It’s hard to overestimate the influence of Wes Montgomery on modern guitar players. His signature picking technique using the fleshy part of his thumb produced the mellow tones that are a hallmark of Montgomery’s sound. (Prior to his music career, Wes worked long hours as a machinist and developed the technique during late-night practice sessions in consideration of his neighbors.)
A panel of professional musicians weigh in on what it takes to make the leap from garage jams and bedroom concertos to real venues, playing for real people.
A quick explanation of the difference between active versus passive electric guitar and bass pickups.
Dave Southen (second from L.) and his wife Sue Carlyle with folk rockers Great Big Sea. Could Dave’s Santa-like countenance be purely coincidental?
He gives away dozens of guitars for the greater good of his community
I’ve done it. You’ve done it. We’ve all brandished our guitars or mics, real or imagined, in front of a mirror, fantasizing about playing in a big-time band before a sea of adoring fans. It’s a fantasy shared by millions, and it’s the driving force behind Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp (RRFC), the fast track way to transform your fantasy into the realm of reality.
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We don’t know how the Stones frontman feels about it, but a 19 million year old hippo has been dubbed with the scientific name Jaggermeryx naiad, or Jagger's water nymph. The critter, whose remains were found in Egypt, belongs to the family Anthracotheriidae, animals related to hippos and whales, but long extinct.