The Secret to Better Songwriting in 9 Steps!

That title got your attention, didn’t it? Did your heart skip a beat? Was your level of interest increased? Were you feeling that, possibly,...

The Art of Making Great Recordings – Part II

As I mentioned in the last issue, pre-production is key to getting consistently great recordings. Like cooking a great meal, you can have all...

Home Recording Essentials

Hello and welcome to the first installment of Recording Essentials! In 1983, I picked up a Fostex X-15 four-track recorder and have been hooked...

Stage Disasters: What Do You Do?

Have you ever been on stage and all of a sudden something goes awry and your immediate thought is, “Oh no, no, no, no,...

Slide Guitar Essentials – Part 1

So you want to expand your playing, but you’ve never picked up a slide guitar. Here are some Slide Guitar Essentials to get you...

Metric Modulation

Recently I have been working with some students on playing metric modulations between 4/4 and 6/8 time signatures where the quarter note is equal...

Groove Tweaking (Part 2)

Welcome back to our groove tweaking explorations! I hope you’ve been having fun with these adaptation exercises as we continue to broaden our musical...

Groove Tweaking (Part 1)

If you were to ask most in-demand bass players, they would likely include “having a broad vocabulary of grooves” as one of the most...

The Art of Making Great Recordings – Part I

While I don’t tend to be a fan of multi-part articles, this topic is simply too important to cram into a single issue. Capturing...

Harp Harmonics

In my last column we started looking at Chet Atkins style “Harp Harmonics” combining fretted notes with Harmonic notes (also known as “Artificial Harmonics”)....