Yes co-founder and bassist Chris Squire died…

On June 28, 2015 at the young age of 67, after a battle with leukemia, the rock band ‘Yes’ (and unfortunately for the music industry) lost it’s founding member and very influential bass player, Chris Squire.
A quote from this article mentions… “Despite their critics, ‘Yes’ clearly belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their omission is one of the greatest injustices. They were on the voting list in 2013 but didn’t get in.”
Oh how the Rn’R H of F is missing out on one of the greatest rock bands of all. Anyway, I’m sure their board will come to their senses and finally include Yes in their deserved position.
Jam On!
-Ron

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by via: theHuffingtonPost.com

“In describing the sound of Yes, Peter Keepnews of The New York Times said, “Yes, formed in 1968, was known for its blend of rock, jazz, folk and classical influences and also for its complex time signatures and pristine vocal harmonies. One of the first of the so-called progressive (or prog) rock bands — among the others were King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer — it went on to become the most successful and longest-lasting.”…

Read more here…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-atkins/the-sad-passing-of-chris_b_7707798.html

Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary…

In the year of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary, the quintessential jam band appears to have greater currency than ever among the indie, the underground, and the generally weird.

Here’s a recap of GD’s July 4th Chicago, Soldier Field gig.

It’s hard to imagine the Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia… but, remembering their mainstay as the most respected rock band in the industry is a must, indeed. This article provides a decent insight into their last stand on the music scene…
Jam On!
-Ron

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By Rob Mitchum via: http://pitchfork.com

Not too long ago, the Grateful Dead might have been forbidden territory for this scene. The image surrounding the Dead for much of their later years—a traveling drug-fueled circus of ’60s nostalgia, soundtracked by lengthy, solo-filled jams—was the antithesis of the punk/alternative/indie ethos…

Read More Here…
http://pitchfork.com/thepitch/844-fake-rainbows-hologram-jerrys-and-the-sloppy-legacy-of-the-grateful-deads-final-shows/

Jefferson Starship’s 50th Reunion…

Although Grace Slick won’t be attending, bass guitar player Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, will be holding a one-time tribute celebration to commemorate the anniversary at this year’s Lockn’ music festival in Arrington, Virginia.
Jefferson (Airplane) Starship retains its roots in the San Francisco Bay area and are on the list of one of the classic 60’s rock bands.
This article provides more details on the reunion, sort-of-speak…
Jam On!
Ron Greene

<> at NJPAC – Prudential Hall on July 16, 2015 in Newark City.

<> at NJPAC – Prudential Hall on July 16, 2015 in Newark City.

By David Sands via; ForBassPlayersOnly.com

 
The Grateful Dead isn’t the only trailblazing psychedelic rock group hitting a mind-altering milestone this year. This fall, Jefferson Airplane will also be soaring into its 50th anniversary…

Read More Here…
http://forbassplayersonly.com/jefferson-airplane-members-to-hold-50th-anniversary-celebration/

The greatest synthesizers…

Keyboards come in many flavors. Since the introduction of the synthesizer, the development of interesting sound waves hasn’t stopped. Herein this article you’ll discover some of the most intriguing synths manufactured. Come discover some of the top best synths…
Jam On!
-Ron

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(Scot Solida via MusicRadar.com)

These synths made a historical impact, changing the way future instruments would be designed and, most importantly, inspiring the musicians who played them.

 

Read more on the top 10 synthesizers…
http://www.musicradar.com/us/news/tech/the-10-greatest-synthesizers-of-all-time-224433

The Thrill is Gone, B.B. King dies 05-14-15…

Blues Guitar playing and singer, B.B. King died Thursday, May 11th 2015 at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Many of us guitar players relied on some of his licks to complete our solos and back-up rhythm fills. King played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille with a style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs punctuated by loud chords, subtle vibratos and bent notes. Here’s a feed from FOX news with further information…
Jam On!
-Ron

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via:  FoxNews.com Published May 15, 2015

For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists, who included Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s, often performing 250 or more concerts a year…

Learn more here:

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/05/15/blues-legend-bb-king-dies-at-8-attorney-says/

History of International Guitar Month

International Guitar Month (IGM) has been an annual
celebration of guitars and guitar products that happens
every April. Started in 1987, IGM was originally sponsored
by Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA)
and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).

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In 1996 GAMA decided to focus most of its resources on Teaching Guitar Workshops… subsequently, International

Guitar Month was rolled into their effort of introducing
more music instruction.

It seems cool enough to take additional notice @ least
once a year, to celebrate the Guitar as a major participant in our music history.

Jam On!
-Ron

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‘4’ Guitar Dial Charts for just the price of ‘3’… Get One FREE!

Play by ear with these chord and note charts

Play by ear with these chord and note charts

http://www.MusicDials.com/guitar.html

 

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Time to celebrate International Guitar Month.

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@ (970) 259-5214

10 Commandments of Jam…

Jamming in a band takes on a whole new set of rules and dynamics. When we as musicians blend our abilities, it takes some additional attention to details to create the best jam possible. In this article you might find interest in Derek Trucks’ insightful take on the 10 Commandments of Jam.
Jam On!
-Ron

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In 2004, Alan Paul interviewed Derek and wrote up his 10 Commandments of Jam for Guitar World… Pretty right on and deep thinking, as per usual for DT…

Read the complete ’10’ list here:
http://alanpaul.net/2015/04/derek-trucks-10-commandments-of-jam/

 

 

The Day The Music Died Is Being Resurrected…

It appears that they just can’t keep this rock ‘n roll airplane crash story grounded. When Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens fell from the sky in 1959, it was termed… “the day the music died.” After closing and re-opening the examination of this unfortunate event many times, it looks as though the governmental arm, National Transportation Safety Board, is about to once again investigate the surroundings that contributed to this case.
This article describes the circumstances regarding such.
Jam On!
-Ron

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(by Elaine Kauh for AvWeb.com)

The case of the storied 1959 Beech Bonanza crash that killed Buddy Holly, two fellow singers and the pilot could reopen at the request of a New England man who has his own theories about what happened on that February night. L. J. Coon, who describes himself as a retired pilot and aircraft dispatcher, has petitioned the NTSB to reopen the case based on his research indicating that something other than pilot inexperience and disorientation in IMC caused the crash…

Read more here:
http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/NTSB-Could-Reopen-Buddy-Holly-Crash-Probe-223651-1.html

“Vinyl Camp” will focus on the art of creating great vinyl records…

Hey, I’m sure you know that Vinyl is back and growing. Now, some genius folks that operate a studio in Nashville are offering a way for musicians (or production types) to be a part of mastering live studio cuts right to platter… Vinyl platter that is. The art of cutting tracks takes a literal turn @ Vinyl Camp arriving in late May 2015. If you’re into music nostalgia, you might find this of interest…
Jam On!
-Ron

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(by: MixOnline.com)

 

Welcome to 1979, an all-analog recording studio in Nashville, will host a vinyl workshop on Saturday, May 30, through Sunday, May 31, 2015. “Vinyl Camp” will focus on the art of creating great vinyl records— with an in-depth look at lacquer cutting and record pressing; a live studio session, recorded direct to disc; and a complimentary copy of the session on vinyl. – See more at:

http://mixonline.com/news/news-articles/welcome-1979-host-vinyl-camp-may-30-31-2015/423770

Symphony Orchestras Find New Ways to Stay Afloat…

There was a time when the classic and staunch Orchestra crowd wouldn’t dare mess with the delivery of its musical history, as it was played many many decades ago. Keeping the original masterworks of classical music is important, however, making enough money to stay afloat has been the Achilles heel of many Symphony Orchestras. It appears that (at least) a couple have taken to step outside of the proverbial historic scene, to explore new territories to keep their organizations alive.
In this article you’ll learn what the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which rose from the ashes of the Denver Symphony when it closed in 1989 did, to make a comeback from bankruptcy for others to emulate.
Jam On!
-Ron

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(By Candace Horgan / Photos by Mike Pappas – via MixOnline.com)

In a challenging cultural landscape in which some symphonies have closed their doors and others have had to file for bankruptcy protection, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which rose from the ashes of the Denver Symphony when it closed in 1989, might point a way forward for others to emulate.
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  • Yes co-founder and bassist Chris Squire died… August 1, 2015
    On June 28, 2015 at the young age of 67, after a battle with leukemia, the rock band ‘Yes’ (and unfortunately for the music industry) lost it’s founding member and very influential bass player, Chris Squire. A quote from this article mentions… “Despite their critics, ‘Yes’ clearly belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of […]
  • Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary… July 25, 2015
    In the year of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary, the quintessential jam band appears to have greater currency than ever among the indie, the underground, and the generally weird. Here’s a recap of GD’s July 4th Chicago, Soldier Field gig. It’s hard to imagine the Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia… but, remembering their mainstay as […]
  • Jefferson Starship’s 50th Reunion… July 22, 2015
    Although Grace Slick won’t be attending, bass guitar player Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, will be holding a one-time tribute celebration to commemorate the anniversary at this year’s Lockn’ music festival in Arrington, Virginia. Jefferson (Airplane) Starship retains its roots in the San Francisco Bay area and are on the list of one of […]
  • The greatest synthesizers… June 27, 2015
    Keyboards come in many flavors. Since the introduction of the synthesizer, the development of interesting sound waves hasn’t stopped. Herein this article you’ll discover some of the most intriguing synths manufactured. Come discover some of the top best synths… Jam On! -Ron     (Scot Solida via MusicRadar.com) These synths made a historical impact, changing […]
  • The Thrill is Gone, B.B. King dies 05-14-15… May 15, 2015
    Blues Guitar playing and singer, B.B. King died Thursday, May 11th 2015 at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old. Many of us guitar players relied on some of his licks to complete our solos and back-up rhythm fills. King played a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille with a style that […]