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Motivation...

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Guitar Gods – love em, hate em, envy em – whatever you choose, these are the guys who set the bar and they set it exceptionally high. Guitar Gods are those extraordinary few who motivate the rest of the pack to try and emulate them. They provide us with a target to strive for and an image to aspire too. They’re heroes because that’s how ‘Joe Public’ sees them. These are people born into this world the same as the rest of us and yet achieve incredible feats we can only dream of. How do they do it…? What makes them so special…? Why can’t everybody excel at everything they want to do…? 
Maybe it’s because we’re all so different, we’re all unique. Plus, we all have very different motivational levels and these maestros are obviously old music souls born over and over, bringing their vast talent with them on every life journey. Sadly, only the dedicated few amongst us will come close to these pioneers. Although if you check out ‘YouTube’, there are some young guns playing unbelievably effort…

The Solo...Getting it together...!

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So, you’ve written your song, recorded the verses, chorus, bridge, refrain, etc., now you want to drop in that solo you’ve been working on. Solos are awesome when they happen automatically. Cruise off into right brain mode and explore, let the fingers do the talking, do a couple of takes and there you have it. For some, it doesn’t always happen that easy. In this edition, we’re going to explore a few methods to help you get that solo down. Bit of effort but hey - music is a journey…!

You first need good backing tracks. If you’ve never heard of Midi before, Google it and explore. Midi stands for: Musical Instrument Digital Interface, which means squat to the average Dick or Joe so check out this link for more info: http://www.indiana.edu/~emusic/361/midi.htm

I have a simple Roland GK 2A Midi pickup, which my guitar techie mounted onto an oldish no-name Strat for me. This goes through a Roland GR 33, which converts guitar sounds into Midi. The GR 33 has a standard ¼ inch output which plug…

Musical Resonance - Writing A Song...

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“Good Friends We’ve Had & Good Friend’s We’ve Lost, Along The Way” (Bob Marley)

Bob Marley released ‘No Woman No Cry’ back in 1975, a beautifully written song that is timeless. Sadly, we’ve lost many iconic musicians who have crossed the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ but they did leave us a legacy of incredible music. If you enjoyed Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry’, then check out local SA maestro, Jonathan Butler’s version on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgeGx5Sn7cs – he does an acoustic cover that is worthy and once again goes to show that a well-written song is eternal. 

What is it about music that holds us in such awe…? Is it the riff, the rhythm, the hook, the melody, or maybe the lyrics that recall fond or sometimes even poignant memories…?

Let it Bleed Brothers & Sisters…

Aaah, it’s probably a bit of each. Kind of like a good ‘cake’ baked with all the appropriate ingredients. Likewise, a song requires all the right ingredients. One wonders how the master songwriters of the 60’s an…