David Schiller has written a book that should be in the library of every guitar player.
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This is not the type of book you will read in one sitting — and it’s not the type of book you will read in sequential order from front to back.
After turning the first few pages you soon realize that “Guitars, A Celebration of Pure Mojo” is a virtual guitar encyclopedia that has been compressed into a 4″x6″ treasure chest.
There are over 500 guitar photographs included in amazing detail. The book includes guitars that made history, changed the course of music and inspired new generations of players.
Just a few of the famous guitars included: The amazing Gibson L-5, Rickenbacker’s “Frying Pan”, Les Paul’s “Log.”, B. B. King’s Lucille, Willie Nelson’s Trigger, Eric Clapton’s Brownie, The J-160E that John Lennon played during his 1968 “bed-in” with Yoko, Jimi Hendrix’s hand-painted Flying V in full psychedelic regalia…
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I didn’t say I could PLAY like Jeff Beck, but after reading some of his comments in a recent interview with the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, I realized that I sure do THINK like Jeff Beck.
Jeff Beck (Getty Images)
“I don’t like over-the-top heavy metal. Can’t stand it. Too many amps, too much volume. It’s just flat-out ear assault. I’m sure there’s a lot of deaf people out there. Speedy guitars leave me not feeling detached but physically upset. When you think of all the subtleties that were built into the guitar and amps for you to discover, they completely cover the whole lot with a rack of effects. The guitar doesn’t need that.” – Jeff Beck
Right on, Brother Jeff!
I know this post will alienate a few of my metal friends, but as far as I am concerned God only made one thing on this earth more beautiful than the pure tonal sound of a guitar in the hands of a masterful musician.
I watch a lot of YouTube videos — especially those of bands and artists that I have not had the opportunity to see perform live. As a result, I have a much better understanding and appreciation of their true ability and talent. I have also honed in to the styles and genres of music that resonate the most with my personal taste. And while I love Rock-n-Roll, Smooth Jazz, Blues, Latin and New Age…I do not care for loud, screeching, shredding Metal at all.
I recognize the talent, but I do not enjoy the music.
Guitar music should be sensual, spiritual, uplifting and exciting — not “ear assault”.
So in that light, I admit that I am a lot like Jeff Beck and Jeff Beck is a lot like me!
A new iPad app celebrating the work and equipment of George Harrison has been released in the Apple AppStore.
Brought together by BANDWDTH Publishing in association with the George Harrison Estate, the “Guitar Collection: George Harrison” app is available now through iTunes, and aims to bring Harrison’s private guitar collection to life through photographs, detailed descriptions, and audio and video footage.
360° imaging by photographer Steven Sebring will allow fans to investigate the late Beatles legend’s guitars in minute detail, and features some of his best known gear.
There are also personal audio recordings from Harrison himself as he introduces many of the guitars and plays sections of songs.
The history of each guitar is laid out in great detail; including the origin of the guitar, when and how it became part of Harrison’s collection, modifications he made to it and why each was so important in creating his distinctive sound. Songs from his catalogue are organized by the guitars used on each track, which allows the user to appreciate the personalities of each instrument.
The app is available now for $9.99 at the Apple AppStore, [CLICK HERE].
Premier Guitar’s Rebecca Dirks is On Location in West Des Moines, IA, at the Val Air Ballrom where she catches up with blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
In this Rig Rundown, Shepherd walks us through all his Stratocasters, Fender Amps, and Dumble custom combo, and his expansive pedalboard that includes a TS808HW Tube Screamer, a Tycobrahe fuzz, and Jim Dunlop Uni-Vibe among other stompboxes.
Sit back and enjoy…this is 45 minutes of guitar gear heaven…
Caleb Quaye has a worldwide reputation as a signature lead guitar player since the late 60’s and early 70’s.
He is known most notably as Elton John’s original lead guitarist having played on all the “early stuff”, as well as numerous studio sessions for many other name artists.
Over the years, Caleb has played with Harry Nillson, The Beach Boys, Joan Baez, Al Kooper, David Foster, John Klemmer, Eddie Henderson, Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli, Brenda Russell, Joan Baez, Ralph McTell, Pete Townsend, The Troggs and Hall & Oates… to name just a few.
Several years ago, David Letterman asked his guest Eric Clapton: “So what’s it like to be the best guitar player in the world?” Clapton replied, “I’m not. Caleb Quaye is!”
Today, Caleb travels the world sharing his music and talent with the the emerging generation of gospel musicians and worship leaders, mentoring them in their musical and leadership development.
I had the opportunity to see Caleb play LIVE at the NAMM Show in Anaheim last month at one of their late night concerts. I had heard Caleb play before and knew it would be a great event so I went early to grab a spot of the front row.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have my video camera with me… but fortunately… another YouTube member did. They uploaded the concert a few days ago.
Caleb has blended Jazz, Rock and Fusion into a style that all players can appreciate. A very humble man, with an amazing touch on the strings. Check this out:
Charles Williams on Keyboards – who has performed or recorded with such artists as Philip Bailey, Andrae Crouch, Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo, Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams, The Midniters, Ry Cooder and Los Lobos, to name but a few.
Robert “Pee Wee” Hill on Bass – an outstanding bass player and longtime friend of Caleb’s has performed or recorded with Billy Preston, Sly Stone, Jimmy Smith, Rufus, Chaka Kahn, Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett.
Doug Mathews on Drums – an accomplished drummer in a diversity of styles has played with Phil Keaggy, Howard Roberts, Rique Pantoja, Rick Elias, Red Young, Tommy Walker.
All the Way Live CD
The band recently released “All the Way Live”,which closely tracks their NAMM show set. Check it out on iTunes by clicking the image of the CD cover.
For those of you who love music that grooves with a commonality of faith, heart and spirit among the musicians, this set may be just what the doctor ordered to put some pep in your step! And some joy in your day because it was recorded all the way live!
This video is sure to top the view count for the next few days!
Last night, President Barack Obama treated the East Room of the White House to a special surprise.
The event was the filming for the upcoming PBS special “In Performance at the White House.”
The president took the stage following performances by Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck to thank the “White House All-Stars.” Seizing the moment, Buddy Guy asked the musically inclined Commander in Chief to join in on the final song of the night.
So here is President Barack Obama getting down with Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and B.B. King with a (pretty good) vocal rendition of “Sweet Home Chicago”!
Another successful “Name the Painting” contest with Billy Gibbons on the canvas!
AFTER A RECORD SETTING 260+ NAME SUGGESTIONS, TOM SELECTED A WINNER!!
Rev Billy G...Lowdown, Painted by Tom Noll, Named by Jeff Aden
The painting is finished and named…
“Rev Billy G…Lowdown”
So there it is… short, simple, and direct. I think Billy would bow down to it!
This name was an early suggestion that hit me, and stuck. There were sooo many good ideas for this contest, it makes me want to do a Billy series! Thanks to everybody for all the inspiration along the way!!
The winner of the free print is Jeff Aden of Rockford, Illinois with that early single entry, “Lowdown”. He could have stopped there. The simplicity of that name said it all!
A print will be shipping his way approximately March 5th. Thanks Jeff!
If you’d like to get hooked up with your 27″ x 19″ low number print, contact me now at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you squared away with a paypal invoice. I’m offering the special intro price of $222 (plus $8 to ship within the USA; $12.50 internationally) which I’m honoring through March 23rd. As of right now…collectable low-teen numbers are still available.
All prints ordered and pre-paid before Mar 23rd will be eligible for the drawing for my personal 8×10 B&W glossy print of Muddy Waters & Billy. It’s cool!
Thanks again… and feel free to pass this along to all your lowdown friends!
All prints ordered and pre-paid before Feb. 25th will be eligible for the drawing for Tom’s personal 8×10 B&W glossy print of Muddy Waters & Billy shown to the left.
This B&W photo is a great reminder of Billy’s blues roots, and will look great displayed alongside your “Rev Billy G…Lowdown” print!
Note from GuitarDaddy to Tom Noll: What a wild ride this was! Your artistic talent is only matched by the enthusiasm and creativity of GuitarBuzz readers. Over 260+ names! Amazing! You are probably going to take a short break (well deserved) but PLEASE come back to us when you are inspired to paint another guitar player on canvas. Thank you again for providing a wonderful experience that we all enjoyed! I can’t wait to receive my print! -GuitarDaddy.
Tom Noll is at it again painting one of the all-time great guitar playing legends!
Time to put on your thinking caps to help name another painting.
This one…..1/3rd of “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas”.
Rev Billy G _______, the Sketch by Tom Noll
On the easel right now is the recently named Texas State Musician…ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons.
I’ve captured him at the first annual LaGrange Fest from October 22nd, 2011 in Bee Cave, TX. In the painting, Billy is probably laying down some cool pinch harmonic solo that he does so well. The photo reference I’ve used is courtesy of Rick Kern http://www.rickkern.com/ from Austin, TX. Thanks Rick!
Once again, I want to enlist the help of fans to name this creation. Right out of the box, my friend (the GuitarDaddy) coined the first half of the title…now I’m asking you to finish it.
To suggest a name for this painting, complete this title: “Rev Billy G. …….. …. …..”
The person who nails this for me will get a free print when the painting is done!
I’m working on the painting now, and am aiming for a late February completion.
The original painting is again 40″ x 28″, which transfers nicely to a 27″ x 19″ print, so I’m going to keep with the same introductory price I’ve been offering of $222, with $8 to ship within the US, $12.50 for international.
Its easy to order! Just contact me via email at Tom@TomNoll.com to secure your low number print.
I’ll then email you an invoice and you will be directed to a secure Paypal site that accepts all major credit and debit cards.
You DO NOT need a Paypal account.
You are going to love this print!!
Muddy Waters and Billy Gibbons
NOW…TO SWEETEN THE POT!!!!
Everybody that pre-orders a print from me during this naming contest will have their name submitted for a drawing to win my personal copy of a glossy photo of Muddy Waters and Billy Gibbons from way back (shown in the plastic sleeve in the photo next to me).
This is a limited edition print of a classic 8×10 Black&White which comes with a pre-printed signature of both artists.
This offer will end 1 week after the name is announced.
This B&W photo is a great reminder of Billy’s blues roots, and will look great displayed alongside your Rev Billy G. print!
I look forward to all the great names that I know are coming my way… go cat go!!
UPDATE: Feb 13, 2012: Check out the close-up picture of the Black & White photo of Muddy Waters and Billy Gibbons! Pre-Order a print from Tom during the naming contest and you will be entered into a drawing to win Tom’s personal copy of the glossy photo!
February 17, 2010 – the painting has been named “Rev. Billy G…Lowdown”!