Rockin’ the Guitar!

I haven’t written anything for my blog in quite a while. I’ve been quite busy playing guitar. I have been testing lots of picks, and am getting ready to write some more pick reviews. Stay tuned…

9 Effective Ways to Increase Your Guitar Picking Speed

Working on increasing your picking speed is not just for the hell fire speed guru wannabe’s. Once your speed increases your whole style of playing loosens up. Your fingers will feel light and flexible and you’ll gain more freedom in your playing. Your fingers will float easily across the strings without …

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Warren Haynes: Man In Motion

Out of all of Warren Haynes’ work that I have had the pleasure of listening to I really like what he did on the Man In Motion album. I love the sound. Warren’s guitar tones are tasty as heck. The songs are really good. I’m a hard rock guy and this album sucks me right in with the smooth R&B music on this album. Every time I listen to the songs I hear something I didn’t before.

Check Warren out here for the live versions of the songs plus more.

You can check out samples of the studio version here.

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Dave Brons Rockin’ The UK

If you like Trans-Siberian Orchestra you will probably like Dave Brons’ new release Based On A True Story. Anyone who is interested in guitar oriented instrumental music should check Dave’s music out for sure. As a disclaimer, Dave and I are friends, but he did not give me the album to listen to on my iPhone for free. I bought the digital download from his bandcamp.com page. You can listen to the music streamed for free if you like, but I prefer to have actual .mp3 files on my devices, plus I want to support as many musicians as possible by purchasing their music. Creating and recording music is hard work and the people who take the time to do such things should be compensated for their efforts.

The really cool thing about Based On A True Story is that the each piece tells a story without any lyrics whatsoever. The album is very well done, and there is plenty of space for the music to breathe. Plus for a guitar oriented album the guitar parts are not overdone and fit together nicely, which is refreshing.

I highly recommend giving this album a listen. Click the link below and enjoy…

Based On A True Story

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Rock Bytes Rocks!

Check out Rock Bytes. I really like this Facebook page. I find out about music here I have not ever heard before or versions of old songs done in new ways. Very cool…

https://www.facebook.com/rockbytesandmore

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Cheap Trick – Rocks My World (and maybe yours too)

Since I’m on the kick of posting about rock bands that I like. Cheap Trick is the next one on my short list. My favorite Cheap Trick albums are Heaven Tonight, Dream Police, and of course Live At Budokan. In Color is a good album too, but the studio version of I Want You To Want Me is so wimpy (the live version is much better). One song that slipped past my radar was Downed (it is on the In Color album from 1977). Downed was on the audition song list for a band I recently auditioned for, and the song is a killer song. Probably one of Cheap Trick’s best. Give the songs below a listen and enjoy!

 

Head East Rocks!

Head East is one of those bands that I always thought would be huge, but just never seemed to get there. I still really like them though. Top notch vocals. If you haven’t heard of them listen to these tunes. Head East Rocks!

 

 

Rush – Closer To The Heart

Closer To The Heart is one of my favorite Rush songs of all time. Here is Rush in their prime laying it down. Great band, great musicians… What is your favorite Rush song?

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Who Is Your Favorite Guitarist?

Randy Rhoads has been one my faves ever since I first heard the Blizzard of Oz record when it came out in the early 80’s. That album was a game changer for me. I was also lucky enough to see him play live in 1981, which upped the ante on how good he really was. Mind blowing guitar work for the time. Here’s a video I found on YouTube for your enjoyment.

Baby Come Back By Player

This song came up in our chat conversation at work today. I found this really well done video that J.R. Ramos put together on YouTube. I just had to share it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

This song has some really great Pop Rock hooks and running the lead guitar through a Leslie cabinet is cool too. I bought the vinyl 45 back in the 70’s when this song came out. I still have it somewhere…

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