Ever dream of a room full of guitar pedals that you can try for as long as you like with no sales pressure and all your questions answered? So did New York’s The Deli Magazine, so they put together their CMJ StompBox Exhibit, a sort of petting zoo for pedal-files.
Michelle Kath Sinclair, daughter of the late great Terry Kath, is seeking financial assistance to complete a documentary film about her father. Terry was a guitarist and founding member of the band Chicago. His guitar skills were praised early on by Jimi Hendrix.
What do Eddie Van Halen, Keith Richards, Andy Summers, The Edge, James Hetfield and Jimi Hendrix have in common? They are all great rhythm players. These guys, and so many more, have restructured and redesigned the role and sound of playing rhythm guitar. And since 80 percent or more of your musical life may very well be spent playing rhythm, we should talk about it.
I’m often asked what’s the hardest song I’ve ever transcribed. The answer is not an offering by Yngwie, Dream Theater or Buckethead. It’s “Mrs. Potter's Lullaby” by Counting Crows. Let me begin by saying that there is only a handful of bands/artists I actively hate. My tastes are pretty eclectic and run the gamut from dissonant / atonal / harsh / obscure to the most syrupy, accessible pop.
After being berated as grown men for over-partying, we were of course absolutely defensive and found many ways/excuses to continue our belligerency. Scott said brilliantly," I look at it like this, if I stay home I know exactly what's going to happen, when you go out anything could happen". Spoken like a true networker and connector I wholeheartedly agreed. When you're out on the town, out on the gig, anything can happen. You could fall down drunk on your face or you could meet someone with an opportunity that could change your life or career.
When the White Stripes put it in writing that the band's hiatus had turned permanent, a void opened in the musical universe. The band had expertly fused blues, rock and a little punk to create their signature sound. Now that the Stripes have left the building, people need to look elsewhere to get their fix of raw, catchy rock.
There’s one word for Carolyn Wonderland’s show last night at Joe’s Pub: Tasty. When a guitarist truly lives and loves what they do, it shows, and it was shining like a beacon during Wonderland’s performance. To say that her live show is better than the record is no exaggeration. And her tone…hell yeah!
It seems like there is something new every day to be challenged (if not flustered) by. Unless you are a 24/7 web geek, it might feel like you are permanently behind the development curve, always missing out on the latest technology that could miraculously catapult your band into super-stardom.