“I forget who makes those orange-colored amps,” said no one ever. The iconic Orange Amplification has been building amps since the late '60s. They recently expanded into the cable market, and their website lists speaker, instrument and XLR cables. I recently checked out the speaker and instrument cables.
I’d like to focus on an approach to chord playing inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s chorales. The chorale originated as a vocal hymn of the Lutheran church, often constructed in four-part harmony wherein the top voice is the melody. Bach composed many chorales of incredible beauty; the way he harmonized for four voices was impeccable, and his chorales served as the textbook for studying Western harmony for over 100 years.
Everyone loves a good concert. You know, those rare times the artists on stage are having as much fun as people out in the crowd, and it changes from an event to an experience. It's something Facebook photos don't get close to describing. Concerts are the ultimate music-appreciation service, but as music is evolving so that even your grandma can effortlessly get her Bieber fix from iTunes, sometimes concerts seem a little less inviting.
The first time I heard Jessie Murphy and We Are The Woods, I thought maybe they were a bit too sweet and pretty for Guitar World. But on further inspection, Murphy has proved me wrong. She can enrapture and wail! Part rocker, part quirkster, part folky, part songstress. Murphy’s parts make a very delightful whole.
It’s been five years since we last visited the US. It was one of the most memorable tours we have ever done, both in a bad and good way. We shared a van with our Finnish comrades, Swallow the Sun, and drove from coast to coast.
You’re looking at some new guitars for sale on the web, and you come across a well-known, high-end, American (or any other high-quality instrument) branded guitar for $75. A great bargain? No. It's probably a counterfeit. A counterfeit guitar is one where an actual trademark of a well-known guitar company is placed on a cheap, inferior version and is foisted on the marketplace as the real, high-quality original.
In this blog post, I'd like to pose the question: Can you handle the stresses of session playing? Every day I awake to a new set of musical challenges. These must be met along with our regular, everyday personal needs. Here's an example: Today I have four sessions to work on, a blog to write (this one) and a phone meeting about composing music for a new reality show.
Hey, this is Gabe from Reggae Guitar Lessons. Here's a beginner lesson on a few basic reggae guitar strumming patterns. The video lesson covers how I learned to play reggae guitar in New York City, then gets into right-hand and left-hand technique and some strumming exercises in 4/4 time.
Yesterday was a special day for the United States, and for me personally. I just voted for the first time in the presidential election. As I was voting, I thought about each candidate's campaign and couldn't help but think about the similarities between running for office and releasing music as an independent artist. Whether you're running for office or releasing your own music, it all comes down to self-promotion.
Have you ever played a gig during which your gear inexplicably goes dead in the middle of a face-blistering lead? Have you ever been on your way to a show and have the back of the van pop open and watch a drum set and keyboard spill onto the New York State Thruway at 70 mph? Have you ever watched the singer in your band run a bar tab so high that it exceeded what your band was supposed to make that night?