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|

Erin McKeown: “Queen of Quiet” Live at IOTA

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, [...]

By | October 26th, 2010|Gig Bag, Guitar, Songs|

Free Friday: Erin McKeown Distillation 10th Anniversary Edition

I had the good fortune of hearing Erin McKeown at the Dear New Orleans Benefit Concert last week.  Bonerama was the house band for the evening, and Erin joined them to play "Blackbirds" from her debut album Distillation. The concert also functioned as a Brown University reunion of sorts, with alums Erin, Damian [...]

By | October 14th, 2010|Gig Bag, Songs|

Everything You Play is Wrong: Smoke on the Water

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.  [...]

By | August 12th, 2010|Guitar, 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|

Free Friday: Andrew York Edition

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 [...]

By | July 1st, 2010|free friday, Guitar, Piano, Songs|

Play > Hey Ya! by OutKast

One Two Three Uh! Here's an easy guitar song lesson from the generous Justin Sandercoe.  Four open chords, a simple strumming pattern, and a measure of 2/4 to mix things up. Listen to Hey Ya! on Jango Lyrics to Hey Ya! More Easy Guitar Songs Once you've got this down Justin has two sets of [...]

By | May 2nd, 2010|Guitar, Songs|