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Cloverdale, CA
Post  Posted 4 Jan 2019 11:25 am    
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Jim Barringer wrote:
Yesterday, 03 Jan 2019, Wanda Bruening passed away at the age of 93. She was inducted into the Michigan Steel Guitar hall of fame 09 Apr 2000. Daughter of Harvey Barringer and Susie Lambert and the oldest of five children . Her father taught her to play her beloved and favorite instrument at Barringer House of Music on West Vernor in southeastern Detroit, Michigan. She continued to teach Steel Guitar into her 90’s. Her commitment and dedication to teaching steel guitar her entire adult life is a measure of her compassion for sharing something that was such a very important part of her life. She shared her music with anyone willing to listen and it is a moral imperative that we remember the fidelity and ardor to her craft!
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Post  Posted 4 Jan 2019 10:48 pm    
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Heartbreaking news! Wanda was my Hawaiian teacher. It was Wanda who showed me the fundamentals for building great playing skills. She would say, "Don't just copy, create your own ideas"....I wish everyone here could have heard her play steel back in the 60's. Wanda had the most beautiful left hand....She was the first one to point to the bar and say, "That's your heart, feel it"...I am paying forward her wisdom and insights.... Wanda's philosophies are still teaching new players...
May God bless your family through such a loss.....

Paul Franklin
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Jason Dunkle

Pennsylvania, USA
Post  Posted 8 Jan 2019 4:33 am    
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I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Wanda. I know how big of an influence she had on your playing. I can tell by the way you talk about her that she was a great person.

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Jim Cohen

Philadelphia, PA
Post  Posted 8 Jan 2019 6:11 am    
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Paul, my condolences to you and to Wanda's family and friends on her passing. I know how huge she was in your life and that you still credit her daily for giving you a great start on steel guitar and, ultimately, on your career. Without ever having met her, I know that I, like many others here, am still benefiting today from the teachings of one of my teacher's teacher. And we continue to pay it forward...

RIP, Wanda.



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Sonny Jenkins

New Braunfels, Tx. 78130
Post  Posted 8 Jan 2019 7:26 am    
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Thanks Jim for sharing a photo of this beautiful and talented lady. She may be gone, but her contribution will live for a long time.
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