People often ask me to define the biggest mistake I see songwriters making as they chase that first cut. If I had to pick one BIG one, I would say that it is using out-dated language. Anyone who is over 30 years old has to continually be aware of the "slang" that they are using in their song. Using the wrong words can INSTANTLY get your song thrown out and get you labeled as an out-dated and out of touch writer.
Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
This is one of the easiest homemade guitars I have ever built, and it only took me one hour to make. This lap steel was made from an extra 2x4 I had in my shed and just a few saw cuts to the wood. I even used a pre-wired acoustic soundhole pickup so there was no wiring needed. Anybody can build this lap steel!
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Kaki King’s 'The Neck is a Bridge to the Body,' a multimedia, guitar-based show that was truly unique. Here I had the chance to sit down with this energetic and wonderful artist to talk about “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body” and more. The soundtrack to this show just went on sale March 3 as well! Check out all three parts of our exclusive interview to get the full scoop.
I’m back with Lily Maase for part two of our Picking and Strumming Tuneup. And this time, we’re going to step things up a notch! This is a followup to our previous lesson, where we learned some simple right hand and left hand techniques in the country style. Today we advance on that lesson, as Maase demonstrates the possibilities with this technique.
Guster released their new album Evermotion on January 13. The release is the band’s highest charting album on the Billboard 200 in their 23 year career. Guster is currently on a North American and European tour. As part of REVERB’s ongoing environmental efforts in partnership with the band, each tour stop will have a fan engagement Eco Village. Bedell Guitars is proud to be a sponsor and help raise awareness for the Lacey Act.
In the video below, Taiwanese musician Shara Lin plays the piano, violin and guzheng at the same time. Actually, she sort of takes turns with each instrument, although there are a few seconds where she's doubling on piano and guzheng.
Recently we met with songwriter Ryan Culwell at his friend’s graphic design studio in the wooded hills of White’s Creek, TN, just north of Nashville. While only a few minutes north of downtown, White’s Creek feels worlds apart from the tourist-filled honky tonks of Nashville’s lower Broadway. It turned out to be the perfect setting to hear the Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter.