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Can You Guess The Legendary Guitarists?

Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe-wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there, for instance), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.

But what I want to know is: Can you identify them all? Test your guitar player knowledge below!

WARNING: If you want to test yourself, do NOT scroll down below the image as I’ve put all the answers there.

Maxim Dalton Guess The Guitarist

Maxim Dalton – Guess The Guitarist

Frank Zappa, George Harrison, Slash, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, Johnny Ramone, Jack White, The Edge, Chuck Berry, Angus Young, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi, Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour, Ace Frehley, Ritchie Blackmore, Duane Allman, Kirk Hammett, Carlos Santana, John Frusciante, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kurt Cobain, Mike Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia, Ry Cooder, Bo Diddley, Jeff Beck, Tom Morello, Brian Setzer, Peter Green.

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20+ Online Musician Tools

Today I present to you a list with over 20 online musician tools (such as the cool metronome above) so you don’t have to download or install anything. Just click the links and you’re up and running.

19 out of 20 tools are free to use. Most of them are virtual tools, a few of them are blogs but they can be a great tool, as well.

The tools come in handy whenever you are practicing, playing, transcribing, improvising, songwriting or promoting.

I’m a major fan of cloud computing/Web 2.0, therefore I love online music resources. It’s great to access these tools from any computer where I happen to be. It makes life a lot easier.

One of my personal favorites is tool #8 for improvising over blues backing tracks. They sound really cool.

Here we go:

1 – Myna Online Audio Editor
wwww.aviary.com/…
Use Myna to remix music tracks and audio clips. Apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments.

2 – Gibson Chord Finder and Tuner
www.gibson.com/…
Simple looking but efficient.

3 – Virtual band
Jamstudio.com
Jamstudio is the virtual band that is always ready to accompany you.

4 – Drummachine
www.rinki.net/…
Monkey Machine is a free online drum machine for creating drum loops and providing rhythmic accompaniment for musicians.

5 – Guitar Tuner
www.gieson.com/…
Gieson interactive is a nice looking tuner to help you tune a guitar by ear.

6 – Metronome
Metronomeonline.com
Online metronome is ideal for quick and easy use while practicing music, this music tool helps with your rhythm as well as tempo selections.

7 – Famous Backingtracks
Guitarbackingtrack.com
Guitarbackingtracks contains free guitar backing tracks for popular songs as well as jam tracks. The backing tracks can be played in flash format onsite or downloaded in MP3 format.

8 – Blues Backingtracks
www.youtube.com/…
Excellent blues jam tracks on Youtube.

9 – Circle of Fifths
www.randscullard.com/…
Interactive Circle of Fifths tool showing all modes and keys.

10 – Guitar Tab Writer
www.guitartabcreator.com
Great for writing tabs and then copy/paste it in word or google docs.

11 – Online Music Notation software
www.noteflight.com
Noteflight is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear music notation with professional quality, right in your web browser. Work on a score from any computer on the Internet, share with other users, or embed into your own pages.

12 – Music database
www.grooveshark.com
Free online music database with millions of songs.

13 – Scale Finder
www.all-guitar-chords.com
An extensive application of scales, chords and much more.

14 – Chord Player
www.randomchord.com
Chord Generator. Each chord comes with its own looped backing track and an explanation of the scale choices that fit with it.

15 – Play along backing tracks
www.youtube.com/…
Major and minor chord jam tracks, blues and jazz backing tracks including chord progressions.

16 – Music Marketing
www.reverbnation.com
ReverbNation.com is a web site that focuses on the independent music industry. It provides a central site for musicians, producers, and venues to collaborate and communicate.

17 – Tablature and chord sheets
www.e-chords.com
E-chords is renewed. It now has a proffesional design and layout and contains a premium section with guitar lesson videos, tab editor, tutorials and more.

18 – Online music production
www.themissingtrack.com
The Missing Track works with you to make a polished recording, whether you need help arranging your song, or just lack the instruments to make it happen.

19 – Loop drummachine
www.drumbot.com
An online drum machine for those who can’t find a real drummer to jam with.

20 – #1 Songwriter Blog
www.bloggingmuses.com
The main focus of the site is the creative disciplines of creating songs, with a secondary focus on Web 2.0 music marketing and evolutions in the industry as it pertains to songwriters.

If you know a great online musician tool or anything else let me know in the comments.

Play and learn 300 000+ tabs online

Tyler Davidson Fountain

Cincinnati’s Top 100 Landmarks

Here’s Cincinnati Business Courier’s full list of Cincinnati’s Top 100 landmarks:

  • 20th Century Theater
  • Anderson Ferry
  • Arnold’s Bar and Grill
  • Aronoff Center for the Arts
  • Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge
  • Ault Park Pavilion
  • Baldwin Building
  • BB Riverboats
  • Beast at Kings Island
  • Carew Tower
  • Cathedral Basillica in Covington
  • Christ Hospital
  • Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Cincinnati Bell Building
  • Cincinnati City Hall
  • Cincinnati Museum Center (Union Terminal)
  • Cincinnati Zoo Elephant House
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Cintas Center at Xavier University
  • Coney Island
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Corbett Center at University of Cincinnati
  • Covedale Theater
  • Crosley Building
  • Crosley Field Blue Ash
  • DAAP building at University of Cincinnati
  • Devou Park/Prisoner’s Lake
  • Dixie Terminal
  • Duke Energy Center
  • Eden Park Gazebo/ Mirror Lake
  • Esquire
  • Findlay Market
  • Florence Y’all Water Tower
  • Fort Washington Way
  • Fountain Square/Tyler Davidson Fountain
  • Frisch’s Mainliner
  • Gamble House
  • GE Aviation complex
  • Goebel Park Tower in Mainstrasse
  • Golden Lamb
  • Graeter’s on Reading Road
  • Great American Ball Park
  • Great American Tower at Queen City Square
  • Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
  • Hofbrauhaus
  • Hudepohl smokestack
  • Hughes High School
  • Hyde Park Square
  • Immaculata Church
  • Ivorydale complex
  • Kenwood Towne Centre
  • Kings Island Eiffel Tower
  • Krohn Conservatory
  • LaRosa’s on Boudinot
  • Ludlow Skyline
  • Lunken Airport
  • Lytle Park
  • Mariemont Inn
  • McMicken Hall at UC
  • Mecklenburg Gardens
  • Memorial Hall
  • Montgomery Inn Boathouse
  • Mount Airy Tanks
  • Mount Rumpke
  • Music Hall
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Newport Aquarium
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Paul Brown Stadium
  • Peterloon
  • Phillips Swim Club
  • Playhouse in the Park
  • Plum Street Temple
  • PNC Tower
  • Precinct
  • Price Hill Chili
  • Prima Vista
  • Procter & Gamble Towers
  • Purple People Bridge
  • Putz’s Creamy Whip
  • Rabbit Hash General Store
  • River Downs Race Track
  • Riverbend Music Center
  • Roebling Bridge
  • Rookwood Pottery in Mount Adams
  • Samuel Adams Brewery (former Schoenling Brewing Co.)
  • Sawyer Point
  • School for Creative and Performing Arts
  • Serpentine Wall
  • Shillito Place
  • Showboat Majestic
  • Spring Grove Cemetery
  • St. Lawrence Church
  • St. Peter in Chains
  • Taft Museum
  • Turfway Park
  • Vernon Manor
  • Voice of America
  • World Peace Bell
  • Xavier University

Should be a lot of fun visiting these in the coming months.  Feel free to share your own adventures from any of these places in the comments section below.

Tyler Davidson Fountain

Tyler Davidson Fountain

Sears Silvertone Advertisement

Sears Silvertone + Amp-In-Case

Sears Silvertone Guitar + Amp-Case

Sears Silvertone Guitar + Amp-in-Case

There was a time when the way for manufacturers to really reach America was by selling at Sears-Roebuck. Sears was host many house brands, which meant that companies relabeled their products to fit the Sears family of products.  Even the venerable Atari 2600 got a boost as a re-badged Sears video game unit (which also happens to be where my family bought our first video game unit.).

Sears Silvertone AdvertisementSears used the Silvertone brand for their electronics, record label releases, and famously for a line of guitars. These were aimed at beginners, and were a low-cost way to get into playing acoustic and electrics. Guitar notables like Chet Atkins, Bob Dylan, even Metallica’s James Hetfield got their start with a Silvertone axe. The guitars often included an instructional record (I have one, and the tutorials are positively incomprehensible!).

The guitars were made by Danelectro (a brand that still make affordable guitars today), famously featuring “lipstick pickups” [while early 1960s Danelectros such as the Silvertone 1448 are highly prized today, the brand was also used to market instruments by Harmony, Kay, National and others - bradley].  These pickups were low cost, and actually encased in surplus lipstick containers. The signature sound of these pickups is part of the Silvertone’s continued interest to collectors. Some models had a little 5 watt tube amp & speaker built right into the case. Folks still love this unique combo.

Sear Silvertone AmpThe Silvertone has even been used on stage by professionals. Melissa Ethridge uses one. Back in the 60’s The Who’s Pete Townsend would play one, at least until he smashed it on the stage. Yessirreee, those famous destroyed guitars were sold next to Kenmore dryers and Die Hard car batteries.

Some of the 1960’s models are prized by collectors today, and there are several website devoted to their restoration and repair. Feels kind of funny to lavish this kind of attention on a guitar that originally retailed for around $70, right? This is one instance of design shortcuts creating a sound that’s still interesting today.

Stay tuned to find out more about how my next project ties in with this article.  In the meantime, here a few more resources if you would like to learn more about Silvertone and Danelectro guitars.

Website specializing in restoration and sales of Silvertones
Some more background on Sears archive site
Fan site by a lifelong enthusiast

 

 

 

 

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Noah’s LMFAO Cover Gives ‘Sexy And I Know It’ Unique, Acoustic Twist

To be honest, I *really* hate LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It’. The song is a perfect example of the bad trends in music in the last 20 years or so. Who knows?  Maybe that’s why Noah Guthrie, an aspiring musician from South Carolina, “secretly wanted to cover this song”.  ;)

His cover, however,  could not be more different than the original. The lyrics finally found the right rhythm! In addition, Noah’s voice is unexpectedly… sexy!

“I’ve secretly wanted to cover this song for a really long time but never knew how I was going to arrange it,” Noah explains on camera before starting his rendition.  “It’s a lot different from the original version of it.”

That has to be the understatement of the century.

He managed to turn the club tune into a soulful melody that highlights both his voice and his talent. And yes, I am saying it, his version is 1000x better than the original.

Noah posted the video to his YouTube channel in May of 2011, where it has since been viewed over 20,000,000 times.

In addition, the clip has received recognition from various newspaper, magazines, and even Ryan Seacrest, who shared the link on his Facebook page.

Just in case you haven’t heard the original by LMFAO, here it is first.  But, I have to warn you, it pretty much sucks.

And now Noah’s version.  Very cool, indeed.

You’ve heard ‘em both now.  What’s your opinion?

 

 

News… and my first Contest WIN of 2014!

Happy belated New Year, everyone!

Yes, I will be back, for sure. I appreciate everyone’s concern, but I am absolutely fine. In fact, I am absolutely ecstatic at the moment.

Most of you probably don’t know that I’ve been playing guitar off-and-on for the last 35 years or so. It’s always been a passionate hobby of mine, so this year I decided to back off the business bullshit for a while, and just do something because I enjoy doing it. So I signed up for some lead guitar lessons with an absolutely awesome tutor, and things have been going very well. Within the first week, my whole outlook of lead guitar had been changed by just a few simple things he pointed out.

My contest luck has already kicked in this year, too, and Spring isn’t even here yet!

So during this time, I put the ‘usual stuff’ on hold, and have instead been enjoying my first PRIZE PACKAGE of the new year. I have been practicing and rehearsing for a live, on-stage concert with some friends that have a local blues band. Surprising, right?

I won’t be making any money from this gig, it’s just something I’ve always wanted to do. I started lead guitar lessons in early January, and so they asked me if I wanted to join them and take a shot. I’m a great guitarist in a rhythm capacity, but I was never very good at leads, so I balked at first.

But then… I won this prize package the very next week. I’ve always been of the opinion that everything happens for a reason, so there had to be a reason this new equipment showed up when it did, right?

Between that, and my tutor’s absolutely amazing teachings, my confidence level has soared.

I will therefore be taking my first turn at lead guitar during this show! My particular ‘feature’ will be an extended jam of Albert Collins’ ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’. I will be doing his ‘signature’ licks too, of course, but this will be my first time doing a totally improvisational lead. All my own, and straight off the cuff.

My first win of the new year:

Fender Stratocaster HHS Plus Top.

My new Fender Stratocaster HHS Plus Top.

Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator

Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator

And here’s the acoustic guitar I was buying at the time I entered the contest:

Ovation Celebrity CC44

Ovation Celebrity CC44