Thursday, March 31, 2011

Getting Paid For Pandora and Sirius Playing Your Songs

This is a good tidbit of information for artist that are curious about submitting their songs to Pandora and Sirius,and and who pays you for the airplay....

How Do Musicians Get Paid When The Music Is Played On Pandora or Sirius Radio

Musicians MUST REGISTER with SoundExchange in order to get paid royalties from digital performances. Digital performances include having songs played on Pandora or Sirius Radio. I know that you might think that being registered with ASCAP, BMI or SESAC covers this, but it doesn’t. Separate registration with SoundExchange is required to collect royalties when your music is played on digital and satellite music providers.

The link below is at a great site for musicians,created by none other than Herb Albert/A&M Records(ex-owner) and Tijuana Brass band...goin way back :-)

SoundExchange pays royalties on at...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Guitarist Steve Howe Shows Some Of His Guitars

Okay,since we are seeing some of the great guitarist personal guitar collections,here is another video.One of Steve Howe's collection.In case you did not know,the former guitarist for the band Yes....


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jeff Beck Video...Showing Some Of His Guitars

Got this fine video over at The Guitar Channel...another great guitar blog site...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Guitar Legend Steve Vai and Berkleemusic Set World Record for Largest Online Guitar Lesson

Watch live streaming video from berkleemusic at

.., is the online extension school of Berklee College of Music. We offer instructor-led online courses and certificate programs in guitar, music business, songwriting, music production, music theory, music education, and performance.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Getting That Killer Guitar Tone

Getting a killer tone can be a bit of a challenge.It obviously starts with you having some idea of what you are hearing in your head or your own personal idea of a good/killer tone.A good starting point is trying to create the tone from one of your favorite guitarist,say Eric Clapton,Jeff Beck,Eddie Van Halen,Pat Metheny,John Schofield and others.Eric Clapton is known for his "woman" tone,it is a bluesy tone.
The fact is,it starts in the fingers.To me,the best tone is usually not using a pick,like Jeff Beck!The flesh of your fingers create a warmer,fatter tone.
When using a pick,the type material the pick is made of,has a huge variation on the tone,and the thickness of it.Along with how hard you hit the string,and the location where you are picking.Along with that,how hard or light you are fretting with your left hand.Of course another big factor,for electrics ,is how you have your amp set.Always start with your amps tone knobs set half-way,this is the standard setting from the factory for it's best tone,so start there!
But ideally,the fingers/hands are the starting point and big factor in your tone.Plucking the string lightly or "digging" into changes the tone.And as mentioned the pick and amp setting.All these factor into the "killer" tone!

has some additional tips about tone also.I found some great info over that way....
More tips at eHow...
and.. Jeff Beck...he is like NO OTHER

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Videos From My Band

This is Neo Fusion,the band i play in.Just thought i would post some newer video,it is something new for me ,so....
Any comments would be greatly appreciated,and,i am already aware of the poor lighting!This restaurant/club has no room for lights and proper videoing,so... :-).But,it was for personal reference anyway....
Videoed @ O.T.Pub,Raleigh,N.C.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quick Music Fact....Advancement and Creativity

Advancement and Creativity comes through many ways.And even Advancement brings forth Creativity.Advancement comes through studying and repetition.Creativity can be much harder to find,it will illude you,it is much more mysterious!You can wait for it to present itself or you can promote it's presence by simply playing around on your instrument,or by just experimentation.What you don't see,hear or perceive at first will come only through sitting around and just playing or tossing around ideas on your instrument!I know, it's time consuming but that is how it is!
Try it,you will be amazed how it opens the door to new ideas,visions and creativity.....

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Evolution Of The Electric Guitar....Electrifying

The Smithsonian Channel has a great intro into electrifying the guitar.From turning the hollow body guitar into a solid wood body,then electrifying it through pick-ups,and then amplifying the pick-ups by plugging them into an amplifier,designed actually from the tube radios.It was a radical concept and the birth of the electric guitar and rock-n-roll music....
A good piece of knowledge about the guitar,and some good guitar tracks to go along.

....Electrified: The Guitar Revolution
The history of music's greatest invention and the world's most popular musical instrument. From the early days of the Model U and Frying Pan to the guitar wars of Fender and Gibson, experience the evolution of the electric guitar through vintage footage, interviews with rock historians and rousing live performances...