Auto-Tune for Guitar: The end of the world as we know it

Rebecca Black shreds, Jeff Beck retires... Like the apocalypse, auto-tune for guitar is coming -- it's just a matter of when.  We tried to get the release date, but Harold Camping was unavailable at press time.  For now, it's technology, not a product. From the people who brought you the Exxon Valdez The most recent [...]

By | June 5th, 2011|Bass, Guitar, Tech|

How to Buy a Bass Guitar

(No. 5 in a Series) For this installment, we enlisted help from professional bass player and teacher Tim Hays, director of the music business and applied music programs at Elmhurst College. There are three basic types of bass guitars: electric, acoustic, and upright bass - also called the string bass or double bass.  This article [...]

By | December 24th, 2010|Bass|

Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians and Music Lovers #1

Check the How-to-Buy guides if you're interested in gifting drums, keyboards, a guitar or bass. #1: Gifts Under $100 What can you get for less than $30?  How about a professional musical instrument that is played by the likes of Bob Dylan and John Popper? There are thousands of harmonicas out there, some cheap, some [...]

By | November 20th, 2010|Bass, Gig Bag, Guitar, Songs, Tech|

How to Buy a Musical Instrument

Buying a musical instrument for the first time can be a daunting task. Each instrument is surrounded by its own vocabulary and mythology, and unbiased information is hard to find. This series will provide straight-forward advice for anyone looking to buy their first (or first "real") keyboard, bass, guitar, or drum set. Where should I [...]

By | November 7th, 2010|Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano|

Free Friday: Esperanza Spalding Edition

What makes music "beautiful"? While we wrestle with the metaphysical aspects of this question, in practical terms, one answer is "Esperanza Spalding".  The bassist, vocalist, and composer recently released her second album: Chamber Music Society, a follow up to her well-received 2008 debut, Esperanza. Where Esperanza melded jazz, funk, and latin rhythms with [...]

By | October 1st, 2010|Bass, free friday, Songs|

AmpliTube for iPad Now Available

Tune In > Plug In > Rock Out! The iRig and iPhone/iPod/iPad version of AmpliTube have been available for a few weeks now, but IK Multimedia just introduced a new version dedicated to the iPad. There are 2 iPad editions available: AmpliTube Free: 3 effects, 1 amp+cabinet, 2 mics; expandable with downloadable gear a-la-carte; and [...]

By | July 25th, 2010|Bass, Guitar, iThing, Tech|

Theory 101: Power of the Pentatonic Scale

The Major Pentatonic Scale A pentatonic scale has five notes, which in the C Major pentatonic scale are as follows: C – D – E – G- A Take a look at the notes and intervals, and think about what’s missing. The C Major pentatonic scale is the C Major Scale with the fourth (F) [...]

By | July 24th, 2010|Bass, Guitar, Piano, Theory|