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.
Love it or hate it, the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the US. and the halftime show is a gig any artist would love to have on their resume. Lately, the halftime show has walked the line between nostalgia (The Who, Prince, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) and modern pop (Black Eyed Peas) or both (Madonna). Nowhere to be found are anything close to modern rock bands, much less modern garage rock bands.
In this lesson, I will demonstrate an interesting method of utilizing your index finger on your picking hand, which is traditionally used for two-handed tapping. The tablature shows a descending legato run in the key of A natural minor comprised of groupings of eight notes. There are no picked notes whatsoever here, just unassisted hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Hello, all! In my crusade to blog about things guitarists can benefit from (things that have very little to do with actually playing guitar), I'd like to discuss something that comes up a lot when we are in our practice rooms: dexterity -- dominance or cross-dominance. These are big words for something simple. Am I right handed, left handed or both (ambidextrous)?
So growing up in Orange County, California, doesn't really prepare you for the cold winter weather in the rest of the country! I didn't even bring boots, gloves or a scarf and beanie. However, the shows have been going amazing on this tour. We just played Kilby Court in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the place was packed, great crowd.