I wasn’t sure what to expect from singer/songwriter Ali Isabella. I met her at her hotel in Los Angeles the day before she was to perform for a showcase I hosted at the ASCAP expo last month for the Women’s International Music Network. I can honestly say I was delighted with everything about her — her smile, her giggle, her infectious music, her strong songwriting, and her energy. Like a breath of fresh air.
I forgot to tell you that in some circumstances, you might find it easier to arrange some of the notes differently than what the tab states in certain sections. As long as you are playing the exact same notes, it is totally fine to rearrange the positions on the fret board in order make it easier for you to play. The tab is just a suggestion for where the notes should be played.
Since I'm a Beck completist — someone who buys every available recording featuring Beck's guitar work (It's a disease) — I guess I'll be downloading a LeAnn Rimes song on June 4, something I really didn't see coming. But this collaboration shouldn't come as a surprise. Beck has appeared on albums by Cyndi Lauper, Joss Stone and Beth Hart, to name just a few. He's recorded and/or performed with Imelda May, Olivia Safe, Tal Wilkenfeld, Jennifer Batten, etc.
In the first installment of my new Monster Licks series, I'm going to take you through my extensive pentatonic lick library. These licks are the product of many years of hard work, and I'm glad to be sharing them with you! The straight (minor) pentatonic scale often gets overlooked when soloing. I find that most guitarists tend to head to the blues scale or other variations of the pentatonic because they find the straight scale a little limiting.
It takes a certain acquired taste to be able to appreciate everything British musician Steven Wilson brings to his multiple projects — from Porcupine Tree to Blackfield to No-Man to IEM — but whenever he's in town, the fans show up in droves. That’s exactly what happened at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles on May 10, when he performed an entire evening with his solo band.