Articles: Perspectives

/ November 2, 2010 5:07 am

Getting The Job Done With Cheap Gear

I could bore or depress with stats on unemployment, but I won’t.  Musicians just don’t have as much cash to splurge on cool gear.  As a bass player, I can hear the difference between a $300 Squier and a $3,000 Sadowsky, but it’s much easier for me to drop $300 and live with the differences.  Would I let a friend [...]

/ September 8, 2010 6:41 am

Sight Reading So Easy a Caveman Could Do It

Do you hate those commercials as much as I do? This week I want to talk about sight reading.  More and more musicians claim they can’t read music.  BB King, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix even Dave Brubeck seemed to have made comfortable livings without it. Why not learn to sight read?  Can you say the alphabet?  Then you can sight [...]

/ September 2, 2010 6:33 am

Tuners, Harmonics and Intonation

If you have a gig, practice, recording session or are just strumming a guitar, one of the most important things you can do is tune. Pointless Background Info. Somewhere back before The Rolling Stones first Farewell Tour in the late 1500s, 12-tone Equal Temperament Tuning started being used, but it wasn’t “the norm” until much later when it was adopted [...]