The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are studied craftsmen of the folk tradition. Over the course of their five years together as a band, they have mastered the delicate vocal harmonies, sophisticated songwriting and subtle musical interplay set forth by seminal folk duos such as Simon and Garfunkel or Welch and Rawlins.
What do you get when you attach drum machine pads to your acoustic guitar? German guitarist Pensen Paletti answers this question in the video below! Uploaded to YouTube May 19, the short clip has been viewed almost half a million times and counting.
In today’s episode, I go through a basic phrase I’m calling “4 Measure Mix Up.” I’ve constructed this pattern to make something simple seem a little more complex without it actually being too difficult. By giving the Em and Cmaj7 chords in the second measure one beat each, it throws off the balance a little, but makes for a cool deviation.
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.