Take a break. Let’s rock!
Jimi Hendrix was once quoted as saying that he didn't play the electric guitar, he played amps. The point being that the art of electic guitar and his unique sound were about more than just the wire-and-wood strapped to his body. While he says "amps" I really think of this as more like the entire signal-chain.
In this first article in a new series, we'll start exploring each stage of the signal-chain from your brain all the way back to your ears.
For years, Van Halen's Little Guitars was a song that I never played quite right. I got close, but I always knew I was playing an approximation of the tune. On a lark I acquired an Erlewine Chiquita guitar for portable practice. Once I picked it up I couldn't help but wonder if it would help me finally unlock the secrets of Little Guitars.
The other night I was out with some friends who I hadn't seen in a long time. In a decidedly non-guitar crowd the talk somehow turned to guitars (I guess the know me well). One of them expressed an interest in taking the instrument more seriously and asked me "how do I get better?" I thought about it for a moment and answered, "find something hard and conquer it".
Oh man, I am beyond excited about this new project I’m working on. Coming later this summer is a new premium lesson, Class Dismissed! which focuses on the Van Halen “power shuffle” style in the vein of songs like Hot For Teacher, I’m the One and Ice Cream Man. There is so much good stuff in here that I almost don’t even know where to begin…