The Classic Studio T label and Blues Legacy would also like to take the opportunity of commemorating the life and music of the legendary Blues artist Muddy Waters who passed on this day (April 30th) 25 years ago.
As many of you know, British trombonist Chris Barber introduced Muddy Waters to UK audiences in 1958.The outcome of the tour with The Chris Barber Band was nothing short of a magnificent milestone in history.The recordings recently discovered by The Blues Legacy are now available on The Blues Lost & Found – Volume 2 album and it is possible to find out more details and purchase online via: http://www.blueslegacy.net/
If you wanted to just hear a few Muddy Waters tracks for free, simply check out our My Space page: www.myspace.com/blueslegacylabel
Muddy Waters was a huge inspiration for musicians in the British scene and is known as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Not only did the tour with Chris Barber enhance Muddy’s reputation in Europe, but in turn, reawakened an interest in the blues from the other side of the Atlantic. Arguably, it was this visit to British shores, with Muddy on electric guitar, which led to the phenomenal rise of the blues explosion. We salute you Muddy!
Remembering Humphrey Lyttelton 1921 - 2008
The Classic Studio T label would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the friends and family of the late, great musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttelton.
It was announced on the 25th April that the legendary Jazz musician died aged 86. ‘Humph’, as he became known, was a towering figure in the world of music and also a respected presenter on BBC Radio 2 and 4.
The Classic Studio T label, based at Shepperton Filmed Studios first worked with Humphrey Lyttelton when he was invited to our Classic T Stage recording studio by vocalist Elkie Brooks in 2005 for the recording of her Pearls Live DVD. You can see footage of this on You Tube: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JApXXMAwGVw
Elkie and Humph had worked with each other extensively over the years and our label was also proud to release another collaboration from the two on the ‘Trouble In Mind’ album.
Classic have also been working with another of Humph’s good friends in recent years.Jazz legend Chris Barber surprisingly found some previously unreleased material now survived on the Blues Lost & Found – Volume 3 album, which features Chris Barber, Ronny Scott and Humphrey Lyttelton performing on stage together at the Richmond Jazz & Blues Festival in 1964. This was released on the Blues Legacy imprint: http://www.blueslegacy.net/
EMG Pickups has announced its sponsorship of The Rock House Method, reputedly the fastest growing, most widely used musical instruction system in existence. Explosive growth has been accomplished by developing an accelerated but easy to use system of learning utilising DVD and print, integrated with the Internet. A number of EMG endorsers are instructors for the course, amongst them Rob Arnold - Chimaira, Doug Wimbish – Living Color, Dan Jacobs – Atreyu, along with TRHM founder, John McCarthy.
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This technique is also often called a less technical name "two hand tapping". Eddie Van Halen made this technique famous for guitar with his solo on "Eruption" from the album Van Halen 1 .
This technique is done by playing a series of hammer ons with both hands tapping on the guitar neck. I’ll give you a specific example so you can get started with this quickly.
1. Hold your first finger down on the fifth fret of the second string.
2. With your right and index finger, hammer down the note on the 12th fret of the same second string. This will sound your first note.
3. Next, snap or pull off your right hand index finger from the note on the twelfth fret and this will sound the note that you were holding down on the fifth fret with your left hand.
4. Now hammer down your left hand fourth finger on the eighth fret of the second string.
5. Keep repeating this three-note pattern 12-5-8 over and over building up speed gradually; remember that your right hand taps on the twelfth fret and your left hand covers the fifth and eighth fret notes.
6. *Quick Tip* Make sure that you hold down your fourth finger at the end of the sequence until your right-hand tap on the twelfth.Experiment with many different variations of this technique using different frets, strings, and patterns and you will find many great sounds.
Blooddrunk first week chart positions: Finland #1 (second week #1 aswell), USA #22, Canada #7, Germany #10, Japan #12 (international chart #2), UK #44 (Rock albums chart #1), Austria #19 ..
"We are so surprised about these chart things that are going on, it's amazing! Even though it's not the main thing for us to be high in charts, or whatsoever, it still feels really good. I think it indicates that metal people buy their records, even though the internet things can make music easily illegally available!
We wanna thank people who've been supporting us in this matter! Respect!"
Check it out...we hope you like it as much as we did putting it all together.
They also add "It's been amazing playing for everyone across the US and Canada on Taste of Chaos. We're also looking forward to seeing everyone again this summer on Projekt Revolution."
It will be going out to radio stations in the USA May 6th and will be available for purchase on iTunes June 3rd. All proceeds from the downloads will be going to the LITTLE KIDS ROCK organization.
The 6th annual festival will take place
May 1st, 2nd & 3rd
at the Pearl Room in Mokena, IL
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First annual festival "kick-off party," with the Paganfest tourfeaturing
Ensiferum, Turisas, Tyr and Eluveitie Thursday, May 1st.
On May 7th at 9:00 PM (ET), they will be airing a series on the life of Marvin Gaye titled What's Going On.
A link to the PBS information page is HERE.
Breaking strings on electric guitars is usually caused by two things: technique and worn bridge saddles. When you pick the strings, they move slightly across the saddle before sounding. The length of travel depends on where and how you pick the string. A tiny burr or groove in the bridge saddles can catch the string and cause it to break. If you're breaking a lot of strings at the bridge, it's probably caused by a funky saddle. Replacement saddles are relatively inexpensive and easy to install at home. Make sure replacement saddles are stainless steel or some other hard metal designed to reduce string breakage. If replacement saddles don't solve the problem, you'll either have to get used to busted strings or change your playing style.
On acoustic guitars, there can be sharp edges near the end of the pin that catch the strings. Sometimes an emory board or fine sandpaper can be carefully used to fix this problem.
Anthony has several major roles in the Rock House family. He has a section at Rock House in the forums along with Caitlin Kalafus. They share their musical experiences and help younger community members of Rock House. At Jam Pages Anthony is a contributing writer.
Anthony has already performed with some of the biggest names in the business including Living Color, Black Stone Cherry, Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom, George Lynch of Dokken, Marc Rizzo of Soulfly, John McCarthy, Rob Arnold of Chimiara, Ripper Owens of Judas Priest, David Ellefson of Megadeath, Skinless, Full Blown Chaos, Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, Pat Travers, Strapping Young Lad, Maddball and H2O.
To learn more about Anthony check out his links:
Anthonys staff profile on Jam Pages
Anthonys forum profile at Rock House
Anthonys personal MySpace Site
When I started to watch it this season I had a bad feeling it would be this way. I felt it would be nothing more than a popularity contest. That's exactly what it turned out to be last night. America got it wrong, and they got it wring bad. The voting public dosen't really know a talented singer when it's thrown in front of them.
Carly Smithson was thrown if front of the popularity bus last night. The woman with an incredible vocal tallent was voted off. In my opinion she gave the best performance the night before. Belting out a stupendous rendition of "Jesus Christ Superstar" only to be dissed by the 38 million teeny bopper and the "oh, he's cute" voters.
It was just wrong.
2 performances were pretty much bombs. Brook White and Jason Castro, thier performances just plain stunk. One of them should have gone. I don't think either one of them could have pulled off the song that Smithson performed but I believe Smithson could have easily performed either of the songs they did.
There are really only 2 talents that are left. David Cook and Syesha Mercado. Maybe one of them will make it, maybe the theme park singing/slow song singing/forgetable kid David Archuleta will.
Whatever the turn out, I'm done, never again until there is a different format for the show. Which will be never, because it's all about promotion and money. Not what performer has a true tallent for singing.
"We are extremely excited to finally introduce the new G5122DC. It was a direct response to overwhelming requests from Gretsch enthusiasts from around the world wanting our classic double-cutaway electric guitar at an accessible Electromatic price point," said Joe Carducci, marketing manager, Gretsch guitars. The Gretsch Electromatic G5122DC guitar is available in Black and Walnut through authorized Gretsch dealers for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $900.
A message their blog on MySpace says:
Our video for "Falling Down" has been added to FUSE's "No. 1 Countdown" show.
Click here to vote: http://www.fuse.tv/ontv/shows/no-1-countdown/
We appreciate your support... help get us to 1!!!
Also on their blog this week is the announcement of the release of their latest song "The Squeeze. "
A streem of the song can be heard here: nonelouder.com
ATREYU comments: It's a real ass kicker! Available on our "Lead Sails Paper Anchor 2.0", in stores everywhere next Tuesday 04/22. Also available to preorder, you can find that info in another blog. This release also includes 2 additional songs, 10 exclusive videos and 40+ exclusive photos.
You don't' need us to tell you ‘Satch' is arguably the most respected and widely acclaimed guitarist on the planet. With 13 Grammy award nominations, over 10 million albums sold and the man voted best guitarist, year in year out, the London Guitar show organizers are honored to have him play an exclusive show on Sunday 15th June. Capacity is limited for this special concert, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Playing Saturday 14th June is fantastic line-up of Guitar heroes.
Metal guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert, best known for playing in Mr. Big, where he played on their multi-platinum selling albums and subsequently has released thirteen solo albums.
Arguably the world's great bass player, Billy Sheehan will be performing. Also an ex-Mr Big band member, Billy went on to record with David Lee Roth and has had a truly stella solo career and continues to top the readers polls across the world as the best bass player on the planet.
Then you'll have the ultimate Guitar concert "C3" featuring :
- Richie Kotzen: Touted as "one of the best guitar players in the world", he joined the multi platinum glam metal band POISON went onto record with Stanley Clarke after which he joined Mr Big! Kotzen has amassed a 25 plus album discography and he is just getting warmed up.
- Top Guitarist, Guthrie Govan is known for his work with Asia ( 2001 to 2006 ) He is a noted guitar teacher through his work with the, Guildford's Academy of Contemporary Music and currently the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He is also a former winner of "Guitarist of the Year" competition.
- Greg Howe's debut album instantly caught the attention of the whole Guitar community and he has recorded a further eight solo albums. Greg's accomplished solo career has gone from strength to strength and he has also become an internationally in-demand session musician playing on the Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake world tours.
If that isn't enough the show has also announced The RD Crusaders are confirmed to play Sunday 15th June: This unique super group, brought together by Express and OK! proprietor Richard Desmond, will include very special guests and will be playing for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. Past guest appearances have been made by some of the world's great artists such as Roger Daltry, Robert Plant and Lulu so keep watching the website for more announcements on the bands line-up.
Besides the two live stages, in the main show hall literally hundreds of the top brand names in the business will be exhibiting and every conceivable type of guitar, bass, amp, effect and accessory will be on display under one roof. Visitors will be able to see, hear and try out the very latest gear for themselves, with many exciting new products set to get their first public airing in the UK at the show. There will also be a huge display of drums, sound recording technology and acoustic instruments as well, so bring your band mates for the ultimate band day out at a music exhibition.
The London Guitar Show is part of the UK's Biggest Music exhibition, The London International Music show - now firmly established as one of the UK's premier (and largest) exhibition venues. Located in the heart of London's Docklands, ExCeL is set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands and just across the water from The O2 arena.
For further information on The London Guitar Show, the London International Music show, latest news and to buy tickets, click here.
Hybrid picking is a guitar-playing technique that involves picking with a pick and fingers at the same time. It therefore allows guitar players who use a pick (plectrum) to perform music which would normally require fingerstyle playing. It also facilitates wide string leaps (e.g. from the fifth string to the first string, etc) which might otherwise be quite difficult. The technique is not widespread in most genres of guitar playing (though notable exceptions exist, see below), but is most often employed by country/bluegrass flatpickers who play music which occasionally demands fingerstyle passages.
Players who use hybrid picking generally hold the pick in the traditional grip, i.e., between the forefinger and thumb. Since this only involves the use of two fingers, it leaves three fingers of the picking hand free, which is what allows for hybrid picking.
Hybrid picking allows a picking guitarist to play some things otherwise impossible; however, there are limitations to the technique. The primary issue stems from the angle at which the free fingers must pick the strings. While a player who only uses his or her fingers to pluck the strings (e.g., a classical guitarist) holds their hand at such an angle that the fingers travel perpendicular to the strings, allowing for a clear attack, a player holding the pick naturally positions their hand such that the pick strikes perpendicular to the strings, putting the fingers in a position almost parallel to the strings. This makes the attack of the free fingers of a hybrid picking guitarist considerably weaker than that of a purely fingerpicking guitarist, unless significant changes are made to the hybrid picker's hand position. The angle of the fingers for a hybrid picker also limits the speed at which fingerpicked notes can be played, though speed can be achieved as normal using the plectrum.
Practice Habits for Beginning Musicians
By Anthony Lawrence
So you've finally got that guitar that you had your eye on for so long. Now you’re ready to start sanding down the frets with your fingers. As a beginning Guitarist, it is crucial to practice consistently to progress, develop good technique and proper playing habits. So many young musicians have asked me questions such as “How often do I need to practice to get good?” There is only one answer to that question. The only way to improve is by putting in the time and effort. Guitar is just like going to the gym. If you only work out for an hour a day, you get one hour’s worth of results. That same philosophy applies to guitar playing. The more you practice the more you will build up muscle memory in your fingers. The best way to improve quickly and efficiently is to develop a solid routine that you follow religiously every time you pick up the guitar. A rough outline for a good routine will include exercises that utilize Alternate Picking, chords and switching between chords, as well as creating your own music.
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The Boston Basher debuted at the recent MESSE show in Frankfurt, Germany, to rave reviews from hard rock and heavy metal players. The olive-shaped wood tip and short tapered shoulder achieve maximum projection from snare drums of any construction and bring out a full-bodied tone from toms. At 16" long with a diameter of .620", this durable hickory stick effortlessly achieves heavy volumes on the club scene or in arena venues without feeling heavy in your hands. Derek Kerswill, drummer for Unearth and Kingdom of Sorrow, appreciates the SilverFox commitment to sound quality and durability, "I've been using SilverFox sticks for the last four years and they are HANDS DOWN, the best sticks out there! Bash 'em, thrash 'em, throw 'em in front of a truck...they'll hold up!"
The Sweet Pea also enjoyed a successful debut at the MESSE show in Frankfurt, Germany. At 15-3/4" long with a diameter of 0565", this dynamic hickory stick features a small ball tip for fast response on cymbals while producing a warm sound on snare. Created in response to jazz artists' requests for a stick with the feel of a 5A, yet capable of consistent cymbal articulation and projection, the Sweet Pea is the ideal choice for combo jazz in every setting.
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From The Jam Pages Staff.
-The headstock and headstock logo should match those of authentic Gibson guitars
-Pearl should always be inlaid
-Les Paul Model script is always in cursive
-If the guitar has a 3 screw truss rod it is not authentic
-Check the control and pick up cavities for sloppy routing or wiring
-Real Gibson guitars use one piece necks
-Many fake Gibsons have their pickup cavities painted black inside
-If purchasing a Gibson always ask for the Gibson’s Owner Manual and Gibson/Warranty Inspection Card
-Check the wiring, if it is plastic it isn’t a true Gibson
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In rock music, the rhythm guitarist is typically expected to play a sequence of chords, called a chord progression, around which the song is constructed. The most typical ways to perform the chords is to play triads (which consist of the root, third, and fifth note of the chord), or four-note chords (which add the sixth, seventh, or ninth note of the chord). In some cases, the chord progression is implied with a simplified sequence of two or three notes, sometimes called a "riff", that is repeated throughout the song.
In metal music, this is typically extended to more complex sequences consisting of a combination of chords, single notes and palm muted parts, while the more technical bands often play riffs which may use lead guitar techniques. In jazz or swing music, the rhythm guitarist may also integrate a walking bass line or a counter-melody.
In some bands with two guitars, the two guitarists may exchange roles in different songs or sections. In bands with a single guitarist, the guitarist may play lead and rhythm at different times. The rhythm guitarist may also sing backing vocals or lead vocals.
In this vacuum was a sound, the sound of guitars and moppy haired men, and they called themselves a name similar to a bug. Music existed before this time, and snake-like men with swiveling hips gyrated into the hearts and minds of women all over the world... Rock and Roll was its birth name!
In the early years , the Sixties, I found myself in a mystical time, a time of woman style hair on men, and power to the people. It was a fascinating era to grow up in. Music was everywhere, soul music, rhythm and blues, free love and high taxes. Living in a suburb of Los Angeles known as Hawthorne, California, I was in good company, for this was the home of the Beach Boys and all of us wanted to come on a safari with them.
Not far from my Home was Capital Records, Hollywood and Vine and up the coast, the late great Haight Ashbury. All of these locations still exist, but few of them will ever be quite the same as they were in the 1960's. In many cases, this may be for the best.
Music was such an integrated form of expression among the youth of America, that one hardly noticed until another guitar hero or blues queen overdosed and became ashes to ashes. The music of that time period still carries with it the essence of a nonsensical war, the idea of peace, and some imaginings of revolution!
After the Hells Angels and the Rolling Stones decided the decade of flowers and free love was over with, most of us went back to the daily grind, the Cambodian border only loomed in our peripheral vision, unless of course our number was up. Canada became the grand vacation destination for those who set the flame to the shame, then maybe only a Queen could save their soul!
While I don't remember much about adult issues surrounding these strange days, I do have the history of a child who existed behind the Looking Glass, and the White Rabbit in the mirror was I! Living in the shadow life of the proton-neutron collision effect, I found myself a child of the Cold War era, fascinated with One Small Step and discovering the ability to chemically enhance my black and white television experience, always searching for the one thing I could identify with. I never actually found it...
You Rock Radio is my pride, my joy! And from it springs the yearning of a generation, the Digital Children of the 21st Century!
How blessed are thee to be born in this age, a wonderfully open world of communication and creativity. Never has there been such opportunity, and at the same time, so much misunderstanding. Media is counted in nanoseconds and people are having more and more difficulty finding their hero's. This is not just a symptom focused on the youth of today, but for many of us, young and old, it is hard to understand the value and sentiment of real people, in real time.
Everything revolves around commercialism, and the media personalities are here today, gone in 60 seconds, and most of us have no idea what these people are about. The focus of You Rock Radio is to capture some of the charm of yesterday using the vast resources of the age we now live in, and bring our world a little closer to the heart.
You Rock Radio is a culmination of almost 29 years of misunderstanding. The things that I have been personally preaching has fallen on deaf ears. When I was first introduced to the Internet, there was no name for it. In 1979, I worked with Wang and IBM mainframe computers in the military, and we were being introduced to a station to station network of the Cold War Era, designed to lock in communication in the event of a nuclear war, and this network became what we call the Internet today.
Very early, in the mid-1990's, I developed a program that was going to change the way music was distributed. When the Dot-Com explosion happened, those efforts had to be put on the back burner. It was a nail-biter for me, watching Napster and then iTunes come into being, along with 10,000 music websites and all of the social networks. As of yet, no one has even come close to the system that I designed for delivering music. Most people don't even believe it exists. Now is the appropriate time to make this happen! It is a winning situation for both the music fan and the artist. The problem is that whenever someone comes up with a novel plan, they sell out to the highest bidder. Not this kid, no sir!
You Rock Radio is a rallying point, a place for music fans and the people who create music to get together and have a chance to know each other on a real world basis. As you watch the development of this radio station, you are going to see that the things that we do are unlike any other destination on the Internet for music and entertainment. The methods and systems, while familiar on some level, are unique to the general way things are being done online today. For instance, our radio shows are REAL shows, not some mindless playlist of songs that anyone can get on any P2P or torrent network! We hire people who are unique personalities who will escort you through time with various music artists and creative people of our day.
At You Rock Radio our gimmick is that there is no gimmick. What we offer is quality programs and a sense of pride with what we do. Our main focus is to provide something that is worth taking the time to participate in. With so much hype and nothing to back it up, many websites today rely on mind numbing content that has no real lasting value to people in the long term. You Rock Radio offers a real commodity in the vast sea of nothingness called the Internet!
You Rock Radio is a work in progress. The only thing that makes it worth coming to work every day is knowing that you will have the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the real working artists in your community. To us at this station, the words describing some of the extreme talent out there today is not sufficient. Independent, unsigned, and labels like this are not acceptable. This community of artists has more talent, resources, and personal fortitude than any other generation of artists preceding it! And at You Rock Radio... That is the word!
Welcome to YouRockRadio.com!
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This is a Press Release
Below is a press release from Job for a Cowboys MySpace blog.
Metal Hammer have just announced their nominations for their Golden Gods 2008 Awards extravaganza along with some of the bands who will be appearing.
This years bash takes place at The 02 Arena in London on June 16th.After romping home with an award for BEST UNDERGROUND BAND (as voted for by fans) Arizona five piece JOB FOR A COWBOY will be joining Bring Me The Horizon (and 2 more to be announced) for intimate appearances on board the Dixie Queen, as it sails up the Thames to the 02 rammed with metal maniacs.
There will be performances at the awards show by Disturbed, In Flames, Testament and Children Of Bodom.
This summer, DETHKLOK, the animated band from Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse", hits the road on a 28-city headlining tour kicking off June 2 in Portland, along with two of metal's top acts, CHIMAIRA and SOILENT GREEN. Tickets to the five-week tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 18 through Ticketmaster, but a special pre-sale offer will be made available one week earlier to the most brutal Adult Swim fans. On Sunday, April 13, Adult Swim fans tuning in to "Metalocalypse" during the 12:00 a.m. (ET/PT) showing will be given a pre-sale password allowing them access to a customized DETHKLOK page on Ticketmaster's web site. Immediately after receiving the password, fans can purchase tickets, which range in price from to . The password will also be made available to fans on AdultSwim.com beginning Monday, April 14.
Judging by the way DETHKLOK, CHIMAIRA and SOILENT GREEN sound on their MySpace pages it should be a very metal tour.
Through a promotional offer, you can get a free annual subscription to Premier Guitar magazine. This is normally a $14.95 subscription, and $60 at the newsstand. But you can get this for free by simply filling out a form and using a special promo code. If you’re not familiar with Premier Guitar, you can see a digital sample of the magazine here.
This promotion is being offered compliments of Hamer Guitars to their blog readers. Therefore, it’s only fitting that I should direct you there to get the promo code. You better be quick though; this is a limited offer. There are 1,000 subscriptions available, and the offer expires on April 30, 2008. To qualify, you must be a resident of the US, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia.
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AC/DC is recording its first studio album in eight years with producer Brendan O'Brien. No release date has yet been announced for the Columbia project.
The news came via a Web post from Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti, who said his own band's album is being delayed due to O'Brien engineer Billy Bowers' work with AC/DC. Bowers is producing the Supersuckers' as-yet-untitled disc.
"[Bowers] wants to make some last-minute tweaks and, well, he can't right now," Spaghetti wrote. "He's been detained by a little Australian band called, uh, AC/DC."
AC/DC is expected to tour in support of the album, with dates to be announced
As a teacher one the most asked questions from I received from beginner students was “What are some easy songs that I can learn to play that won’t be over my abilities?” So me and the boys from JamPages.com put our thinking caps on and compiled a list of easy to learn songs that will challenge you but not make you want to throw your guitar in the fireplace as firewood with discouragement! Keep in mind this is just a starting point and there are thousands of easy songs that you can learn. These are just some recommendations that we have seen results from. Hope you enjoy!
Rock, Pop and More...
Smoke On the Water; Deep Purple
Aint’ Talkin’ Bout’ Love; Van Halen
Basket Case; Green Day
Satin Doll; Duke Ellington
Come As You Are; Nirvana
Is This Love; Bob Marley
Santa Ria; Sublime
Tick Tick Boom; The Hives
Iron Man; Black Sabbath
All The Small Things; Blink 182
Wild Thing; The Troggs
Enter Sandman; Metallica
Margaritaville; Jimmy Buffet
You Really Got Me; The Kinks
Nothing Else Matters; Metallica
Free Fallin’; Tom Petty
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life); Green Day
Uncle Johns Band; The Grateful Dead
Wish You Were Here; Pink Floyd
Smokin Gun; Robert Cray
Thrill is Gone; BB King
Old Love; Eric Clapton
Johnny B Goode; Chuck Berry
Goin Down; Feddy king
Everywhere (3 Chords); Tim McGraw
Drive (3 Chords); Alan Jackson
Meet in the Middle (3 Chords); Diamond Rio
Complicated (3 Chords); Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Check Yes or No (4 Chords); George Strait
I Walk the Line (4 Chords); Johnny Cash
It Must Be Love (3 Chords); Don Williams
The Bottle Let Me Down (2 Chords); Merle Haggard
Mama Tried (4 Chords); Merle Haggard
Honky Tonkin' (2 Chords); Hank Williams
Alexi Lahio from Children of Bodom DVDs now Availabe for Pre-Sale, Also Order the New COB CD "Blooddrunk"
In Level 1: Students learn the single note riffs Alexi uses to create songs and his favorite scales used to create his signature melodic and shredding leads. He also shares his personal tricks for speed, sweep picking, pivoting and pick harmonics. He reveals the chord voicings he uses to create his powerful guitar progressions and a whole lot more!
In Level 2 Alexi continues to encourage students to push the limits of speed and technique. He walks them step-by-step through many of his leads and teaches his mastery of five and six string arpeggios, string skipping arpeggios, chromatic scale patterns and more.
BLOODDRUNK CD: The wildly-anticipated new full length album, the record is said to be the band's "strongest and most advanced recording to date" and features a cutting edge take on COB's enthralling mix of modern metal, melodic hooks and guitar acrobatics.
This SPECIAL SALE will last from April 9, 2008 - April April 30, 2008. Product will ship by April 30 2008.
Musicians Friend - Tech Tips
In general, setting up an acoustic guitar is a trade-off between sound and playability. By and large, big strings and high action make better sound and worse playability. Don't start with the delusion that you're going to set the thing up to play like a cherry Strat. It ain't gonna happen. Slap a set of .10s on that big ol' flattop and you're going to have problems. The head will pull back, the strings will be too close to the neck, and you'll have buzz city. So be reasonable. Light acoustic strings—say .12 to .54—are about the lightest strings you can go with and still get a decent tone out of your soundboard. Remember, all of your sound is coming from the mechanical action of those strings against that board. You need some tension and some leverage—you need decent-sized strings.
Check For Big Problems
Tune the guitar to pitch, leave your hand off the neck, and do some hard strumming on the open strings to listen for buzzes. If the strings are buzzing hard against the frets, you've got trouble. Either some idiot has cranked the truss rod way too hard (and probably damaged something inside) or the neck is majorly warped. You can try loosening the truss rod, but chances are you'll have to take it to a pro (where the prognosis probably won't be favorable). If something is buzzing around the headstock, be sure it's not just an uncut string, then make sure the nuts that hold the tuners on and the screws on the back are tight. If there's a buzz on the soundboard, it's either a foreign object inside, a loose pickguard, or—more likely—a loose or cracked brace inside. If you can find the problem with a compact mirror and a flashlight, you may be able to glue it up yourself with wood glue or even the gel type of cyanoacrylate (Super Glue). The advantage of the cyanoacrylate is that you can hold the thing tight till it dries (but be careful not to glue your fingers to the inside of your guitar). If in doubt, take it to a pro.
Straighten The Neck
The truss rod is located inside the neck in a groove beneath the fretboard. It runs the length of the neck and when you tighten it you pull the headstock back causing the middle of the fretboard to come closer to the strings. In most acoustic guitars you'll find the part of the truss rod you're after inside the sound hole just beneath the end of the fretboard. You'll need the right size of Allen wrench to adjust it. Point the head of the guitar away from you with the body at eye level and sight down the fretboard. Ideally you will see no curvature to the fretboard at all. If there's a bow so that the middle of the fretboard is visibly farther away from the strings than the ends, tighten the truss rod in 1/4 turns clockwise until the neck looks straight. If there are obvious twists or bumps in the fretboard, you may have to take it to a pro. Whatever you do, DON'T start filing frets, you'll just get yourself into a world of trouble. If the neck is bowed so that the middle of the fretboard is closer to the strings than the ends, try loosening the truss rod. If this doesn't make an immediately visible change, you're probably out of luck. In any event DON'T LOOSEN OR TIGHTEN THE TRUSS ROD MORE THAN A COMPLETE TURN! If you break something in there, your guitar will need major work. To check your neck adjustment, press the low E string down at both the first and last frets. There should be a tiny gap—around a 64th of an inch—between the string and the middle frets. Repeat the same thing on the high E string. This should give you a clue if you're in the ballpark and also reveal any special problems. Don't be terribly alarmed if the gap is somewhat bigger; it might be because the fretboard takes a bit of a turn where it meets the top of the guitar.
Adjust The Saddle
Sighting down the neck again, see how far you can press your high E string down toward the body and still have clearance off the fretboard. If you can go more than an eighth of an inch or so, and the neck looks straight, you can probably bring the action down a bit without ill effect. But if it plays just fine for you, leave it alone. A little room for the strings to move is a good thing. As a general guide, you want the high E string about 5/64ths of an inch off the 12th fret and the low E about 7/64ths. But use your own judgement. If it buzzes too much, bring it up. If it's too hard to play, bring it down. The piece of hard white plastic that inserts in the little slot on the bridge of your guitar is called the saddle or the bridge nut. Don't do anything to the top of this, you'll only screw it up. To bring the action up, you'll need a shim under the bridge nut. You can make one of these out of any number of thin, flat substances. I usually use the top of a butter tub. With a razor-type knife, cut a piece out of the butter tub lid the exact dimensions of the bridge nut's footprint. Tuck it in the slot under the bridge nut and tune back up. If the buzzing is gone, you're done. If not, try another shim. If that still doesn't work, try loosening the truss rod a little. If the action can stand to go down, you'll have to file the bottom off the bridge nut. Being very careful to hold the bottom of the nut perfectly flat, file it down uniformly across the bottom. Don't take off more than about 1/16th of an inch before trying it to see how it works. If you take too much off, you'll have to shim it. If you totally destroy it, don't despair; bridge nuts are pretty easy to come by. Whatever you do, don't try to lower the action by filing the grooves in the head nut (at the top of the fretboard). Other than widening the gap slightly for a string that's real sticky, you generally want to leave head nut adjustments to a pro.
Close Enough Don't get obsessive.
You'll always have SOME string buzz, that's the nature of fretted instruments. And you'll never get the action extremely low without more string buzz. It's not an exact science, but it's also not rocket science. With careful, small adjustments almost any old guitar can be made to play and/or sound better without resorting to professional repairs.
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Stone Temple Pilots will celebrate the announcement of their reunion tour with an exclusive launch event, sponsored by Spin Magazine and Citi's Private Pass Program to benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, that will include a private performance for a select group of contest winners and fans at a secret location in California's Hollywood Hills. The full list of 2008 tour dates will be announced at the event.
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Children Of Bodom's highly anticipated 6th studio effort "Blooddrunk" sees the light of day in the course of the next two weeks.
Blooddrunk street dates are the following:
April 9th: Finland & Japan
April 11th: Germany
April 14th: Europe
April 15th: USA
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Police say the theft occurred last week and they're looking for three men. One of the men shoved a Fender Stratocaster in his pants and pulled a sweatshirt over the top. The other two acted as lookouts.
All three can be seen on footage from video surveillance.
Strangely enough, the music shop has seen the method before. A man did the same thing in 2006 but was caught as he tried to walk out.
Source: The Associated Press
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MySpace has explained that the new services will be available from a MySpace Music homepage, set to be unveiled over the coming months.
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