As you can imagine, an album release titled “Blues For The Burnt-Out Sun” peaked my interested big time. And when I recently received a request to review Traildriftingtwins’ debut album, I was obviously all game. Of course, the title, as well as the scarce yet depictive information around the Jersey based duo, lend itself to associations with Desert Rock classics, specifically Kyuss’ “Blues For The Red Sun”.
‘Endless’ by Mount Salem is the band’s 2014 debut album. The Chicago quartet has been on my radar screen for a while now, and I’m glad that I finally purchased their CD. Because it exceeded my expectations, to say the least. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, just because I was afraid that drama and theatrical elements could play too much of a role in the band’s approach to the material. It’s simply a matter of personal preference, but anything potentially pompous is a massive turn-off for me. And based on Mount Salem’s bandcamp website, their music is generally associated with genres such as rock, doom, horror, metal, psychedelic, etc. So, I knew there were keyboards involved and a female vocalist. The latter sounded encouraging – I love Lori S. of Acid King, Dorthia of Windhand, Elin of Blues Pills and a bunch of other cool front-women – the former, though, namely the keyboards, worried me a bit. Horror, keyboards…well, there was at least a chance that this whole thing might not necessarily turn out to be my cup of tea.
There is no need to spend a ton of money on your first electric guitar. Of course, if you already have a particular brand/model in mind, go ahead – nothing wrong with that. But for those of you who have yet to get an instrument and wonder: what’s the best electric guitar for beginners to start on, below are my Top 3 picks for that category. All of these guitars are great beginner instruments and the come with an amp and a variety of other accessories. The best part is: they are all under $200! So, as I said, there is really no point in spending more than that on your first electric guitar starter set. After you have a few months of playing experience under your belt, you may treat yourself for something more sophisticated – but just to get going and learn the basics, the three options below are perfect to get you started.
Do I need a guitar strap? What about this guitar fretboard cleaning oil? There are tons of devices and products vendors claim you absolutely need. But do you really need them or is this just yet another marketing trick? Let’s cut right to the chase and focus on what I believe are the 5 Essential Guitar Accessories for Beginners. Three of which are absolute neccessities and two are good to have, but not necessarily needed to get started. We will then also cover a few other items that you may want to get a later point, things like a sheet music stand, special guitar cleaning products and more.
Does it really make sense to buy a children’s acoustic guitar or is this just another way advertisers use to get your money? Well, it depends. It could be one or the other. Therefore, in the following article I thought it would make sense if I just share my experience as guitar player and guitar teacher with you. I had the pleasure to work with quite a few children and teaching them how to play the guitar. So, I want to make sure that I equip you with all the knowledge you need in order to figure out what’s best for you – or actually, best for the youngster you want to buy a guitar for.
I know. I am surprised, too, finding myself writing a post about pink guitar models and accessories. Because I can’t say that it’s my favorite. Nonetheless, I realize it’s a super popular color and people have asked whether it’s okay to buy a pink electric or acoustic guitar. Well, that all depends – just as with any other guitar of any other color. We will talk about all that in a little bit and my goal will be to make sure you know exactly what you need to be mindful of before you make a purchase. Not all pink guitars are the same and some of them I would not necessarily recommend if your actual intention is to learn the instrument. Others are perfectly okay for that purpose, so I will definitely make a point in explaining what you need to know in order to make an educated decision. Speaking of decision making, we will also discuss 10 specific pink models – and separately, 10 pink accessories – that have been bestsellers and received high customer ratings…
If you’re following my blog and my YouTube channel, you probably know that I already looked at a bunch of different guitar mini amps. Specifically, I tested and demoed a whole bunch of the Vox amplug headphone amplifiers. Based on the feedback I received and some of the questions that were asked, I thought I’d now share a few thoughts and findings on yet another one of these little guitar ‘noise-cubes’, namely the Marshall MS-2 Micro Amp.