Playing cover songs is in itself a artistic technique… However, some will argue that playing cover tunes your ‘own way’ is truly a real art form.
Take for instance the Vanilla Fudge band from the 60s… Now these guys really knew how to twist a cover tune. Considered one of the originators of rock covers, Fudge had an uncanny knack of taking a song and making it actually so unique that it became a tune of its own.
I remember not being a big fan of Sonny and Cher… but after hearing their rendition of ‘Bang Bang’ Vanilla Fudge just knocked my socks off with a take on this tune that… well, just made it better!
Anyway… the article below gives credence to which I speak and hopefully will provide you with a great flashback and for the millenniums a new appreciation for twisting cover songs.
Jam On! -Ron
(via credit: post by Mitchell Cohen @ web.musicaficionado.com)
Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore admitted as much to Guitar World: “We loved Vanilla Fudge—they were our heroes. They used to play London’s Speakeasy and all the hippies used to go there to hang out.… They played eight-minute songs, with dynamics… The whole group was ahead of its time. So, initially, we wanted to be a Vanilla Fudge clone.” And Bill Bruford says that on the first Yes album the group “made the whole lot sound like a cross between Vanilla Fudge and the Beach Boys.”
Sometimes good ol’-fashioned parody deserves some place within the musician network. If you’ve been on tour before, you know that it’s important to keep your sanity by fooling around and playing fun pranks on each other.
Now, this article (below) claims more of a ‘tongue and cheek’ mention of a tour prank… akin to the Onion News.
In any case, many of us can totally relate to the lightheartedness of this matter.
After 20 minutes of searching the venue for the van’s owners, Nunez and a few onlookers decided to take action. “We knew we had to act fast,” she said. “We tried to talk to him, but he seemed disoriented and would not stop looking at his phone…
In this short video clip interview, Keith Richards explains the importance of having an acoustic guitar around for playing. The fact that Keith actually fools around with the guitar, even removing a string to show another tuning style, is note worthy enough to view. Jam On! –Ron Greene
Keith Richards Explains Why ‘the Acoustic Guitar Is Most Important’…
(by:https://www.acousticguitar.com – News)
Richards kicks off the conversation with this knowledge bomb: “I would say that the acoustic guitar is the most important thing for a guitar player to start with. Learn the feel and the touch of the string and what it does against a fret. Learn that and then you can add the effects later on…
I recently came across a website that mentions the top 20 songs every guitarist should learn to play. Spending time at this site had me realizing that knowing many great tunes is a nice reference, indeed. However, I was further reminded that having a list of guitar ‘tabs’ is one thing. Yet, also having a great reference to how the chords are developed for each song, is a wonderful compliment.
So, take a look at the website (below) and maybe consider grabbing a Music Dial Chart or two, to make your guitar tab reading much easier.
(via: Ultimate-Guitar.com) This week’s traditional Wednesday Question saw the UG community debating the mater of songs that every guitar player should learn to play. Kicking things off with an all-time classic, we have Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Universally hailed as the tune with the greatest guitar solo of all time, it’s quite apparent why this one made the list…
Find the rest of the list of the top 20 songs every guitarist should learn here, and be sure to visit MusicDials.com to compliment your tabs!…
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
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…
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
(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: https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/sxsw
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
(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…
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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.
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. Continue reading Guitar Power Chords→