With summer just around the corner, it’s time to pull out the guitar and pull up around the campfire, backyard firepit or friend hang just about anywhere! When it comes time to lead the sing-along, you need some easy acoustic guitar songs that are known and loved by all.
There are not many guarantees in life, but I'm willing to make this guarantee. The day you don't write is a day you WILL NOT write a hit. There have been countless days when I didn't feel like writing. I had too much going on, I was distracted, worried about the kids, going through a divorce, not feeling well, you get the idea. On most days I did it anyway.
We’ve been sharing a few videos of the talented Dan Clews as he performs selections from Tourist In My Own Backyard, his wonderful new album. Now we are thrilled to offer the exclusive album stream for your listening pleasure!
I’ve always fantasized about playing the ukulele. I’m not sure why. Perhaps because it’s such a small and delightful instrument. Perhaps because when I watch someone like Jake Shimabukuro play one, it’s just so stunningly musical and inspiring. See what he has to say about ukulele and more!
Jason Kertson does an amazing job of performing on acoustic guitar. But with a twist. He’s playing two guitars at once! In this video Kertson taps out the rhythmic and melodic parts for Andy McKee's song "Drifting" off of the album Art of Motion.
We’re delighted to preview Julian Fleisher’s new album, Finally, releasing May 13 on Modern Records. Fleisher will be celebrating with an album release show at Joe's Pub on May 14, 2014. This sweet collection of whimsical songs has a theatrical bent, perhaps if only because the story telling is so well-crafted. Hear it now!
You might think that ukulele is just a simple instrument perfect for strumming little ditties. I did. But Jake Shimabukuro proved me wrong! Perhaps best known for his renditions of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele, Shimabukuro can be described as no less than a master musician.
Most of our Songtown citizens are actively trying to "get in the game." They (you) want to get songs recorded, hear them on the radio, see your name in the writer’s credits on a CD, etc. The trick is figuring out HOW to get in the game.
One of the most wonderful and useful concepts we teach at Berklee is a technique called “recoloring.” Recoloring is when you structure your verses so that your chorus “gains weight” in meaning every time you hear it. Effective recoloring requires thought and deliberation, so it’s something that very rarely happens in the first draft of a song.
It’s always a pleasure to combine two loves into one project. For Sinner Sinners’ that goes double. French married couple Steve and Sam Thill write and perform together, and in this video they incorporate their love of skateboarding, with a musical bent.