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Adrian Galysh Returns With “Into The Blue”

  By Jay Hale Adrian Galysh is seemingly one of the busiest guitarists in the Los Angeles area.  Followers of his social media streams get regular notifications of gigs at the legendary Baked Potato and guest spots at Hollywood’s Ultimate Jam Night, as well as for sets he plays at local wineries and aeronautic events. Continue Reading

The Shredder’s guide to Slide Guitar

By Jay Hale Guitarists who get hit with the ‘shred’ tag due to the someone gymnastic nature of some of the playing techniques get used to memorization. Sure, you need to play melodically, but a lot of it is about scales and patterns, if you think about it. So attempting to play slide guitar can be alien and daunting. All those patterns you learned? Throw them […] Continue Reading

Things To Think About Before Recording

By Jon Moody You did it, you finally did it! You booked recording time in a studio, filled out all the pre-production forms and possibly even sent in a deposit (if required) and your album is getting recorded. Or, maybe you just finally confirmed a date when you’re going into a friend’s basement to lay down some solid tunes for a demo and have them work […] Continue Reading

Friends of SD: Knaggs Guitars

Knaggs Guitars makes some pretty remarkable instruments. While many of their creations use standard woods that you see with many other companies, they have an eye for the artistic as well. Continue Reading

In Guitar, Context is Everything

What was such a big deal about the Beatles? Didn’t Les Paul play music my grandmother described as ‘old’? Isn’t Jimi Hendrix famous for playing ‘Silent Night’ at some festival in the 40’s or something? In music and guitar history, context means something. Continue Reading

Top 10 Musical Resolutions for the New Year

Astronomically speaking, the beginning of a new year is pretty arbitrary. I mean, humans decided that January 1st would be the start of a new year (when we started counting 2016 years ago), instead of July 1st or March 30th. However, we tend to put a big significance on the end of one year and the beginning of another, that we don’t put on the end […] Continue Reading

My Top 10 Tips for Effective Rehearsal

Performing live is harder than it seems. Sure, the band makes it look easy, and everyone has the perfect parts at just the right time. Bigger acts know just where to stand for certain lighting effects, and the guitarist is always under the spotlight for The Big Solo. However, what you might not know is that for every minute of stage time, there could be dozens […] Continue Reading

Expectation is a Prison

  I define expectation as wanting history to repeat itself exactly. When you go see a tribute band, you are comparing the band onstage to a memory of the original band. When you buy a Les Paul or a Strat, there is a certain level of expectation that goes into just seeing the shapes. We figure an LP is always meaty while a Strat is always […] Continue Reading

Friends of Seymour Duncan: Hamer Guitars

Let me begin by saying that I have absolutely no qualms about admitting my love for all things rock and metal, including the various bands that rose from the streets of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip in the 197s and 1980s. Along with that love, comes my admiration for some of the most beautiful and well-built instruments ever made in the United States: Hamer Guitars. Continue Reading

Theory Basics: Intervals of the Major Scale

  To many guitarists, the major scale is something they simply don’t use. However, in Western music (that is, music that originates from the Western Hemisphere), it is the scale that is the basis of all others. If you learn the notes of the major scale, you can find all sorts of scales lurking beneath just by altering the notes. Continue Reading