Revered by experienced tunesmiths but often overlooked by novice writers, the bridge, or the middle eight as some call it (derived from its typical, but not set in stone, 8-bar length), is a songwriting device/song section that’s traditionally used to change things up mid-tune, breathing new life into the structure of a song.
Look at that Fender Strat in your hands. Did you ever think about how many hands touched it before it landed in your capable grip? To be honest, I didn’t -- until I made a visit to Fender's factory in Ensenada, Mexico, to help celebrate the facility’s 25th anniversary. Our stay included a tour of the production facilities.
I remember listening to Holdsworth play when I was a kid -- with complete disbelief at what I was hearing. It almost didn’t sound like a guitar. The speed and the wide intervalic playing was simply amazing. It wasn’t until I saw live footage of him playing that I began to understand how he created that amazing sound.
Here are some tidbits of advice from 10 ladies who have put their doubts and reservations aside (Yes, they still have them, but that’s a topic for another article). They’ve faced skepticism, arrogance, confusion, exhaustion and so much more. And they’ve been gracious enough to share a morsel of inspiration with all of you who are doing the same.
When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the first things we often explore in the practice room is outlining chord changes using arpeggios. Since arpeggios use only the notes in each chord, 1-3-5-7, they are great melodic devices to use when looking to dig into the chords you are soloing over, and bring out the exact sound of each change in the progression.
Hello, fellow guitar freaks! This week I'm going to discuss a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately: Is it better to mic an amp on a track or use an emulator? (By emulator, I'm talking about either an external box like a Line 6 Pod or an internal software based amp simulator like Amplitude.)
Over the next few months, I'll be demonstrating some of the techniques and approaches I rely on in the writing and performing of the music I play with my band, Animals as Leaders. Hopefully, you will find these ideas useful in your own musical endeavors.
In this Sick Lick, I'm using the diminished 7th arpeggio. I combine a few different techniques to create what I call an “alien" sound. This lick is very heavily influenced buy one of my favorite guitarists, Shawn Lane. Lane really pushed the boundaries of guitar playing. He had flawless technique and speed, and he used this technical prowess to write some incredible music.
When the neck of a guitar (or bass or mandolin, etc) is evaluated for setup, measurements are usually in thousands of an inch. Three thousandths is notated as .003-inch. The average U.S. bill currency is .004-inch thick. Trained fingers can tell a difference of less than .001-inch.