Alternative tunings are a fantastic way to reinvigorate your guitar playing, songwriting, and creativity. The instantly altered sound naturally gives your mind different creative ideas, and makes you play a different way as a result. And of course, many great songs are written in different tunings, meaning sooner or later you’ll encounter material you need […]
With two brand new releases, Simeon Flick steps boldly into the new reality we all know as life right now. The first: Scarlotti’s Greatest Hits — a refreshing choice artistically, as it highlights the works of Domenico Scarlotti, who lived adventurously as a composer, integrating musical ideas from the street, so-to-speak, to be implemented into […]
Michael Manley has enjoyed a diverse career as a French hornist, teacher, and arts labor advocate. His playing career has included tours with The New York City Opera National Company, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables, and the Las Vegas production of Disney’s The Lion King…
Jeff Coffin is a globally recognized saxophonist, composer, educator, and is a member of the legendary U.S. rock group, Dave Matthews Band. You may also know him from his 14 years, and 3 Grammy Awards, with the genre-defying Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Jeff fronts numerous groups when not touring with DMB and has released 15+ solo CD’s on Ear Up Records.
Tone is your instrument’s voice. And all tone begins in the basis of achieving a great clean tone. Masking Music Mag visited with guitar expert, Christopher Ames at Guitar Center (in this video) where he imparts professional insight regarding the attributes of “clean tone” with the help of Vox and Fender amplifiers and a Telecaster.
The ability to play at speed (at least some/relative speed) is an important part of guitar playing. Even if you don’t want to be a modern-rock-virtuoso-shredder playing a million notes per click at an ungodly BPM, continuously improving your playing speed is essential for other reasons. So often a guitarist who isn’t considered “a fast […]
this book that will help you get the most out of learning to play drums or any other instrument. Here are 12 drumming tips from Rhythm of the Head
For beginner guitarists, reaching the point of playing your first song — and ultimately first batch of songs — is really important, for many reasons. The biggest one being that it means you’re applying the skills you’ve been working to develop and therefore you’re showing proven, tangible progress. This is not only rewarding, but encouraging […]