July 2014 / 31 posts found

Random Access Memories Is Daft Punk’s Best Album

by Helmut Eder
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are Daft Punk. Although the two Frenchmen have crafted some amazing music, Daft Punk’s best album by far has to be their 2013 release, Random Access Memories. Read More »

5 Easy Steps to Keep Your Guitar in Tune

by Helmut Eder
This is a simple step by step instruction on how to quickly tune a guitar to E major. This is also an easy way to keep the guitar in tune and how to quickly tune it if it gets out of tune for example while on stage performing and you don’t have time to plug in a tuner. This is for a beginner to intermediate guitar player. Read More »

Guitar Music And The Basics Of Music Notation

by Helmut Eder
Guitar music and the basics of music notation. Conventional music notation is a complete self contained language. It allows music to be written down on a page and thereby recorded or communicated without it having to be heard. It is a well known fact that many great guitarists do not know how to read music and still can play great guitar music. Read More »

Blues In A Three-Piece Suit

by Helmut Eder
Recently, I was watching an old music video clip of B.B. King on “YouTube” from a show in the United Kingdom filmed in 1978. Its a funny thing, but it was one of my favorite songs of his called “Hold On”. Read More »

Five Reasons to Learn More About Music

by Helmut Eder
Among the first subjects to be cut in school budgets are art and music. But, there are good reasons for learning more about music. Let’s look at five reasons. Read More »

The Beatles 50th: It Was a Long and Winding Road

by Helmut Eder
I had pretty much the same experience as everyone else I’m sure, meeting the Beatles so to speak and being blown away by them. The Ed Sullivan Show that February 9th may not have changed everything, but it was unforgettable. One thing I remember was the next day in class at my all boy high school. One of the kids, who happened to play the drums, said, “Ringo doesn’t even hold the sticks right!” I mentioned that to my father who said, “Apparently, he doesn’t have to.” Read More »

The Solid Body Electric Guitar

by Helmut Eder
The solid body electric guitar. The solid body electric guitar originated from early, amplified acoustic guitars. These were simple acoustic instruments with pick – ups attached to them. Like so many innovations in the history of the guitar, the solid body guitar came about as a result of the quest for greater volume. Read More »

You Bought A Guitar To Punish Your Ma

by Helmut Eder
So the guy got a guitar to punish his ma. I imagine he punished his ma because he played loud and obnoxious and because he was a beginner and didn’t know what he was doing. We’re going to focus on the second part. Read More »

Rod Serling, YouTube, and the Three Year Old Guitar Player

by Helmut Eder
Okay, confess it. You have all, at one time or another, come across some type of freakish, jaw-dropping musical video on YouTube. You know the kind I’m talking about; like a video of a three-year-old guitar player performing Bach’s three-part inventions with his toes. Read More »

A Short History Of The Steel String Acoustic Guitar

by Helmut Eder
A short history of the steel string acoustic guitar. The acoustic steel string guitar as we know it today evolved in America around the end of the nineteenth and into the early part of the twentieth century. The majority of instrument makers at that time were European or of European descent. They were immigrants who wanted to leave the miseries of impoverished lives behind them and search for a new and better life in America. Read More »
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