Mark your calendar for some fresh acoustic musical delights releasing October 21. I'm talking about The Stray Birds new release Best Medicine out on Yep Roc Records. Chock full of story-filled lyrics and smart harmonies, interwoven with wonderfully separated string lines and strums, this album offers some heartfelt creativity.
Here’s a fun slappin’, tappin’ acoustic performance by 15-year-old Sarah Command. Here she plays “Tight Trite Night” originally by Don Ross. Hailing from Alberta, Canada, Ms. Command is one half of the duo The Command Sisters. We were introduced to them earlier this year with some fancy finger work from Command on a Satriani and Andy McKee song. Now she tackles this finger-twister.
Here’s a brand new video from Charlottesville, VA roots-folk band The Currys. The track, “Wrecking Ball,” shines with the group’s tightly knit family harmonies, along with some slick guitar and mandolin playing. But apart from their playing and singing talents, these guys can write a song too –– “Wrecking Ball” is bound to stick in your head after one listen.
Today we’re pleased to share the track “Spin a Golden Thread” from Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run. Pulsating rhythmic strings are overlaid with a driving mandolin strum and tight vocal harmonies. The song subtly builds in intensity as it repeats into a skillful fiddle solo.
Hailing from El Paso, The Dirty River Boys are quintessentially Texas: A bit rough around the edges but full of heart. Today the band releases their gnarly self-titled album, which is produced by Grammy-nominated Chris "Frenchie" Smith. Inspired by 200,000 miles of cross-country touring and living between two culturally different worlds in the border town of El Paso, the album was recorded at Sonic Ranch, a spot that's appropriately bordered by the Rio Grande and Old Mexico.
What happens when a guitar player runs out of (patience for) drummers? He creates the Beat Buddy—the love child of a guitar pedal and a drum machine. Sleek, compact, easy to use right out of the box, the Beat Buddy is a MIDI-based pedal drum machine that enables musicians to easily control the beat hands-free.
When a song gets stripped down to its basic elements, you can tell its true genius. And that’s what comes to mind with this live acoustic version of “Sinners and Saints” by Chicago pop-folk-rock group, The Future Laureates.
Today we’re pleased to bring you a western-tinged track from Michael Sackler-Berner. It’s “Midnight Crisis” the b-side of the first release in a series of digital 45s (with both a- and b-sides), which will culminate in Michael Sackler-Berner’s double EP release due out February 11th, 2015. This song perfectly expresses that feeling of desperate realization that things just are not gonna go as planned.
In this final installation of Get Better Faster, we apply everything we've learned about the mechanics of the instrument to that most challenging of hurdles for new guitarists –– bar chords. Learning to play bar chords comfortably is a daunting but necessary part of every player's development; the key to mastering them successfully has a bit to do with understanding how to hold your hands, but even more to do with patience. This one just takes time! But, you can make that time easier if you begin to understand the way bar chords actually work.