In Episode 4 of Sunday Strum, I focus on strumming power chords four different ways. Utilizing these four variations while keeping the rhythm the same will yield different vibes each time. While the changes are simple, they may get you out of a creative rut or even help you to learn a song more accurately. The rhythm I chose to demonstrate this is just a measure of eighth notes in 4/4 time.
Thurston Moore’s two most recent solo albums, Trees Outside the Academy and Demolished Thoughts were both entirely acoustic. Both records presented another side to Moore, a musician who may have surprised many with the more subtle side of his songwriting skills.
This five part series is dedicated to what happens beyond the first draft of your song. Sometimes, songs are born to you like the Goddess, Athena. They spring out of your noggin’ fully formed and perfect. Don’t you love songs like that? They’re gifts from whatever higher power or inner power you believe in. Accept them and be grateful.
Check out this beautifully shot clip of British fingerstyle guitarist Chris Woods performing his composition, “Edinburgh.” Woods utilizes some impressive percussion techniques, and the track isn’t lacking in the melody department either. It’s no surprise that Woods’ technique turns heads – to say “he wrote the book” on percussive style acoustic guitar wouldn’t be too far a stretch.
With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, we thought it only fitting to post a selection from Nirvana’s now-legendary MTV Unplugged concert. Below, watch the band’s acoustic take on Nevermind's, “Something in the Way.” The song was originally intended to be a full-band recording, but after initial attempts proved difficult, producer Butch Vig encouraged the band to take a different approach.
Known for numerous releases as one half of Everything But the Girl, U.K.-based songwriter-DJ-author-label owner Ben Watt is set to release Hendra, his first solo album in more than 30 years. Below, watch a live, acoustic video for “The Levels,” a song featuring Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on steel guitar.
There is power in simplicity. When you write something in simple, conversational language that nails people right in the heart, the listeners have this "aha" moment where they slap their head and say "That's exactly how I felt when..."
Andy McKee is back with his latest offering, Mythmaker, and we're happy to present you an exclusive stream. As his latest release since 2010’s Joyland, Mythmaker finds McKee covering some brand new territory. "I really wanted to break things up a bit with this EP, so I decided to include a solo piano piece and a multi-instrument tune that features some electric guitar,” McKee shares.
Got a little time this Sunday? Learn this pattern that shows you how to do some easy raking. A rake is just striking the strings with the right hand normally, but muting them with the left hand to get a percussive sound. By replacing just one hit with a rake, I’m able to carve out a new vibe to an existing progression or song.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Taylor Guitars, co-founder Bob Taylor shares his vision for the company's guitar-making future and explains why master builder Andy Powers is good for both Taylor and the next generation of guitar players.