Posts Tagged ‘how to play guitar’

432 hz tuning vs standard 440 ‘A’…

This might be considered controversial however, it is definitely interesting to note that 440 hertz ‘A’ tuning only found its way to modern music within the last century. Jamming in the 432 hz tuning can be not only different and soothing, it’s fun to note the response of your audience compared to standard tuning… Give it a go and see what you feel.
Jam On!
-Ron

(Credit given to Jamie Buturff)

The launch of SXSW and it’s flashback years…

SXSW

South by South West moves forward this year beginning this week. Lots of fanfare and lots of music and music related elements for sure. I found a great way to keep-up with all the doings @ SXSW this year, without dealing with travel, accommodations and the crowds… aka, Surviving SXSW

Jam On!
-Ron

SXSW band playing music

(by: entrepreneur.com)
Entrepreneur is on the ground in Austin for SXSW 2014. Feel as if you’re there with us as we share the latest innovations and give you a sneak peek at the launches and ideas that will change how you connect to your world…

Keep up with all the doings @ SXSW here:
http://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/sxsw

Les Paul: The Lost Interviews…

Les Paul guitars are what legends are made of… From the earliest LP Junior to the classic Standard Les Paul’s, the original electric guitar and the maker thereof has deep roots in music history, to say the least. This article investigates a new book about Les Paul, written by Jim O’Donnell…
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Les Paul guitar

(By )

What comes to mind when you hear the name “Les Paul”? Maybe the iconic guitar, launched at the dawn of rock and roll and played by many of music’s most talented guitarists. Or perhaps you think of the musician, the performer, the songwriter – or the man who invented the aformentioned Gibson guitar, multi-track recording and a host of other musical innovations… More Here ->s
http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/features/music/review-les-paul-the-lost-interviews-by-jim-odonnell.html

Joan Jett at 55 Still Rockin’…

You’d have to admit that Joan Jett (whether you like her or not) is considered one of the main women Rockers of all time. Here’s a quick recap of her October (’13) tour gigs with pics…
Ron-

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(By Cassie Carpenter for Online Mail @ dailymail.co.uk)
She penned The Runaways’ Cherry Bomb in 1976.

And 37 years later, Joan Jett still looked toned and taut in her red catsuit as she rocked out Santos Party House in New York Wednesday.

The 55-year-old guitarist – born Joan Larkin – finished off her signature slinky look with a silver belt and Converse high-tops…

Revisting Shredding Fusion Genious, Hugh Ferguson…

Although it was the early part of 2012 when fusion guitar extraordinaire, Hugh Ferguson passed-away… it just seemed like a good time to revisit his wonderful writings and sounds. The first article I found was from a Truth in Shredding blog, which spends some time devoted to Hugh’s past. The other site I found fascinating was the actual (still exists as of today) Hugh Ferguson .net website. The section I really found intriguing was his ‘ask’ section of the blog. The questions were the type that real players would ask, eg., gear, recording, sounds, scales, etc (you know, deeper stuff)…
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hugh ferguson tribute

(by via, Truth in Shredding blog)
Hugh started his career in music on the drums at the age of six, playing his first concert at eight. Originally from the Boston area, he grew up in a musical family with two older guitar-playing brothers. Switching to guitar at eleven. Hugh grew up with the sounds of rock and roll through the 60’s and early 70’s. By the ripe old age of 14 he was already playing the Boston Club scene…
>read more here->
http://www.truthinshredding.com/2013/07/hugh-ferguson-bostonian-legato-legend.html

AND, be sure to read this section of ‘Ask Hugh’ on Hugh Ferguson’s blog… good, deep musician questions and answers to be had…
http://www.hughferguson.net/ask_hugh.php

Crazy Regulations for Live Entertainment…

OMG… As a live performance musician this story might get your distortion frequencies going crazy. Hard to believe that Homeland Security has now expanded its role to include issuing permits without which restaurant owners are barred from playing live music. FGS… it’s hard enough for a small venue owner to hire musical talent (and pay them decent fees)…
Ron

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(By Rick Yencer via Muncie Free Press)

Mike Martin, musician and owner of a local Indiana music venue, Folly Moon, was claimed to be in violation of state law by failing to obtain an entertainment permit for live music at the downtown establishment…
Worth the further read here: (musicians unite!)
http://www.munciefreepress.com/node/29089

Saving Bob Dylan’s Dinkytown Guitar Store…

So… they want to tear-down (for Condos) the distinguished district, inclusive of the original music store where Bob Dylan purchased his earliest guitar for recording, Blood on the Tracks. The music store, the Podium, has been saved and will move down the street and kept for nostalgia.
Ron

Dinkytown
(by Maury Glover – via Fox Twin Cities)
The place still holds a special spot in Dylan’s heart. The native of Hibbing, Minn., spent a good portion of his past at the shop while studying at the University of Minnesota before he moved to New York and became an American icon…

Further on this story here:
http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/22799855/bob-dylans-old-dinkytown-hangout-gets-new-life

Music City to Host 2013 Summer NAMM Show

NAMM shows are always a great place to determine what’s going to be on the music product(s) horizon in the near future… And it appears that Nashville will be the next NAMM gig for those that are interested…
Ron –

story by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 10,000 attendees of the Summer NAMM show will soon start to arrive in Nashville. One hotel has spent millions in anticipation of their arrival.

The National Association of Music Merchants will hold its summer convention at Music City Center. It is the largest convention to be held in the recently opened facility.

Organizers said the convention is a perfect fit for Nashville.

“It’s all the major companies, new companies, start-up companies, and it’s their opportunity to come here and meet musicians,” said musician Rick Monroe.

… Continue Reading Here >
http://www.newschannel5.com/story/22799475/big-conventions-call-music-city-center-home

Guitar Power Chords

Guitar Power Chords” relating to the Music Dials…

Hi –

Rhythm and chords have always been the popular foundation for all types of music. Power chords are essentially, just 2 (many times 3) of the strongest tonal notes in the key of the song, which creates powerful sounding chords all to themselves.

In this case, by playing these notes as viewed on the Music “Power Chord” Dial, you will immediately find yourself laying down some substantial rock and blues sounds, indeed. Generally, they are played on the lower registered (bass) strings, where they have the most ‘punch’ to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Basic Music Theory

Hey fellow musicians… Ron Greene here,

There are a lot of decent basic music theory books, tapes etc. on the market these days, and many of them provide good technical content. However, most of the information in them seems to lack specific details that otherwise, really never get you to the point of playing your instrument.

For example, music theory publications do a good job of explaining Key Signatures and the history of music, yet, these subjects might not interest you as much as getting your instrument out and actually getting down to the matter at hand… playing it! Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Small Bands Playing To Loud At Gigs!… May 10, 2017
    OK, I’m talking mostly about the guitarist… You know, the one that has their amp pointing directly at the audience which blows high freqs right at a group of folks in front of it, going right through the legs of the player. This long standing point continues to be an issue to this very day, […]