Since overdrive pedals are a constant source of discussion & consternation among guitar players, I thought I’d share my thoughts after trying out the Keeley Tone Workstation on a few gigs. I guess it's worth mentioning my standard “gig rig,” which is my main basis for comparison. I'm going to do a separate post soon [...]
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This article showed up in my Facebook news feed today: Guitarists: Stop Hurting the Audience at Small Gigs! This is something I have long thought to be true. When I walk into a music venue and see the guitarist with his amp set up on the floor, pointing straight at his ankles, and straight the [...]
Sometimes I like to write stuff. Sometimes I run into cool videos or articles online. Here's where I'll collect all of that randomness. Scroll through the posts below, or check out the "categories" to your right.
Must-read article on the music business, and what it's like for a typical musician to work as a full-time player. Written by Jeremy Gantz. This piece explains (in a very articulate way) what it's like for most musicians who are making a living in music, and addresses a lot of the misconceptions that "civilians" tend [...]
So I stumbled across this article today: http://www.hooktheory.com/blog/i-analyzed-the-chords-of-1300-popular-songs-for-patterns-this-is-what-i-found/ This person ran an analysis of 1300 popular songs and found surprisingly little variation in their chord progressions. On average, 75% of the chords in a typical pop song are the I, IV, and V chords. Add in the minor ii, iii, and vi chords, and you're [...]
Most people who are interested in this sort of thing have probably seen the videos of Trey Anastasio giving a rundown of the guitar rig he plays through when on tour with Phish. Even if you're not necessarily a Phish fan, I think you'll find these videos absolutely fascinating. Part 1 Part 2 A few thoughts: [...]
Insanely detailed article about the various instruments played by the members of Phish over the years. I didn't write this...I just had the link saved on my computer, and can't remember where it came from. The author's name doesn't appear anywhere on the document. If you know, please contact me, and I'll gladly give credit [...]
My band, DeadPhish Orchestra, has something like 250 songs in our repertoire. It's not uncommon for people to ask me, "how the hell do you memorize all that music?" Definitely a legitimate question. And sometimes I wonder about it myself–there was a time in my life when I had a hard time remembering where I [...]
I lifted this piece directly from Tuck Andress’ website. It is hilarious! It’s basically a laundry list of all the ridiculous things that have gone wrong for Tuck at gigs in his life. I’m sure most professional musicians could come up with a similar list of their own, but it still probably wouldn’t be as funny as Tuck’s. The [...]
Stumbled across this video on The Gear Page today, and really thought it was worth re-posting here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_rW8E-eZSQ This idea of feeling the music in your entire body is something I have discussed with my students quite a bit over the years. Feeling a groove relates to the motion of your pick for sure, [...]