Touring is part of life for many musicians. Love it or hate it, if you plan to “make it” in this business, you’ll probably do a lot of it. Once the novelty wears off, it can get challenging - from strange smells in the van to crazy people in the crowds to very questionable motel rooms - so how do you deal?
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Why record at home? The reasons can be as diverse and detailed as modern music genres. Freedom, cost savings, and creativity are just a few of the reasons to start tracking on your own today. Having a home studio, however minimal, can simultaneously give you instant results and the luxury of more time.
Music is extremely powerful. From the time we are in our mother's womb, it molds and shapes us, affecting our development and mood. Later in life, music reflects and alters our emotions in a way nothing else can. One real way that music changes lives is by helping to heal past trauma and even cope with mental and emotional disabilities.
What is your first association with the violin? It’s likely of priceless antique instruments being played in grand orchestra halls. Though this scenario certainly does exist, the world of the violin is much more diverse. Contemporary musicians use it in electric and acoustic forms, with string, pedal, and amplification choices to create memorable performances and stretch the boundaries of its sound in the studio.
There are countless options available for someone in the market for a keyboard. Size, weight, style, features, ports, price, and effects are all important considerations in a new keyboard, and there are many options in each category. Where do you start? What should the priority be?
The prolific bassist talks about his gear, career, and new album
The Isley Brothers guitarist talks about his gear, career, and living with Hendrix
When it comes to selecting the right amplifier for your electric guitar or bass, it pays to be particular. Your amp can make a huge difference in the sounds you have at your fingertips. Some would argue that choosing the right amp is just as important as choosing the right instrument.
Regardless of your specific drumming ability and the type of music that you play, buying a drum set is a big decision. It is easy to either keep it too simple, pick up a three- or five-piece drum set, and just not think about it again, or to make things too complicated by getting wrapped up in the dozens of decisions that you can make about various types of equipment. Whether you are in the process of buying your first drum set or you're interested in upgrading a few key components, you can get some great insight about drum gear from some professional drummers.
A couple of bars into the title track from Philip Sayce's 2013 album, Steamroller, and the guitarist-singer's musical legacy becomes clear. Shades of Hendrix and Stevie Ray abound, as do a host of other arena-rock acts of the 1970s.
But with continued listening, what emerges is the portrait of a young gun bristling with confidence and chops who's building a career and a sound on some very worthy role models. His songs have a maturity and artistic vision that reflect the diversity of the supporting roles Sayce has notched on his belt. Stints with Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Healey, and Kid Rock DJ Uncle Kracker have all been digested, and now help inform his powerful guitar technique, stage presence, and songwriting skills.