Let's face it, friends: Being in a band is like being part of a very, very, very dysfunctional family. Like any marriages, businesses or things you love, it takes love, work, vision, direction and effort to keep it going. There are always exceptions to the rule; however, I find that bands work best when they are lead by one. And before you start in on me and my ego, please think back to the time you were in the van with the fellas trying to decide if it was Micky D’s or Burger King en route to the gig in Topeka.
In my blog series, I try to discuss how elements outside of playing guitar have influenced the way I play -- or teach -- guitar. Today, I would like to talk about relaxation, and how exploring yoga has influenced the way I operate strings and a pick.
Foo Fighters recorded their latest album, Wasting Light, in their lead singer's garage. Then they embarked on a tour playing in fans' garages as their only venues. The same band has also been nominated for six Grammys, sold out Wembley Stadium (twice) and been called our generation's answer to Tom Petty by Pitchfork.
Any quality unsigned act will have people clamoring to work with them. That being said, an artist should hold on to the controls of their own destiny as long as they can. The time to allow someone in to represent an act usually occurs when the tasks of handling their own business begin to conflict with creation of the art. There is usually a point at which keeping up with the business of creating the art becomes distracting to the art itself.
Hey, all fellow guitar nerds/guitar geeks, my name is Jake Dreyer and here is my first column for GuitarWorld.com. First off, just a little background about myself. I am a 19-year-old guitarist from Panama City Beach, Florida, who did the most cliché thing a young inspiring guitarist can do: I moved out west to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute.
The other day I was talking to Paul Riario, Guitar World’s gear editor. The subject came around to why women don’t buy more gear. My reply to Riario was, “You’re right. I would buy a new pair of shoes before I picked up a new guitar accessory.”
Hi, gang. I've been getting numerous questions asking why the recordings you are doing at home don't sound like your favorite CD! I gave that some thought and came up with what I will refer to as the Seven Deadly Sins you are making! (And by the way, thanks to the people who sent me mp3s to critique.) So here goes ...
Perhaps we misjudged you. When we introduced the first Exposed article last month, we were blown away by the overwhelming support and interest in these fine ladies and their guitar prowess. So here we are again, presenting 10 more artists who share a passion for guitar. They are from different eras, genres, and philosophies, but all know their way around a guitar –- be it acoustic, electric, or classical.
Hello, friend, and welcome back to your Cerebral Upheaval. I am your host, Dan Sugarman. Today we are going to take a look at one band's life on the road, through the eyes of an idiot. The specimens name in which we will be observing this journey through will not be mentioned, but what I can tell you is this: he looks a lot like myself. No relation. With that being said, let us begin.