The blues tradition runs deep in Texas, which has produced a constant stream of innovative blues guitarists, including T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddie King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Albert Collins, Billy Gibbons and Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Here's an odd pairing for you: Mastodon has teamed up with Canadian singer-songwriter Feist -- who you might remember from those "1, 2, 3, 4" Apple commercials from a few years ago -- to put out an exclusive split seven-inch single. It's all part of that growing new phenomenon, Record Store Day, which takes place April 21.
Jack White's new album, Blunderbuss, will be released April 24, and we've posted previews and videos of two singles, "Sixteen Saltines" and "Love Interruption." But for those of you who wonder what inspires White these days -- let alone what a blunderbuss is -- The New York Times has the answer: death (not the band, of course).
In last month’s column, I demonstrated a variety of ways to transform standard A minor pentatonic-based licks into modal runs and patterns using the A Aeolian mode (a.k.a. the A natural minor scale: A B C D E F G). This month, I will expand on the concept by applying a slight rhythmic variation to a standard A minor pentatonic pattern, again transforming it to A natural minor, and then examine these newly realized melodic shapes in different areas of the fretboard. We will then transpose the new melodic ideas to another very commonly used mode: A Dorian (A B C D E Fs G).