(No. 3 in a Series) For this installment, we enlisted help from guitar instructor Mark Campayno, founder of the Studio Rock Music Performance School. Although they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles, there are three basic types of guitar: Electric, Steel String Acoustic, and Nylon String Acoustic or Classical guitar. As we discussed [...]
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 [...]
Play > Practice > Record: Add a 4-Track Studio with Effects for $9.99 The new free version of AmpliTube for iPhone includes a single-track recorder, but make no mistake, the reason you want to install this is to get a portable recording studio for $9.99. We introduced the iRig about six months ago, and AmpliTube [...]
We tipped you off to Erin McKeown's Distillation 10th Anniversary Tour a couple weeks ago, and are pleased to bring you exclusive multimedia coverage of her stop at IOTA on 10/23/2010. For the first set, she played the entire Distillation album in reverse sequence, closing with "Queen of Quiet." Sure, you can download the album, [...]
Invert the Chords > Lose the Pick > Play Smoke on the Water Montreux, Switzerland: 1971. Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention play a concert in the theatre of the Montreux Casino on Lake Geneva. Deep Purple is in attendance, preparing to record Machine Head using a mobile studio rented from the Rolling Stones. [...]
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 [...]
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) [...]
Although he may not be able to compete with Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, Andrew York has an international following that includes classical guitar masters Christopher Parkening and John Williams, who have covered his compositions including “Sunburst,” played by Andrew below. He also won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover Album for Guitar Heroes (2004) with [...]
Orange Amplifiers, the British based pioneering force in guitar amplifiers, can now announce the final specification and price for the much anticipated and revolutionary all-in-one computer amplifier speaker – The OPC.
Another look at the Circle of Fifths, and the relationship of relative minor keys to major key signatures.