Resources for Musicians - Page 51

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

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Still Rocking The Road After 30 Years

Hands-On Review: Sabian HHX Evolution Cymbals

Hands-On Review: Sabian HHX Evolution Cymbals

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Hands-On Review: Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top

Hands-On Review: Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top

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If it looks like a Paul, plays like a Paul, and sounds like a Paul, it is a Paul!

Ryan Tedder of One Republic

Ryan Tedder of One Republic

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From the aftermath of the British Invasion to the heyday of 80s metal and 90s grunge, inspired musicians would save up to buy the same gear as their heroes, and, usually prompted by frustrated parents, were forced to "take that noise" out to the garage where they could rock out. What was once a safe haven from Mother Nature for the family car became an inexpensive practice space for the next generation of dreamers. Today there are still plenty of musicians, young and old, who've turned this area into a musical bunker where they can escape whenever inspiration hits them or for their band so they don't bother their family, but technology has come along way, making it easier to have the "Please Do Not Disturb" sign on a bedroom door instead.

Joe Bonamassa and George Benson: Red, White, Blues, and Jazz

Joe Bonamassa and George Benson: Red, White, Blues, and Jazz

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Two great guitarists from two different generations were gracious enough to take time out of their busy touring and recording schedules to talk to Musician’s Friend.

George Benson was just about to embark upon a world tour that will see him in Germany, Serbia, Switzerland and Italy by the time this issue lands in homes. Summer will find Bonamassa in Europe as well, with a heavy concentration of dates in the United Kingdom come the fall. Both artists are promoting new recordings, Benson, a beautiful recording called Guitar Man that features an all-star group, and Bonamassa with a recording featuring vocalist Beth Hart, as well as a more funk-oriented release called We Want Groove.

Hands-On Review: Roland Octa-Capture Audio Interface

Hands-On Review: Roland Octa-Capture Audio Interface

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Sometimes you need an interface that goes to the next level

Hands-On Review: Zildjian Gen16 AE Cymbals

Hands-On Review: Zildjian Gen16 AE Cymbals

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A revolutionary development brings acoustic cymbals into the electronic age

Wireless Mic Systems Buying Guide

Cutting Loose: A Wireless System Buying Guide

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How to Choose a Wireless Microphone, Monitoring, or Instrument System

Foo Fighters Interview

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett & Nate Mendel

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As the Foo Fighters proved with their album Wasting Light, the garage doesn't stop being a place of creativity for musicians. It's a sanctuary for most of us. It's where we get our start as musicians and truly hone our chops. The new signature instruments from Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins are all based on early guitars and drums from their garage days that helped pave their musical paths. These instruments pay homage to the originals that created a signature sound and helped develop their personalized sounds. Although most of us won't sell millions of records like the Foo Fighters, they continue to make music that inspires us, moves us and reminds us that even from the humble beginnings of a garage band can come first-class musicianship and worldwide success.

Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers

Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers

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We tend to focus a lot on rock music and the gear people use to make it, mainly because it’s by far the most popular kind of music out there. But we also know how deep the roots of contemporary American music go into our country’s rich musical history, so we wanted to dedicate our editorial content this month to the bands and musicians keeping that tradition alive. From the hills of Appalachia to the deep South, from Chicago blues to California surf, America has been the flash point for numerous musical styles that still thrive and influence today. That’s something we should all take pride in regardless of our musical tastes.

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