Seriously? Is this even something we need to talk about? It seems pretty clear to me that there really is no situation or set of circumstances where it would be okay to call this not a bad guitar habit. And that very habit does exist, whether you want to believe that or not. I can share plenty of examples with you, but anyway, now that we’re already on the topic, let’s talk about this in a little bit more detail. Because this is more than just a nuisance, willingly and knowingly practicing and playing an out-of-tune guitar will not do you any good, trust me. This goes beyond the ‘bad habit’ thing, it’s just plain silly if you ask me.
Over the course of learning to play the guitar, many of us develop certain habits. Some of which can be counterproductive or don’t really help your progress at all. Other guitar habits can be very beneficial to your learning experience and some are somewhere in between, I guess. Also, before we get into a more detail, we need to acknowledge that while there are definitely some guitar habits where we can be safely and universally agree upon are bad, and the there are others which are good. Lastly, there are some things that I would view as situational – these are habits or behaviors that may work well for one person, but are rather detrimental to another. It then ultimately comes down to your personal preference and learning style.
Belzebong and their first full-length album Sonic Scapes & Weedy Grooves is a milestone record in the Doom/Stoner Rock genre. There is no doubt in my mind. This 2011 release by the quartet from Kielce, Poland is a power-packed, riff-laden and uncompromising testament to Belzebong’s authentic and unambiguous style and execution of their material.
This is not for everyone, I realize that. But to me, upstate NY based Doom slayers ‘Bastard Lord’ with their self-titled debut-album, is one of the best manifestos in the genre ever. Period.
Of course, statements like that are always highly subjective, ultimately it always comes down to personal preference rather than an unbiased assessment. That said, I stand by my words and I will explain in a little bit why I’m belaboring that point so much. Before I do that, though, let’s first focus on what ultimately matters most, namely the actual material on ‘Bastard Lord’.
Ah, a lot of new buzz these days around the Led Zeppelin suit, alleging that the mighty rockers are nothing but plagiarist. Specifically when it comes to their trademark hit and the one song you MUST not play when in a guitar store: Stairway To Heaven, of course, and the controversy around who came up with the riff first, Randy California of Spirit or the four lads from Great Britain.
I don’t know a lot about him, but I certainly remembered his name when I read about the death of ex-Wings guitarist and Paul McCartney collaborator Henry McCullough. He is know for his contributions to the famous James Bond theme “Live and Let Die” as well as his chart topper “My Love”. But Sir Paul was not the only one McCullough worked with since he started his journey as a full time musician. Other business great including Joe Cocker, Donovan and Marianne Faithful, just to name a few, are among the renowned colleagues he made and recorded music with.
Not the best title, I realize that. But nonetheless, this is not about my deficiencies in grammar, but rather regarding a young man with autism – his name is Zayne Harshaw – and his passion for blues guitar. And how that passion changed his life to the better.