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Review: Live Earth PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:18
ImageBy John McGlasson
The Cyberworld has no shortage of commentary on Al Gore's Live Earth concerts right now, so I hesitated to add to it unless I thought I could offer a unique perspective and/or opinion on the controversy surrounding Gore, the artists, the events, and the purpose.
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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: Adventures in Songwriting PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 July 2007 07:23
ImagePlaying guitar instrumental music is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to song writing. When I write new songs the same rules apply as when I was playing with a singer. The song has to have melody and be easy to sing along with.

Being a "so called" shredder guitarist there is always the danger of over playing. This is a mistake I see way to many instrumental acts doing. There's a reason that Joe Satriani's Surfing with the Alien is the best selling guitar instrumental CD ever (I believe over 10 million sold) Joe is definitely a master of putting melody in his songs with healthy doses of shred when it's called for. He's the one I look up to when it comes to my song writing. There are many guitar heros out there but no one does it like Joe. He's got the whole thing covered; he writes great songs that are catchy and he can pretty much play anything, plus he has cross over appeal (you can hear his stuff in lots of commercials as well). He opened the door for all of us. Sure it was done before he came along but never with the commercial success that he obtained with the 'Surfing' CD.

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Whammy Bar: Neal Schon PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 July 2007 18:49
ImageBy Larry Dobrow
Growing up in suburban Jer-Z in the '80s, you were either with Journey or against them. Either you embraced the pseudo-philosophical sap of "Wheel in the Sky" and RAWKED along with its plaintive yowls, or you dismissed it and its corporate-rock trappings. It was that simple. You had to choose a side.

Okay, that's overstating it a bit. Maybe you'd have copped, at knifepoint or after a few beers, to having enjoyed a few of their radio hits ("Stone in Love" or "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'). Or maybe, if you were more than passingly familiar with the electric guitar, you would have admitted to appreciating the chunky, better-than-the-material-they -accompany-riffs of Neal Schon, even as you questioned his judgment for having hired Minnie Mouse as a lead singer. This makes Schon - all together now - underrated. Wheeee!

Let me make this as clear as I can: Journey doesn't float my aural boat. While I prefer the band's artistry (cough! cough!) to that of Loverboy or the Little River Band, I have no room - even on a 40 GB iPod - for more than a handful of their radio smasheroos. Also, the whole outer -space-insect- overlords-motifs on their album covers freak me out, man.
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A Fan's Notes: Telecasters and Tele-Masters at Work PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 July 2007 18:09
ImageBy Chip Lovitt
"Well, they put six strings on a maple stick.
Stuck it on a slab of ash.
Sold one to Luther [Perkins], threw in a pick,
Sent him out with Johnny Cash."

That's how Bill Kirchen describes the birth of my favorite guitar, the Fender Telecaster, in the title track of his recent CD, Hammer of the Honky-Tonk Gods. It might just the best song ever written about a guitar.

In the song, Kirchen describes the Tele as a "thunder and lightning rod," and notes that "it was born at the junction of form and function. It's the hammer of the honky-tonk gods."

Backed by a rocking beat, Kirchen pays tribute to Leo Fender's basic but highly influential instrument and the guitar heroes who used it: Buck Owens and Don Rich, Merle Haggard and Roy Nichols, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Bryant, James Burton, Muddy Waters, Albert "Iceman" Collins, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Cropper, and Keith Richards to name a few.

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Adventures in Guitar with Ronny North: Your Rig: It Never Ends PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 July 2007 18:12
Image As guitar players, we've all gone through tons of gear to discover what works best for us. A self admitted gear junkie, I'm always experimenting with new stuff in my live rig. And every time I read about some new piece of gear that is supposed to be great I have to go check it out at the local music store. I used to drive my old guitar tech crazy because we'd be using a set up for a couple years and it was working fine and all of a sudden I'd come in to rehearsals and tear it apart to try something new. I've heard from a few of my friends that work for a few famous "guitar hero" types that this happens a bit with them too.

I am fortunate enough these days that I play lots of music trade shows such as NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) to where I can just go to the booth of lots of these new products and talk with the company in person and try the gear myself.

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Top Industry Insider: Ten Guitar Albums part Three-The Awakening PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 July 2007 18:54
ImageBy John McGlasson
As a follow-up to my last two columns, this is my third Top-Ten list of albums through various periods in my life. Please post your own or comment on mine! Thanks for reading!

I have a friend in Denver named Michael Towns who's an incredible guitar player, and an even better teacher. I've always respected his opinion a great deal as far as who I should be listening to, and what not to waste my time on. Previous to 1991, I'd kinda had a thing against blues players, and maybe I still do to a degree, but there were a few that got to me in a big way, though blues purists would likely say they're not blues players, another column topic for sure! Michael was the first guy to tell me that "pentatonics are where it's at", meaning get away from the Yngwie stuff and open your mind to all these great guitar players out there of various styles. He gave me a bunch of tapes, most of which end up on this list. I owe him so much for enlightening me to the greats I'd probably not have paid attention to otherwise, making me a far better guitar player. Thanks Michael!

Jimi Hendrix-Electric Ladyland
It was inevitable that I'd, like most guitarists at some point, become obsessed for a time with Jimi. As a boy I developed a strong dislike for blues and country guitar, I'm not sure why, but it took me years to realize that my heroes like EVH were vaguely playing blues.
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Whammy Bar: The REO Man with The Six String Plan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 July 2007 04:03
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So I'm wandering about in a post-lunch haze the other afternoon, basking in the glow of an 80-degree afternoon in New York. I have my iPod on, as per municipal mandate, and I'm feeling kinda swell. I reach the "R" artists in my alphabetical romp through the device and all of a sudden, it's 1982 again.

Guitars wail in my left ear. Guitars wail in my right. The drums thunder; the bass pounds. The singer warbles in the most melodically intense manner humanly possible about either arson or a rather persistent fireplace conflagration.

And then the realization hits me like a free-falling piano: my God, REO Speedwagon kinda rocks. No, they don't just rock, they RAWK! RAWK! RAWK RAWK RAWK!

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Top Ten Albums Part Two-Early Adulthood PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 June 2007 03:38
ImageBy John McGlasson
As a follow-up to my last column , this is my second Top-Ten list of albums through various periods in my life. Please post your own or comment on mine! Thanks for reading!

Dokken - Tooth and Nail
Obviously I'm a huge George Lynch fan, and this album blew my young mind. Now it blows my old mind! George was on fire around this time, playing very hard, you can hear it in his right hand. Some brilliant recording on this album, the guitar tones are huge, often recorded at monstrous volumes in big rooms with lots of mics, so the reverb is very natural, the live sound is captured on this album for sure.

Ratt - Invasion of your Privacy

With the bar so high for guitarists around this period, Warren was one of a breed who came out of LA, (or gathered in LA from various places), many players who were roommates, bouncing in and out of various bands. I understand Warren, George Lynch, and Jake E. Lee (back when he was still Jake Lou Williams, pre-Ozzy) shared an apartment for a time. Jake had played with Dio (imagine Holy Diver with Jake instead of Vivian Campbell!?!),
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A Fan's Notes: Three For the Road PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 17:58
Image By Chip Lovitt
A favorite song of mine is "The Road Goes on Forever (and the Party Never Ends)" by Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen. Sometimes it seems as if my concert schedule fits that description.

How many people get to see three of their favorite bands in a single month? I did recently. Then again, I have so many favorite bands, that's not as hard as it sounds.

There are some bands I've seen so much they're like old friends. NRBQ is one of those bands for me. I first saw NRBQ in 1970 when the band shared a double bill with the Byrds on the stage of my high school auditorium. Since then, I've seen the band dozens of times.

To us Q fans, NRBQ is one of the great bar bands of all time. And the reason was not because their music was bar-band quality. It was because they would take a gig at nearly any bar or dive as long as there was a paycheck in it. These guys were road warriors, playing hundreds of one-nighters a year.
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Industry Insider: Top Ten Albums: Part 1 - Childhood PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 June 2007 19:08
ImageBy John McGlasson
I love the response this kind of article brings! This is the first of my personal lists as far as the influence they had on me, they may not all display the best chops or songwriting, but they all had a huge affect on me as far as what inspired me to play as a child, and what I learned from in my formative early years. I tried to put them in more of a chronological order than order of importance, and not necessarily in order of release date, I was slow to discover certain albums! Please comment with your own Top Ten! Thanks for reading!

Tommy - The Who
My earliest memory is playing with my toys in the living room on a Saturday night while my young parents (they were 18 when they had me) were listening to Tommy. When the "See me...Feel me..." part came, my dad made me stop what I was doing, and said "listen, this is the important part." I think subconsciously I've always searched for "the important part" of a song since then. I started playing at age 5, soon after that night.
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