[ ZEPP Country Music]

ZEPP Country Music

ZEPP Country Music closed its doors at the end of 2014. I no longer have any of the items that were for sale on this website; accordingly, I have removed the sales-oriented pages from this site, leaving only the non-commerical bits intact for the foreseeable future.

Contact information: You can try to reach me by sending email to: info@zeppmusic.com, but please don't expect a timely--much less immediate--response. I do travel and have moved on to other things.

19 May 2015: I began a banjo- and guitar-oriented blog on this site . I plan to share some observations and teaching information here, as well as some of my philosophy about music and life in general. Please take a look, and feel free to comment! (FTM, I do occasionally post onanother blog, regarding my career interest: entomology.)

Housekeeping details (*yawn*): Below you will find some information and links regarding:
  • ZEPP's Sound Files (MP3)
  • ZEPP's ClearHead™ Instructional Videos
  • ZEPP's Blog
  • Lessons
  • Anita Kermode's Amazing List of Banjo Tunings*
  • About Our Logo!
  • Look! Some Miscellaneous Tips and Sundry Things
    We Hope You Find Useful:
  • Use of frames
  • Photos and a brief history of ZEPP's
    musical "development," as it were
  • *ca. 1997 Ms Kermode offered to share with participants on BANJO-L, the banjo discussion list, a list of 5-string banjo tunings that she had compiled and documented. I offered to "htmlicate" her list and host it on the BANJO-L website, which I had created in 1996. As I "owned" the BANJO-L domain name, when I started my business in 1998, I moved the BANJO-L site to my server, hosting the domain in a subdirectory. Now, in 2018, it has finally dawned on me that there is no longer any suggestion of a conflict of interest in having her tuning list hosted here, on my former business's site, so I've added the above link.
    Use of Frames:

    Frames were a reasonably happening thing when I created the now moribund BANJO-L website in 1996, and I borrowed heavily from that to create this ZCMI site two years later.

    Frames have (rightly) fallen out of favor for several good reasons, not the least of which being that your browser never quite knows what page it's on, making bookmarking and URL-sharing a tiny bit awkward.

    So why, you ask, did I persist in using frames? Well, for one, it would have been a whole lot of work to redo the entire site(s), which had tended to grow in unpredictable directions, somewhat like slime molds. There were always more pressing projects, e.g. photographing and/or recording my wares. Further, when I created these sites, most of us were on dial-ups, and fancy graphics and the like made websites crawl--mine were Lynx-compatible! (Google it). And finally, ca. 2008, my eldest son chastised my horribly old-fashioned web design; but he considered it a while and then concurred that I and my business catered to an old-fashioned market, and not to a demographic inclined to be dazzled by flash (lower case). Instead, my customers appreciated the information conveyed more than the packaging. Over the years, it's literally true that I had at least a 100:1 ratio of folks who said they "loved" my site vs. those who complained about the frames.

    I was very much inclined not to redo the sites, if for no other reason that it meant I wouldn't have to spend weeks and weeks recoding everything and then correcting all those new errors I had spent so much time building in.

    Back whence you came...