeth. No one had been prepared for the ferocity of the surge, and countless works of art, instruments and equipment, left to soak in a combination of saltwater, sewage and heating oil for a week, were damaged beyond repair.

As Bruce Arnold slogged through the heap of toxic slime and filth that had once been his state of the art recording and rehearsal studio, he realized that not only had he lost material possessions, but the files of the CD he had been working on for over a year were history. A back injury had prevented him from bringing his backup drives home; along with many precious sessions, he had nothing left of “Lavadura”  (Dirty Water) a CD he had named without ever realizing its implications.

Or so he thought.  He had given a CDR of a rough mix of the final product to drummer Kirk Driscoll the week before the storm, and with the wizardry of mix-master Tom Hamilton, most of the CD was salvageable. But packaging and mastering costs money, and trying to get data out of drowned hard drives does as well.  Arnold created a Kickstarter campaign offering free music lessons and products from the Muse-eek catalogue in exchange for donations. Within days he had made one and a half times what he had asked for. “It was a financial boost for sure,” says Arnold “but more than anything it made me feel really good about people, at a time when I felt really low. The government aid people can make you feel awful, and I was pretty thin skinned, so I needed something to counterbalance that.”

“Lavadura” is a darkly exciting excursion into modern instrumental rock. The title track rips off with Arnold creating a frenetic electrical cascade against which the melody lurks on bass. Other standouts are the lyrical “Understanding” and the driving dissonances of “Hexo-Plex.”  Through it all, the beauty and versatility of the Music Man Double Neck guitar that he played for the session, shines through. (That instrument unfortunately did not survive). “It’s not exactly how I envisioned the CD,” says Bruce, “but I’m just so happy that it’s alive and out there.”

The tracks:

  • Lavadura
  • Crown
  • Stand it Up

  • 5 Points
  • Understanding
  • Area 25
  • Runway
  • Hexo Plex


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Muse-Eek Publishing Company is a publishing house with a broad focus on music education. Muse-Eek also publishes fine art and poetry books, and has its own record label, Muse-Eek Records. Our online presence, specializes in the publication of music workbooks, video courses and sound and video recordings that teach the foundation of good musicianship through groundbreaking and innovative methods along with traditional methods that have been taught for centuries. These historic methods date back through centuries of great musicians and educators. To see these interesting relationship please see Bruce Arnold's Music Education Genealogy Chart which tells you a lot about the where many of his educational ideas took root and some of the educational pillars that are evident throughout the books you find on this website. The Muse-Eek Records catalogue contains a diverse selection of music much of it by Bruce Arnold in collaboration with some of today's best players in classical, jazz, rock and avant-garde music. These are available in CD, DVD and mp3 formats. We believe in a working relationship with our music education customers; they are free to interact with the author after purchasing a book to help them through any material they don’t understand or which they need further clarification. We also have a member's area which contains a wealth of free information to help a student understand music at a deeper level and access additional files for our books. Many of our books offer cutting edge ideas regarding ear training, guitar technique, rhythm and time. These methods have a proven track record. Our main author Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in the world, including Princeton, Dartmouth, Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, The New School and NYU. Along with Mr. Arnold's publications on the website he has also written books and appeared in educational DVDs for MelBay and Truefire. Over the years Mr Arnold has used his experiences with his students to develop a program that can elevate a musician's ability to world class caliber. If you have questions about any of our books or recordings please send us an email. Along with general questions about either our record label or our publishing company we also welcome questions to help a student choose the proper materials to reach their goals. We have over 300 products to help you learn any style of music and to develop your musicianship to its peak. We also make recommendations for practice schedules for students who use our methods to get the most out of their study time. This, along with personal interaction with Bruce through email, nurtures the student's ability through a closely monitored situation, ensuring there is no wasted time or misunderstanding.