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Can a Scale Change Your Life?

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There are lots of things that we learn in life that may be considered life-changing. Adrian Galysh learned a trick to alter the minor pentatonic scale that changed his whole approach to soloing. If you’ve been playing your minor pentatonic scale and feel that you’re in a rut with it, then maybe it’ll change your life too. Watch the video below to hear this concept in action or read the full article.

Lessons the Music Industry Can Learn from TV

The-Daily-BeastEver heard that as a musician you have to give your stuff away or play for free in order to make it? Aside from that being a terrible business model, it’s following the opposite path of television. There have been some huge advances in television in the past decade from which the music industry can learn.

TV, which was once broadcast for free, has been using a highly-effective subscription model which has brought about a revolution of new content with top-notch production quality. The music industry, however, says to give away your music and make up for it in T-shirt sales. And with data-compression, the formats available for download or streaming are of lesser quality than CDs.

Read more about this topic at The Daily Beast.

You’re Never Too Old to Learn to Play Guitar

The Old GuitaristThe guitar is a wonderful instrument. So wonderful, in fact, that it doesn’t matter if you’re a child or an elder trying to learn how to play. Depending on the method of approach, the guitar can be an instrument where a novice can learn to strum a few chords and play along with a multitude of songs, or it can include the type of in-depth study that leads to virtuosity.

In a blog for Seymour Duncan, Dave Eichenberger writes:

Throughout my performing and teaching life, I’ve had lots of older people coming up to me and telling me that they’ve always wanted to play guitar. This is followed by the usual excuse of wishing they’d started when they were young, or even the very morbid “I don’t have much time left, and it takes years to become a pro.” Well, yeah it does, but learning something like guitar does not always have to be something you start very young. In fact, there is nothing about guitar that specifically states you have to be young to do it. It is true, then, that you are never too old to learn…

The advantage of starting later is that you’re probably not seeking to become a virtuoso, land a record deal, and go on tour. You want to play the music that you grew up with and the guitar is perfect for that. So if you didn’t learn when you were a child, then the time to start is now! The preconceived notion that playing the guitar is hard is completely incorrect. Like any new technique, learning correctly can make it very easy to play.

Eric Clapton to Release New Doc and Stop Touring

On November 4th, Eric Clapton will release a new DVD chronicling his 2014 Asian tour. The film is entitled Planes, Trains, and Eric and features thirteen full song performances. Rolling Stone goes on to mention the bigger news: Eric Clapton will stop touring. The travel demands have finally caught up with Slowhand.

“The road has become unbearable,” he said. “It’s become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It’s hostile – everywhere: getting in and out of airports, traveling on planes and in cars.”

Fortunately, Eric still plans to play one-off shows and festivals from time to time. For those waiting for the DVD, check out this full show from Budokan Hall in Tokyo from the spring of 2014.