A while back, I came across a book of traditional bluegrass and old-timey fiddle tunes, which intrigued and inspired me. I had always enjoyed the sound of those upbeat, “honest” folk melodies, with their sprightly contours and swinging eighth-note rhythms, despite their harmonic simplicity—the vast majority of the tunes are based on “one-four-five”-type major-key chord progressions.
Below, check out a new (November 21) Facebook video that is certainly on the road to viral status. The video, which comes to us from The Redeemed Page on Facebook, shows Nicole D "Nikki" Brown of the Quartet Girls completely wailing on a steel guitar during an absolutely awesome church service.
Joe Satriani's second studio album, 1987's Surfing with the Alien, was a game changer for Instrumental rock. The album, which features such instro-guitar classics as "Always with Me, Always with You," "Satch Boogie," the stunning “Echo” and legendary title track, was a surprise hit in the U.S. In Australia, however, it even managed to break into the Top 10 when it dropped there the following year.
Delta blues giant Robert Johnson is one of the most fascinating and mysterious performers in music history. He created an essential body of blues guitar music, recording 29 songs in 1936 and 1937 that would exert a powerful influence on the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Johnny Winter and many others.
So your band is looking to take it to the next level. Or perhaps someone has offered to pay your way out of the home studio scene and into a big studio you've only seen pictures of. This week I want to discuss the pitfalls I have witnessed and how to avoid them. I swear I could make a living saving bands money—if they would only listen. You don't have to trust me, but read on. I may just be saving you not only thousands of dollars but your actual career.