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The B Drawer

I love a good junk drawer. It can be a treasure hunt, can give you a good laugh (now why am I saving that?) or become a mini sentimental journey. A junk drawer is kind of cathartic, in a way. Because when you clean it out once a month, you really feel a sense of accomplishment. You may find things like a mysterious key that unlocks a door somewhere, that missing earring, (ok..I realize this may not apply to the guys reading), a phone number jotted down on a scrap of paper with no name attached...the list goes on and...

10 Les Paul Stars of the 1980s

As in the 1970s, the 1980s saw many guitar stars rocking Gibson Les Pauls in their own glory days. Here are just 10 players, of all genres and in no order, who kept the Les Paul cool and coveted in the decade of decadence. Randy Rhoads. Although a cult guitar hero in Quiet Riot, Randy Rhoads truly went stellar on Ozzy Osbourne’s first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981). A master of churningly-heavy riffs, jazz/classical melodies and super-shredding solos, Rhoads was a rare talent...

The Jimmy Page Spellbook

Every career guitarist has his or her own set of idiosyncratic methods and interests that inform style. It’s what makes each player unique. There are three key ingredients to Jimmy Page’s spellbinding success: a firm grasp of the importance of dynamics, a vocal approach to his instrument and a vast sonic palette. Page sees the big picture, both in terms of album sequencing and individual track dynamics. From the opening energetic stabs of “Good Times, Bad Times” off the first Led Zeppelin album to his work with the Firm...

50 Years after the Crash – Remembering Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins

The Grand Ole Opry suffered the biggest loss of talent in its 87-year history when a small plane carrying Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Cline's manager Randy Hughes, crashed on the evening of March 5, 1963, in a heavily wooded area roughly 100 miles west of Nashville. The singers had performed at a benefit on March 3, in Kansas City, Kan., for the family of radio DJ “Cactus” Jack Call, who had died in a car accident a little more than a month earlier. Foggy weather kept them...

Christine D'Clario Traded Loss, Abuse, Suicide, Rebelliousness for Forgiveness and Restoration

While it takes a few conversations with some people to uncover their life’s true passion, it takes roughly thirty seconds when talking with worship leader Christine D’Clario. From beginning to end, it’s clear that worship is her lifestyle, and proclaiming God’s goodness, faithfulness and grace is her top priority—pure and simple. Funny enough, that wasn’t always the case. Until she experienced her true encounter with redemption in 2003, Christine was admittedly just another Sunday morning Christian.

Making Money With Music Licensing – Part 2: Creating Value and Income

To develop an adequate understanding of the path to earning money licensing music, four essential areas make up the key foundational knowledge, and we cover them in three posts. In part one, “Copyrights and Revenue,” we look at the different copyrights and the basic blueprint for how revenue is generated by licensing your original music. This post addresses how to create value and earn income through music licensing. In part three, “Who’s Buying and How to Connect,” we explore the diversity of buyers...

The Number Chart – A Universal Language

Kim Copeland Productions goes to the islands! I’m just back from Nassau where I had the pleasure of working with some really cool musicians and amazingly talented jazz/Junkanoo artist, Kim Welcome. Rik Carey, lead vocalist for the Baha Men (Who Let The Dogs Out), played drums and percussion. Though we had done extensive pre-production and I felt sure that the songs and artist were ready, there were still plenty of potential speed bumps to contend with, since I was heading into an unfamiliar studio and working...

The Basics: Three Types of Electric Guitars

Electric guitars are full of options, with various pickups, bridges, fret sizes, neck radii, tone woods, tuners and so on all having an impact on how an instrument plays and sounds. But stripping things down to the absolute basics, there are three types of electric guitars: solid bodies, hollow bodies and semi-hollow bodies. And they’re ideally suited for different playing approaches. Here’s a basic introduction to hollow, semi-hollow and solid body guitars, how they work and what each is best at. Hollow Body Guitars: Guitars with ...

Indie Artists and Their Dreams

In the increasingly difficult world of getting your music heard, indie artists are being supplied with unparalleled tools in the form of social media, web sites specializing in “helping” musicians with marketing, and audio platforms which promise unlimited access to the public. To a degree there are positives within all of these offerings; but each needs to be viewed as a tool within a larger box. From some of my readings, that seems to be the missing perspective. Take “Music Think Tank,” one of my favorite sites...

6 Steps for Successful Audio Mixing

Mixing is an art form that takes a lot of time and skill and even though we may spend a long time on any given mix it is a good plan to be able to have a strategy for commencing a mix down session. To some degree this is going to be influenced by the genre of music that is to be mixed but there is a lot one can do to start off on the right footing to create mixes that are likely to have good traits as opposed to bad traits. We are going to discuss mixing strategy and these pointers will assist with consistency and efficiency.

Debut Artist Spotlight: LiveWire

It is not often that we profile a Debut Spotlight act that has been rocking non-stop for 15 years. But if any band out there deserves that recognition, it would be the pride of Joplin, Mo. – LiveWire. Way back in 1997, they started gigging around southwestern Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma. Aside from one brief hiatus, their lineup has largely stayed intact, with Danny Bell on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Bobby DeGonia on lead guitar and backing vocals, Andy Eutsler on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Adam ...

Songwriting 101: Why Originality Matters

If you’re a musician, you probably get asked whether you do original songs or covers. And as unassuming as that question sounds, it’s actually a hornet’s nest buzzing with speculation on your intent, ambition, and talent. Do you have your own thoughts? Do you have something engaging and identifiable to say? Or do you just echo the ideas of other writers? Are you an artist or a mimic? Originality — the quality of being new, fresh, innovative, or novel — is the difference between a piano player and a player piano. It is the distinction ...

10 Guitar Greats Who’ve Been Unduly Neglected

Guitar giants as Eddie Van Halen, Angus Young, Billy Gibbons and Pete Townshend possess outsized personalities that shine brightly when the spotlight is cast on them. At the other end of the spectrum, however, are superb players who’ve made their mark in a more understated fashion. The following players, several of whom passed away far before their time, deserve more public recognition than they've received thus far. Terry Kath was the backbone behind Chicago’s innovative jazz-rock style during...

How Speaker Cabinets Influence Your Guitar’s Sound

When it comes to defining the voice of your guitar, amp selection is absolutely crucial. Characteristics like tubes, gain, wattage, channel switching, reverb, tremolo, master volume and speaker construction typically dominate the conversation. But another absolutely essential factor is often overlooked: whether the back of the cabinet containing the speaker or speakers you use is open or closed. There’s a world of difference between the two, since cabinet construction defines the shape of the sound wave that reaches the ears of...

Celebrating the Rhythm Guitarist

When you go to a rock show, there are usually one or two people in a band that stand out the most. The singer of course gets a lot of attention, and tends to be the one that many casual fans associate with the band in question. The guitarist, or lead guitarist in a two-guitar band, is usually second in line. All the cool guitar solos and poses make him a focal point of the show. But what about the rhythm guitarist? Easily one of the most overlooked band members, he is often neglected simply because he's not at the front of the...