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Guitar Legend John McLaughlin Retires

Jazz-rock legacy of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin (age 75 at the time of this blog post) is retiring from touring.

Many of us musicians have known John as an esoteric monster on the strings. His departure from mainstream songs to introspective nuance has been instrumental (no pun intended) in providing for insightful creative considerations of arpeggiated themes in playing styles.

The article below mentions some fun highlights of McLaughlin’s final performance in Los Angeles at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance at Royce Hall in December 2017.

Appreciations for John’s input in our wonderful world of music!

Jam On!
Ron

(credit given via: Richard S. Ginell released in sfcv.org)

Article December 12, 2017

Read more about this John’s farewell tour here…

https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/none/guitar-legend-john-mclaughlin-retires-with-an-incendiary-farewell-concert

Gregg Allman Died May 27, 2017

According to Gregg Allman’s website… “Allman was born December 8th, 1947 in Nashville, TN, a little more than a year after his older brother Duane. Raised by single mom Geraldine, the family moved to Daytona Beach in 1959, though the brothers would spend considerable time back in Nashville.

Music City (Nashville) was an inspiration to Allman… He attended his first concert – starring Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, B.B. King, and Patti LaBelle – and with the guidance of a neighbor named Jimmy Banes, fell in thrall to the power of a guitar. Nashville’s pull continued long after the family moved, with the brothers both hooked on local radio station WLAC’s legendary late night R&B broadcasts.”

Many of us have played numerous Allman Brother songs at band practice and on stage… Gregg’s talent with his vocals, the keys and guitar have provided tunes that have inspired many musicians and fans!… RIP Gregg!

Jam On!
-Ron

Gregg Allman died image of albumn cover(via: Gregg Allman .com)

“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years.  During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul.  Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

… More Reading Here…
https://www.greggallman.com/with-deep-sadness-we-announce-the-passing-of-gregg-allman/

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

Music Dials 10 Comandments of Jam image

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/

 

 

YouTube, the good and the bad for musicians…

YouTube has provided (and continues to do so) a great platform for listing views for your musical works, eg., bands, solos, (live and video mixes) et. al. However, hence its inception YT has lost some revenue generating power. Using Utube to display your works is still a powerful platform indeed, yet as a revenue producer… well, Jack Conte of the Pomplamoose YouTube fame has some great updates and tips to expand your musical income considerations…
Jam On!
– Ron

Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and filmmaker Jack Conte may be best known as one-half of Pomplamoose, the indie-pop duo that racked up over 80 million views for their “VideoSongs” on YouTube

Recorded in September 2013 at XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Oregon celebrating independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love. For more, visit http://xoxofest.com.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Continues on…

Oh my, the reflection of this band brings goosebumps. It’s great to see these cats [Lynryd Skynyrd] in continuance! Some may had departed in their plane crash but a powerful family continues… and, it’s wonderful to see that their lives and music ‘expands’! …
-Ron

Lynyrd Skynyrd 2014

(by: the Sydney Morning Herald/Martin Boulton)

For some musicians, retirement is not an option. They simply want to play … and play and play. In 1977, just days after the release of their fifth album, Lynyrd Skynyrd had no choice about disbanding following the deaths of singer and founding member Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his older sister and back-up singer, Cassie Gaines, in a South Carolina plane crash…

Titanic Violin Sells for 1.5 mil, was it authentic?…

In late October of 2013, what was considered to be the authentic Violin that was used to play through-out the disembarkation of the Titanic, went to auction and sold for a reported… (apprx.) 1.5 million!
Jam On!
-Ron

Titanic Violin

(by: reuters.com & image Credit:/Cathal McNaughton)
A violin that was being played as the Titanic went down was sold for 900,000 pounds ($1.46 million) at auction on Saturday, a record price for memorabilia from the doomed ocean liner.

Band leader Wallace Hartley played the instrument, trying to calm passengers as the ship slipped into the frozen waters of the North Atlantic in April 1912…

More on this story here –>

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/19/us-titanic-violin-idUSBRE99I07420131019

Musician, before starting your digital (social) PR campaign, consider the following…

5 Things All Musicians Need Before Starting A Digital PR Campaign…

After reading this article on how to proceed with your musical marketing campaign, I was further intrigued with its simple, yet powerful suggestions and consideration to advance your musical career.
Jam On!
-Ron

music-marketing-online

(by: http://camilleainsworth.wordpress.com)

While all of these are important goals for musicians to have, and there is no doubt that a PR campaign can help artists to achieve them, many musicians decide to jump into this too early. Without the proper assets, the likelihood that you will actually achieve these goals from a PR campaign are greatly decreased.

In order for a PR campaign to truly be successful, you must have the 5 following assets…

… read more here ->
http://camilleainsworth.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/5-things-all-musicians-need-before-starting-a-digital-pr-campaign/

Your Band is a Virus Off-stage, Online…

As the author, James Moore mentions in his book, Your Band is a Virus… “Unfortunately, while the opportunity is large, so is the complexity.” Meaning, the complexities of managing your digital criterion for your band’s promotion is very expansive. Having an edge (a checklist) might assist. Here’s a good book review, for your review…
Ron-

Band is a Virus book review

(Posted by hyperbolium.com via NoDepression.com)
The rise of digital-age DIY music-making has seen a parallel rise in self-marketing. E-mail, web sites, blogs, streaming audio and video, social networks, mobile apps and other internet-based channels have provided independent musicians direct access to millions of ears and eyes. But… – See more at: http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/book-review-your-band-is-a-virus

A Brief History New Orleans Jazz…

Learning a little background on the history of (New Orleans) Jazz can be insightful…
Ron-

New Orleans Jazz
(By – via Artipot)

All styles of traditional jazz (swing, Kansas City, dixieland, Chicago, west coast) are unique for any number of reasons, but New Orleans is often thought of as first and foremost in the genre. This is mostly because New Orleans is where it all started…
More Here ->
http://www.artipot.com/articles/1637268/new-orleans-jazz-a-brief-history.htm#chitika_close_button

4 Good Bass Guitar Practice Routines…

These very same tips for practicing and expanding on the Bass Guitar can be applied to your guitar and keyboard. A reminder of the basics is handy now and then to remain tuned-up on our instruments
Ron-

bass guitar post

(By Robert Paul – via Street Articles)
Ever wonder what you should be practicing? Is what I’m practicing really helping me become a better player? Very good questions to be asking yourself. If you’re serious about developing your skill as a bass player, a good practice routine is essential…
Get the ‘4’ Bass Guitar Practice Elements here ->

http://www.streetarticles.com/music-instruction/4-elements-to-a-healthy-bass-guitar-practice-routine

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