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.
Every now and then, I'll interview someone who credits part of their musical inspiration to synesthesia -- a phenomenon where one kind of sensory input triggers another. A common example is the perception of colors or textures in relation to music. I'm fortunate to have this trait myself, along with a few other odd little synesthesia-related quirks; I subconsciously associate odd numbers and angular shapes with warm colors, and even numbers and smooth shapes with cool colors, for instance.
Hey guys, my name Tom Skerlj and I play guitar/keys/percussion in Australian band Dead Letter Circus. This is my first column for Guitar World, and this is a massive privilege for me to be able to share with you some of my experiences and understanding of music over the next few weeks.
Just the other day at rehearsal, my fellow guitarist asked me if the guitar cable I was using was the same one I’d had “forever.” I realized then that I had indeed been using that same cable for at least the past three years on tours around the world without it once ever giving me a problem. Why? I realized that with some basic cable care, I’d probably saved myself some money -– and more importantly -– cable failure during a performance.
There are plenty of great, affordable guitars available these days. With all the precise automation in guitar manufacturing, it’s difficult to find poorly made guitars. Here are two of five cool choices for less than $500. Click here to read about the next three guitars.
There are plenty of great, affordable guitars available these days. With all the precise automation in guitar manufacturing, it’s difficult to find poorly made guitars. Here are three of five cool choices for less than $500. Read about the other two guitars right here.
There's one particularly useful practice tool that will dramatically increase your shredding skills while simultaneously helping you to nail those all-important rock star shapes when you hit the stage. And the surprising thing is, you already have it. A mirror.
This week I was trying to think of a topic for a blog that was different than whammy-bar tricks or shredding single note lines at 200 bpm. After teaching a few students Monday, I decided to have my third cup of coffee, much to the detriment of my physician and girlfriend. But on my walk to the coffee shop, I heard a lone goose flying overhead call out. A normal occurrence, I suppose; the only difference was that I recognized the squawk as an ascending major third! Presto, I had my blog post!!