A lot of teachers will try to keep your business by giving you quick fixes or showing you songs and riffs before they show you how to hold the instrument so you can actually play. Many students come to me after they “hit a wall” – they feel like they aren't getting better, their hands or wrists hurt, their technique has stopped improving, or they don't know how to find their way around the fingerboard.
The new album from LA rock quartet Dawes is out now. Produced by David Rawlings at Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, TN, All Your Favorite Bands is Dawes' fourth album and second on their own label. The album includes nine bracing new original recordings written by Taylor Goldsmith, except for the title track, which was co-written with Jonny Fritz.
American Opera, the brainchild of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, will be out on Vans Warped Tour's Acoustic Basement Stage all Summer. Bee has also launched a new weekly series titled, 'Warped Wednesday with American Opera,’ which kicks off this week with an acoustic cover of PVRIS' "My House." Every Wednesday, American Opera will post a new cover of a song from a fellow 2015 Vans Warped Tour act.
It's a video of Brazilian bank worker Anthony Kulkamp Dias playing guitar during brain surgery. Doctors were able to keep Dias, 33, awake during the surgery, the goal of which was to remove a brain tumor.
Vance Joy has released today the official music video for “All I Ever Wanted” from his debut album Dream Your Life Away. The video was filmed during Vance Joy’s Australian headlining tour in March and was directed by Max Fairclough. Vance Joy is currently touring with Taylor Swift as main support on The 1989 World Tour, which kicked off May 20.
Today we bring you the premiere of Paul Doffing’s new video, “The Legend of Mick Dodge.” Set to a montage of serene visuals, Doffing’s soft fingerpicking and detailed storytelling brings to mind Iron and Wine and Neil Young, with his own fresh, introspective appeal. “The Legend of Mick Dodge” sounds like it was written by someone who spent a lot of time thinking and reflecting. Having recently toured the country on his bicycle – where he pedaled 7,000 miles and played over 100 shows — Doffing certainly fits this description.
Here’s a really great video featuring the guitar playing sisterly duo of Grace and Chelsea Constable. Equipped with Taylor guitars (a nylon string 214ce-N for Grace and a 714ce for Chelsea), the Constables perform an incredible tribute to the legendary Jerry Reed. “Jerry’s Breakdown” is no walk in the park for even the most seasoned of fingerstyle guitarists, but Chelsea and Grace—only 13 years old—make it look easy!
We recently met up with Brooklyn band Fireships while on tour in Nashville, TN. The new project from Honey Brothers founder and indie veteran Andrew Vladeck, Fireships released their self-titled debut on April 21. Here, they play a stripped-down version of album standout “Come Back to Me,” featuring Vladeck on guitar/lead vocals and Zosha Warpeha on fiddle/backing vocal.