I enjoy playing guitar in a vast array of styles, but those who know me best know that my true love is melodic metal. Today I offer the metal heads a different type of blog than I often write and see in regards to applying theory in your playing. I dedicate this blog entirely to metal and rock songwriting tips. This article is solely for you rock and metal players out there that have never written a full song or for those who want to try a different approach to songwriting.
This week saw more hype leading up to Van Halen's new album, A Different Kind of Truth, with three clips of new songs appearing online (four if you count a preview on Amazon. We also got new tracks from Adrian Smith's Primal Rock Rebellion, Soulfy, Pelican and Korpiklaani.
Happy New Year! I can't believe 2011 came and went so fast. Thanks to everyone for all the support and a great year. I spent the last month of the year in Europe with Hawthorne Heights on a co-headlining tour with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I had a great time and the shows were top notch.
Let's kick off today's lesson by talking about what really makes your band stick in peoples' minds and how to stand out from the rest - YOUR LIVE SHOW. You must not forget that being in a band really means that you're an entertainer, right? Playing a show in front of a ton of people means nothing if those people don't walk away with sore necks from head banging, raspy voices from screaming their lungs out, and a hunger for more.
I know you think guitars and cars have a lock on hot girls, but Mac geeks have to a have a little fun, too! That’s why my foray into the Macworld iWorld expo in search of some musical fun got a little, shall we say, waylaid. Did I find some cool music apps, accessories and more as I scavenger-hunted my through the booths filled with many, many iPad cases? You bet. You can read about 'em here. But I know what boys like.
Producers and engineers are vital to the process in different ways, but their functions can overlap as well. An engineer will be key in recording a band the correct way – for example, making sure they play tight and ensuring that the instruments sound powerful and clear in the mix.
Unfortunately, due to the snow and bad weather, we had to cancel a few shows: Spokane and Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. We weren't happy about canceling, but the weather was so bad, we couldn't see where we were going because our windshield was freezing over!
For the final installment on the Delta blues, I've chosen to write about one of my favorites, the legendary John Hurt. First recorded in the '30s and '40s and later rediscovered during the folk revival of the '60s, Hurt's career was long, and his impact on the Delta blues is profound.
What do you do when metal just doesn’t work out? Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela answered that question by moving to Europe and playing intricately fingered acoustic versions of their metal favorites. Gabriela’s unique quasi-flamenco hand tapping and speed-blurred strumming technique fill in like a one-woman rhythm section. With Rodrigo’s lead stylings dancing on top, their performance is spellbinding.
Have you ever picked up a guitar, plugged it in, and the magic just wasn't there? Maybe it's because the combination wasn't there! A basic rule: Buy the best gear you can afford. Buy the best guitars, the best amps. Then plug them into each other in different combinations and listen. Listen hard. Sometimes I like to believe that when we buy a new guitar, we should also buy an amp it sounds great through! Here's something I've discovered: A Fender Guitar ALWAYS sounds good through a Fender amp.