The Gills open their home, hearts and studio to the Musician’s Friend crew
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The Texas metal master reveals how a lonely childhood led him into the realms of shred guitar
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.
Turn on the radio in any major city. Start rolling through the stations, and notice where you hear the distinct sounds of the banjo. The first instance will probably be on a contemporary country station—maybe a Keith Urban song or the hook in Eric Pasley’s “Friday Night.” Next, you may hear picking on the oldies or classic rock station, an Eagles song or some Neil Young. What may surprise you is hearing the banjo on contemporary pop, and even college or alternative rock stations. From Mumford and Sons to Bon Iver, the banjo is popping up in new and unusual places.
An exclusive interview in which Robinson talks about his new solo LP and reveals how the destruction of his prized guitar collection proved to be a turning point.
Our panel of audio producers and mastering engineers explain how they work and weigh in on what they can do to help bring your musical vision to life.
Sound advice about capturing your music and promoting your records from a slate of pro musicians who have been there and done that.
Keeper of the keys to the kingdom of hard rock
We lefties, as a people, have suffered perilously under the yoke of the right-handed scissor, the can opener, and of course the dreaded spiral notebook. It's too often that we find the odds stacked against us. Luckily, we can take a little solace in the knowledge that we are in good company. Lefties are to be found among notable scientists, world leaders and other luminaries, but especially in terms of left-handed guitarists. Some big names that are famous for shredding licks southpaw style are Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Billy Elliot Easton, and Tony Iommi. Heck even Justin Bieber plays guitar lefty—oh wait, I said "good company."
Check out four amazing musical prodigies in performance, and learn from educators what you can do to help your future musicians grow their skills.