Leave it to the ladies to handle the bass with flair. Check out these eight pros who have stepped up to hold it down. From jazz to metalcore, and just about everything in between, these eight artists boldly go where few women have gone … before, now or ever!
There are only a handful of individuals who have pioneered the way music is played on the guitar, yet you would need more than both of your hands to count the number who follow in their footsteps. In fact, it may even become common practice to do so. Let’s take the classic model provided by Jimi Hendrix. The man undisputedly wrote the book on modern guitar playing, and we’d all be lying if we denied taking a page out of Jimi’s book every time we wrote a riff or lick.
After being a workhorse through this last long tour, in addition to a large chunk of touring earlier this year, my Framus Dragon head was in dire need of new tubes. I took the amp in to my repair guy, C. Wright, at Wrightfield to have the amp looked over and biased properly. We put a matched set of the reissue Mullards in it. It sounds great again!
I recently interviewed Michael Angelo Batio, who discussed touring, meeting his guitar heroes and recording his upcoming album, which will be out in 2012. Here's part one of our three-part conversation.
I find that a minimum of three songs and a maximum of five are ideal. It’s hard for an A&R person to get a real picture of what a band is about without hearing at least three songs – that is, three songs that show off the band’s consistency or diversity.
Think about it: George Harrison and Jimmie Vaughan on the same song together ... a song that was written by Bob Dylan ... which was used on the soundtrack to something as crappy as Porky's Revenge, no less.
"Do a commercial, you're off the artistic roll call, every word you say is suspect, you're a corporate whore. End of story." So said late comedian Bill Hicks, who -- with the exception of Willie Nelson -- took a pretty hard line stance on musicians appearing in commercials hocking products like corporate spokespersons. But what about a (presumably) lesser offense, letting your song be used in a commercial?
The name of this blog is Down and Dirty, and what’s more dirty than the Delta Blues? I was thinking about dedicating the next few blogs to some of the legends of the Blues. When it comes to being down and dirty, I can think of no bluesman who's more down and more dirty than Lightnin' Hopkins. We talked about Delta blues a lot over the past month but when we talk about Lightnin', we are talking about the Texas blues.
I often get asked what is the best way to train for session work. Of course, you have to be able to sight read, know how to read chord charts, have your gear together, and finally be able to play in various styles. Of course, we can and will go into great details in other blogs, but for now I am going to give you some advice I learned some time ago. Learn cover tunes!
I thought I would talk a little bit about different recording techniques from my experience and point of view, and also a little bit about gear, amongst other things. I have just released the debut album by Vallenfyre, and I am currently writing this column whilst holed up in the Chapel studios, UK while I record the new Paradise Lost album.