Freedom One is the latest wireless unit/tuner pedal combo from Intellitouch. Unlike most wireless receivers that clutter up your stage rig, the Freedom One’s receiver is tucked nicely into a tuner pedal. The tuner can be used simultaneously with the wireless, or it can be used as a standalone pedal tuner, the same way you’d use any others.
As a guitar teacher, two of the most common questions I get from students are, “How do I break out of box patterns?” and “How can I learn the notes on the neck without just memorizing each fret?” Over the years, and after working with hundreds of students on these topics, I’ve come up with a few exercises that have proved to be very beneficial to players who find themselves asking these questions.
I decided to write a blog post dedicated to Ritchie Blackmore. Everyone knows who is. He's the guy who wrote probably the best-known guitar riff of all time. So what's he doing now? You probably know he has a project with his wife, Candice Night, appropriately titled Blackmore's Night. I'd like to dispel some misconceptions about this extremely creative project.
Over the course of the next few months, I’d like to share my approach to songwriting within the context of my band’s self-titled debut album, Periphery. Specifically, we’ll look at the ways in which I combine unusual chordal patterns and single-note riffs in the quest to create new sounds and unearth fresh musical concepts and ideas.
Although I still haven’t seen SkyFall, the new James Bond flick, I did have the MI-5 to keep me company. No, none of the UK’s deadliest spies were here to assassinate me. I'm talking about the MI-5, Musicvox’s latest 12-string electric guitar, curiously named after Britain’s internal cloak-and-dagger intelligence agency. I can safely say the only thing undercover about this guitar is how its 12 tuners are slyly arranged on its headstock.
With the line between home and studio recordings blurring daily, writers/artists are now finding themselves, more and more, in the role of de facto producer when looking to capture their latest creations. With that thought in mind, Songcraft’s “Becoming Your Own Producer” looks to dissect, simplify and offer insight into the (sometimes daunting) process and art of DIY music production.
By the early Sixties, the blues branch of the popular music tree was rapidly thinning. One of the main factors contributing to its demise was rhythm. After decades of dance-floor popularity, triplet-based shuffles and swing grooves had started to be viewed as decidedly old-school, eclipsed by the straight-eighth-note-based rhythms of R&B and rock and roll.
This Sick Lick is based around the E pentatonic scale and the diminished 7th scale. The more you explore the possibilities tonally with soloing, you slowly come to the realization that you can pretty much use any note on the fretboard as a passing note in any given key. Jazz guitarists are the masters of using passing notes. You can apply the same thinking and technique to rock soloing.
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.