Now THIS is a modern woman! Alex Kline's relaxed and affable manor gives no indication of the sheer force of hard work she's done and talent she embodies. Realizing there's more to a career in music than dreaming and scheming, Kline decided to become a one-stop shop for anyone in need of high quality playing, writing or production.
Get ready for some flying fingers! Here's Ben Woods playing his composition Tarantula on a 2014 Ethan Deutsch flamenco negra with pegs recorded for Guitar Salon International.. A lovely guitar and some mad virtuosic Flamenco-metal chops, what more could you ask for?
This video, presented by Guitar Salon International, boasts not only some beautiful classical guitar playing, it’s also a lesson on using partial barres in your left hand fingering technique. Here Scott Morris runs down some tips for strategic use of partial and full barring. Plus some barring technique tips that’ll tune up your barres.
We know you guys like hearing about new pieces of gear—including gear-related oddities that appear on Kickstarter from time to time. Ergo, we present the Hand Chord, a new product that's the subject of a new Kickstarter campaign.
This month we’re sharing something really fun. It’s a kickin’ contest that brings you both an instrument and some musical inspiration. We’re giving away this wonderful, brand new D’Angelico acoustic guitar, the Lexington SD300 in Cherry Sunburst. Plus some killer music by award-winning artist Will Dailey performed on a D’Angelico acoustic as well!!
Today we’re premiering a track from Minneapolis-based musician John Mark Nelson. The song, “Shorebird,” is a beautifully executed piece of folk-pop songwriting. Nelson’s whispered vocals glide across the lush instrumentation of acoustic guitar, sparse percussion, pedal steel and cello. Simple in its approach and production, “Shorebird” still possesses all the charm to totally captivate the listener.
In the first half of my life, fear was the enemy. It limited what I did and who I was. As time has gone by, I have come to understand that fear can be a friend that brings about positive change and enriches my experience on this planet.
Today we’re thrilled to share a video of blues-folk icon Chris Smither playing his live acoustic performance of his classic song, “Devil Got Your Man.” This song holds a special place in Smither’s catalog, as it’s the first song he ever wrote! It and many other classics are part of Smither's Still on the Levee, a retrospective two-CD set due out July 22.
We’ve heard plenty of covers of Metallica songs over the years. But this might be a first. Below, listen to “Nothing Else Matters,” performed by a group called The Boys of County Nashville. The band pulls out all the stops in this Celtic tribute, with flute, fiddle, acoustic guitars and more.
So, we've spent a few weeks talking about the left hand, the shape of the left hand, and how to organize your technique to take pressure off of your wrist and palm. But, how does this work in real time? In other words, is it possible to take this newly-organized shape and apply it to actual songs? One thing I see in my beginning to intermediate students–particularly in adults, who tend to be a bit more focused on the idea of 'success’–is the left hand's unconscious tendency to 'double-check' itself.
Ages and Ages is more than a band. It’s a collective of like-minded souls that believe in the power of music to change the world and elevate the spirit. Their music is bright and uplifting, with lyrics, penned by bandleader Tim Perry, that deliver serious introspective messages full of insight and consideration for others. The band recently announced Fall tour dates that you can check out below.
Today we’re honored to premiere the song “She Makes It Easy Now” by Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester. Recorded before he passed away on April 11, 2014, this song, and the album A Reasonable Amount of Trouble are slated for release September 10.