20 May 2014Despite their reputation, drummers were recently named the smartest members of the musical community, even capable of spreading their smartness on the environment.
20 May 2014A capo is a device that fits over the neck and holds down all six strings at whichever fret you place it at. The effect is to raise the pitch at which the open strings ring out, so you can play songs in higher keys than just down at the first position. You might want to do this to suit the range of a vocalist or another instrument, or perhaps you just want to explore the sonic texture of higher notes. There are plenty of reasons to use a capo and all of them are valid. Read more
20 May 2014The Rolling Stones have been touring for 52 years. The number of guitars they have played is, literally, in the thousands. But Andy Babiuk has done his best to document the key guitars in his expansive new book, Rolling Stones Gear. Babiuk previously authored Beatles Gear, itself a bible for Fab Four gear fanatics. Rolling Stones Gear is way bigger. It’s a huge 296 pages with new photos, rare gear insights and interviews. The Stones’ guitarists – Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood – have used many brands over the years, but the lavish book will still thrill Gibson fans and anyone interested in the history of guitars and “the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band.” Read more
20 May 2014Tech Talk would like to briefly assess the ins and outs of inputs and outputs, because the two terms are often interchanged mistakenly, in reference to both instruments and amps. Plugging things in is where the terminology can get confusing. For example, the jack on your guitar or bass is where you plug in the cable, so it’s common to refer to it as the instrument’s input jack. That, however, is incorrect..... Read more
20 May 2014If you’re new to electric guitar or bass, you’ll run across all kinds of instrument-related terminology you probably aren’t yet familiar with. Two terms you’re bound to encounter when researching a purchase, for example, are passive and active electronics. When shopping around, you’ll want to understand the difference between a passive instrument and an active one. While it might sound highly technical, the basics of passive and active electronics are actually quite easily understood even if you don’t have a degree in electrical engineering. Read more