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."
Here’s an unreleased acoustic version of the song “Hope” by We Came As Romans. This angst-filled plea adapts very nicely to this simplified arrangement. Strings and strums underlay the growly vocal delivery. There are some nice, subtle turns here.
Lucinda Williams' songs are like horses that fly over the usual songwriting hurdles because they don't try to be anything more than what they are: simple truths, easy to sing (and remember) melodies, both set to smoldering grooves.
Here’s a super cool acoustic version of Requiem performing their new song “Sticks and Stones and Her Lovely Bones.” I love it! Strip away the ten ton blast and this cool vibe still remains. As a matter of fact, it almost has an Elvis Costello-esque vibe.
It’s December! Which means the holidays are a few short weeks away. If you are one of those last minute shoppers, you most likely still have plenty of friends on your gifting list to cross off. So we at Martin Guitar thought we’d give you a hand.
Caitlin Canty will release Reckless Skyline on January 20, 2015 and the lead track "Get Up" is currently available for gratis stream and download at her website HERE. Today, we're sharing a second Reckless Skyline track in "True."
We're giving you a chance to win this spectacular guitar from Ovation this December. The Ovation Elite TX Premier’s solid cedar top gives this guitar extraordinary warmth and expands its rich overtones. Open to residents of North America only. All entries must be submitted by December 31, 2014.
It’s Thanksgiving eve. I’ve eaten turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce. But wait, could something be missing? Yes, it’s this beautiful song by Emarosa. Its gorgeous and moving sentiment personifies everything you wished someone would say to you.