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The Seymour Duncan 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

By Martina Fasano Thanksgiving. Black Friday. The Macy’s Parade. All indicators that the holiday gift-giving season is upon us once again. Musicians have the reputation of being “quirky” individuals that non-musicians have difficulty buying for. I have no idea why this is the case, since I don’t know any guitar or bass players that would ever reject the gift of a new bass/guitar – even a […] Continue Reading

Etiquette on Multi-Band Gigs

 By David Eichenberger Many of the first shows our band might play are gigs with more than one band There are many reasons for this, but most likely, it is because we simply don’t have enough material to cover a whole night of music. No matter if it is original or cover tunes, these types of multi-band gigs can cause stress that is entirely unrelated to […] Continue Reading

From the Basement to the Stage

  By Dave Eichenberger Oh, sure, you practice for several hours a day. You transcribe those complex double-handed solos in your head while your boss is yelling at you to answer the phone. You left hand taps on the steering wheel in perfect ⅝ time while the left hand is firmly in ⅞. You have a Les Paul, Tele and Strat, and know how to get the best […] Continue Reading

Music Theory Minute: Inversions

By Dave Eichenberger The first thing we learn as guitarists are usually some basic chords. These chords contain very specific notes played with shapes that every guitarist has used for well over 100 years. We now know that in addition to the billions and billions of chords that are available to us, there are many ways to play the exact same chord. Which version of the […] Continue Reading

Nevermind & Blood Sugar Sex Magik 25 Years On

September 24, 1991 was an historic day for music: it was the day that both Nirvana’s Nevermind and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik were released. Along with Metallica’s self-titled album and Pearl Jam’s Ten – both of which were released the previous month – these records inarguably shaped the musical path of the decade to follow. To celebrate the anniversary of these landmark […] Continue Reading

The Art of the Chart

By Dave Eichenberger Guitarists are a scrappy bunch. We don’t quite fit in with the rest of the instrument world. We tend to follow our own rules, and then change them when we feel like it. Sometimes we will play a solo exactly like it was written, and sometimes we can go off and do our own thing. Continue Reading

Learning Piano Will Make You a Better Guitar Player

By Dave Eichenberger There are lots of reasons why we chose guitar over piano. Piano players have to deal with strict teachers with rulers that slap our wrists every time we use the wrong fingering. Piano isn’t portable, and other than kicking the stool behind you and standing up, there are no rock-approved stage moves. You have to learn repertoire that is 300 years old before […] Continue Reading

Why Do You Play Guitar?

By Jay Hale When I was a kid growing up in a small West Virginia town in the early/mid-80s, it was unusual – in some cases frowned upon – for a black kid to like rock music. Fortunately I grew up in a household where there were no musical genre restrictions, so in addition to the pop, jazz and Motown my parents were listening to, I […] Continue Reading

The Blues & Rock Player’s Guide to the ‘Rhythm’ Changes

By Dave Eichenberger If you have studied various forms of music, you most likely have figured out that most songs are a combination of several patterns arranged in a particular order. If you are a blues guitarist, you understand a basic blues I-IV-V progression. Playing a blues tune, you naturally hear how the chords change, and most times, once you get the pattern, it is the […] Continue Reading

Music Theory Minute: Cadences

By Dave Eichenberger Welcome to a new series that will help explain some common musical terms, while providing some links to past articles that will help if you’d like to explore these ideas further. Music theory is essentially the rules that hold musical sounds in a specific order. Continue Reading