LA’s Mercies were gracious enough to film an acoustic version of their song “Zalea” for us, which you can check out below! The track is featured on the band’s sophomore LP, Blue Against Green, which they released March 31. Originally from Connecticut, Mercies moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2013, and signed to Randm Records soon after.
Love Mumford and Sons? Joni Mitchell? Led Zeppelin? Patti Griffin? Have you tried to play their songs but just couldn’t make them sound quite right? Welcome to the world of alternate tunings. Not all songs are written for, or played in, the standard E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. Alternate tunings open up a whole new world for guitarists willing to look beyond the standard tuning, offering the possibility of creating combinations of notes not previously available, or only available to those with enormous hands.
OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique and playing, so grab your guitar and pull up a chair!
Here Alex Lifeson tells the story of the inception of the acoustic introduction to this classic hit. “All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we’d sit down with a cassette recorder and two acoustic guitars, in spite of the fact that we were a hard rock band...
If being surrounded by talented songwriters of all genres sounds good to you, you might want to check out the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo. Aimed at arming songwriters with tools for success, the Expo takes place in Hollywood from April 30 to May 2. A highlight of the event is the She Rocks Showcase, a free performance event taking place on Friday, May 1, from 9pm to 12am. It's open to the public with no Expo badge required.
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings.
Breedlove Guitars of Bend, Oregon is proud to offer musicians, artists and collectors a truly magical musical opportunity. With the Breedlove Custom Sound Studio, anyone can design their dream instrument and have it built by Breedlove’s master luthiers and craftspeople. Inspired by Kim Breedlove, this program allows players to express themselves and their music through custom heirloom instruments with distinctively crafted sound.
While Don McLean was recording “American Pie,” the eight-minute-plus song that brought him stardom in late 1971, his label, Media Arts Records, went under. Understandably, the situation put a damper on any great expectations McLean had for the song. “I wasn’t thinking of releasing or editing it,” he says today. “My expectations were that I would be looking for a record company.”
Butch Walker has shared a stripped back version of Tove Lo's "Talking Body" created with piano and acoustic guitar. Walker's cover reveals the bones of the song, converting the synth-pop anthem into something more intimate.
Nashville based, Vanessa Carlton shares her wistful new song titled “Young Heart." “Young Heart” was recorded as part of the sessions for Carlton’s upcoming album, Liberman, due for release this fall. The track is also currently available via digital retailers and streaming sites today including iTunes.
Last year I accomplished my dream of playing festivals. I’ve already done four in the last year. Somehow I instinctively knew how to manage my first one. Whatever I suggest here is what worked for me as a current solo artist. Some things will work for everyone, some won't. But here are 11 ideas you can try out.