The nylon-string guitar is, of course, essential when it comes to traditional classical and flamenco playing, and it is also the instrument of choice in many forms of Latin music. But many jazz, rock and pop guitarists also praise the nylon-string for its unique tone, which simply cannot be produced on a steel-string. Charlie Byrd in jazz, Earl Klugh in easy-listening pop and Willie Nelson in country are all nylon-string men.
I’ll admit it. I’m always looking for another gadget that will enhance my guitar playing. From simple capos and tuners to more complex apps, pedals and accessories, there’s a boatload of cool stuff that we guitarists crave. And don’t even get me started on picks. They seem to disappear on a daily basis.
As one of the most chameleonic and prolific figures in rock’s great history, few artists have as deep a treasure trove of unreleased recordings as Neil Young. As part of his wonderfully illuminating “Performance Archive” series, Young is releasing a solo performance from his six-night stand at Washington D.C venue the Cellar Door in late 1970 on December 10.
Ok, this is a first for us. Independent musician and virtuoso guitarist Jon Gomm is not only an amazing player, he retunes his strings as part of the performance...while he's playing! Gomm released his new album Secrets Nobody Keeps on November 25th of this year and it's well worth a listen.
If you ask any successful person if their career has gone exactly as they planned it and I doubt you would get one affirmative answer. Careers (and life in general) are really hard to plan out and structure to our liking. There are too many variables that are out of our control. My theory is that successful people succeed, in large part, because they are able to react and respond well when something unexpected happens. When something doesn't go according to plans, they don't give up. They evaluate their new options and then pick another road to take.
Railroad Earth has announced a new run of tour dates to support their forthcoming seventh album, Last Of The Outlaws.The Winter 2014/ Last Of The Outlaws Tour will launch January 9th in Milwaukee and includes stops in Chicago, St. Louis, New York, Boston, multiple night stints in Denver (On album release weekend), San Francisco, DC, Philadelphia and then continues into April with dates in Knoxville, Charlotte, NC as well as multiple nights in Atlanta. See below for the current list of dates (more to be added).
After a 44 year hiatus, Linda Perhacs will release The Soul of All Natural Things, out March 4, 2014 on Asthmatic Kitty records. Perhacs’ 1970 album Parallelograms has enjoyed a special classic status and long-enduring afterlife among music fans; a rediscovered gem that never fades back into obscurity.
One simple technique that is often used to spice up many chords – and in the process make a lot of garden-variety chord progressions sound more interesting – is the manner-on. To play a hammer-on, pick a string and then, while the note is still ringing, sound a higher note on that same string by firmly tapping, or “hammering,” it onto the fretboard with one of your fretting fingers without picking it again.
The Wild Feathers are set to make their debut appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight (ABC, 11:35PM ET/PT), performing their acclaimed single "The Ceiling." The Nashville five-piece is performing "Got It Wrong" on Rachael Ray December 10th.
Rock icon Richie Sambora and music legend Stevie Wonder performed a surprise duet of “Silent Night” during last night’s 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. Richie also performed a soulful rendition of “Lean on Me” and his hit song “Livin’ on a Prayer,” lending his powerful vocals to the evening’s festivities which benefitted the Marine Toys for Tots and saluted Disabled American Veterans.
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke will present two performances of her one-woman show My Mother Has Four Noses on Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio in Minneapolis, MN. The new play with music, which played to sold out houses at the Playwrights’ Center in August, is pulled from her experiences caring for her mother at the end of her life as she struggled with Alzheimer’s.
My first guitar was a classical, a Garcia, six nylon string classical. I don’t remember buying it, or having it bought for me, but it was the one I played in high school, listening to James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt records over and over and over so I could play them back faithfully.
I woke up this morning so excited to go and demo some songs today that I'm really proud of, and it got me thinking about the path my career has taken. I started as an artist - all I ever wanted to do was be in my own band and write my own songs; I didn't even know you could just have a career as a songwriter until well into my second record