Economic Downturn Good for Music from Wall Street Journal The plunging economy and souring national mood isn''t such a bad thing, notes a letter writer to the WSJ. The

Economic Downturn Good for Music

from Wall Street Journal


The plunging economy and souring national mood isn''t such a bad thing, notes a letter writer to the WSJ. The last time this happened, in the late ''60s and early 70s, we got some of the best music ever made. Are we on the verge of another ass-kicking, rock revival?

Ron Wood Hitting Bottom?

from the Mercury News/Philly Inquirer/Daily Telegraph


The Daily Telegraph (UK) paints a bleak picture of the Stones'' guitarist''s current situation.  Either that, or this fourth generation passing of information involves completely false accusations and mischaracterizations that the pesky internet seems to continue to circulate without just cause. Damn interwebs.

Hendrix Backed Stills?

from a Wired blog


Rumors fly regarding the much-circulated bootleg and now soon-to-be-released, long-lost recordings of Jimi Hendrix backing Stephen Stills on guitar and bass.
Rig Rundown: Adam Shoenfeld

Whether in the studio or on his solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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