Archive for the ‘Cool Links’ Category

DYI Road Case Video Series available online

Monday, August 13th, 2012

This great company up the road from us in North Hollywood now has a full series of videos online and FREE for those who wish to learn how to build their own music gear road cases ( or even non music gear for that matter I guess).

They have the full line of hardware that you will need to complete the job also.  I have purchased from them directly for a couple guitar amp projects.  Earlier this year they were at the NAMM show in Anaheim.

So if you are on a budget and always wanted that cool road case for your Marshall amp head, are handy with the tools, or just want to learn a new skill, check out their website and these videos.

I’m Back!!!(Take Three)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

(third time writing this. mysteriously all the text disappeared the first two times. Spooky!!)

Anway, Just letting everyone know I am back and finally updating my blog on a regular basis again.  I chalk it up to an intense case of laziness the past few months. Actually been just the opposite, always busy with something. My goal is to get at least two updates a month from now on, and maybe even more. Woohoo!!

I attended a small concert a few weeks ago at the Fret House in Covina,  a guitar duo of Carl Verheyen and Steve Trovato.  It was just an incredible showcase of what you can do on guitar without a distortion pedal, including a mix of fingerpicking blues and folk, the hottest country licks, jazz and some of their originals.  Both Carl and Steve are well known in LA but probably not elsewhere. Carl Verheyen happens to be an A list sessions musician in the area. I can attest to the fact that he is equally as impressive in live situations.  check him out with his full band, December 1st at the Canyon Club.

Also, the ever popular Musician’s Swap Meet will be held on November 20th at the usual site, Old World Festival Hall in Huntington Beach.  They also serve brautwurst and beer so its definitely a good way to spend a Sunday.

The Venerable 8-Track

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

A buddy(and fellow 60’s-70’s era fan) recently sent me this interesting link about the almost forgotten 8-track music format.
Although 8-tracks were slightly before my time I do have a few memories of hearing music on them. A friend’s family car had an 8-track and I remember hearing Styx’s album The Grand Illusion for the first time as we were motoring down the street. That car was some giant 70’s American made boat, maybe a Buick.
My first stereo had an 8-track player also, which I barely ever used. I wore the cassette decks and turntable out though.
I even remember, vaguely, when they pulled all the 8-tracks out of the local record stores after having a huge sale on them. One week the stores basically dumped that whole format, and that was it.
Anyway, hope you enjoy this website and learn a little bit about music history. Crazy, but apparently there are still diehards out there who actually like this horrible music listening format. I can tell you from my limited experience, it was crap.

Beatles Fans: Abbey Road Cam

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Ah, the wonders of technology.   I am heading to London very soon, and in my internet search for some off the beaten path places to see, I found this webcam.  Its basically the intersection at Abbey Road studios and site of the album cover of the same name by the Beatles.  So wherever you are in the world, if you need a bit of London and a short walk back to 1969, just check out this webcam. 

Just as I clicked on it for the first time, one of those double decker buses drove right by.  Can’t wait to check out London.

Happy Belated St Patricks Day!

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Well,  yes St Pat’s Day 2011 is already a sordid, hazy memory for most of us,  but I couldnt resist sharing this very creative video clip with you that includes some Irish music and an ode to that drink of champions, beer, done from the point of view of a scientist.  Enjoy!!

Biologist\’s St Patrick\’s Day Song

In Depth Articles on Intonation, Scales and Tuning

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Check out this link my luthier buddy Sean emailed me.   I too find that intonation is the one issue that I get the most questions about and that people have the least understanding.   These articles may be a little more in depth than most people care to read, but hey, you asked the question…well, maybe you didn’t. 

This also leads to a discussion about the Buzz Feiten Tuning method, but that is for another day.

Pasadena 2010 Free Summer Concert Series

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Recently refurbished Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park is right near Old Town at the corner of Raymond and Walnut.   They are again holding their incredible free concert series Music Under the Stars, which will total 50 concerts.  Concerts run every Thursday-Sunday around 8pm.  Although many of the concerts have already happened, there are still some great acts in the month of August coming up.  Check out this link, and I hope to see you there!!!

Video Series: Guitar Effects and Building a Pedal Board

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Check out this link for a  series of  videos dealing with all sort of topics concerning guitar effects pedals and building a pedal board.  You know us guitarists just cant stop buying those stomp boxes, and most of us have at least a drawer full of them. Come on admit it… I know I’m not the only one with 8 different distortion pedals, 3 flangers, 2 delays, various chorus pedals, and a few more I’ve probably forgotten. 

I always envied bass players.  They just plug right into the amp, connect amp to wall socket,  hit the power button, and BOOM, ready for the downbeat.