Legend has it that Joe Elliott met guitarist Pete Willis by chance after missing a bus, and upon auditioning it became apparent that Elliott had a pretty special set of pipes on him, and that's why you've raised a glass to "Pour Some Sugar On Me," gazed forlornly out of the bus window to "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad" and banged your head to "Rock Of Ages."
Not at all. For the type of music I sign at Roadrunner - which is lifestyle - all the bands will live or die based on whether they are able to kill it onstage. Live performances are the true tests for any lifestyle band; it's where they "sell it."
I'll remember him most for his undeniable contributions to the computing world, changes that led me away from being an ordinary PC user to a staunch Apple products user, who is still learning to find the boundaries of seemingly limitless capability that these products serve in my everyday life, from personal to business.
With Collective Soul, I have to take a different approach when it comes to doubling since there are three guitar players in the band. What we usually do is to have each guy play his part using a completely different guitar/amp setup for each track. When it comes to solos or any melody bits, I’ll typically double them using my homemade amp so we have some options at mix-down.
In this post, I would like to discuss a musical device known as diatonic substitution and how it may be used in a rock or metal context in regards to the guitar. Diatonic substitution is simply swapping one chord for another in the same key.
The last two blogs have been dedicated to some of the great slide guitar players past and present who have influenced me ore the years. This week I thought it could be helpful to show y'all some of the tunings that these players use. Open tunings present a myriad of possibilities to achieve unique and original sounds. Try the ones in my video, create your own or Google open tunings. There are endless possibilities here. Remember, be original, that's the key to success as a player and a performer.
Each day typically begins around 5 a.m. That's when I get my personal time to exercise, walk, plan meals, etc. Take care of yourself first! When the real work day starts, it can be difficult to halt the momentum and take time out for exercising and eating healthy. I learned this the hard way. Enough said.
They’ve got the hair. They can rock tight pants. And lord knows, they’ve got the balls to think they can do justice to the songs of the legends. Yep, they’re all-female tribute bands, and they are kicking ass across the globe. These six bands are made up of seasoned musicians who are not only serious about laying down an authentic performance of classic rock and metal, but they also bring their own artistry to the table.
There's a lot of great music coming out in 2011, so much that it's hard to keep track of, let alone review. But I'd like to start doing just that -- reviewing albums that might otherwise pass under the radar. Of course, nothing's stopping me from checking out things that are so "on the radar" that they can't be avoided, either. But, man, I've let 2011 albums by Wilco, Pavement's Stephen Malkmus and X's John Doe go by without even a mention!