Acoustic guitarist Justin King—who is recognized as a pioneer for his percussive "tapping" playing style—dropped by the increasingly popular Guitar World studio in Manhattan to perform "Phunkdified." The song originally appeared on his 2009 album, Le Bleu.
From its introduction in 1942 through the Seventies, the J-45 was known as a “workhorse” guitar due to its affordable price and reliable performance, but as time progressed both vintage and new models, which are still produced today, became too expensive for the everyday working guitarist.
Rodrigo y Gabriela's new interpretation of the song is one of the highlights of Jaco: Original Soundtrack, the soundtrack album for Metalica bassist Robert Trujillo's new film, Jaco. The album will be released November 27 via Legacy; it boasts 11 crucial songs by Pastorius, along with three brand-new recordings.
The latest Backbeat Books release, The Taylor Guitar Book, tells the complete story of one of the most important guitar manufacturers in the history of the instrument. From its beginnings as one of the first modern small-shop steel-string guitar brands in North America to its position as an undisputed market leader, the Taylor company provides a unique tale of innovation and entrepreneurship.
In this week’s episode of Sunday Strum, I demonstrate an example using eighth note triplets. This is a basic way of practicing them, but if you are more comfortable with the rhythm, feel free to switch it up and apply triplets any way you like. The eighth note triplet rhythm translates to three eighth notes in the space of two eighth notes.
Here’s a great track and video from South Africa’s Jeremy Loops. It’s “Sinner” from his upcoming album Trading Change, due out January 1, 2015. It’s a sad song of loss with a hopeful ending (I won’t spoil it for you).
We’ve teamed up with Venice Beach, CA-based songwriter Joe Con to premiere his track “Said and Done.” Centered around Con’s laid-back, poetic croon, the track manages to seamlessly blend folk, pop and hip hop. While hooky and melodic, the track has a dreamy, lullaby-like quality that seeps in more with each listen. "This song was written in Burlington, Vermont the fall before I moved to LA,” says Con.
Check out this candid jam featuring Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov performing “Hit the Road Jack.” The video was posted just a week ago on Presnyakov’s YouTube channel. Emmanuel and Presnyakov come from two separate schools stylistically, but it’s great fun to watch the pair trade licks back and forth. Presnyakov leans on the classical side of things, but his playing blends perfectly against Emmanuel’s picking chops.
Today we’re excited to premiere The Jason Spooner Band’s video for “Fireflies.” If you’re having a hard time letting go of summer, then this video’s for you. The “Fireflies” video is built on a creative idea that allowed fans to be included in the video-making process. Fans were encouraged to visit www.fireflies2014.com, download “Fireflies” for free, and upload a summery photo or video that would be considered for inclusion in the song’s official video.
Atlanta-based hard rock quintet Manchester Orchestra is thrilled to announce the release of HOPE, a startling re-imagination of COPE, their most recent album, issued earlier this year. HOPE is available digitally everywhere beginning today, September 16, 2014 via Loma Vista Recordings. In addition, HOPE will be released on CD and vinyl on November 18th, 2014.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus), the premier, non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile Pro-Audio, Video and Broadcast studio providing hands-on experiences for students of all ages since 1998, comes to New York City for stops at public schools in each of the five boroughs culminating on Lennon’s birthday, October 9. The legendary songwriter, poet, artist and activist would have been 74.