Think about it. You’re camping with friends. Just hanging out having a good time. You pull out your guitar for a little jamming’ action and just as you’re getting into it, a rabid bat swoops out of nowhere and bites you on the neck!
Here’s a rare acoustic gem from Queen’s now legendary Queen at Wembley video release. Freddie Mercury and Brian May take the stage for a moving performance of “Love of My Life,” while rain pours down on the Wembley crowd. The clip was filmed on July 11, 1986. The studio version of the track appears on Queen’s classic LP, A Night at the Opera.
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.
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.
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.
Korg announces the Rimpitch, a new style of acoustic guitar tuner for players who want a tuner close by at all times, but in a more discrete format than a clip-on option. The Rimpitch is a unique tuner that attaches to the sound hole of an acoustic guitar. It provides an incredibly convenient viewing angle, since its tuning meter appears within the player’s natural line of sight when looking down at their guitar. Its compact size and slim profile in the sound hole offer a discrete tuning experience.
For his eighth studio album Twelve Tales, A.J. Croce (son of legendary songwriter Jim Croce) took on a recording approach that was ambitious, if not downright challenging. Recorded with a multitude of legendary producers across a variety of American cities, the songs represent a patchwork of styles and influences, making Twelve Tails a sharply written and effortlessly performed blend of Americana and folk rock.
Beginning this June, Matt Nathanson is teaming up with old touring pal Gavin DeGraw to co-headline a two month North American tour. Kicking off at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater in Tucson, AZ, additional shows include the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (6/18), Greek Theatre in San Francisco (6/20), Humphrey’s in San Diego (6/15), Massey Hall in Toronto (7/16) and Central Park’s Summerstage in New York (8/13).
An Americana track with a tinge of British landscape, "Take Me Away" tackles the longing to be on the road and the wish to return home. It’s a simple strummed track with a few melodies embedded in the chords. It requires a big sounding guitar so my eye went straight to this 1950 Gibson Super Jumbo 200 Natural.
James Durbin was first launched into the national music scene as a contender on season 10 of American Idol. He was known for his rock edge on Idol, but after being eliminated from the show, Durbin explored this territory deeper with the harder sounds found on his debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. Recorded with heavy-hitter producer Howard Benson, the record is chock-full of gained-out guitars and pounding drums – there’s even a song featuring Mötley Crüe guitar god Mick Mars.
Candyrat Records, home to some to today’s most skilled fingerstyle acoustic guitarists, recently uploaded a video of musician Daniel Voth. Performing a new song called “Brazil,” Voth incorporates tapping techniques that, by this time, we’re well acquainted with. What’s different here, however, is the pace at which Voth propels his way through the arrangement, creating an ambient and enveloping experience through the use of delay.
Never has it been easier for songwriters to get their music heard. But never has it been harder to get paid for it. Now Legislation introduced last month by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), members of the House Committee on the Judiciary, hope to address this inequity by updating two key provisions in the Copyright Act so that songwriters, composers and publishers receive fair compensation for the use of their intellectual property.
Gibson has introduced its new limited-edition 1965 Donovan model J-45 acoustic guitar. The guitar is based on the Gibson J-45 Donovan bought on Sunset Boulevard in the mid-Sixties. "I wrote every song on it from late 1965 into ’70, when it was stolen during a college-town gig," Donovan said.
C. F. Martin & Co. will unveil four new models at Musikmesse 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany, March 12-15. Two new retro-inspired models, the 000-18 and OM-28, both highlight distinct vintage design and include features that can be found on coveted Martin pre-war era guitars. Additionally, two new cutaway models are being introduced, the DC-Aura GT and GPC-Aura GT, both of which will come equipped with Fishman F1 Aura Plus electronics.