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Should You Start Learning on Electric or Acoustic?

If you’re planning to start learning guitar, it can be pretty overwhelming. You have to figure out where and how to learn (teacher? Instructional books or DVDs? Online course?). You have to figure out what kind of stuff you want to learn. And critically, you have to figure out what you’re going to play it on. It’s a lot to take in. But we’re here to help you...
Adam Granduciel

The War on Drugs and Peter Matthew Bauer in Concert at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

Indie rockers The War on Drugs, along with rock singer Peter Matthew Bauer, brought their tour to The Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta, where they performed for a packed house of enthusiastic fans. The War on Drugs have climbed the music ladder rung by rung since their formation in 2005, gaining a national audience and devoted fans around...

Vid O’The Week - Jamie T-Zombie

After Watching World War Z, I have this irrational fear of a zombie apocalypse – I would die if someone jumped out from behind a door to scare me, I’d question the audacity of people living in these opulent mansions with a measly little fence to protect them (clearly they have more important things to worry about then flesh eating zombies!), and if anyone ...

How To Manage Your Talent - Five Realistic Tips for Success

Each year approximately 43,000 demos are being sent to approximately 35 major labels. Out of those 43,000 demo submissions, roughly 30 get that rare multi-album deal of yesteryear, which includes a large advance and all the perks. Even if you have a recording label - - there are still so many variables which can alter...

10 Things You Should Know About Blues Legend Freddie King

Blues innovator and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Freddie King sang like a lion and struck his guitar’s strings with rattlesnake intensity. Those talents, paired with his compositional brilliance, took King — who was born on September 3, 1934 in Gilmer, Texas — to the pinnacle of success in the blues world of the 1960s and ’70s. His early...

All-Star Guitarists Pay Homage to Jimi Hendrix

Although Jimi Hendrix was only 27 when he died in September 1970, the Seattle native left behind a legacy highlighted by his groundbreaking guitar playing and exceptional songwriting. The enduring power of the late guitar hero was tangible throughout the Experience Hendrix Tour stop staged at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday night. In a fast-moving...

Getting Photos for Your Website

We cannot overstate the importance of photos when it comes to your website. In fact, we often tell bands that they should spend more money on professional photos than on their website. Great photos can create a positive first impression for potential new fans, as well as for industry and media. But if the images on your website look unprofessional, chances are, people won’t take you or your music seriously.

Writing Melodies To A Chord Pattern

Do you write to your instrument, or do you use your instrument to write? Perhaps the more important question to ask is, how does your skill level on an instrument affect your writing? Does it have a positive or a negative impact? The answer could be, both, depending. There's no one perfect process, although we all have our comfortable methods.

Using Virtual Instruments in Live Performance

There are two important truths when using virtual instruments live: Your entire system could die at any moment, but your system will probably give you years of reliable operation. So feel free to go ahead and file this under“hope for the best, but plan for the worst”—but in this article, we'll plan for the worst. For desktop computing, I use both; with laptops, for almost a decade I used only Macs...

Unleashing The Acoustic Within Your Electric

Some of us start out on acoustic guitar before 'graduating' to electric. Some of us stay on acoustic our whole lives. Some of us are electric shredders who don't require an acoustic guitar often enough to actually plonk down enough cash to own one, but we might need the sound of an acoustic on our tracks from time to time. This article is for them.

Avoiding Common Songwriting Obstacles

Ben Camp is a successful songwriter whose song “Gold” was a hit for Victoria Justice, tallying more than 14 million YouTube views. In Part I of this interview, “The road to becoming a successful songwriter,” Ben spoke about his journey as a songwriter and the importance of building a team as “today’s music industry is very fragmented, so the more angles you can come at a project...

The Walter Mitty-Ness of Songwriting

The great thing about being a writer or an actor is that we get to live so many lives. I mean the ones you create. The ones you elaborate upon. The ones you fantasize. I'm in an amazing acting workshop for singers called the Musical Artists Workshop taught by Gary Imhoff. Sometimes in an improv, we’re given a situation and you simply have to think “what if…” In fact, much acting is done...

Four Simple Tricks For Rewriting A Song

As songwriters, we so often get bogged down in the micro-details of our songs (whether to use “and” or “but,” should the last note of the chorus melody go up or down, etc.) that we tend to overlook the big issues that can help us tighten, streamline and otherwise improve our songs in major ways. I’m going to bring up a few of the commonly overlooked issues that I see time and...
Zach Cooper

Coheed and Cambria In Concert in Atlanta

It’s not uncommon in the world of progressive rock for an album to tell a story or have common themes throughout, rather than simply be a collection of individual unrelated songs. Albums that fit this description are usually known as concept albums. Taking it a step further, Coheed and Cambria frontman and lyricist Claudio Sanchez created the sci-fi tale known...

Simple Travel Tips for Musicians

Traveling can bring excitement to your life, and it can bring stress and upheaval, as well. Here are four simple travel tips to help you endure life on the road without feeling like roadkill. I’ve been wanting to write this article for a while… but I’ve been traveling. I am all too familiar with picking up and being on the move, non-stop, for one to seven weeks at a time. There are certain things I’ve learned...
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