Artist Interviews - Page 8

Beginning and Bonding with the Ukulele

Beginning and Bonding with the Ukulele

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Looking to pick up the ukulele? Many seasoned players have experience and ideas to get you started on the right chord. Getting started is easy - but don't let that limit where you can take the ukulele. You may find yourself at a lot of great events with more new friends that you can count.

Mic Check

Mic Check

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Microphones can be one of the most crucial (and under-valued) elements in a musician’s rig. The right microphone can capture a vocal or instrumental performance in just the right way, and allow the performer’s voice or instrument to shine in both live and studio settings. Selecting the right mic for the job might seem a complicated task. Much like guitar players will own multiple guitars, many musicians and producers will amass quite a collection of microphones throughout their career, favoring different mics for different applications. However, choosing a microphone doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

Tico Torres of Bon Jovi

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The Backbeat of Bon Jovi

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 Interview

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

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In our video and extended interview, George Benson and Joe Bonamassa discuss the artists who helped shape their styles, their signature guitars, and stage rigs.

Four Strings of Happiness: Tales of the Ukulele

Four Strings of Happiness: Tales of the Ukulele

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The ukulele was born in Hawai’i, a modification of a guitar-like instrument called the machete that had been brought to the islands by Portuguese immigrants in the late 19th century. Today, the ukulele continues to grow in popularity for many reasons. As an easily portable instrument with an affordable entry level price, it is accessible to many. Its design makes it easily to learn, with beginners able to enjoy the satisfaction of playing a complete song quite quickly.

David Bryan of Bon Jovi

David Bryan of Bon Jovi

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30 Years Behind The Keys With Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi

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Still Rocking The Road After 30 Years

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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