In a perfect world we would give all our music away for free and survive on touring revenue, merchandising and licensing income. Alas this is not always possible. In order to eat we have to sell a few CD’s. The good news is that much of our catalog has been released under this creative commons license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0
We have made many Antiqcool songs free to download for a reason, we want you to… Continue
Added by Pete Smith on November 16, 2009 at 8:36pm —
Here is my 2 cent version:
The beauty of a Koa top, all Koa guitar, can be misleading; the tonality can really vary having nothing to do with the grain configuration, flameyness (new word?), or color. In other words, an AAAAA quality Koa might not sound as good as an AA quality Koa. Concerning the tone, compared to a Spruce top where the notes rise and jump out quickly, Koa is not as powerful as Spruce and the sustain tends to be a more even sustain. I would describe the sound to be a… Continue
Added by Russ Lewark (Koaguitarman) on November 16, 2009 at 4:00pm —
It's Not a Problem, It's a Process!
When you have a problem in playing, you SHOULD get excited and interested. You SHOULD say "oh goodie, another opportunity to explore, experiment, study, and form new conclusions that will result in me being a better player". I know, I know, the only result you get when you have a problem is that big hole in your bedroom wall where you threw your favorite axe!
But, it is possible to achieve the great state of maturity enjoyed by myself… Continue
Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on November 12, 2009 at 5:39pm —
I'm considering buying a Fishman humbucking soundhole pickup. Older ones had a brightness switch, newer ones have a volume knob. Does anyone have any experience, good or bad, with this product?
Added by Dan Beneke on November 12, 2009 at 12:37pm —
My first blog here, and it may be a huge one. Back in 2000 I became friends with a promoter/manager in Australia. Within the last month, we've been talking, and have decided to work on an Aussie tour in about a year or so. Lots of planning, saving money, and logistics concerned. I've always wanted to go to Australia. Looks like it may become a reality. I know it's a ways off, but things like this, I presume, should take time in planning and preparation. If anyone out there in acoustic guitar… Continue
Added by Mark Lindrin on November 10, 2009 at 9:06am —
Many players have handicapped fingers that struggle to play. It begins in the beginning. My "Foundation Ex" give full, basic functionality to all students.
Here is an interesting video of a student working on these exercises, and making a common error with his 3rd finger. It is reacting with tension each time 4 is used. If not corrected, this would be a big, and "forever" problem............…
Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on November 8, 2009 at 6:12am —
How to make a Ukulele in an hour!
Bluey my 2nd mando guitar is no longer! No don't worry she's undergone a little tuning change and is now a double 6 steel string ukulele! (approximately concert size) I've changed a few string gauges around and she now tuned ADGCEA All the pairs are in unison but the extra A&D also tuned like the G in what Ukulele players call re-entery or in plain English an octave up from what you'd expect. So I play my standard guitar chords but have no bass but can… Continue
Added by Andy Stone on November 7, 2009 at 8:00am —
Greetings Acoustic guitar players,
Is anyone interested in Eddie Lang plectrum style playing?
My late father Louis Gallo wrote guitar arrangements in Lang style and played them on BBC radio in London UK.
If interested please look at www.louisgalloguitarist.com
Regards to all.
Added by Ray Gallo on November 5, 2009 at 3:05pm —
Due to an unethical corporate take over, designer and founder Lance Allyn has split from TiSonix Industries.
Those who respect integrity and a business founded by a musician and whose excellent products were crafted for musicians and NOT corporate greed would do well to wait until Mr. Allyn finds another facility to produce his world class titanium products. I hereby rescind my endorsement of his former employer and will patiently wait until Mr.
Allen re-emerges from this legal road… Continue
Added by Lem Genovese on November 5, 2009 at 2:51pm —
I have just posted my examination of this question........really the most important question for guitar students, in my group "The Student Advocate"
I would like to hear your thoughts!
Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 30, 2009 at 10:08am —
Yair Yona is a great acoustic guitarist, in the Fahey/Takoma vein, but with a modern, indie-rock inspired twist :
Interview : Yair Yona
...and a review of the new Alasdair Roberts mini-album "The Wyrd Meme"
Revew : "The Wyrd Meme"
Check it out! Work & Worry is… Continue
Added by Raymond Morin on October 29, 2009 at 10:34pm —
I often make the point to students that paying attention to when fingers need to come off is as important as paying attention to when they need to go on the strings.
I just had a student of my classical foundation course post a video that illustrates this nicely. He usually masters every piece flawlessly.....but in the last piece by Sor, he messes up a passage toward the end. He doesn't know it (yet), but it is because particulars fingers are not coming off at the right… Continue
Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 28, 2009 at 4:53pm —
I have a student who, like many, was wasting time by getting too hung up on each piece in the Shearer book (which I use as a textbook for my classical course). Even after he had done a good job, he kept working at it to try to get it as fast as he heard somebody else play it
That is fine, but he was neglecting going forward, which is very important at this stage.
So I have been pushing him. He sent me a video of his results after 2 weeks with 2 new pieces. They are quite… Continue
Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 26, 2009 at 7:20am —
Architecture is the art and science of scheming out and construct buildings and other physical structures by a person or a computer, primarily to provide shelter. It is the art or science of building; exclusively: the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially livable ones.
For your architecture dissertation
you are required to do methodical research work.… Continue
Added by Rose Tyler on October 25, 2009 at 11:32pm —
A student was wondering why he keeps messing up the beginning of his pieces when trying to play for others. I gave him a simple exercise to perform which showed him the reason very quickly!
Added by Jamie Marie Andreas on October 23, 2009 at 10:55am —
taken from my guitar blog www.chrisliang.com
Air on the G-string
is Bach's ever popular song. I love this song and I find it both challenging and a joy to play. This song is so beautiful and expressive, you would have to be a rock not to be moved by it's melody. Recently, I have had a song request in my blog to cover this song so that gave me the push to revisit Air on the G string
. Of all the bach songs I have done, this is the song that I have the… Continue
Added by christian liang on October 19, 2009 at 6:30am —
I've had a few different PA set-ups in my day. The last radical change was from the usual 2 speaker style to the Bose L1 line array speaker system with a single totem pole type stand which acts as mains and monitors all in one simple set-up. The only problem for me was the weight of the base which houses the 2 amps and mixer. It does take up less room than a conventional set-up and is quicker to set up but that one piece is too heavy for me so....Bose now has the L1Compact. A lighter version… Continue
Added by Downtown Freddy Brown on October 18, 2009 at 2:27pm —
Pierre has a new box set and documentary film in the works! Read all about it on http://www.workandworry.com!
Added by Raymond Morin on October 15, 2009 at 5:41pm —
We’ve discovered an unfortunate error in our transcription of Andy McKee’s fingerstyle arrangement of “Africa” in the November 2009 issue of Acoustic Guitar
. The tuning key listed is slightly (but significantly!) off the mark—the tuning that we printed was D G D G B D, but should have been D G D G A D. The notes and tab numbers are correct, as is the second-fret capo. We’re deeply sorry about any confusion this may have caused.
McKee recently uploaded several new… Continue
Added by Dan Apczynski, Education Editor on October 15, 2009 at 12:59pm —
I don't know if I will find time to use this feature or not but we'll get it started anyway. I'm 57 and live in Brampton, ON, Canada. I have been playing guitar since I was 12. Guitar was not my first (or my last) instrument I learned to play. I started palying trumpet when I was 8. I now play trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, French Horn, guitar, bass, 5 string banjo, mandolin, uke, pedal steel, recorder, harmonicas, dulcimer, canjo...I think that's it. Now I want to try sitar and tabla. I play… Continue
Added by Downtown Freddy Brown on October 15, 2009 at 7:25am —