Here’s some quirky fun from New York’s Emilyn Brodsky. It’s “Scaffolding” from her new album Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings, which releases tomorrow, September 23, 2014. This rhythmic tune showcases her introspective lyrics and starkly croonalicious vocals.
In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I demonstrate an example using eighth note triplets. This is a basic way of practicing them, but if you are more comfortable with the rhythm, feel free to switch it up and apply triplets any way you like. The eighth note triplet rhythm translates to three eighth notes in the space of two eighth notes.
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.
Our Wild America has released it’s self-titled debut album, and we’re happy to offer a free download of album cut, “You Don’t Love Me (The Way I Love You).” Having developed into a popular attraction on the NYC club scene, it’s clear that Our Wild America’s musical preoccupation with songs that revolve around death, suicide, war, betrayal, and “other uplifting concerns” –– as the band’s singer-songwriter Alec Gross puts it –– has not proven to be an obstacle in finding an audience. Listen and download now!
What do you do when you're the co-founder of an iconic guitar brand but you have no successor? Check out this interview in celebration of Taylor's 40th anniversary as we talk about what Bob Taylor did in that exact situation!
Brooklyn based blues and roots man The Bones of J.R. Jones debut full length Dark was the Yearling is out today worldwide. The Bones of J.R. Jones is the early-twentieth-century bluesman persona of Brooklyn’s Jonathon Linaberry. Linaberry’s road into music started in the hardcore punk scene in upstate New York where he grew up. His musical landscape took a huge shift after being gifted a collection of records called "American Roots Music" by his father.
Jordan Lee's Mutual Benefit debuted a new video for "Let's Play / Statue of a Man" this morning. Directed by Stefan Grabrowski, the video was shot over the span of 6 months in and around Boston using mostly analog equipment and some experimental developing techniques. The resulting images have a frenetic, but also organic quality to them evoking the very personal and soul-searching nature of the song.
Calling all Pink Floyd fans: here's a video for you! Below, check out fingerstyle guitarist Thomas Leeb deliver a gorgeous fingerstyle rendition of the Floyd classic, “Comfortably Numb.” Leeb makes great use of a GoPro camera, with shots not only on the outside of his guitar, but inside as well. It’s no wonder Leeb has a commanding ability on the guitar. According to his bio, he studied West African traditional music for three years, which has clearly given him an advanced sense of timing and groove.
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to pull out the guitar and pull up around the campfire, backyard firepit or friend hang just about anywhere! When it comes time to lead the sing-along, you need some easy acoustic guitar songs that are known and loved by all.
In this episode, I focus on basic dynamics (or volume) of strumming. This is something most musicians can pick up naturally. However, by honing in on this one skill, you can dramatically improve your playing. Dynamics are so important, and should be practiced just like any other technique.