Guitar Related

Content related to the ultimate rock and roll instrument... the guitar.

Guitarist Series: Being Inspired to Practice

Playing any instrument is really a love/hate relationship. We all want to be able to play fantastically powerful/expressive/advanced/compelling music, but rarely want to practice to reach such a goal. There are exceptions, but I think the majority of us would rather "play" our instruments than "practice" them. Why shouldn't we? Playing as the name implies, is fun, while practice, is work. Of course there are some definite benefits to practicing like, increasing our repertoire, advancing our skills or learning new things, but that isn't always enough motivation to inspire us to practice.

King Crimson Live and the Incredible Guitar Work of Robert Fripp

In the realm of progressive rock there seems to be a band that I have been trying and trying to get into for years: King Crimson. I don't know what it is that has kept me from really getting into their work before, especially because I've been a fan of the guitar work of Robert Fripp for some time. Maybe I've just finally reached the point in my musical tastes and especially my guitar playing where they fit in well. Recently I've been listening to a lot of music from this band and seeking out some of the early footage of them playing live to really get a grasp of what they're all about...

Guitarist Series: Guitar Bonding, Have You Played Your Guitar Today?

Unfortunately it's been a few days since I was last able to play my guitars. Schedules and other things (like working) just kept getting in the way of having some quality time with my guitars. It's a sad day when a guitarist doesn't get to play his guitars. It's like two friends who just can't seem to find the time to get together and hang out, but with guitars and music.

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 Concert Footage: A DVD Review

Way back in July, I was lucky enough to attend the 2007 Crossroads guitar festival, held right here in the Chicagoland area. Just recently, I finally got the check out the DVD release to commemorate this unique concert event. There were tons of great performances that day, so I've been looking forward to viewing this DVD for a while now and seeing what songs/artists/collaborations were chosen and how the footage looks.

Symphonic Shred: Unique Live Performance from Steve Vai

As a guitarist, I may love blues and the more subtle (not that blues has to be subtle) part of the electric guitar, but I'm not going to lie to you and say that I don't dig those insanely good shredding moments as well. And not all insanely fast guitar pickers are created equally. I'm not going to knock any, but personally a few seem to strike me as more than just your average player.

The Twisted, Progressive Guitar Work of Frank Zappa Live

It was a good day yesterday, at least from a musical standpoint for me, as it certainly was a sad day from a world events view what with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, (condolences to the entire nation of Pakistan and all those affected by the tragedy).

Online Tribute Concert to Rory Gallagher

One of the great things about running a music site is that people from all over the Internet like to email you all sorts of music related links. The suggestions the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll receives from it's readers and other blog browers are always great, but I do get a fair amount of Spam and junk as well. Occasionally though something catches my eye that I might have dismissed on first glance on a different day. Yesterday something caught my eye, an email from Woozyfly. The tag line speaks for itself:

Guitarist Series: Well Rounded Guitarist = Part Musician, Part Electrician, Part Physicist

I don't know how people who don't play electric guitar spend their weekends. Maybe they do things like spend time with their family, go out on the town or just stay home relaxing, but I spend either playing my guitars, digging around in my amps tweaking the bias and reading about how various sound/guitar equipment works (usually all while I have my headphones on listening to my most recent "favorite band").

Stevie Ray Vaughan Live: Putting Passion into the Music Like No Other

When it comes to blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of those names that is pretty common place amongst blues enthusiasts and even those who are not as big of fans. I've been a fan of SRV for a long time, but I didn't really get engrossed with his music until I actually saw him play in video clips (unfortunately I was never able to see him live in person before his tragic death). He puts so much soul and effort into his playing that it becomes more than just a series of guitar licks.

Guitarist Series: Thoughts On Being Taught By Your Gear

Other instruments are not nearly as steeped in gear as the electric guitar. There are thousands if not millions of different options to choose from that range from the most basic to high end, extremely expensive pieces of electronics and they weigh in heavily in both how the instrument is learned and how it is played. In the past few days I encountered one of the more odd ideas revolving around various guitar gear. The other day, the new amp I ordered came in (a Dr. Z Rt 66 for you gear heads). I'm thrilled with the amp, but that's not the point of this post.

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