Quickly Change to Altered Tunings

Peter Vogl’s new quick tip will show you a different method for changing your guitar to an altered tuning.

So now that you know about partial capos, what can you do with them? Check out Ian Ethan using Kyser capos to play some crazy stuff

Using partial capos is a great way to explore different sounds without having to dedicate time or a second guitar to an altered tuning. You can play a song in a altered tuning on stage and then switch back to standard tuning in a few seconds.

Learn Famous Guitar Strum Patterns

Our new free lesson, Famous Strum Patterns 2, will teach you how to play the strum patterns and chord progressions of four popular songs. We’ll start with Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones. This is a classic acoustic guitar ballad and should be pretty straightforward for you to play. Next, we’ll get a little funkier with the rhythmic strumming of Sitting, Wishing, Waiting by Jack Johnson. Tequila Sunrise by the Eagles will incorporate a Spanish flair in the strum pattern. Finally, we’ll learn a country strum to go with Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves.

Once you feel comfortable playing along with the video, try applying these strum patterns to your original chord progressions. You can also check out lesson 1 to learn four more songs.


Is the Music Industry Better or Worse than It Was 30 Years Ago?

484182085LM00050_John_VarvaSeveral big-named artists have been in the headlines recently proclaiming that rock is dead. Most notably, of course, was Gene Simmons in his interview with Esquire back in September. Simmons was quick to point out that rock didn’t die of old age, “It was murdered,” blaming for the most part, file-sharing.

In response to this and other statements about the utter despair of the music industry, recording engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) recently delivered the keynote address at Melbourne’s Face the Music Conference and his main opinion was that the music industry is doing great, saying to even be thankful you weren’t in a band twenty years ago. He does have some interesting viewpoints, and being as seasoned as he is in the industry, one can’t help but reluctantly nod in agreement.

From all quarters we hear that, this is the platitude: “We need to figure out how to make internet distribution work for everyone.”…..

I disagree with this rather inoffensive platitude. It’s innocuous and vapid and fills the air after someone asks the question, “How is the music scene these days?” And it maintains hope that the current state of affairs as mentioned, presumed to be tragic, can be changed for the better. For “everyone”. That word everyone is important to the people using the sentence. In their mind the physical distribution model worked for everyone. But the new one does not. Not yet, not yet. Not until we “figure it out”…..

I disagree that the old way is better. And I do not believe this sentence to be true: “We need to figure out how to make this digital distribution work for everyone.” I disagree with it because within its mundane language are tacit assumptions: the framework of an exploitative system that I have been at odds with my whole creative life. Inside that trite sentence, “We need to figure out how to make this work for everyone,” hides the skeleton of a monster.

Count Eldridge is currently directing a documentary called Unsound about how musicians and creators survive in the age of free. Given his research on the topic, Count decided to write a rebuttal to Albini’s statements, and he has quite a solid argument.

Instead of perpetuating the myth that artists make money touring, those in the music industry who know better should be focussing hard to make the delivery and monetization of recorded music better for artists by making it more efficient. This means less middlemen (or no middlemen) taking a smaller cut, rather than allowing a few giant corporations and rogue pirates to profit enormously from our work.

Read the full articles and then decide for yourself. But more importantly than your position…what are you going to do about it?

Best B-Bender Guitar Songs

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Guitar Center interview with Brad Paisley and how he incorporates the use of a string bender in his guitar playing style. This cool contraption allows guitarists to create a unique array of bending sounds. Adding to the subject, Guitar World has also compiled a list of 10 Essential B-Bender Guitar Songs. Written by their online managing editor Damian Fanelli, he explores in-depth, the use of the b-bender from artists such The Byrds and Led Zeppelin. Go check it out!