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Archive for September, 2008

Robert Conti

Friday, September 26th, 2008


Play Play Play!

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

People always ask me, “How do you get to be a really good guitarist?”   I always say the same thing.  “It’s simple…” that answer usually surprises the crap out of ’em.  The rest of it is “…play, play, play!”  Once you got the basics, play every chance you get. 

Practice:    5 or 10 minutes before work or school in the morning, 20 minutes when you get home, maybe 30 minutes a little later or before bed. 

Get out of the house:   Go to jam nights, even if you don’t feel that you’re “ready”.  Don’t be afraid to suck.  Yes that’s what I said.   If ya fuck up get up there and do it again anyway. 

Go pro:  Join a band, even if they’re bad.  Once you get better, quit and join a better band. 

Reach: If you are a rocker join a country band, or an “oldies” band. Listen to blue grass, jazz, and klezmer music.  Pick up any “licks”, melodies, or chord progressions  that you can.  All of the truly influential players learned at least a little bit about various styles.  It’s usually the melding of various styles that gives some one their unique sound.

Take a couple of lessons:    I’m  talking about  beyond the basics.  if you hear a guy in your town who ya like ask him to show ya a few of his/her tricks.  Offer to pay. It’s only polite.

The internet is a music school:   search the net for your favorite players, chances are you’ll find tons of tips, techniques, tricks and licks from your “heros”.  Youtube is great for this.

and… play play play!!!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

This is a very cool application.  It takes up no room on your hard drive, and doesn’t seem to slow your computer or connection down at all.

After you sign up simply pick an artist and Pandora automatically creates a “radio station” based on that artist or group, it’s influences, followers, and sounds.  While not completely perfect,  (some of the artists that it picks are a bit of a stretch)  you’ll get to hear bands etc… that are very cool, that you’ve probably never heard before. FYI  The application seems to be more accurate with older artists, than newer ones. 

Right now I’m listening to the Ana Popovich “station”.  Some of the songs I like and some I don’t.  The cool thing is if something comes on that’s really crap, you have the option of giving it thumbs down and it will not be played ever again.

Stations I recommend:

Derek Trucks Band, Ana Popovich, Led Zeppelin, Lettuce, John Hiatt.

The link is  Enjoy! LL