If being surrounded by talented songwriters of all genres sounds good to you, you might want to check out the ASCAP "I Create Music" Expo. Aimed at arming songwriters with tools for success, the Expo takes place in Hollywood from April 30 to May 2. A highlight of the event is the She Rocks Showcase, a free performance event taking place on Friday, May 1, from 9pm to 12am. It's open to the public with no Expo badge required.
Stephen Stills’ status as a rock legend stems just as much from his singing and songwriting contributions in Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young) and his own solo work as it does from his innovative acoustic and electric guitar offerings.
While Don McLean was recording “American Pie,” the eight-minute-plus song that brought him stardom in late 1971, his label, Media Arts Records, went under. Understandably, the situation put a damper on any great expectations McLean had for the song. “I wasn’t thinking of releasing or editing it,” he says today. “My expectations were that I would be looking for a record company.”
Last year I accomplished my dream of playing festivals. I’ve already done four in the last year. Somehow I instinctively knew how to manage my first one. Whatever I suggest here is what worked for me as a current solo artist. Some things will work for everyone, some won't. But here are 11 ideas you can try out.
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that it will honor platinum-selling pop band the Bangles as part of the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.
The video below, which features guitarist Alexis Hadefi performing a cover of Jon Gomm's "Passionflower," has been making the rounds via Facebook of late. An October 6 Facebook post featuring the video has been seen more than 5 million times, and the post itself has garnered more than 41,000 likes.
Today we’re pleased to bring you a western-tinged track from Michael Sackler-Berner. It’s “Midnight Crisis” the b-side of the first release in a series of digital 45s (with both a- and b-sides), which will culminate in Michael Sackler-Berner’s double EP release due out February 11th, 2015. This song perfectly expresses that feeling of desperate realization that things just are not gonna go as planned.
In this final installation of Get Better Faster, we apply everything we've learned about the mechanics of the instrument to that most challenging of hurdles for new guitarists –– bar chords. Learning to play bar chords comfortably is a daunting but necessary part of every player's development; the key to mastering them successfully has a bit to do with understanding how to hold your hands, but even more to do with patience. This one just takes time! But, you can make that time easier if you begin to understand the way bar chords actually work.
Today we’re excited to share the full stream of On Such a Full Sea Are We Now Aloat by Oh, Cassius! Equal parts haunting vocals and idiosyncratic string ensembles, On Such a Full Sea We Now Aloat is just different enough to open your mind, but just familiar enough to lull you into its rhythmic languor.
In honor of what would have been his 74th birthday, here’s a rare clip of John Lennon performing “Imagine” live. The performance was filmed at New York City's Apollo Theater December 17, 1971. Rather than playing the piano, which the song was composed on, Lennon plays an acoustic guitar and is accompanied by a group of acoustic players.
Ernie Ball has teamed up with McKee to find the next great acoustic guitar player! The company is asking players to submit a 15-second to two-minute video of their best original acoustic performance for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood to record an EP at NRG Studios with McKee at the producing helm.
Most of you are probably familiar with the two-beat “boom-chick” style of rhythm playing so prevalent in classic country music. You may be surprised to learn that the groove that drives, say, Hank Williams’s “Your Cheatin’ Heart” is not that far removed from the one that drives a funk song like the James Brown instrumental “Night Train.”
There’s nothing quite like a really fine instrument. You touch it and it responds almost with a magnetism that draws you in. You play it and it’s as if everything you know and love about guitar comes into sharp focus. Here, to add to your yearning, are ten beautifully made guitars. Each worthy of your next daydream.
Having just wrapped up his tour with acoustic-supergroup Dave Rawlings Machine, called "one of the hottest string bands on the planet," Willie Watson is preparing for his October and November tour in North America.