People often ask me to define the biggest mistake I see songwriters making as they chase that first cut. If I had to pick one BIG one, I would say that it is using out-dated language. Anyone who is over 30 years old has to continually be aware of the "slang" that they are using in their song. Using the wrong words can INSTANTLY get your song thrown out and get you labeled as an out-dated and out of touch writer.
Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
This is one of the easiest homemade guitars I have ever built, and it only took me one hour to make. This lap steel was made from an extra 2x4 I had in my shed and just a few saw cuts to the wood. I even used a pre-wired acoustic soundhole pickup so there was no wiring needed. Anybody can build this lap steel!
Vermont-based news channel WPTZ (where my late-Nineties girlfriend used to work!) recently published a feature on the Alpaca carbon fiber travel guitar, a "special guitar made to withstand the elements."
Indie pop trio AJR have premiered the new video for their single "Infinity." Lauded by Idolator as "a stripped-back, folk-tinged pop song with a powerful sing-a-long chorus," "Infinity" will feature on the band's upcoming debut album Living Room, due out March 3 via AJR Productions/Warner Bros. Records.
“There’s something about starting the record with a voice other than mine that I really liked,” says NYC-based songwriter David Bronson of “Songbird,” the lead-off track and first single from his new album Questions (Big Arc Records), out today. “You would only do that if it’s something special, and you’re not going to get more special than Robin Clark.”
Strickland’s new album, Balanced on Barbed Wire, available February 17th, is a gripping, cinematic dispatch from small-town America – a series of stories in song where desperation is met with relentless determination.
When I was studying music, one thing I remember my professors kept driving home was that you don't just stop when you see a "rest" in music notation. You play silence. Silence acts as a frame around the sounds you're producing and helps make those sounds feel more profound. Think about what a picture frame does for a photograph.
We are very excited to share a pair of superb acoustic performances from Deleasa. So nice to these stripped down to the soul of the song arrangements. And Michael Deleasa agrees. "I was taught the key to a great songs is if it can stand alone with a acoustic guitar and vocal,” he shares.
I love when folks turn me on to amazing talent. Especially when they are super talented themselves. That’s why when the amazing Jon Gomm shared this link from young guitarist Jacky Bastek, I sat up and took notice.
Martin guitar has announced its new offerings to be presented at the 2015 Winter NAMM Show next week. New models to be showcased include the CS-00041-15, CEO 8 and two new Authentics Series models. Details on the products featured at the showcase are below and complete product specs can be found right here.