Posts in category "guitar related rant"

Obsession: The missing factor

Obsession: The missing factor
I play guitar. That’s what I do. And when I manage to play every day, it might be what I’m best at. I can also play, to varying degrees, some hand drums, kit, keys, bass, mandolin, other percussives, harmonica… Music comes out of everything if you concentrate a little bit and tap your foot (in... Read more »

Did The Offspring Rip-Off The Foo Fighters?

No. The answer is no (in case you’re only here to scroll down to the bottom). Now let’s discuss why… There are a lot of accusations thrown around concerning one musician or another ripping-off somebody else’s song. And while this certainly happens sometimes (looking at you, Black Eyed Peas), most of the time it’s simply... Read more »

Banjo vs. Ukulele: Pros and Cons

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I’ve always said that I’ll never end up with a tattoo because if there’s an extra $300, there will always be another drum to buy. And I tend to spend an inordinate amount of time planning these next instrument purchases – quite often three or four instruments into the future. Before my lovely Fender Strat... Read more »
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Lucid Guitars series introduction: Beyond practice

Lucid Guitars series introduction: Beyond practice
Several years ago – after about a three-year period of plateauing on guitar – I decided that if I was going to keep playing I wanted to get really, really good (good enough to answer “Yes.” without any ellipses or question marks when people ask if I’m any good). So I started to push myself... Read more »

Extended String Training: Musicians are athletes too

Extended String Training: Musicians are athletes too
Year after year athletes come to spring training/pre-season and fans think, Why do we need all these games? Everyone remembers the rules. Well.. Everyone except Manny Ramirez. It’s not the most fun to watch – and we certainly don’t watch them do crunches for hours and drink smoothies made of the wrong parts of vegetables... Read more »

Al DiMeola & Paco DeLucia - Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho

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I heard about Al DiMeola from my doctor, of all people. And just look at this crazy jam. I wear shirts with guitars on them wherever I go and talk about music constantly.. because you never know who you’ll end up chatting with about what. It results in things like your Doc furiously scribbling jazz... Read more »
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Winter is a good time to learn new campfire songs

This installment seems ill-timed, but (there’s a BUT!) now’s the time to start planning your campfire songs if you want to be competent by July. (Assuming that this time period is really when our Earth experiences “winter.” I’m starting to wonder how long into baseball season we’ll be snowed-in. Anyway. Onward… ) Our Annual Jam... Read more »

Got a new guitar over the holidays? Your fingers must hurt!

Perhaps some of you got guitars for Christmas, Hanukkah or that unfortunate holiday birthday at least grandma didn’t forget. If so, your fingers must hurt like hell by now. Unless you’ve made your way as an accident-prone electrician or a particularly terrible sewer, your soft hands just don’t have calluses in the right spots to... Read more »
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