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Hello and Happy Friday! We made it through yet another grueling week of work and by now, we all deserve a break. Talk about deserving a break, how about the star of this week’s Funky Video Friday?! I’m fairly sure, and I can state this with absolute certainty, that if we could get our hands moving fast enough to play the guitar at a mind-blowing 320 beats per minute, we’d all need a huge, 10 year huge, break as well.
That’s right, this week we’re going to be checking out the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records’s winner for Fastest Guitar Player in the world. His name is Tiago Della Vega and he is unreal. I don’t know what else I can even attempt to add to this, you just have to watch and see for yourself. At 120 bpm he looks nothing short of bored. Wow.
Enjoy the video, enjoy your weekend and start submitting ideas for videos YOU want to see on Funky Video Friday!
November 21, 2008 2 Comments
Anytime you’re given the chance to listen to one of the greatest guitar players ever to walk this planet talk about his new guitar, his new signature model, my advice is to listen. A few weeks ago we got the chance to listen to U2’s The Edge talk about some of his favorite guitars, and now, we’re being graced with the chance to not only check out, but hear Eddie Van Halen talk about his new signature model he’s unleashing onto the world.
The guitar, called the EVH Wolfgang for now, and due out in stores sometime in 2009, looks like a beauty, and what’s best, it’s exactly up to THE EVH’s strict specifications. When asked about the guitar, Van Halen said,
“I don’t need to do this for financial reasons. I could have just stayed at home and built this guitar for myself. I do this because a lot of people ask if they can get what I use. Well, yes you can and what you get is identical to what I use….The tolerance of things on this guitar is like NASA standards. It had to be tight, and it had to be quality…They paid attention to every damn detail.”
Paying attention to details is good, but being able to play a guitar that’s up to someone like Eddie Van Halen’s specs? Priceless, as they say. At any rate, it’s not out yet, but you can check out a great deal more on the guitar if you so desire. Stay tuned for pricing and availability…when we know, you’ll know.
November 19, 2008 No Comments
Talk about living the dream! If you were in a local band, hadn’t made it anywhere near the “big time” yet, and just loved playing your tunes, what could be bigger than getting asked to take a coveted spot on Motley Crue tour?!
That’s exactly what happened to a band called the Last Vegas. According to reports,
“On a recent night at the venerable Los Angeles music club the Whisky a Go Go, the Last Vegas walked away from a battle-of-the-bands contest with what most developing acts can only dream of: an opening slot on a major arena tour, a recording deal and a management contract.”
Wow. Life really can change with the blink of an eye! In addition to that coveted spot on the Crue tour, the band will also take home a $25,000 check from The Guitar Center, and another $20,000 in brand new gear from Gibson Guitars. Um, I’m beyond jealous now. Just a few days after mentioning not only the 50th Anniversary line of guitars from Gibson, but the Dark Fire as well, I’d do just about anything to get my hands on $20k in Gibson Gear!
Regardless, just goes to show you that even the local guys, even the underdogs, and even the unheard-of’s can make it. Keep picking away on those guitars, walking those bass lines and turning up the distortion, it could happen to you.
November 18, 2008 No Comments
It is official, there was a MAJOR concert and jam session going on in Heaven this past weekend. Unfortunately for us, however, that means that we lost yet another rock legend over the past few days. That’s right, Mitch Mitchell, legendary drummer for Hendrix, has passed away. The fact that there have been many amazing rock drummers takes absolutely nothing away from Mitchell, his sound, his style and his drums were completely indispensible to the entire Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Mitchell, who was 61, was found dead in his hotel room Wednesday of last week. Reports now are saying the death was of natural causes, and he went peacefully in his sleep. Sadly, this marks the death of the last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. As mentioned, I do not doubt that Heaven was absolutely ROCKING Thursday and all the way through this weekend. He will be missed, as he brought a unique style to drumming that few could match.
According to an article on NPR, “Back in the mid-1960s, many drummers came to rock, either from the snap and precision of a youth spent in drum and bugle corps (like The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart) or jazz (like The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts). Mitchell fell into the latter camp, using jazz as a touchstone for what was supposed to be just a two-week gig.”
Two-weeks turned into a lot longer than that, and the entire music world has lost a genius this week. Rest in Peace Mitch, and to his family that survives him, thank you for Mitch. Check him out below…he will be missed.
November 17, 2008 1 Comment
This is a slight departure from last week’s Funky Video Friday. While this isn’t Hendrix rocking, I have a pretty good feeling that 99.99% of all you gentlemen out there. You all remember the scene in Risky Business, Tom Cruise sliding across the floor, air guitarring his way into cinematic history. Some of you might have even seen the newest version with famous basketball players recreating the scene. I have a pretty good feeling some of you have also seen this version, but for all of you who haven’t…You’re Welcome.
This week’s Funky Video Friday is none other than top supermodel and TV host Heidi Klum recreating that very same famous scene. Sliding across the floor? Check. Long button up shirt? Check. Guitar Hero Guitar? Check. Guitar Hero, your marketing people are genius.
Without further ado, enjoy this week’s Funky Video Friday! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Monday!
November 14, 2008 No Comments
Oh Gibson, why do you tease me so? Why do you first show me 50th Anniversary Guitars, then come out and show me the new Dark Fire that I’ll most likely never be able to own!? Such sadness in the house of Guitar BassMan today. Nevertheless, what kind of guy would I be if I Didn’t report on it, and didn’t get very, very excited for any of you that will in fact, be purchasing one of these bad boys.
The new Dark Fire is already being touted by Gibson as “The Most Versatile Tone Monster Ever Made.” Wow. That is a lofty compliment from a company that has been making some of the best guitars the world has ever seen since their birth. I’m impressed already, by default. So why are they saying it’s the most versatile? How about the fact that they’ve given it something they call “Chameleon Tone Technology?” Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Analog or digital, the Gibson Dark Fire gives you an infinite number of tonal possibilities to let you change the tone of the Dark Fire to match your environment. And it begins with a guitar’s most basic element — the pickups. The Gibson Dark Fire combines two of Gibson’s most popular pickups — the P90h in the neck position and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge position. Both are capped with new carbon fiber-like pickup covers, impeccably designed to match the Dark Fire’s advanced fade. “
They’ve also given the Dark Fire the ability to blend the acoustic sound from the piezo bridge with the sound from the guitar’s regular, traditional pickups. What this means is, you can now seamlessly play acoustically into electrically with no wonky switches, sound distortions or tone loss. WOW.
The bottom line is, they are saying it’s a guitar capable of producing “every imaginable guitar sound.” SO I suppose no matter what it costs, you’re actually getting a really, really good deal because it’d be sort of like buying one of every single kind of guitar, right? Maybe that’s what I’ll tell my girlfriend when she notices a HUGE chunk of money missing.
November 13, 2008 No Comments
This, is an old story but I’m bringing it up for very good reasons. Awhile back, Metallica had to lecture their management for doing something that could have been online suicide for the band: they deleted and removed early reviews of their stuff from the blogosphere. Oops! At any rate, the band did something rather unprecedented for them, and even apologized to the bloggers that had been wronged. Wow. The Metallica I remember is the same Metallica that went straight after Napster all gun’s blazin’ and even pointed some nasty fingers at online music, NOT the type of guys to yell at their own management for being too harsh on some bloggers that reviewed their early demos of their newest material. Turns out, Metallica of new, is not the Metallica of old and I’m pleased as punch to see that.
That’s right, the heavy metal rockers backed their blogger fans and the reviews they posted after their management demanded that the bloggers/critics take down the posts. The silliest part of the managements decision to have the posts removed was that the early rough cut tracks that the bloggers were reviewing were given TO them and invited to review BY the band. Oops. Here is the statement Metallica offered up after they caught wind of the unfortunate censorship:
“Once we re-surfaced on Tuesday after a few weeks on tour in Europe, we were informed that someone at Q Prime (our managers) had made the error of asking a few publications to take down reviews of the rough mixes from the new record that were posted on their sites,” they wrote. “Our response was ‘WHY?!!! Why take down mostly positive reviews of the new material and prevent people from getting psyched about the next record… that makes no sense to us!’”
There you have it, Kudos Metallica, I like what I see here. So basically, they gave their management a good lecture, reposted the links to the reviews and all was happy in Heavy Metal Land. What this all means to me is, do you think this is a trend that will be continuing? Do you think early, rough demos or rough cuts will be “leaked” to certain bloggers and online critics early to help the band, any band, gauge how it might go over? I know Nine Inch Nails have done some pretty progressive things when it comes to online marketing, who will be next?
Sound off, what do YOU think the “future” of this will be? Will music bloggers be reviewing things that is motnhs away from launch? What do you think?
November 12, 2008 2 Comments
These days it seems like just about everyone on the planet either has an iPhone, knows someone with an iPhone, is going to get one, or just wants one. The fact that it’s rapidly becoming the predecessor to the iPod is no secret any longer. What some of you might not know, however, is that you can turn that handy do-it-all device, or other, similar styled phones, into a sweet air guitar. Who says you can’t rock ALL THE TIME now?!
“The software, dubbed ZoozBeats and launched this week, monitors a phone’s motion and plays a corresponding sound. For example, you might play a rhythm based on a snare drum by beating the air with the phone as if it’s a drumstick. Or you could strum with it to play a sequence of guitar chords.”
Wow. I’m sold. The coolest thing, to me, is that it doesn’t ONLY require a phone with a built in accelerometer. If your phone lacks that feature, like many popular mobile phones do, the software can also use the phone’s camera lens to base sounds on movement, or even use the built in microphone and tapping to generate beats based on the patterns. Impressive doesn’t really sum this up.
Bottom line, no iPhone, iPod or any other device will ever replace the feeling of a real 6-string in my hands, or 4 string if you’re of the Bass Persuasion. If you DO want to get a little rocking in and you don’t happen to have the guitar on hand, I fully recommend this alternative. Why not keep rocking?
November 10, 2008 No Comments
When it comes to a Gibson Guitar, the experts will mostly all agree that it doesn’t get much better than a 1958 Les Paul. Personally I will never own one, never be able to afford one, and could probably never find one. Heck, I doubt I’ll ever own any Les Paul, but a man can dream.
That said, 50 years have now come to pass since that famous 1958 and as such, rumor has it that Gibson is going to launch an entire line of not re-issues, but 1958 “inspired” guitars to celebrate and mark their 50th Anniversary. I have yet to hear about pricing, availability or anything else, but it looks like they are launching the 50th Anniversary Korina Explorer, ES-335, Les Paul Figured, and Korina Flying V.
Is it me or is the ES-335 worth killing for? My Goodness it makes me feel a weird combination of excited, depressed and jealous all at the same time. That is a hard thing to acheive in a simple photo, is it not? As soon as I get more information, I’ll let you know. Start saving now!
November 5, 2008 2 Comments
If you polled 1000 serious guitar players, instrumentalists, band members, or just all around guitar enthusiasts what their greatest “guitar” fear is as we progress further into the future, and further away from the music world as we know it, I bet 900 of them would say “That future generations of guitar players will really believe we play the guitar like a Guitar Hero controller.” I for one, know that scares me quite a bit. The thought that future musicians will not have to sweat and toil over an old six-string, build painful calluses so they can play longer, or learn the intricatcies of a good solo, but just have to push a series of colored-buttons is terrifying.
Apparently it’s also terrifying to Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, and so he decided to do some designing to show the rest of us the way. What he did, was design a double-necked guitar that is a fusion of a real, traditional six-string guitar, and a new Guitar Hero controller guitar. In short…genius. When asked, well, Why, Coyne said:
“I’ve constructed this great looking Guitar Hero double-necked guitar thing here because there’s a lot of kids out there that think this is actually how you play guitar now — that you just press a series of four or five buttons and and sort of different sort of sequences and it makes every sound that the guitar can make,” says Coyne. “So when you do this stuff, you know (strums actual guitar on the first neck), it’s not as impressive as hitting the right green and red combinations.”
Check out the video here, for further awesomeness and proof of Coyne’s unusual genius.
October 30, 2008 No Comments