Wednesday, 16 January 2013
|Alex Nolan - Photograph by Samantha Knoop|
Alex Nolan: http://alexnolan.com/
Being a strong rhythm player is crucial. Sure, as guitarists, we all want to melt faces. However, the reality is that in most genres of music we will be playing rhythm the vast majority of the time. Therefore, wouldn’t it make sense to strive for perfection at this skill? It’s surprising how few guitarists share this sentiment. Maybe for guitar players, practicing rhythm is like eating your vegetables at dinner, and they’d much rather go straight to dessert. I happen to love playing rhythm, and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to do it well.
Here’s my theory on fine rhythm playing: We must be comfortable accenting on any given beat. I’ve observed among my students—as well as amateur and even professional guitarists—that many are not able to do this effortlessly. Accenting on upstrokes seems to be the biggest problem. Guitarists tend to be more comfortable playing downstroke accents than upstroke ones. While gravity and physiology makes this completely natural, it’s no excuse for failing to get our rhythm chops together. We have to be equally able to accent on both downstrokes and upstrokes. I’ve found that practicing 16th-note accents with a metronome is the best way to approach this.
Full lesson with samples http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2013/Feb/Rhythm_Rules_16th_Note_Accents.aspx
Alex Nolan plays jazz guitar
Amanda Ruzza playing slap/samba bass lines
http://www.premierguitar.com Jason Shadrick is On Location at the House of Blues in Chicago, where he catches up with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Jason talks to Grace and bandmates Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco about their equipment on their 2011 Summer Tour. For more Rig Rundown videos or to view Premier Guitar's COMPLETELY FREE digital edition magazine, be sure to visit http://www.premierguitar.com
Rig Rundown - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
http://www.premierguitar.com PG's Tessa Jeffers catches up with Samantha Fish at the Redstone Room in Davenport, IA and talks to her about some of the gear she uses on the road.
Full info http://www.premierguitar.com/Video/20130116/2098/Rig_Rundown_Samantha_Fish.aspx
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Rig Rundown - Samantha Fish
Here is my submission to the Keith Merrow competition! Thanks so much for watching. Good luck to everyone
Rebecca Scammon Keith Merrow Competition #MayonesDuncan
Here's Sofia Gleeson at the Guitar Salon International showroom playing the Prelude from Bach's 2nd cello suite, BWV 1008 on a Sergio Perez 'Aranjuez' spruce-top (http://www.guitarsalon.com/p4092-sergio-perez-aranjuez.html).
Sofia Gleeson - Sergio Perez 'Aranjuez': Classical Guitar at Guitar Salon International
Here's guitarist Sofia Gleeson at the Guitar Salon International showroom playing Bryan Johanson's 'Magic Serenade' on a Ramirez 'Auditorio' cedar-top classical guitar (http://www.guitarsalon.com/p3640-jose-ramirez-auditorio.html). The 'Auditorio' is Ramirez' double-top model, featuring a nomex-sandwich soundboard design and a slightly elevated fretboard.
Sofia Gleeson - Ramirez Auditorio: Classical Guitar at Guitar Salon International