Archive | October, 2011
So many contemporary guitarists cite Steve Howe as an integral influence on their playing. Why you ask? To begin with, Howe is so proficient that you'll find him playing styles such as: classical, flamenco, country, jazz and rock. As a result, his compositions incorporate all of the various styles into a sound that can only be called progressive.

SMG Profile: Guitar Virtuoso Steve Howe

So many contemporary guitarists cite Steve Howe as an integral influence on their playing. Why you ask? To begin with, Howe is so proficient that you’ll find him playing styles such as: classical, flamenco, country, jazz and rock. As a result, his compositions incorporate all of the various styles into a sound that can only […]

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Have you ever gone to see a band perform live and left the show feeling totally inspired and alive to the point that you just wanna rush home, pick up your axe and get lost in the power of expression? We’ll last night I had that experience when I went to see Opeth live at The Mayan in downtown LA.

SMG Review: Opeth Live at the Mayan!

Have you ever gone to see a band perform live and left the show feeling totally inspired and alive to the point that you just wanna rush home, pick up your axe and get lost in the power of expression? We’ll last night I had that experience when I went to see Opeth live at […]

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Changing chords quickly is one of the most challenging aspects of guitar playing if you're a beginner. One of the bad habits that I refer to in this video is "Building Chords From Scratch". This is a huge "no-no" and, without proper guidance, can set your progress back years....

SMG Guitar Lesson #20: Beginner Exercises Part 2 of 3

Changing chords quickly is one of the most challenging aspects of guitar playing if you’re a beginner. One of the bad habits that I refer to in this video is “Building Chords From Scratch”. This is a huge “no-no” and, without proper guidance, can set your progress back years….

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Music has often been referred to as colorful which implies that sound embodies a particular visible shade of color. In many ways this is true as all color is the reflection of light and shade and music is the reflection of the light that shines from within the human spirit

Guitar Zen: Illuminating the Color of Sound

Music has often been referred to as colorful which implies that sound embodies a particular visible shade of color. In many ways this is true as all color is the reflection of light and shade and music is the reflection of the light that shines from within the human spirit

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SMG Review: ESP LTD V-401 Electric Guitar

SMG Review: ESP LTD V-401 Electric Guitar

ESP LTD V-401 electric guitar In 1975, Hisatake Shibuya opened a company called Electric Sound Products (ESP) in Tokyo. It provided custom replacement parts for guitars. In 1976, ESP gained a reputation as a provider of high-quality replacement parts for guitars. At this time, ESP also began crafting guitars under the ESP and Navigator brand […]

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They took the electric guitar to new heights, added some distortion and things have never been the same since... but who was the greatest of them all?

SMG Poll: Who was the Greatest Guitarist of the 1960s?

They took the electric guitar to new heights, added some distortion and things have never been the same since… but who was the greatest of them all?

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