Though often reserved for the mundane realms of the shopping cart or office Post-It note scene, a good checklist can be a helpful tool in any situation — a collection of stripped-down, simple reminders that quickly focuses the mind toward the core of the matter.
Let me start this blog post by saying I don't think we've ever been more excited as a band as we were entering the studio to track this new album. I think the two biggest factors for this were how long we had waited since releasing our last album and how long we spent working on the songs this time around.
My biggest challenge on a daily basis is addressing 30-plus young teenagers at a time and maintaining their attention and focus by keeping them engaged and captivated with the subject matter at hand. In this column, I’d like to share an approach I’ve developed and taken with my students that helps keep them motivated to pay attention, practice and explore the instrument more on their own time.
This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the first of what will hopefully be a series of events called Ladies Rise Up and Rock. The brainchild of Carl Mancuso, this high-energy concert featured some very talented, female-fronted bands. Its goal is to raise money for Grammy in the Schools, which brings music education to schools all over the country.
When music aficionados speak of Detroit, they tend to go on and on about the slew of rock bands and R&B groups to come out of the area. When you consider the sheer number of rock legends and near-legends from the area, it's easy to see how one could spend hours discussing the Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, The White Stripes, etc.
Earlier this month, for one night only, I went from being one of four guitarists in a Monkees tribute band to being the only guitarist in a band supporting two actual Monkees — Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz. To make things even weirder, I used a Les Paul that once belonged to Tim Sult of Clutch, just so I could say that guitar went from Clutch to the Monkees in just over a year.
The Palmer Pocket Amp is worth its keep by acting as a headphone amp, DI box, overdrive/distortion effects pedal and a re-amp amplifier simulator box. All this is packed inside one rugged box that's tough enough for stage use and can be tossed around in a gig bag until its next use.
Hello. My name is Mark Hale, and I teach general music and guitar to elementary school students, grades K-4, in Nashville. Having done this for a few years and experimented with various approaches, I have come up with what I believe to be a very effective and fun approach to teaching young, beginner-level students how to tap into the creative part of their brains and improvise melodies. I’d like to share this approach with you.
Hey, everyone. In my last two blog posts, I discussed arpeggios and how to incorporate them into your playing to learn the fretboard and add some color to your leads. This time, I'd like to discuss some really cool major- and minor-scale exercises that will help your overall guitar playing on many levels.
After nearly a week at Austin’s SXSW festival, I feel like I’ve seen almost nothing! Yes, I heard some amazing performers, watched several engrossing panels, checked out the gear show, schmoozed, networked, wined and dined. And yet I’ve probably really seen only about 1 percent of what this oversized event has to offer.