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Pentatonic Scale Diagram

Pentatonic Scale

Fretboard Diagrams and discussion of Guitar Theory availiable at

A Forum for the discussion of Guitar related information including theory, methods of playing, and featuring discussions about the Courses offered at - the premiere place on the web to find instructional material to make you a better Guitar player. Meet new friends and enjoy a community of Guitar enthusiasts who are also willing to help you play better. There has been an excellent new Robbie Calvo course released - RhythmCraft. The One on One Sherpa classes are open so you can take personal guitar lessons with many TrueFire Instructors. I am taking a class with Ravi who has a number of TrueFire courses available for the beginning guitar player. Ravi's Learn Guitar in 21 Days is one. Find it here.

Greenwing Macaw Hiro

Greenwing Macaw

Here is a picture of Hiro the Greenwing Macaw and me. Every once in a while someone will email me with questions about Greenwing Macaws, what to feed them, how to treat them and train them and I'm happy to share whatever knowledge I have in that regard. Beautiful and intelligent animals that require a good deal of care so don't take on the responsibility lightly.

Brief Modern History of Death Penalty

1976 · Gregg v. George and Jurek v. Texas
The US Supreme Court rules in 1976 through two cases, Gregg v. George and Jurek v. Texas that a death sentence is not a per se violation of the 8th Amendment.

1977 · Gary Gilmore - First Execution
In 1977 Gary Gilmore became the first person executed after the reinstatement of the Death Penalty. He was shot by a firing squad in the state of Utah.

1979 · John Spenkelink - Second Execution
In 1979 John Spenkelink becomes the second person executed in 12 years. He is executed by the state of Florida and is electrocuted.

1982 · Charles Brooks - First Lethal Injection
The state of Texas executes Charles Brooks by lethal injection.

1984 · Velma Barfield - First Woman Executed
The state of North Carolina executes Velma Barfield making her the first woman executed since the reinstatement of the death penalty.

1989 · Penny v. Lynaugh - Executing the Mentally Retarded
The Supreme Court rules that the Eighth Amendment is not violated by executing retarded people.

1989 ·
Westley Dodd - First Hanging
The state of Washington executes Westley Dodd by hangning. First execution by hanging since the reinstatement of the death penalty.

1989 · Frank Lee Smith - Cleared by DNA
The state of Florida clears Frank Lee Smith posthumously after he spends 14 years on death row. He dies of Cancer in prison.

My Death Penalty stuff is still available from the Menu. It hasn't been updated in a while so apologies for that.




Death Penalty information. Statistics, inmates, victims. The Death Penalty debate.