Today we’re thrilled to present you with the premiere of Ethan Jano’s “Wildfire.” The rollicking track is off Jano’s forthcoming debut album, I'll Be Fine, out February 10. Jano’s raw vocals and steady acoustic playing drive throughout the song like a freight train. It’s the sort of classic storytelling that brings to mind greats like Johnny Cash. “It’s probably the oldest song on the record,” says Jano. “I was writing a lot at the time but I don't think the songs then really shaped up to be anything, except ‘Wildfire.’”
That whooshing sound you hear is millions of guitar players exhaling in one, collective sigh of relief. On December 30, 2014, the US Department of Transportation finally issued a final rule to implement section 403 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 regarding the carriage of musical instruments as carry-on baggage or checked baggage on commercial passenger flights operated by air carriers.
Today we bring you another totally not-new video. However, it wound up in our inbox over the holidays, and we thought we'd share it. It's a clip of a guitarist named Jan Laurenz performing a piece he identifies merely as an "old folk song." The catch, I suppose, is that he's playing it on a BearTrax tap guitar.
Singing while playing guitar can be a daunting challenge for a beginner. A good sense of timing and rhythm and the ability to synthesize two different actions is necessary to pull it off. But like everything else you've learned to do on the guitar, it can be mastered.
I don't know about you, but I've got friends on Facebook posting things like "Good riddance 2014!" and "I made this resolution last year but 2015 is my year..." As for me, I'm actually guilty of a few "humble brags," because I doubled my musical income in 2014. I'm pretty confident I can do it again in 2015, too. Want me to share my secrets? Okay. :)
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the February 2015 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
From a beef farm in Canada to co-writing with Taylor Swift in Nashville, Ryan Laird wasn't sure who he was musically until he took to the road. Pop hooks adorn this country lovin' farm boy with a story.
Now is the time when you look back at all the fabulous and horrific moments of the previous year. But it can also be a time to look forward at new possibilities. This year, I propose a set of guitar resolutions that are sure to energize my guitar interactions for the year to come and beyond.
I grew up listening to James Taylor, and I admit I know pretty much every word of every song he’s ever performed. But when it comes to the guitar parts, that’s something I’ve still gotta work on. Luckily the legendary Mr. Taylor has taken steps to remedy that. He’s posted a series of free lessons on his site that not only run through some of his most beloved songs, they also incorporate new portable camera technology so that you can see his right hand technique from the inside.
Here’s a cool video from guitarist Richard Keelin from Ashland, KY. Utilizing a thumb pick and finger style combo, Keelin digs in to a wide variety of covers with material ranging from Chet Atkins to The Beatles, Nirvana and Pharrell Williams.