Put every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears into the creation of your music. Take chances, and perfect your craft. You'd be amazed at how much easier touring becomes when the emphasis placed on creating the most impactful tracks possible is put at a premium. Word of mouth travels faster than ever, and if you engage online directly with your fans, they will show up and support your touring endeavors whenever that happens.
While doing my metal guitar workshops one of the topics that I hear a lot about is the art of tackling the ability to play lead guitar. I often hear guitarists tell me that they want to know how they can begin to play a bit more lead in their band. They are interested in sharpening their skills, but they seem afraid and un-sure of how to dive in. Often they feel that there is an invisible wall stopping them. They just don’t know.
First shows are always the hardest ones, and Cardiff was no exception to this rule. To start, our rental gear was not up to par. Setting up the stage also took extra time, and as a result, we did not have time to do sound-check, or even test that our rental equipment worked.
Working on scales in the practice room can sometimes seem like a one-handed event. Sure, the picking hand is there, and it may even be focusing on alternate picking, sweep picking or other picking technique, but beyond that, how deep do we really go with our right hand when practicing scales?
For me, the ailing Levon Helm's greatest moment with The Band is their cover of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" from 1971's Cahoots. While it was already common for other artists to perform Dylan's own songs better than he did, Helm's performance on "Masterpiece" is truly one of a kind.
My name is Ned Evett. I play fretless guitars exclusively, modifying them with mirrored glass fingerboards. When playing the fretless guitar, the material the fingerboard is made of greatly affects the overall tone; this same effect is found when using different types of slide (brass, glass, bone, etc.) on slide guitar. Playing fretless guitar is a lot like playing slide guitar; just remember your left hand fingers take the place of a conventional slide.
In pursuit of becoming a better, more well-rounded musician, I believe the most essential tool for any guitar player to utilize is live performance. While that may sound painfully obvious, I have encountered many talented "bedroom shredders" who find it impossible to translate their woodshed chops to the stage environment.
Lydia Loveless was born into country music. But she wasn’t content to just join the family business; she had to put her own personal stamp on it. Or, more likely, she had to stomp all over it! Loveless grew up with a dad who owned a country music bar, and she often woke up in a house full of musicians. When she got older, she blazed her own path and immersed herself in punk, soaking up the musical influences.
Our next move is making a nut for this guitar. This component is one of the most important found on any guitar. No matter how beautiful your fret work is, the nut will make or break your guitar. Many people take a nice nut for granted. That’s because a guitar won’t work right without one. Even the cheapest production guitars are usually sold with a functional nut.
Remember the early part of the 2000s? The time when every critic and their brother was saying this was going to be the "Age of Garage Rock?" Artists like the Strokes, the Vines, the Hives, the White Stripes (plus the rest of Detroit) and the Black Keys were all breaking onto the scene, leading many to proclaim we had entered into a golden era in raw riffage.