Leo Kottke is a fingerstyle institution, and an inspiration to guitaristsacross the globe. His unique blend of folk, blues and jazz and his distinctive syncopated, polyphonic melodies have earned him accolades and followers galore. And, his battles with adversity – he’s overcome partial hearing loss and a near career-ending bout with tendonitis – are testament to his dedication to his craft.
We’re living in a great time for acoustic music. Fingerstyle guitar is thriving, and outlets like YouTube give exposure to new guitarists on a regular basis. But, this wasn’t always the case. In the ‘80s, when synths and electronic sounds reigned supreme, some thought the humble hollow-bodied six-string would go the way of the dinosaur.
Today, we’ve compiled some of our favourite Gilmour quotes from interviews we’ve read over the years; on everything from influences to improvisation. Whether you’re a full-on-Floydian, or a casual fan, these are well worth a read. Read More
Martin is an acoustic institution. Their instruments are the stuff of legend, and everyone from Johnny Cash to Kurt Cobain has used a Martin guitar at one time or another. Read More
In today’s post, we’re running through a few of our favorite Doyle Dykes quotes, including his takes on faith, learning to play and why he doesn’t consider himself an acoustic guitar player? Read More
Is he really a great guitarist, or do his detractors have it right? Today, I’m going to try and get to the bottom of it.
Earlier this week, Ginger Baker passed away at the age of 80. To say that music lost a legend is an understatement. Read More
Welcome back to the final part of Thalia’s in depth interview with Jared James Nichols.
In this final edition, we pick up on Jared’s Blues Power mantra, life on the road, and how his impressive Epiphone signature Les Paul came to be…
Of course, choosing a favorite is by no means easy; there’s so much to like about the Beatles’ solo offerings, and for different reasons. To get you thinking, here are some of our musings on the Fab Four’s post-Beatles records. Read More
Naturally, when we think of James Hetfield, we tend to think hard rock. But, if you know your Metallica, you’ll know just how indebted Papa Het is to the world of country. Read More
Super-Strats became Eddie’s guitars of choice by the 1980s. But, in the early days of Van Halen, the Ibanez Destroyer was the king of his rig. And, it’s the guitar that he played for some of VH’s defining early moments. Read More
Welcome back to Thalia’s in depth interview with Blues Power prodigy Jared James Nichols. In part two, we pick up as Jared moves to L.A. and the moment that he nailed down his distinctive playing style. Read More
"Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage."-Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine Read More
“Try it on for size, man,” Jared smiles, casually handing me an instrument that could buy me a house. I’m initially hesitant. There’s the cost - $100,000 according to the man who took it for a spin on stage this evening - not to mention the pressure of demonstrating my merely competent chops in front of the blues-rock wunderkind. Read More
In this edition, we’re taking a look at the Parlor guitar. The smallest guitar we’ve covered so far, the Parlor made waves in the late 19th century, offering a musical outlet for living room strummers.
When it came to guitar playing, B.B. King was a true original. B.B. King had a knack for locking in a particular pattern of notes and strings when playing in a specific key. In fact, it’s one of the main signature elements of the B.B. King sound. Read More
Welcome to the final edition of our series on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” Over the course of these articles, we’ve talked about how the band created one of their defining masterpieces, and the tremendous impact the song had on popular culture. Read More
Welcome back to our three part series on the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” Read More
“Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste.” So begins “Sympathy for the Devil.” When released in 1968, the song cemented the Rolling Stones as genre-defining songwriters par excellence.But more than that, it became one of the most culturally significant tracks of the 20th century.
Welcome back to the Guitars That Made Jimmy Page. Last time, we got to grips with Page’s iconic Telecaster, double neck and, of course, his Number 1 Gibson Les Paul. Now, to kick off Part Two, we’re jumping back in with another Les Paul. This one’s less well known, but equally important to Page’s guitar playing history. It’s also the one that got away. The reasons for that will become clear momentarily…
James Taylor is probably the definitive singer-songwriter of his generation. His confessional lyrics are some of the most affecting in popular music. And, given his way with words, it’s hardly surprising that Taylor is a great interview subject.
For many of us, it’s hard to imagine smashing a precious instrument. The Who’s Pete Townshend isn’t like you or I, though. Back in the day, smashing guitars was par for the course for him.
If you’re playing electric guitar in 2019, you owe a debt to Jimmy Page.
The man is an icon. Along with Mick Jagger, he’s the heart of the Rolling Stones and one of the most important figures in rock ‘n’ roll history. Without Keef, popular music would be a very different place. Read More