You've got the bug—you’ve decided to buy an acoustic guitar—and nothing will stop you, not even the haunted, hungry look in your children’s eyes. So you empty your bank account, raid your kids’ college fund and head down to a local house of ill repute: a music store. You’re gonna get that acoustic, practicality and your wife’s entreaties be damned.
Scott Stevens seems to have everything it takes to make a sizable splash in the wide world of music. Command of the stage, strong vocals, authoritative guitar playing and a drive to make it all happen. But as much as that is, is it enough?
From the depths of YouTube, here’s another Video Find for you! Today we have five fingerstyle acoustic guitarists delivering an impromptu cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The guitarists — Gareth Evans, Andrew Foy, Eddie van der Meer, Andre van Berlo and Peter Gergely — you may know from their many fingerstyle performance videos posted on YouTube.
I know what you’re thinking. You’ve heard this song a million times. But I can guarantee you’ve not heard this dark and intense version from French metal band, Klone. Easing in with guitar and horns, the song is slightly bent and a bit disturbing. This is not your mother’s “Summertime,” that’s for sure!
Lucky us! Indie folk songstress Lucette has done the honor of recording a sweet acoustic version of her song “Bobby Reid” just for us. The song seems somehow familiar from the get go, an old-style lament sung with a sweet sadness.
Here’s a bouncy, get-your-butt-outta-of-bed testimonial to the power of optimism. The song is from Aussie-based Darren Hanlon's upcoming release Where Did You Come From?, due out March 24 on Yep Roc Records. With a fun beat, subtle, driving music and some Aussie-tinged vocals, “When You Go” is a fun listen and a super cool video!
Here’s a sweet song with an arpeggiated finger-picked accompaniment. It’s “Still Here” from Pete RG. Full, resonant vocals delivery a dreamy landscape of straightforward heartfelt sentiment. The band version of the song originally appears on his new release, Lightning Strikes, which came out February 10.
Tomás Pagán Motta is a DC-based songwriter rooted in the traditions of Americana and folk. Previously recording under The Petticoat Tearoom, Motta is stepping out from the pseudonym to release his self-titled debut. The resulting record highlights Motta's move to the foreground, placing his impassioned vocals and expressive lyrics at the center of each warm and orchestral arrangement.
Dion DiMucci helped define rock music, from his initial doo-wop hits with the Belmonts in the late 1950s, to solo work in the ’60s with smashes like “Runaround Sue,” “The Wanderer,” “Ruby Baby,” and the iconic “Abraham, Martin, and John” in 1968. Omnivore Recordings will release Recorded Live at the Bitter End, August 1971, an unissued live performance recording, on April 7, 2015.
Public Relations, better known as PR. That holy grail of message distribution. Well-done PR can get you massive amounts of interest, YouTube views, interviews, and so much more. Of course, all with the hope of your efforts leading to sales. If you’re a musician or fledgling publicist that wants to spread the word about your projects, here are some tips for making the most out of your efforts.
In this article I’d like to acquaint you with some great slide licks I like to play in open A tuning. These riffs and runs are super versatile – you can use them to hop up your own blues pieces, employ them as solos in a classic blues song or even just entertain yourself with them on a back porch in the middle of a scorching heat wave.
Sending your dry guitar signal to a sound man is a bit like that team-building exercise where a blindfolded individual is instructed to fall backwards into a group of people who might (or might not) catch him or her. GMF's Ai1 offers guitarists more control over their DI tone, with a preamp and headphone amp to boot.
Today just might be a good day to learn a new easy acoustic guitar song! Here’s our first in a series of song tutorials from Ian of Learnguitarfasttips.com This song is “Say Something,” is by A Great Big World. A poignant, lovely and easy tune
Starting Friday, February 20, 2015 (check local listings), beloved Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice's Live from the Artists Den episode broadcasts nationwide on public television with a captivating performance at the Greenpoint Loft in Brooklyn, NY. The long-running, critically acclaimed concert series creatively connects fans with a stunning roster of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues across the United States. The new season also includes episodes from Zac Brown Band, Alabama Shakes, and Cage the Elephant.