Today we’re thrilled to share with you the premiere of Sarah Blacker’s ukulele-based “It Shows.” The track is included on Blacker’s upcoming release, In Waves, out May 19. “This song is about when you know you're in love but neither person is admitting to it yet for fear that the magic will be lost, or that the other person may not love you back,” she shares.
LA’s Mercies were gracious enough to film an acoustic version of their song “Zalea” for us, which you can check out below! The track is featured on the band’s sophomore LP, Blue Against Green, which they released March 31. Originally from Connecticut, Mercies moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2013, and signed to Randm Records soon after.
Love Mumford and Sons? Joni Mitchell? Led Zeppelin? Patti Griffin? Have you tried to play their songs but just couldn’t make them sound quite right? Welcome to the world of alternate tunings. Not all songs are written for, or played in, the standard E-A-D-G-B-E tuning. Alternate tunings open up a whole new world for guitarists willing to look beyond the standard tuning, offering the possibility of creating combinations of notes not previously available, or only available to those with enormous hands.
OK — a bit of a diversion from our normal acoustic coverage — but we stumbled upon some seriously cool lesson videos with B.B. King that we had to share. It’s not often that a blues master like King sits down to discuss his technique and playing, so grab your guitar and pull up a chair!
Here Alex Lifeson tells the story of the inception of the acoustic introduction to this classic hit. “All of our early albums were written on acoustic guitar. When Geddy [Lee, bass and vocals] and I would write the music, we’d sit down with a cassette recorder and two acoustic guitars, in spite of the fact that we were a hard rock band...
In this episode, I focus on basic dynamics (or volume) of strumming. This is something most musicians can pick up naturally. However, by honing in on this one skill, you can dramatically improve your playing. Dynamics are so important, and should be practiced just like any other technique.
There are not many guarantees in life, but I'm willing to make this guarantee. The day you don't write is a day you WILL NOT write a hit. There have been countless days when I didn't feel like writing. I had too much going on, I was distracted, worried about the kids, going through a divorce, not feeling well, you get the idea. On most days I did it anyway.
Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon relocating to the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed his rounds of the Holy Trinity of southern U.S. music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later shuffle off to Nashville where he’d absorb the cosmopolitan twang of its storytelling tradition.
Human Potential is the solo project of Andrew Becker; formerly the drummer for Dischord Records’ band, Medications and nefarious Brooklyn outfit, Screens. After his latter group unceremoniously imploded in the summer of 2011, Becker consulted a high end, spiritual assassin who foretold a life just above the poverty line if he attempted to transpose the Bee Gees’ “1st” into an aural nightscape of loss, regret and heartache. Needless to say, Becker was intrigued.
Christopher Denny is excited to announce that he has confirmed a summer tour with Strand Of Oaks, in addition to previously announced headlining dates. The lengthy North American tour kicks off on August 7 in Boston, and will hit major markets throughout the US and Canada, culminating in Philadelphia on September 19. This tour will support Denny's forthcoming sophomore album, If The Roses Don't Kill Us, out August 5, which was was produced by Grammy winner Dave Sanger (Asleep At The Wheel).
We’ve been sharing a few videos of the talented Dan Clews as he performs selections from Tourist In My Own Backyard, his wonderful new album. Now we are thrilled to offer the exclusive album stream for your listening pleasure!
The redesigned lineup of Yamaha L Series handcrafted acoustic guitars is now shipping. The L Series, a line of handcrafted acoustic guitars, features several new innovations. All new models now include solid Engelmann spruce tops that are treated with A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha.
Recording King is giving away ten all-solid 10 Series guitars in 10 minutes on June 10 in their massive “Perfect 10” sweepstakes! Players can enter and win one of four different body shapes, the Dreadnought (RD-10), 0 (RP-10), 000 (RO-10) or 12-fret 000 (ROS-10). Ten winners will be announced, one per minute, beginning at 10 a.m. PST on June 10, 2014. No purchase is required.
Takamine today announced the addition of four new models to its acclaimed G Series line of guitars: the GN10, GN10CE, GN20CE and GD20CE. Upholding the Takamine G Series tradition of offering high quality and exceptional value, the new G Series GN10 and GN10CE models feature Takamine’s exclusive NEX body style and are crafted with spruce tops and mahogany backs and sides.