Tag Archives: Electric Guitar

Lead Guitar and Follow Guitar

You have spent a fair amount of time developing your chops, getting comfortable moving around the fretboard, honing your ear for exciting and explosive lead lines.  Now, you are a lead guitarist and you want to let loose.  When the … Continue reading

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Music Stores

There are only two kinds of stores that I like to go in purely for the sake of browsing, trying things on for size, often with little or no intention of buying – book stores and music stores.  Record stores … Continue reading

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Four Ways to Make Yourself Desirable

While this may seem like a topic more suited for a glossy newsstand magazine than for a music blog it is an important subject for guitar players.  There are four ways to approach your playing that will help make you … Continue reading

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Learn the fretboard

Being a valuable accompanist requires you to play a complementary role to the player or singer you are accompanying.  One of the ways to do that is by offering a different timbre or sound quality from the main parts.  This … Continue reading

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Making Musical Sense

A number of years ago I had the opportunity to take a class with renowned jazz guitarist Herb Ellis.  As one friend said at the time, ”Herb has more swing when he snaps his fingers than a lot of people … Continue reading

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Artists and Engineers

I was reading an interview with Bil VornDick in Premier Guitar magazine the other day.  http://digital.premierguitar.com/premierguitar/201304_1#pg128. Bil is a very successful, highly respected Nashville engineer and producer who has been practicing his craft for many years.  I have been thrashing … Continue reading

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Frank and Horns

I like Frank Sinatra.  I didn’t always.  My parents would play his records when I was a kid.  When I was very young the basic rhythm and rhyme was enjoyable.  Then I reached a certain age where I realized that … Continue reading

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Air

I was visiting a friend’s recording studio today and listening to some songs he was in the process of mixing.  This was a singer/songwriter sort of project, but the instrumentation was pretty full.  On most tracks there were lead and … Continue reading

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Steve Cropper

You have to be impressed with someone whose sound and style defined a musical genre while their name remained unknown to the majority of people hearing the music.  As a founding member of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. … Continue reading

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Guitar: An American Life

Several years ago, while browsing in a large, well-known chain bookstore near Union Square in Manhattan I happened across a book with the intriguing title Guitar: An American Life.   I bought it and read it at least twice, maybe three … Continue reading

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