November 29 and the RSR staff found themselves car pooling to Jon’s home for an amazing pot luck dinner and some quiet drinks prior to the Pearl Jam concert. With full bellies and for some, a mild beer glow, we headed off to the AMI stadium eager with anticipation about the night ahead. Parking wasn’t […]
…you`re stuck between a rock and a hard place ?
…up to your middle at the crossroads trapped amid the gleam of a loamy moon?
…or find yerself petitioned by the Baron, aboard the skullbone trap of the Devils midnight charter?
Well, if your black cat bone just evaporates into an unholy dust, your Black Spider Dumpling gots the taste of a drowning witch – sold to you by a snake oil trickster with badluck in his teeth then you better head on over to
After finding an online video teaching the two-fret (whole tone) string bend as a fundamental blues lick, there has been a certain degree of disagreement around the office as to whether this simple bend can constitute an blues fundamental.
How can something as simple as this elicit so much passionate debate?
Well, it`s all about emotion, passion and technique.
For me the ultimate blues lick would probably have to consist of only one note and some might say that maybe no-one has played it yet. I disagree:
On Freddie King’s “Pack It Up”, and “Shake Your Booty Baby” King takes this simple single bend technique and pushes it to its emotional maximum.
If you wanna hear simple blues playing that just really really cooks like a blister burning on the surface of the sun this album is the real deal. If you play the guitar and you`d like to develop the kind of passion and string control that will take you somewhere then this is one of the top ten albums in your list:
At today I`m going to stretch the art of guitar metaphor a little further and give everyone out there an insight into some visually shredded guitar art that combines fast colour kinetics, motion and explosive emotional intent.
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We had a bit of a Rock Star party last night to celebrate the incredible man that Ben Edwards is and beautiful Sade too!
It was great fun. Here are the incriminating pictures.
Hi bloggers, it’s Mark McKenzie here. Thought it was about time I added my two cents in (exchange rate isn’t good at the mo). This is titled “Why I like Songpond” for lack of a better title. But since the reasons are many and your time is precious, I will give out only one at […]
Monday morning blues. Wow, well I woke up this morning and I felt great becasue the only blues we`ve got in our office is usually something by Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, Eric Clapton or Mississippi John Hurt.
A highly animated conversation was had whilst rocking out in the kitchen to to the sounds of the exploding eggs in a microwaved ploughman`s lunch.
I`ll be damned if Im going to leave my favourite Stratocaster Plus in a burning building it`s been to Washington State, New York City, France, California, the UK and all around Aotearoa.
Mark seriously cooks up a storm on the guitar. Mark has just run through the solo parts of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits` awesome country-blues-rock the Sultans Of Swing on an acoustic guitar with both a pick and fingerstyle.