In addition to his current bandmates, the former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist teamed up Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander to sing on “Feeder,” and the album also boasts guests like former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, ex-Pantera bassist Rex Brown and In This Moment frontwoman Maria Brink.
In the meantime, check out the clip for “Feeder” after the jump and visit Red Dragon Cartel’s official Facebook page for upcoming tour dates.
Last Friday we were on hand for the 44th Annual Surfer Poll Awards at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of O’ahu. The award show brings together surfers, legends, and filmmakers to honor the best performances and films of the year.
Kelly Slater took home the #1 men’s spot this year, making this his 19th Surfer Poll win. First time winner, Alana Blanchard, took home the #1 spot for the women. This was also the first year that the Wipeout Award Winner was decided by public vote. The fans voted for Peter Craig’s wipeout during Hallow Week. This year’s winners received custom LXK2 guitars while the #1 male and female winners (Kelly Slater and Alana Blanchard) received 1T IZ Tenor ukes.
This was our second year sponsoring the fastest growing sports industry- surfing! Can’t wait to be back for more fun in 2014.
Relive all the great memories from the 2013 Surfer Poll Awards below.Click to view slideshow.
Learn more about the LXK2 here.
Learn more about the 1T IZ Tenor Uke here.
Holy Crap is all I can say when I look back at what all has happened over the course of 2013. It has been a memorable year for sure with lots of life lessons to learn from.
In short, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a year like this with such extreme highs and lows. Winding down this year has led me to assess what has happened and figure out exactly where I am because:
“If you don’t know where you’re at, you can’t go anywhere”. – Zig Ziglar
Significant Events in 2013 Timeline
- February- Released Play Like Warren Haynes and had the most sales ever in a single month
- March – Recorded a demo of the Weber 10F150-T in a Princeton
- March – Started doing demos for my EP Roll Down the River
- April – The last Lesson I made before my hand injury – Shuffle Blues Lick. It would be 4 months before I would make any new lessons.
- April – Avatar Jtm 45 Demo. The last video I made before the hand injury.
- May – Foot Injury. Played tennis and experienced severe pain for days in my left foot.
- May – Went to CMS Conference in Chicago
- May – Changed website to Woo Canvas and moved the Shopping Cart to Woocommerce
- May – Suffered Arm Injury due to leaning on desk
- June – Out due to Arm Injury
- July – Arm Injury Update
Before my arm was injured, I suffered a minor foot injury. Actually, my left foot has been bothering me for about 2 years now and it’s been quite frustrating.
Something has happened to my foot over the years where I feel pain in my big toe joint when walking or running. After playing tennis in Early May I found that my big toe was very swollen and wouldn’t go down.
After a foot doctor visit he recommended that I get custom molded inserts to take the pressure off my foot. I was already wearing inserts he gave me from a year back, but the custom molded ones were supposed to be more effective at minimizing my condition.
I agreed and got the inserts about a week later I think. Immediately when I put them in my shoes I felt relief. It does take some time to get used to these inserts though. At this point I had to start slowly by walking with them in my shoes and then increasing the amount of walking gradually.
At the end of July I was feeling pretty bummed out by my arm, my foot, and a number of other things personally that I have been through this year. I put those feelings into words in this blog post.
Also, I was starting to feel very tired and weary and really didn’t want to do anything at all but lay around, eat, and watch tv. My facebook friend Aaron kept posting all these workouts on his profile and then finally posted this post about how to get more done.
This post changed my life. In the post he talks about how exercise gives you the ability to accomplish so much more than you thought you could have.
That was it! I was going to start exercising regularly and track my progress. At first I just started walking but then I wanted to run. I was scared at first that my foot wouldn’t be able to take the running, but I decided to try and see what would happen.
As of today, Dec 12th 2013 I have done 101 workouts and if you follow me on Twitter you will see I post my workouts regularly.
My Activity Log
During June July, and part of August, the website traffic and sales declined to levels I hadn’t seen since 2009-2010. This was a very scary feeling especially since there wasn’t much I could do about it. Making videos and writing blog posts had pretty much come to a complete stand still due to my arm injury.
My traffic from Google was down 50% due to many factors including my complete overhaul of the website back in Early May. I changed the structure of the site to improve user experience and redirected many links which seemed to cause some confusion with Google. Thus the decline of visits from Google.
At the End of July I decided to just start writing blog posts since my arm was starting to feel better. I mean had to do something! :\
I wrote a number of blog posts during this time even though my hand still felt numb and recorded one demo of slide guitar using the Analog Alien Fuzz pedal.
Here are a few of the popular ones I wrote during that time.
5 Free Artist Series
I then decided to put out 5 Free Lessons using a different guitar that focused on 5 different artists. I called it the 5 5 5 Series.
Roll Down the River
Also during August I was able to start working on my EP again which came to a halt due to my arm injury. I had done a lot of pre production for the tracks and just needed Organ, Bass, and Drums to finish out the sound.
This was a lot of fun and was very rewarding. I love teaching but man, recording original songs is what I’ve always loved since I started recording myself at the age of 17 with a small cassette recorder.
Finally New Lessons
After the recording of the EP was finished, I decided to sit on it for a few weeks while I recorded the highly successful Blues Techniques. I had a great time recording this as my hand was finally felling good enough to start recording video lessons again.
Before I recorded these lessons, I knew I wanted a different sound and found the ultimate Strat for me, a 1962 Custom Shop Heavy Relic Strat. I decided to go into my savings and purchase this guitar because I felt it would give me the inspiration I needed to produce these lessons and the other lessons in the works my Updated Blues Guitar Method. Blues Techniques was really successful and a couple weeks after it was released I mixed and mastered the EP.
After the EP came out I started working on a speech an organization called PATH wanted me to do for them. I started writing this 15 minute speech in October and met with several ladies who really taught me about how to deliver a great speech. I met with them over the course of a few weekends and kept editing and rehearsing this speech in front of them until I had it down. I then practiced this speech on my own every day for about 2 weeks until the final day arrived.
I developed severe pain in my eyes ( which you’ll learn about later in this post ) the days leading up to the fundraiser and felt offle the day of the speech. I spent nearly the entire day in bed trying to get better.
When the time came for the speech I was feeling good enough to do my best. I also sang my Original song “Let Go” from the EP which was inspired by my participation in their spiritual healing program.
You see, many years ago I was involved in an abortion with the girl I was dating at the time ( 2005 ). This was a very difficult thing to get past and PATH helped me to finally come to terms with this situation.
“Let Go” is the story of how I was able to move forward from this experience and not let the past destroy my future.
Amazingly, the speech I gave went great! Everyone at the fundraiser was really impressed by the speech. This was my first public speech ever and it has done wonders for my speaking abilities on video in my opinion. I’m no pro for sure, but I think the new Blues Guitar Method reflects this.
Listen to the Full Let Go
New Blues Method
After this speech I was pretty drained and took a few days off then recorded the rest of my New Blues Guitar Method and released it. The New Blues Guitar Method has been an extreme success. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people who really enjoy the lessons. I think they are the best lessons I’ve ever made. I really had a good time with this one and it is the most successful lessons I’ve ever put out by far.
I can’t wait to start on the Part 2 of this series which is already written. This will start in 2014.
Headaches and Eye PainAfter the New Blues Method was finished and I started promoting it, I gradually started suffering from headaches and eye soreness. During the Thanksgiving holidays I did a lot of marketing and promotion on my laptop which led to my right eye being very sore. The pain was very aggravating and I had so many emails to answer as well as some customer problems.
For about 7 days I had headaches and eye soreness that was bad enough for me to schedule an eye exam. It turns out that I needed Bi-Focals or 2 different pairs of glasses. I’ve worn glasses my whole life but over the years my vision has actually gotten better. The problem was that to make my vision better, I had to strain my right eye a lot. Lately after doing a lot of videos I have been experiencing extreme headaches and eye pain.
Now that I have 2 pairs of glasses I feel like a whole new person. It feels so good not to have to be able to strain so much to see!
You may see me in my next lessons wearing one of these pairs.
2013 has been been quite a year to say the least. It turns out that November 2013 was the most successful month ever for the site and 2013 will also go down as the biggest sales year in the history of the site.
My traffic from Google is almost back where it was at in March of 2013 so that is good as well.
So now, I’m tired! I’m taking the next couple of weeks off other than some basic maintenance duties and a couple of newsletters.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and thanks so much for the support! I have the best customers and supporters and I feel very fortunate to be able to teach you what I have learned throughout the years.
God Bless You All
- John W. Tuggle
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes about dealing with difficulties. This is the same quote I used from @ClintMCreative on Twitter back in July.
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A few days ago, the world lost a great hero. I wrote a bio for PG that you can read here.
Once news spread through the social interwebs, it seemed like everyone had a Jim Hall story. Nels Cline wrote about the birthday lunch he had with Jim last week. Doug Wamble shared the story of some tough lessons. Critic Nate Chinen shared a handwritten note that he received from Jim after a “mixed” review.
It seems like everyone who had come in contact with Jim had a memorable experience. His sphere of influence reached far and wide and luckily I was able to share a few moments with Jim and let him know how much his music means to me.
In January 2004, my girlfriend (now wife) and I made our first trip to New York for IAJE, a jazz nerd elbow-rubbing gathering. The big motivating factor for making the trip was that NEA had announced their annual list of Jazz Masters and among them was Jim Hall. (Cindy was excited that Nancy Wilson made the cut as well.) As we were planning what shows to attend each night, a rather last-minute announcement was made that Charlie Haden was hosting a week of duets with guitar players at the Blue Note. Scofield and Frisell were among the guests that week. The final night was to feature Jim Hall. No offense to Sco and Frisell, but Haden and Hall were more contemporaries with some shared history and I thought it would be great to see two absolute masters play together.
The night was going to be a busy one. It was going to start with dinner at the Blue Note along with the first set of Hall/Haden. Then, we were going to hop in a cab and go down to the Iridium to see Pat Martino’s group with Joe Lovano. We packed into the club and we grabbed a seat right in front of Jim’s Polytone amp.
I think they might have talked about what tune they were going to start with, but the duo kept things very loose and casually talked about what to play next during the set. As the set progressed, Jim kept turning his volume down and by about the fourth or fifth tune the sound of his signature Sadowsky filled the room—without any amplification. Combined with Haden’s huge, round tone the intimacy of music completely shined through.
One tune started with a brief intro from Jim, “This is my wife’s favorite song.” Knowing that Jim and Jane (his wife) had been married for a long time, I tried to guess what song it was going to be. The first tune that popped into my head was “My Funny Valentine.” It was a standard, a love song. Once I heard the first two notes I recognized the tune. “All the Things You Are.” As Jim went through the first A section solo, I looked over and Cindy and thought to myself, “I hope after I’m married to her for 40 years I can play her favorite song.”
After the show, Cindy wanted to use the restroom before we left for the Iridium. We walked upstairs and I waited outside the ladies room door. I looked to my left and saw another room and the door was slightly open. Inside I saw Jim talking to another person. As they finished, Jim opened the door and saw me standing there.
“Hey, how you doing?”
“Good. Great set tonight.”
“Thanks, I’m Jim.”
“I’m Jason. Could you sign this for me?” I had just purchased the newly reissued Live! album that afternoon at Tower Records.
“Sure, come on in.”
Jim Hall just invited me into his dressing room. I sat down and we talked for a while. After a few minutes Charlie Haden walked in and closed the door behind him.
“Hey man,” said Charlie.
“Charlie, this is Jason. He’s from Iowa.”
“Where from? I’m from Shenendoah.”
Charlie mentioned he just played a gig in Iowa City recently and we made small talk. They discussed how they felt the first set went and what songs they might want to play in the second set. At this point (admittedly) I totally forgot that Cindy was still in the hallway.
So she just walked right in.
Cell phone cameras weren’t that great at the time, but the look on Charlie and Jim’s faces when she barged right was a moment that I will forever wish I had a picture of.
“Hey, guys. This is my girlfriend Cindy.”
We continued talking for a few more minutes then I shook their hands told them how much I loved their music and left. A few days later I ran into Jim again in the hallway of the hotel.
The fact that Jim Hall remembered my name–even for a mere 36 hours–made such an impression on me that I don’t really remember what I said back.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see or meet Jim again after that. When I was at NGW we tried to bring him in for a duo clinic with Ron Carter, but his health had taken a bad turn and he just wasn’t up to it. Even in the last year I had been in touch with Devra, his daughter and manager, to possibly do some lesson writing for PG. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
His music touched many people and I will make sure to play it for my kids and students as much as possible. His lyrical phrase that opens “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” from Intermodulation and his solo on “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” on Concierto are both required for any jazz guitarist. As his latest disciple Julian Lage put it, “As a person and a musician he radiated light and love for the world and all those around him.”
Perri Ink Memento built in California by Nick Perri is one of those weird "Is it left-handed or is it right-handed?" guitars. I'd imagine it was designed partially to confuse, but probably the aim was to invoke some of that Jimi Hendrix spirit into the instrument. Notice the reverse headstock logo which adds to the mirror image playfulness.
Perri isn't the first to have produced a reverse Strat-type guitar. Britain's John Birch guitars made a very similar model for Richie Blackmore, and the Fender Custom Shop have also produced similar instruments. Of course it's not as extreme a "reverse" design as the Dewey Decibel Flip-out guitar.
Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $2,000 (was $4,000 new).
G L Wilson
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After years of chasing the sound they heard in their heads, the New Year’s Eve release of Crash stands as a landmark for the Florida based band Oblivious Signal. The band is finally able to hear the song they wrote played back to them through the speakers.
Having recorded with several producers, including well known studios, hard rock band Oblivious Signal just released two new singles, “Retribution” and “Again,” self-recorded and produced in the band’s own private studio. With the experience of years of producing other artists, front woman Cristina T Feliciano finally stepped onto the other side of the board for her own band.
The results have been a mix of painstaking, time consuming, perfectionism and inarguably the best sound to come from Oblivious Signal so far.
Yet sel- recording isn’t an easy task, nor is letting go and calling it a ‘take’. Below is the good and the bad of laying down your own tracks and putting to bed the guitar lines… when you know you could just run through it one more time … or a couple of hundred.
Because what’s another 60 hours of studio time between friends?
Guitar International: Oblivious Signal’s new single, “Crash,” is scheduled to be released on New Years Eve. After hearing it we have to ask about the inspiration for the song. How you think it will be received coming out just after The Fast and The Furious’ Paul Walker’s devastating accident?
Christina Feliciano: The song is being scheduled to release on New Years with the music video shortly after. We hope the song will be received positively as an eye opener. “Crash” is about a close friend in my past, who unfortunately was under the influence and drove off from a party and was tragically killed. It was one of those moments in my life that was just so surreal and has greatly impacted me as a human being to make a difference and touch on such a serious topic that does not get as much attention as it should.
The incident happened 10 years ago and is something that will always stay with me, because in my mind I always feel I could have done something different. Most people always feel that remorse and tend to shut down, but the way I deal with things is by trying to prevent it and making a difference.
In light of recent incidents with the Paul Walker tragedy, our hearts do go out to his family and friends. We hope that this song is seen as something positive that gives out a message of awareness, through a different story. We will be making sure that all video footage in our upcoming music video is as sensitive to the topic as can be, while still getting the message across of the story we are trying to portray within the lyrics of the song.
GI: What is the hardest part of self-producing?
Christina Feliciano: The hardest part is coordinating everyone’s schedule to come in and get everything done. Because we are doing it ourselves, self -producing gives a sense of relief in terms of what you want, but that can also work against you if you procrastinate. Self-producing can also be a little tedious because no matter how perfect the mix is…it never is as perfect as you want. I know I am my worst critic.
Nick Orisino: I agree with Cristina about getting everyone together, but when we do we make the most of it, getting as much done as possible. I feel because we want to make the song the best it can be, we change things around and add new aspects of the songs. Something we like one day, the next we could scrap, try something new until the it felt right. It is time consuming but totally worth it.
GI: How has this experience differed, both good and bad, from recording in the studio?
Christina Feliciano: Great, because we can have the sound we have always wanted. We worked with quality producers and studios in the past, but felt like no one ever listened to things, such as just how heavy we wanted the guitars, or how we wanted the drums or vocals to sound. We felt like everyone we worked with tried to make our music their own, which is fine, but not when dedicating a large amount of funds to the project.
For some reason everyone tried to make our music sound like pop rock, which just wasn’t us. Now with us recording everything, we can make it as heavy or grungy as we want.
The down side is not having all the extra equipment these studios have that make mixing a lot easier. I know my final mix is done after several runs to my sound system in the car as final references. In a state of the art studio, I wouldn’t have to do that as much.
Nick Orisino: I felt more freedom in many ways. We had as much time as we needed to track and for post-production. Didn’t have to work around a studio’s busy schedule. We have noticed that some producers had different feelings on which way the song should feel that were different from what we felt when we wrote it. So, doing it ourselves definitely was more rewarding in my opinion.
As far as tracking, I felt that it was the same as a pro studio. I felt really comfortable taking as much time as I need to get the riffs perfect. The mass array of tones and effects I had at my disposal were great and I think we made the best of it.
GI: What was your motive, and eventually what put you over the edge, to decide to record your own tracks?
Christina Feliciano: Spending way too much money and not being happy with the end product. This happened so many times that I finally decided to step up and learn how to do this stuff myself. And out came out great mixes like “Retribution” our first self-produced single. After listening to the quality and how well everything came out, we decided this was the route we were going and had been missing for so long.
Nick Orisino: Every time we write a new song we always tracked it on our own first then took it to the studio to use as a reference when we would track for the album. We asked ourselves “Why are we spending so much money when we could do it on our own?”
That was a big motive for us. By saving that money we could use those funds for other needs, like merch and promos.
GI: Nick, How would you describe your guitar sound on the album, and to both of you, how did you go about getting the particular sound for each of the songs?
Christina Feliciano: Guitar Rig, believe it or not, and lots of EQ, compression, and reverb, all DI’d in. This guitar sound matches Nick’s live guitar sound like no other.
Nick Orisino: Yep, we spent many hours getting that tone to where we wanted it. But once we had it we knew it was perfect for the feel we were going for.
I use lots of highs and bottom and just a pinch of mids. Once we stacked the tracks a few times the tone really became what we were looking for. The beefy tone does match my live sound perfectly, and I use all the same modulations live as I do on the mixes.
I really enjoyed using Guitar Rig, it is probably the best software I’ve ever used in regards to getting my recording tone to where I feel it should be.
GI: How would you describe the “Again” and “Retribution,” from both artist and production standpoints?
Christina Feliciano: “Retribution” is a guitar driven, heavy, modern-rock song with a catchy hook. The song is about going back to the mindset where the artistic visions and inspirations that lead to great music are born, in this case pain and experiences.
Again is another heavy song, but more melodic. It showcases Jason’s drums like no other song. That song is about doing something and not regretting it, no matter how bad it is because it was a choice that you decided to make to begin with. It’s about taking ownership of actions.
From a production standpoint…as the producer I would describe them as a pain in the ass! Nah, in all reality they were very tedious songs to produce. Making sure every little aspect was on time and that all the instruments came out at just the right moments was something that took a lot of patience, especially for someone as new to the recording aspect as myself. They were a blast to record, because none of us really knew what to expect when I was done. We were very pleased with both tracks after the long days of mixing and nit picking every part of it.
GI: What equipment was used in the production and post-production of the music? What guitars? I understand that post production gets interesting in Oblivious Signal’s world?
Christina Feliciano: Most instruments were Direct Input. I used a few MXL condenser microphones and the Blue Woodpecker Ribbon Mic to record vocals. The rest was courtesy of Mercury Waves Plugins and Logic alongside Guitar Rig, and Steven Slate’s Drum Software.
The major component of a great mix for those two songs was my Hyundai Sonata’s Definitive Badass Sound system. I think my neighbors weren’t too appreciative of it, but hey, the fans are! Many times when my PR girl called me to find out how the songs were doing, I was in the middle of running back and forth from the car listening to different bounces.
Nick Orisino: I used 2 different guitars on these tracks. One was my ESP EC 400, which I used for the lower tuned songs, which had EMG 81s Active pickups. I love the darker tone I get from this guitar for my rhythm sections. The other was my ESP H 1001 Deluxe, which have EMG 81s and 85s. I used this guitar for the brighter rhythm sections and for all my leads. I also used my Dunlop 535Q Multi Wah Crybaby. I never leave home without it.
GI: What are the two best pieces of advice you would each give to other artists who are considering self-production of their music?
Christina Feliciano: Jump right in and watch as many YouTube videos as you can to learn about what EQ’ing and Compression do. I watched Pensado’s Place on YouTube and subscribed to recording magazines to learn and soak up as much as I could. Don’t be afraid of trial and error, and if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask others more experienced than you. Also use reference tracks from your favorite artists to make sure you are on the right track to the sound you want to get. And set a timeline. If not you will sit around and procrastinate. It happens.
Nick Orisino: Make a goal and challenge yourself to reach it. Learn by doing it and from your mistakes. I think you will feel more free and able to express yourself more by doing it on your own and being able to truly call it your own. Spend those late nights trying out new ideas and seeing what clicks. Take advantage of doing it on your schedule and not having to be rushed.
Joy to the World – Kevin Gallagher, solo guitar. Please note that Kevin is giving away the tab and notation for this inspired arrangement on his website, guitar69.com. Tell your friends!
Earlier this year I reviewed ArtistWorks Paul Gilbert online School of Rock which is fantastic for electric guitarists of all skill levels who can learn from a master of the instrument and get personal feedback from Paul himself. Paul Gilbert is just one of the many excellent tutors on the site and now ArtistWorks are now launching a totally free Acoustic Guitar online learning school called Acoustic Guitar 101. The site will include high definition videos with looping, notation and a metronome to help you learn at your own pace taught by respected touring guitarist Scott Law.
Acoustic Guitar 101’s thoughtfully constructed series of 87 self-paced lessons lead them through a series of sequential exercises designed to get them playing real songs quickly and help them to enjoy the learning process.
For more information head over to http://artistworks.com/.
When we think of the Fender Jazzmaster we often associate it with surf and "alternative" rock music, the likes of Sonic Youth, etc. But as its name suggests, it was originally conceived by Fender as a jazz guitar. Perhaps it was too modern in design to appeal to most jazz players, but as you can see and hear in the above video clip Joe Pass certainly gave it a good try out.
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Okay, so I’ve heard from a few of you that the steps to enter were a bit too complicated, so I checked with the folks running the giveaway and they’ve agreed to change the rules: now in order to enter to win a $100 BWS voucher (drawn on December 18, Australian residents over 18 only), simply leave a comment or send me an email telling me, in 25 words or less, which of the Rogue Tales videos on the James Squire YouTube channel.is your favourite and why. Here’s the post again if you missed it, with my favourite (and naturally guitar-based) video up front.
If you read this blog regularly you know that I sometimes run sponsored posts, but only for things that I believe in and am comfortable with (and I turn down a lot of sponsored post proposals because I just don’t gel with the subject matter). So when I was approached to write something about the James Squire ‘Rogue Tale’ campaign, I was all on board. Particularly because I saw this:
Rogue Tales – A Quiet Man of Heavy Metal
Seriously dude! Guitars! Creativity! Art! Passion! I love this stuff! Tim Kill Custom Guitars! Dude!
And that leads to my own rogue tale. I thought it’d be in the spirit of the video to tell you about my own passion for the guitar. I guess it all started when I was quite young and I realised that my cousin Sue had a beautiful dreadnaught acoustic guitar (I believe it was an Ibanez copy of a Gibson hummingbird). I used to pluck each string one at a time and I was struck by how utterly majestic the low strings were. I had a quiet reverence for this guitar, and I was too scared to even pick it up. I’d just kneel in front of it as it sat on its stand, and I’d think about how awesome it would be to actually play one.
Although my immediate family wasn’t musical – nobody actively played an instrument in the house – my dad’s side of the family is particularly musical, and my Aunty Barbi is a great music teacher. I was always aware that she had this wonderful talent, and I thought she was the coolest person in the world. Still do. But it wasn’t until our next door neighbour gave us a couple of acoustic guitars (one of which I would later find out was a 60s Ibanez – funny how that works, huh?) that I was able to start making some noise of my own. I didn’t know how to read music so I devised my own version of tablature, without knowing that such a thing existed: I named the strings A, B, C, D, E and F, and I numbered the frets 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. Of course, I didn’t quite understand what ‘tuning’ was, so I pretty much stuck to single-note melodies for a while.
Eventually Aunty Barbi came to visit and she wrote me out a chord chart. Various open-position majors, minors, minor sevenths… and she demonstrated them to me by singing “Banks Of The Ohio.” Whoa! Real actual folk music happening right there in front of me! It was a really special moment. I then decided I should become a folkie too, and it was then that I wrote my first song – a heartbreaking (for an 8-year-old) protest anthem about how we weren’t doing enough to aid starvation in Africa. It was called “No Food, No Freedom” and it was pretty terrible. But whatevs. I was making music happen.
Eventually I started taking guitar lessons with a great teacher named Peter Cominos. He taught me a bunch of the basics that I hadn’t quite learned when I was figuring out stuff by ear, and taught me how to play power chords, which Barbi had left out – I guess there isn’t much call for chugging fifths in folk music. Peter also had some really beautiful vintage guitars, so I was very lucky that the first electric guitar I ever laid hands on was a 1950s Gibson ES-175. Not a bad place to start, eh? Peter taught me about great players and great gear as well as stressing the importance of good technique, and although I don’t teach any more, anything that my students liked when I was teaching was inspired by his example. I stopped taking lessons when I started high school, picking up techniques and tricks from Guitar World magazine for a while, but went back to lessons after about a year, and that’s when I started to really appreciate the wide variety of what a guitar can do.
I was always a shy kid. I was never popular, I didn’t like the same stuff as other kids, and I just didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere. But the few times I had an opportunity to play guitar for my classmates – particularly at a couple of assemblies in fifth and sixth grade – I felt like a rock star. I played “Wipeout” for the whole school on Peter Cominos’s Washburn Explorer-alike at an assembly when I was in sixth grade, and back in the classroom afterwards the teacher told the class that the highlight of the entire presentation was my guitar playing. I was a hero for about a week. The adoration faded again after that but I never lost sight of the fact that it was the guitar and my relationship with it that had brought about this little much-needed self-esteem boost. From then on I knew that it’d always be with me, whether I was popular at school or not, whether I was happy or sad, alone or with friends. And it’s still like that for me to this day. No matter where I am, what I’m doing, how I’m feeling, I know that my guitar’s there to sing my blues, shout my triumphs and just plain look cool.
Here’s another great Rogue Tales video, which is also speaks to the balance between creativity, inspiration and dedication, much like the Tim Kill video:
Rogue Tales – An Artistic Hand, With An Iron Fist
You can see all of them on the James Squire YouTube channel.
Musician’s Friend have expanded their online presence with a new section to their website called The Hub which will feature, among other things, Artist Interviews. I was approached to talk briefly about my latest guitar acquisition, my Cilia Guitars CGA7, for an article called ‘Plugged into My Electric Guitar for Life‘.
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Watch Nassie in action below and click here for more tutorials.
Moniker Guitars, a custom guitar design shop based in Austin, TX have teamed up with Austin’s best designers, painters, graffiti artist and woodworkers to create one-of-a-kind, playable art guitars to be auctioned off. The guitars will be auctioned off online starting Saturday, December 7 at 7pm est with the auction lasting until Sunday, December 15 at 10PM EST with proceeds benefiting the Austin Music Foundation.See all the guitars and place your bid at 32auctions.com/monikerguitars
Local artists of all mediums were asked to participate and design a guitar body to feature in their their individual Austin Art Tour showcases, later the guitars were assembled into functioning instrumen. Participating artists include: Nate Nordstrom (Slokeone), Ricky Jaen, Make ATX, Graham Francoise, Brian David Johnson, Sophie Roach, Brian Phillips, KONG Screenprinting, Mason Mcfee, Kevin Munoz, David Salinas and musician Bob Schneider.
Moniker will also host a live event on Saturday, December 7 in Austin at Up Collective Art Gallery to showcase the works. More Information can be found on the event website: https://monikerguitars.com/l/handplayed.
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The Washburn Parallaxe Ola Englund signature model PX Solar 6 is nearing completion ready for production (along with a Solar 7 version) and Ola has just posted this video of his Solar 6 in action playing the title track from his amazing new Feared album ‘Vinter’ (which made the Guitar Noize top albums of 2013 list).
The PX Solar 6 in the video is the Pearl White Satin finish but it will also be available in black, it features an Alder body with quartersawn Maple set neck and Ebony fretboard, Seymour Duncan SH-1 and SH-14 humbuckers, 24 frets and a Buzz Feiten tuning system to accompany the Evertune bridge.
Hello Gavin! I am Bruno form Valencia (Spain).
I'm a huge fan of your blog, I think that you and the other members are doing a fantastic work. Just wanted to ask you about two guitars which I can't figure the brand or model, first one, I was watching a video of a rather known garage band from Spain, called Doctor Explosion, I recognised the bass as a mustang Fender (I think), but the guitar is completely unknown to me, it kinda looks like a japanese guitar with a Mosrite vibe, but honestly I can't tell, I wonder if you or your mates have ever seen something like this (I find it really cool).
I also wanted to tell you about a guitar I recently bought form ebay, the seller claims it is a 24' scale Teisco, but I can't see no evidence, there is no brand name or serial number on the guitar... I send you a couple of photograph, I don't konw if you can identify the guitar, but if you or any of the blog readers could tell me the year or brand, I would be really grateful.Hey Bruno, the Doctor Explosion guitar looks like a Mosrite-inspired 1960s-era Japanese guitar, possibly a Tokai Gakki Hummingbird or similar. There were several variants. Mosrite styled guitars were very popular in Japan following the success of instrumental band The Ventures in that country. The bass in the video, by the way, is actually a Fender Musicmaster Bass.
And that's it, thank you very much!
As to your other guitar, I'd say it was 1960s/70s Japanese, possibly Teisco, but also quite possibly another manufacturer. It's not one I personally can identify conclusively; maybe the Guitarz readership will be able to help?
G L Wilson
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Now here is a Crazy Guitar Design for you, I think my son would love this one although it is a little out of his price range (he is 2). I first noticed this guitar on BMusic Australia’s Facebook page, they are the main distributor of ESP Guitars here in Australia. I then did a little bit of research and found an article on Geek Mode confirming that this guitar is to be built by ESP Guitars. It appears in the photo that BMusic posted that production will be limited to 100, I could be wrong however as I don’t speak Japanese I’m just guessing what a sticker says. There is also a figure of 241,500 which may be the price in Yen? Sounds about right as this would be around the USD $2300 mark.
As you can see the pickguard on the guitar is shaped like the iconic Superman logo in a shiny metallic finish, not sure if it is actually metal or just plastic. The body is then shaped to look like Superman’s cape draped below, clever. The guitar has a sparkle finish too, even on the headstock which just has the words Man Of Steel and the Superman logo. A single humbucker ensures that the logo is not covered up and I’m guessing Superman would definitely be happy with this Metal setup. The guitar also has a hard tail bridge, maybe that’s because Superman would pick so hard it would put the strings out of tune if he had a trem?
So what do you think? Super-cool or Super-lame?
Martin Ambassadors Nominated for 2014 GRAMMYs
We are filled with pride saying that three of our Martin Ambassadors have been nominated for GRAMMYs! Ed Sheeran is nominated for Best New Artist, Hunter Hayes is nominated in the category of Best Country Solo performance for “I Want Crazy,” and the Del McCoury Band’s “Streets of Baltimore” is nominated for Best Bluegrass Album.
The 56th Annual GRAMMYs will take place on Sunday, January 26th, 2014.
Hunter Hayes Interview: CMT Artists of the Year
CMT Artists of the Year honoree Hunter Hayes took time to reflect on his proudest moments. CMT hosted its fourth annual CMT Artists of the Year special on Tuesday, December 3rd to recognize an illustrious group of musicians for their outstanding accomplishments this year. In addition to Hayes, the gathering also honored Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Tim McGraw. You can watch Hunter’s interview here.
Hunter couldn’t attend CMA Country Christmas while out on tour, but he tuned in from his tour bus and performed “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” Check out his acoustic performance here.
Gabrielle Aplin Premieres New Music Video
Martin Ambassador Gabrielle Aplin premiered her music video for “Salvation.” You can watch the video here.
Martin Ambassadors In Top Albums Of 2013 List By Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine named their top 50 albums of 2013, which includes Martin Ambassadors Jason Isbell for Southeastern and Frightened Rabbit for Pedestrian Verse. Check out the full list here.