Don't Suck at Guitar

Get Up, Get Out, and JAM, Part 1: Swami's/Beach Grass Cafe

  03/06/12 12:25, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Review, Dan Grigor, Sound Advice, video , Tags: beach grass cafe, bud hamberg, call for info, dan grigor, if you don_t mind, jam

This is the first in what will be an ongoing effort to promote getting off the Internet, turning off your TV, putting your phone on vibrate and going out and playing some music with people you don’t know. It can be wildly entertaining and, as you make music, you will make new friends and great memories.

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The Iceman Shreddith

  10/05/11 14:09, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Guitar Players, Dan Grigor , Tags: 12-string, 8-string, dan grigor, guitar, ibanez, iceman, paul stanley, review

A cool thing about being me is that people bring over really cool guitars for me to play. The other day, my friend Jerry stopped by with a “vintage” Ibanez ICEMAN with an 8-string neck. First of all, can something from the seventies be considered “vintage?” Second, OMG WTF how have I missed this guitar? I played a “Paul Stanley” Iceman years ago and it was very nice but this guitar has double-course first and second strings with two extra tuners sticking out the back. How cool is that?

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Guitar Players

  12/02/10 23:54, by , Categories: Beginner , Tags: bfmn exclusive, dan grigor, guitar stand, guitar strap, guitar t, interactive t-shirt, musician christmas present is really designed for guitar players. Some of our topics and technical jargon may be weird for others to read. Maybe you are not one of us, but you love one of us. We are not easy to get along with, are we? We like to be the center of attention, our creativity makes us absentminded and oblivious and music is a permanent mistress. It can be difficult. Count your blessings; it’s easier than living with a drummer.

We really do love you and appreciate you coming to our gigs and holding the jackets and sitting at the table talking us up to the drunks while we are on stage. We get it that you have heard all our jokes and have listened to the same 20 songs over and over and over again. Thank you. No, seriously, thank you!

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Only Two Kinds of Musicians in the World

  11/11/10 22:50, by , Categories: Don't Suck at The Blues, BFMN Exclusive, Dan Grigor, Sound Advice , Tags: bfmn exclusive, dan grigor, jamming, player, read music, sound advice

There are only two kinds of musicians in the world. Which are you? Which would you rather be? Let’s find out.

Let me explain what I mean. I have been trying for some time to get a little band together just for fun. I really do prefer my solo show but there is something very cool about being part of a sound that comes from a really tight band, and a lot of the songs I write are not really meant for just guitar. Anyway, in the course of auditioning artists, I am reminded of exactly what the difference is between the two types of musician.

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Less Is More, the Importance of Silence

  11/09/10 14:08, by , Categories: BFMN Exclusive, Edward Lapple, Take It From Me , Tags: carol kaye, chordal progressions, edward lapple, less is more, rick marotta, twelve-bar
Edward Lapple

I’m a bass player, at least I’ve been playing at it for four decades now. I’ve tried playing guitar but I have never even been beginning good at it and I always blame my lack of competence on my fat fingers. My fingers just always seemed to mash a couple of strings when chords require individual strings to be pressed precisely. Oh, I could play barre chords all right, but going from an E maj to an F followed by an A min and then a E augmented 7th well, Forgetaboutit! On the other hand, I liked the bass guitar, only four big strings and you played them one at a time, for the most part. Jaco Pastorius I’m not. Heck, Jaco Pastorius I don’t even understand, or Flea for that matter. I can, however, hold down a reasonably solid bass line, or at least I’ve been able to for the last twenty years.

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