Coming out of winter and going into spring and early summer, our repair shop gets overwhelmed with guitars coming in with cracks, popped or lifting bridges, severe neck warps and other weather-related issues that require attention.
Auditioning for a gig is one of the more challenging situations you'll face in your pursuit of a professional career. Being scrutinized and judged so closely is nerve-wracking, and yet you have to find a way to rise above any insecurity.
Confidence is the key - and the key to confidence is to be as ready as possible for the challenge.
The Cowcaster is guaranteed to turn heads. That’s because it is one. The one-of-a-kind guitar, designed and built by artist Brent Gandy of Amarillo, Texas, brims with custom features — from Von Dutch–style pin striping on the back of the neck to a hand-carved bull’s head headstock — all of which are connected to an authentic bull skull.
It started off as a twinkle in my eye last year. And, like giving birth, nine months later, the Women’s Music Summit came to life. And what a crazy cool music making extravaganza it was! Housed at Full Moon Resort in the Catskill Mountains in Big Indian, New York, the event kicked off with a cocktail party and open-mic night that offered all of the ladies attending a chance to share their talents.
Legendary guitarist Slash teamed up with IK Mulitmedia to create AmpliTube Slash, which features models of his signature Marshall amplifiers (JCM Slash & AFD 100) along with some of his signature pedals (Delay, Gate, Octave/Fuzz, Chorus, Booster and Wah/Distortion) used in the studio and for live performances.
When learning how to play jazz guitar, one of the most important chord progressions you can spend time practicing room is the “turnaround.” Turnarounds often occur at the end of a tune, or a section of a tune, and they essentially are used to “turn the tune back around” to the top of the form or start of the next section. Hence the name.
This year's Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival, to put it simply, was a blast! We got in to York, Pennsylvania, late the night before and decided to venture downtown and see what the nightlife was like. Even for a small town, York has a bustling music scene.
This week's topic in the 5 pillars of the DIY band is the live aspect of a band. Rehearsing regularly is the most obvious suggestion, but rehearsing productively is something that isn't really practiced much. Make sure that each member knows his/her parts upon arriving at band rehearsals each time. Nothing is worse than the whole band having to sit and wait for one other member to play catch up on everyone's time.
One of my many fine guitar students really loves Slash. During our lesson the other day, I mentioned other guitarists I felt he should be listening to just to give him a more well rounded listening experience as a young guitarist. As part of his homework assignment, I wrote down the names of these amazing players and told him to look them up on YouTube — and to not listen to Slash for a week.