Here’s a cool acoustic piece by Brian Gore called “Stone Haulers.” The song and performance are fabulously nuanced, just like a fine wine! In fact, it’s the final piece featured in the Wine Country Tales CD, DVD & Booklet blending guitar songs by Brian Gore and animated video stories by Bill Russell.
Here’s a cool and kinda gritty, sassy live acoustic version of the song “B-Side Track” from Patrick Sieben. It opens with some killer bluesy guitar that rolls into some pretty darn clever lyrics. And when he sings it, I believe it!
Here’s a darkly charming video premiere to get your day going. It’s UK songwriter Alex Highton’s “You Don’t Own This Life.” The video depicts a day off in the life of a regular Joe, but in this case our Joe happens to be the Grim Reaper. Whether he’s purchasing a new scythe, munching on fish and chips or practicing ping pong — the Reaper’s life doesn’t appear much different from our own.
Aviva and Stefan are "normal college kids" and that's ok with them. They find inspiration in the simple day-to-day activities of life and feel that they're music would speak to like-minded potential fans.
Here’s an exclusive live video from the folk/pop band SHEL. It’s for their song “The Latest & Greatest Blueberry Rubber Band.” This fast paced tune has these sisters harmonizing with some crazy vocal gymnastics and a rhythmic mandolin groove.
In today’s episode of Sunday Strum, I show you a basic skill for making your right hand a little more fluid. Keeping your hand in constant motion throughout a strumming pattern will facilitate better rhythm and thus a better performance. Try it now!
You might think that ukulele is just a simple instrument perfect for strumming little ditties. I did. But Jake Shimabukuro proved me wrong! Perhaps best known for his renditions of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele, Shimabukuro can be described as no less than a master musician.
Most of our Songtown citizens are actively trying to "get in the game." They (you) want to get songs recorded, hear them on the radio, see your name in the writer’s credits on a CD, etc. The trick is figuring out HOW to get in the game.
Cordoba Music Group, manufacturer of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories, has announced that it has finalized a letter of intent to purchase the Guild guitar brand and related assets from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has finalized a letter of intent to sell the Guild guitar brand and related assets to Cordoba Music Group, the manufacturer of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories.
British chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin's 6-song English Rain EP is out today! The digital release marks her U.S. debut and follows her massive success overseas where her single "The Power of Love" has achieved certified Gold status in the U.K. and Australia. Aplin's first ever U.S. tour kicks off in New York City at the Studio at Webster Hall. See below for a full list of confirmed dates.
Conor Oberst has announced several additional tour dates for this fall, including concerts in Boulder, Austin, Dallas, Seattle, Portland and more. Oberst will also co-headline the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles with John Prine on October 5th. Check out his song, "Hundreds of Ways" here!
One of the most wonderful and useful concepts we teach at Berklee is a technique called “recoloring.” Recoloring is when you structure your verses so that your chorus “gains weight” in meaning every time you hear it. Effective recoloring requires thought and deliberation, so it’s something that very rarely happens in the first draft of a song.
It’s always a pleasure to combine two loves into one project. For Sinner Sinners’ that goes double. French married couple Steve and Sam Thill write and perform together, and in this video they incorporate their love of skateboarding, with a musical bent.
My very first guitar was a nylon-string classical instrument. Since then, I’ve bought well over 100 other guitars, but none of them was a classical.
With the introduction of Cordoba’s C10 Crossover, I may have finally found the affordable classical guitar I’ve been looking for, and I’m sure many other electric and steel-string players will feel the same way.