Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Even if one were to limit himself to an examination of pop songwriting over the last 40 years, a true instructional “guide” would take up many volumes, as it would involve a serious study of musical theory. Our aim here is to prove a sampling of common chord progressions that you can use with your own songs, and to examine some of the things a guitarist can do to add a little zip to his or her songs.
More and more guitarists are using gig bags, and it’s easy to see why. They weigh less than hardshell cases and the idea of a lighter guitar load is certainly enticing. But the main reason so many players have opted for gig bags is that, thanks to straps, they can be worn on the shoulder or back.
Following the success and acclaim surrounding their 2012 self-titled debut and world tour, The Lumineers have inked the paper on LP2 and resigned with Dualtone Records (North America) and Decca/Universal (ROW).
Ben Howard is pleased to announce the details of his eagerly anticipated second album. I Forget Where We Were will release on October 21, 2014 through Republic Records. It was produced by drummer Chris Bond at Deep Litter Studios in Devon.
Fills, those brief instrumental runs that occupy the spaces between vocal lines, no doubt have their origin in the call-and-response vocal tradition associated with country blues, gospel, work songs and field hollers. On records, guitar fills can be overdubbed, but you can enhance both your rhythm playing and soloing by learning to alternate seamlessly between steady chord patterns and well-placed melodic phrases.
Santa Monica, CA’s Weezer are thrilled to share the iTunes pre-order for their highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will be Alright In The End, released October 7th on Republic Records. Those who pre-order the album TODAY will receive an instant download of acclaimed single, "Back to the Shack," and another incredible album track called "Cleopatra." Pre-order here>>
I’m listening to Eliot Bronson’s “Comin’ For Ya North Georgia Blues” late at night in my dimly lit living room. Perhaps not the best setting for this rollicking eye opener. Bronson knows how to deliver some fantastically fun music with solid arrangements and clever lyrics. But he can also produce that magic that pulls all of these elements into a brilliant barn burner of a track.
There have been a ton of articles and posts published lately about the dire straits of the music industry. And most of them have several good points. But is it all woefully bad? Should we just throw in the towel? If you think so, then just move along and let someone else read this article.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the October 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
Trampled by Turtles’ has just shared a video from their NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. Of the performance NPR Music’s Bob Boilen praises “What immediately attracted me to Trampled by Turtles when I first saw the band was its speed, but the Minnesotans are about more than just blistering bluegrass. They also write beautiful, heartfelt folk-pop songs.”