Friday, October 24, 2008

You Should Watch This

This guy went on a month long McDonalds diet. The results are surprising and will change the way you think about food. Watch it if you are concerned about your health or the health of someone you care about.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More Nutty Japanese T-Shirts

Another nutty Japanese T-Shirt. This one says; "GOD SAVE THE Flexible ideas." Who comes up with these things? I want one.

Monday, September 08, 2008

What Does it Mean?

What does it mean? It says; "Live, and it not to be because it dies but to connect it." Very strange, but I sort of want one for my own.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

How the Whole Thing Started

My old childhood pal Guy Bee (who is now a TV director in LA) sent me this photo of us dressed up like Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley from Kiss. We were about twelve years old and infatuated with Kiss at the time. Check out my fro!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

World Domination - I'm so Happy!

This might sound silly, but I'm elated. I sold a CD to someone in Russia. Of course I have no way of knowing who buys my CDs through retail stores, but sales through internet retailers usually get reported back to me with the purchasing customer's location. It might seem trivial, I mean, the one sale pays for 1/10th of 1 percent of the production costs, but it means I am a giant step closer to turning the map completely red (red countries have reported sales). Looking at the map, it would be nice to get a sale in India or Greenland. Even Mexico or a few African countries would look good but I can't complain, people have bought my music all over the world.

Take a look at the list:
Albania, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam

By the way, if your country is not on the list, you can get one of my CDs half price, that's $7.00. Contact me if you are interested: info(at)chrisjuergensen(dot)com

Thursday, August 21, 2008

It's done: Devilstone/Chris Juergensen Model

I finally got the Devilstone/Chris Juergensen model guitar from Kurosawa in Japan yesterday. I like it, it sounds good and its got all the things I like: KTS saddles on a Goto bridge, Sperzel locking tuners, jumbo frets, etc. I'm not sure when it goes on sale and promotions start. They told me that it will be priced reasonably.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Musicians Cooler Interview

I was interviewed by "Musicians Cooler." I talk about my new book, my career and embarrassing moments. Check it out here: musicians cooler

Friday, August 08, 2008

We're all the Same

This is one of them videos that makes you feel good. That's all I have to say.

Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Strange Phenomena

Strange Phenomena - Finally on CDbaby!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Al Green - Let's Stay Together

This is a real classic number by one of my favorites, Al Green. "Let's Stay Together" was originally released on Al Green's 1971 release by the same name and soon climbed to number 1 on Billboard's R&B charts. It showed up again in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Al Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award in 2002. I sing this tune from time to time and never get tired of doing it. This 1978 live clip of the song shows Al at his best.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Festival In Fukuoka

Played a festival on the beach in Fukuoka. You can see the Sea Hawk Hotel in the background. Playing bass is Atsuko Watanabe from the 90s all girl band "Princess Princess" (the biggest selling all-girl band worldwide). And old friend Keisuke Umemoto on the drums. It was 96 degrees that day but still a pretty good time.

Finally Pressed

Yes, by popular demand, the new CD STRANGE PHENOMENA is now available as a CD as well as a download. The only place it can be purchased for the time being is from for $12.00. 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Good One!

My daughter's rendition of her old man. She used my promo shot to do it (click here to compare it). Check out the beard and the rosy cheeks. Where did the big old sun-flower come from?

Friday, July 04, 2008

The Empowered Musician

Finally published! I've been working on this book for so long that I can't even imagine looking at it again. My first book, THE INFINITE GUITAR was easy compared to this one. Guitar hasn't really changed over the last twenty years but the music business, especially the independent market, is changing everyday. And since that's what this new book THE EMPOWERED MUSICIAN is about, I found myself in constant edit mode. Basically I describe what I have done over my twenty year career as a musician and educator. I also owe thanks to my friends who helped me get it done: Doug Ross, Phil Nobo, Joey Carbone and George Smyth.

Fuck Off Celeb!

Ha! You gotta love it, the Japanese English t-shirt! "Fuck Off Celeb" Hey, wait a minute, does she mean me?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Empowered Musician

I have a new book ready to be published in July. It will be called The Empowered Musician and unlike my last one, The Infinite Guitar (this week ranking at 229 on the best seller's list), rather than dealing with how to play the guitar, this one deals with making a living as a musician. It is basically how I have been doing it over the last 25 years. The cover was designed by Phil Nobo at Kore Creative, he also did the cover for my newest CD, Strange Phenomena.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Guitar in the Making

Kurowsawa here in Japan is putting together a Chris Juergensen signature model. The new brand is called "Devilstone Guitars." Get it? Devil's Tone. This photo is of the headstock for the prototype model with my name under the logo and my signature under the e-string tuning peg. It is going to be a "more bang for the buck" instrument with all the things I like: Sperzels, KTS titanium saddles, a floating Gotoh tremolo, three single coils and jumbo frets all at a price tag that won't break the bank. I've been playing the test model for a month and after a few changes, it will be ready to go to the manufacturing stage. I'm not sure where you will be able to find them yet, but I'll post more info including photos when it gets done.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

"Sweet Melissa" in new Film

The song "Sweet Melissa" from the "Big Bad Sun" CD will be featured in the new short film "Regrets" written and directed by Australian filmmaker Sean King. Synopsis;

“An eye for an eye, a life for a life. When the drunk driver who murdered Jules walks from court without charge her husband Andy takes it upon himself to administer a law of his own kind. Once achieved, Andy returns to the place they met, accepting his fate without Regrets.”

"Sweet Melissa" will be used in the opening scene. Pretty cool.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Simulcast Interview

Simulcast Interview - I had the pleasure to be interviewed by both Eban Crawford from Reaching For Lucidity and Brent Bradley from Mevio Radio, a three way conversation between Tampa Florida, Raleigh North Carolina, and Tokyo Japan with the help of Skype. We talked about my music, music education, the music business and the independent market. It's a pretty good interview even if I do say; "You Know" every 30 seconds. They also were kind enough to feature songs from all three of my solo CDs. Thanks guys for the great promotion! Tune in and have a listen.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Top Ten Nutty Thinks About Traveling

I flew back to Los Angeles for three days and, as usual, the traveling makes me completely nuts. Here is the top ten list for things that make me crazy. Some of them are things that slightly bother but amuse me and others, make me debate flying:

1. Having to take your shoes off at the security check - It's gross man. I lived in Japan for years and as you know, Japanese people couldn't imagine wearing their shoes in the house. It is nasty, walkin' around outside steppin' on garbage and God knows what and then tracking it back on your living room floor where your kids crawl around. But it works opposite too. Walking around in your socks where people wear shoes is just as gross. I hate taking my shoes off before you go through that metal detector. I'm lookin' around at everybody's stinky, athlete's foot infested, ugly ass toes and have to walk where they walked. I don't care, let Al Qaida try to bring shoe bombs on planes, I still don't want to take my shoes off.

2. People who can't speak even a tiny bit of English - I think travelers should have to take a language test before they travel. I'm not trying to say that everybody in the world should speak English but they should at least be able to say and understand enough to keep me from going crazy. It doesn't even have to be English, but the language of the country they are traveling to. Even me for example, if I had to go to Italy I should be able to say and understand enough to keep me from being a pain in the ass. On the way back from the States, the Korean lady in front of me couldn't understand anything and it makes everything take longer because the flight attendant has to go through the motions every time he wants to feed her. Things I think that you should be required to say to get an airplane ticket; "Orange Juice," "Coffee," "Water," "Chicken," "Beef," and "Excuse Me." And things you should be able to understand; "What would you like to eat?," "What would you like to drink?," "Fasten your seatbelt," "Bring your seatback up." I had to listen to the flight attendant say each of these things about 50 times to the same person.

3. People who talk constantly on airplanes - The only time I don't really mind this is when the person sitting next to me is a young, fine woman. Otherwise give me a break. The lady sitting next to me was from Laos and it had been 30 years since she had flown anywhere. She had a twelve hour flight to Tokyo, before having to fly to Bangkok and then another flight to Laos. I don't know how long it takes to get to her house after that. You would figure that she would try to get a nap but she was talking away the whole time. Granted she was mostly talking to her husband who like her was in his 60s but still it is rough to fall asleep when someone is blabbing away in Laotian next to you.

4. People who don't know how anything works on airplanes - This is about the Laotian lady again. When the "Fasten Seat Belts" light came on and the pilot told everybody that we will be experiencing some turbulence, rather than fastening her seatbelt, she managed to actually unhook the whole seatbelt from her seat. I didn't even know you can do that, but she managed. So she's got the detached seatbelt in her hands, both ends not connected to anything. So it becomes my job to try to figure out how to attach it to her chair again. So she rolls her butt off to the side a little and I have the cushion off her seat and figure out how to hook it back on. There is a clip on the end of the belt that that goes under the seat cushion that you clip on to a steel link looking thing under there.

5. People who play footsie with me on airplanes - Again, if you are a babe, I don't mind, I actually might like it. But, once again the Laotian lady kept puttin' her foot on mine. Considering that she had to take off her shoes at the check point and probably got some of them Athlete's Foot germs on her foot makes the whole thing unbearable.

6. Pissed off Flight Attendants - I know the job sucks and flying sucks too, so the arrangement is a recipe for disaster. Let's just try to get along better.

7. Passports made at Embassies - My stupid passport was made at the American embassy in Tokyo and I guess they don't have the technology to have one of them magnetic strips put in there. This means that checking in is a major pain in the ass. Everyone else swipes their passports while I have to wait in line to show it to a pissed off person behind the counter.

8. People that sit on their asses for 12 hours on an airplane and then wait in line to ride that stupid Jetson's escalator thing at the airport - I know this doesn't really have much to do with me. It is more of an amusement more than anything else. I don't know about you, but my legs are screaming for some exercise after sitting there for what feels like a year, and it just gives me a good crack up to imagine people are too tired to walk. It actually means that I can run up or down the stairs and beat everyone to immigration.

9. People who stand up and try to get their shit out of the overhead bin while the plane is cruising down the runway after landing at a hundred miles an hour - This makes me crazy because they always say as the plane lands; "Please remain seated with your seatbelt on until the plane has come to a complete stop at the gate" and you get the lady who unbuckles herself and tries to get something out of the overhead bin. Then the flight attendant yells at her and she sits back down. I know it doesn't really effect me but some people's stupidity amazes me. I mean would you stand up in a car going a hundred miles an hour on the freeway? I remember one time a man stood up in his chair and the pilot for some reason tapped the brakes and he flew into the seat in front of him. It gave me a laugh but if he had been in the aisle, he would have really learned his lesson.

10. People who wake you up for stupid things - Once again the lady next to me woke me up for everything. Like water for example. You know how the flight attendant carries around a water pitcher to give you a drink if you are thirsty? The lady sitting next to me would wake me up to ask me if I wanted some. Maybe in Laos water is a commodity that can't be refused but I rather sleep than get some free water.

By the way, I'm not making fun of people from Laos, she was actually very nice and unlike the lady in front of me both her and her husband spoke English.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Shawn Harris

For once I'm not talking about myself too much in this post. I'm going to talk about an old friend, his name, Shawn Harris. Before I moved out to Los Angeles in the mid eighties, I was teaching at a small studio in Orlando. That's where I first met Shawn. Another teacher gave him to me saying that Shawn had drained him of everything he knew and asked if I would take over. So I did. Shawn was going to electrical engineering school but was really only interested in guitar. I would show him some scales and chords and we would jam during our lessons. I really wasn't much of a teacher back then, it took me another 15 years to become the kind of teacher somebody could make good use of. I became restless with my career and headed out to Los Angeles saying goodbye to Shawn and lost track. You can't really blame me though, this was the eightees, no email, facebook or myspace. Last week, after twenty years, we ran in to each other on myspace. Surprise, suprise! And he has a new CD out, "Temptation" which he sent me a copy of. I took a listen and liked the material. But the more I listen, the more I like it, so much so that I listen to it everyday. It is the kind of music that really grows on you. Shawn sings and plays mostly acoustic guitar with a rhythm section. The music is broody but uplifting. My favorite cuts are "Promised Land" and "Memories." I usually relentlessly promote my own music, but I have to suggest you have a listen to Shawn. I'll get back to myself later.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Check out the Doo!

Ha, ha, ha! Found this photo here in Japan. It's me, eighteen years old and in my first traveling band "Stryker." We meandered around the southern B circuit for a few years before fading away. I have pretty good memories of those times, especially playing spring break in Daytona Beach. Check out my hair, a Fro! I'm all the way on the left if you haven't figured it out yet. I've been looking for the other guitarist in the band for years. If anybody knows the whereabouts of Harvey Holten, let me know.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter Joy

I spent Easter with my beautiful daughter Melissa. We went to the annual Easter egg hunt on the spectacular grounds of the "Neighborhood Church" here in Palos Verdes Estates. It gave me a chance to reflect on life and Joy, what makes us feel Joy sometimes and what prevents us from having it other times in our lives.

When are we happiest? I realize now that it is when good things coincide in our lives and where they overlap, we find joy, happiness, peace and comfort.

When the things we love to do and have to do find common ground. I know Joy when I play guitar and can pay my way because of it. I feel truly lucky to be a musician and to be paid for my work.

When what we want, have and need overlap. That is why rich people don't really have a better chance at being happier than the rest of us. Finding satisfaction in what we have worked so hard for is more important than continuously striving to get more. Being a simple man is a good thing.

When love coincides we find Joy. When the people we love, love us. Being loved by one's family is Joy and loving God and being loved by him is Joy as well. I find utter bliss in my daughters smile and embrace.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Strange Phenomena -

Strange Phenomena on - My newest release is up only on Still waiting for magnatune, iTunes and the rest to list it. This CD is only available for download for the time being. Some reviews are in:

"Again, Chris makes the art of guitar playing seem effortless. A no holds barred, in your face, work of art. And that just describes my least favorite track on the CD. Think 'Texas Flood' meets 'Second Winter'." -Brent Bradley, Podshow Radio

"Listening to Chris Juergensen play brings a smile to my face, it makes me feel good. So much so, I have trouble calling it 'Blues', I prefer to call it near audio perfection." -Eban Crawford, Reaching For Lucidity

"Re-energising the genre, Juergensen's newest release is a typhoon of raw energy, pure and honest blues rock at it's finest. Just what 11 on the dial was waiting for." -Colin Meeks, Indie Launchpad

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Concert/Seminar Featuring Arion Chorus Pedal

I managed to squeeze in a concert in the early afternoon today. We had a great time. I opened with "Row Row Row Your Boat" in E and followed up with "Bah Bah Black Sheep", "ABC Song" and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" medley. After that "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" with that finger stuff included. For and encore they brought me back for "The Wheels On the Bus" They were interested in what kind of gear I used so I did a demonstration of the Arion SCH-1 chorus pedal for them. The response was that the pedal made the guitar sound "Squishy" and possibly "Juicy." I explained to their astonishment that the pedal had been modded by the nice people at EXOTiC to be made true bypass. They seemed to be impressed by the concept. My daughter Melissa is standing behind me (looking the other way with her mouth open).

Trying out the modded Arion Chorus. Basically makes the guitar sound "Squishy" and "Juicy!"

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Strange Phenomena Jacket

Here it is in all its glory, the jacket cover for my newest release, "Strange Phenomena." It was designed by my friend Phil, the proprieter of Kore Creative, one of the most inovative advertising/design companies in the world and located in England. I like it; It looks a little mysterious (perfect considering the title) and for once it isn't a big photo of me! Soon to be released so be on the lookout.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

NAMM 2008

Spent January 17th through the 20th working at the NAMM show in Anaheim. I was demonstrating at the KTS/Xotic booth. KTS was showing their new tremolo blocks and saddles and Xotic, their guitars and brand new BB Plus pre-amp. A bunch of people came by to hang out and check out the new stuff; here I am with Andy Timmons (ex: Danger Danger) and Vinnie Moore (UFO). A lot of noise but it is always good to catch up with old friends and new gear.

My take on the gear shown: Vintage (type) guitars, effects and amps are in as well as seven and eight string basses. Kind of funny I thought, bassists are going for more and guitarists are shooting for less. Low watt amps are the rage now and everything for guitar is labeled as new-old, new-vintage and/or relic. Bass is over the top, meaning loud, long and strung with nothing less than seven strings. Bassists must be going through the stage guitarists went through in the 80's which tells me that within the next ten years vintage (type) basses will be back in style (meaning four stringed) and guitar will be back to shred (yikes). As usual, Drums are the same.