The best thing about the holiday time of year is it grants you permission to shamelessly beg relatives for things you are too poor to afford yourself. Thanks to that, it's an amazing time to expand your music collection to include those box sets or DVDs you might not have had the cash to buy at first.
In the liner notes to his brand-new DVD, Live Kisses, McCartney reveals that he plays bass on Eric Clapton's upcoming studio album. It's not just any bass; it's the standup bass that once belonged to Elvis Presley's bassist, Bill Black. McCartney has owned the bass since the '70s; it was a gift from his late wife, Linda.
Some have it tougher and more painful than most. And some take that pain and create something kick ass. When Danielia Cotton faced the death of her unborn twins, and her own mortality, she could have shut down. Instead she dug deep and came up with a collection of songs that screams survival. This woman ain’t goin’ down without a fight!
When writing on a standard-tuned six-string guitar, I tend to move my fingers in familiar patterns and reach for the same chords and shapes. To break this habit, I employ a few go-to devices, including using alternate tunings, composing guitar riffs on a keyboard and introducing the extra range of a seven-string guitar into my writing. I used this last method to great effect on the final Emperor album, 2001’s Prometheus: The Discipline of Fire & Demise.
In today’s lesson, we’ll be looking at one fingering for the dim7 chord, arpeggio and related scale on the top-four strings of the guitar that you can use to move around the neck, creating four different positions for each of these harmonic and melodic devices in the process.
A project came my way that I think you will find interesting. What I'm about to describe is commonplace in the world of recording today. It's about how so much of today's music is not recorded in the same location. Or even the same city. Or continent. The name of the group is Triphon. They play what is described as Euro/American metal. It is hard, loud and melodic. Great music. Talented players.
Before I go any further, I'd like to say I'm sorry to my all my past teachers and instructors. After writing this blog post, I realized how, for the first 15 years of my career, I never really followed the advice I am now sharing with my readers. Please accept my humble apologies; I realize now that if I would've followed my own words, I would've saved myself a lot of time and grief over the years.
When I first began playing guitar, my goal was to be able to play my favorite songs. Within two years, I had developed an effective method for learning any song I wanted, no matter how technical or difficult. At this stage I began to concentrate on song writing and the creative side of music.
Last month I introduced an original composition that involved the use of quickly played arpeggios, as well as utilized two-hand tapping techniques to emulate the way in which classical pianists play fluid-sounding arpeggios across multiple octaves.
I was thinking about how we, as musicians, advance and make progress in our careers. I've come up with something that rings true in terms of every situation that has helped me in my personal journey. It comes down to this: Anytime anything happens “for us,” it comes as the result of a recommendation from someone else. Or someone we knew thought of us.