Archive for the ‘Guitar’ Category

Willie Nelson’s Beloved Guitar: “Trigger”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

I love the story of Trigger, Willie Nelson’s guitar. It embodies the connection between player and guitar. It’s a long-term relationship; and a serious one too.

I enjoyed this Rolling Stone video about Willie and his prized guitar:

I especially like the story of the hole in the soundboard, and what they did about it. Great stuff.

Willie stood out by being just a bit different. That’s something all of us players need to do.

Roland Blues Cube Combo

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

These Roland guitar amps just hit my awareness today. I’m interested because I like the sound it works to imitate. And, it has solid state reliability.

I had to share this video from Anderton Music. Rob Chapman and Lee Anderton put the amp through a series of tests. I think you’ll agree: the sounds are surprising. How can a solid state amp be so touch-sensitive?

Those were my two questions: How does it sound? Does it respond dynamically to how hard or soft you play?

Find the answers in this video:

Roland Blues Cube

Roland Blues Cube

Hard Work, or Plain Old Talent?

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013


‘Talent Is Overrated’ by Geoff Colvin is an excellent read, well worth the trip.

The tagline reads: ‘What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else.’ The book delivers that answer in a clear, concise way.

There are many gems here. I suggest you check it out if you are attempting to become good at anything; be it sports, music, or work.

The biggest treasure in this book, is that you must do deliberate practice.

Deliberate practice is the golden key that unlocks your musical success.

Deliberate practice is defined in the book this way:

Are Musicians Born Or Made?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Review of Guitar Zero by Gary Marcus:

Guitar Zero

Guitar Zero


Guitar Zero gives an interesting perspective on that age-old question. What is happening in your brain as you learn the guitar (or any other instrument/activity)?

Marcus, a psychology professor, goes into the nitty-gritty of our brains. He manages to make it interesting, without being overwhelming. I appreciate that, as I enjoy knowing some of these inner workings, but I’m not trying to get a degree in cognitive psychology.

Have you heard these sayings: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” or “You have to be born with talent to be any good?” That type of thinking is annoying huh? Well, the author does a fine job of dispelling those ideas.

Even if you don’t put stock in those sayings, its good to look into the brain to see how amazing it is. You can rewire your brain to do any task, given enough time and effort.

I recommend this book if you like the science of how we humans learn. There are plenty of great points I got, and its a quick read. It has many pages of references, so you could dig deeper if it really interests you.

When considering the similarities between music and language, Marcus makes this excellent point on page 62:

“Music is like language, but it isn’t language; it’s just one more wondrous skill that a suitably motivated human brain can acquire.”

Amen to that.