Learning to REALLY Play the Blues—Keys for finding your groove

As we officially get back into the blues world after primarily being a rock, funk and soul band (Go here for more information on our band Big Road), I’ve done a bit of reflecting on this art form, how it works, the community that surrounds and supports it and everything involved in playing this musicContinue reading “Learning to REALLY Play the Blues—Keys for finding your groove”

Great Records, Influences and Magical Moments in Music History

A friend alerted me to something on YouTube recently that has become a favorite of mine. This channel has also brought me back in touch with what could arguably be two of the greatest records in the history of rock. A tall order I know but bear with me.  The YouTube channel is Bobby WhitlockContinue reading “Great Records, Influences and Magical Moments in Music History”

Questions Most Musicians (especially guitarists) Ask

I was listening to a great YouTube discussion between John Meyer and Paul Reed Smith. At one point during this very interesting and far-ranging discussion, John asked Paul, if he could go back in time and play through any rig, what would it be? (go to 20:00 for the question) Paul went with either HendrixContinue reading “Questions Most Musicians (especially guitarists) Ask”

The #1 Thing Every Guitarist Needs to Know (if they want to play well with others in most band situations)

I posed this question on our Facebook page recently and got some interesting answers, all of which we will address in future posts. Most of what people posted were, interestingly, what I would call “soft skills.” In other words, skills related to interaction and connections within the band context. I agree that collaborative skills, personalContinue reading “The #1 Thing Every Guitarist Needs to Know (if they want to play well with others in most band situations)”

Learning the Music World: How to find your groove in a world with so many choices

I get this question all the time: How do I REALLY learn to play an instrument, learn how to play with others, learn to be in a band, etc.? There are SO many choices and options and nothing seems to help. It was a question I had at one time as well and I knowContinue reading “Learning the Music World: How to find your groove in a world with so many choices”