Electric Guitar Exams In U.S. from Solanco News The Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) is starting electric guitar examinations in the United States. For those of you who are

Paul McCartney

Electric Guitar Exams In U.S.

from Solanco News


The Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) is starting electric guitar examinations in the United States. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the RGT, it is a global membership organization for guitar teachers. But it''s not just any old organization -- you may know some of the members: Paul McCartney, Ronnie Wood and David Gilmour.
Nikki Sixx

President Nikki Sixx

from Billboard


Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is the new president for Eleven Seven records. The guitarist discussed the recent title in an interview with Billboard. The bassist is not just busy with that -- Motley Crue is expected to release an album this summer.
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Music Downloading

from Mercury News


Charles Calderon, a Los Angeles-area lawmaker, is proposing a tax on personal property, which would include internet downloaded music, books and videos. Unfortunately, poor Calderon probably hasn''t read the newest research showing that people are not downloading from the internet as much as copying offline. Despite that information, Apple just announced that it has surpassed Wal Mart as the leader in CD sales. We suspect that this tax would be a troubling development for the many musicians today who depend on downloads to get their music out to the public.

My years-long search for the “right” Bigsby-outfitted box finally paid off. Now how do I make this sumbitch work in my band?

Considering the amount of time I’ve spent (here and elsewhere) talking about and lusting after Gretsch hollowbody guitars, it’s taken me a remarkably long time to end up with a big Bigsby-outfitted box I truly love. High-end Gretsches are pricey enough that, for a long time, I just couldn’t swing it. Years ago I had an Electromatic for a while, and it looked and played lovely, but didn’t have the open, blooming acoustic resonance I hoped for. A while later, I reviewed the stellar Players Edition Broadkaster semi-hollow, and it was so great in so many ways that I set my sights on it, eventually got one, and adore it to this day. Yet the full-hollowbody lust remained.

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Marty Stuart

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How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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