Guitar techniques – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:02:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://micgillette.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-2021-08-02T161817.082-150x150.png Guitar techniques – Mic Gillette http://micgillette.com/ 32 32 Polyphia guitarist says listeners today see the instrument as a “means to an end” https://micgillette.com/polyphia-guitarist-says-listeners-today-see-the-instrument-as-a-means-to-an-end/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:55:59 +0000 https://micgillette.com/polyphia-guitarist-says-listeners-today-see-the-instrument-as-a-means-to-an-end/ Progressive rock band Polyphia have been making waves in recent months as their brand of instrumental music has been turning heads and raising eyebrows, thanks in part to guitar work. And while the guitar remains an important part of today’s music world and its use spans multiple genres, 29-year-old guitarist Tim Henson says its ubiquity […]]]>

Progressive rock band Polyphia have been making waves in recent months as their brand of instrumental music has been turning heads and raising eyebrows, thanks in part to guitar work. And while the guitar remains an important part of today’s music world and its use spans multiple genres, 29-year-old guitarist Tim Henson says its ubiquity isn’t necessarily because people As the guitar.

By speaking with total guitar (via Guitar.com), Henson said that guitarists aren’t necessarily the rock gods and heroes that they were. In fact, he thinks today’s young audience couldn’t be bothered.

“These days, I think of us more as songwriters than guitarists, although obviously that wasn’t always the case. I guess that’s something we’ve always worked towards – composing rather than showing what we can do with our techniques. We just happen to play guitar and have done that all our lives, so that’s where our skills lie.

“The guitar is a means to an end, the end being good music. The average listener and music lover probably won’t care what guitarists do.

And while he thinks the guitar is a “means to an end” and most people “fuck” guitarists, that didn’t stop them from collaborating with guitar legend Steve Vai. Henson reflected on that moment and how they destroyed his monitors.

“Steve invited us to his house and we showed him the song. But the file was just too hot. So when he got to the part where his solo was supposed to go in, the 808s were exploding so hard they got We broke Steve Vai’s speakers, it was really fucked up!

As an artist who aims to align progressive rock with more contemporary musical elements, he might know a thing or two about Gen-Z music listeners. I mean, I absolutely know the shit of this segment of the public aside from their apparent love of TikTok memes and their innate ability to weed out celebrities.

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The ‘Kenan Christmas Village’ ushers in the holiday season https://micgillette.com/the-kenan-christmas-village-ushers-in-the-holiday-season/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 19:21:29 +0000 https://micgillette.com/the-kenan-christmas-village-ushers-in-the-holiday-season/ Madeline Herzog holds her 2021 Christmas letter, moments before dropping it in the “Letters to Santa” mailbox on her way to the North Pole. This special mailbox will be in front of Kenan House from November 19 to December 18. Santa will personally respond to each letter, if a return address is provided. (photo sent) […]]]>

Madeline Herzog holds her 2021 Christmas letter, moments before dropping it in the “Letters to Santa” mailbox on her way to the North Pole. This special mailbox will be in front of Kenan House from November 19 to December 18. Santa will personally respond to each letter, if a return address is provided. (photo sent)

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Weekend of activities planned in conjunction with the annual KAC Christmas Gift Fair

“Kenan Christmas Village” is again scheduled to celebrate the Kenan Arts Council’s 41st Annual Holiday Gift Show on November 19-20. A family-oriented event, “Kenan Christmas Village” will offer a variety of activities to kick off the holiday season. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“This event was first created in 2021 and is designed to provide activities for children and their families while they attend the annual Christmas Gift Fair,” said Rikki Cason-Weller, Chief Marketing Officer. “This year we have expanded our activities, with the aim of having something for every member of the family.”

Santa’s Workshop will be the focal point of “Kenan Christmas Village,” located in the Kenan Arena Annex. Admission to this part of the arena is included in the $5 price of the holiday giveaway show. Children 15 and under are admitted free.

The annex will be decorated with Santa’s workshop in mind and will house several activities throughout the two days.

“We are very excited about the Gift Station in Santa’s Workshop,” Cason-Weller said. “Thinking about ideas for this event, we remembered being kids and having the ability to buy presents for our parents, at school or at the mall, without them being able to see it. I remember going to the mall my dad gave me $10 and going to Santa’s to pick out a present for my mom the workers would then wrap it in a brown paper bag and a ribbon, and it was kept secret until I gave it to her at Christmas.

Cason-Weller said organizers wanted to take this concept and add an emphasis on Kenan Center art, allowing kids to create a special craft for a loved one without their parents or guardians seeing them doing it.

With the help of the newly formed Kenan Youth Council, parents can drop off their child at the Gift Station, located at the rear of the Arena Annex, for a 25-minute period. During this time, children can make a special craft, decorate a gift bag and wrap it to give to their parents or a family member for Christmas.

Parents or guardians will be required to sign a form when dropping their child off at the annex, similar to the process followed at Kenan’s “Kids Quest” summer lineup. During these 25 minutes, parents will have the opportunity to shop alone at the gift fair and then return to pick up their child.

“It’s a great opportunity for kids to surprise their parents with a gift, but it also gives parents the option of buying an item for their child in the Gift Lounge without them being there when they buy it. are buying,” Cason-Weller said.

Also in the appendix, “Story time with Santa Claus” will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Sunday, “Storytime with the Holiday Book Fairy” will take place at 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Meanwhile, kids can gather around the Christmas tree to hear the holiday story, “The Night Before Christmas in New York.” Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Holiday Book Fairy will also stroll around the Holiday Gift Show at various times throughout the two days.

Those who stop by the Kenan Center table can take part in a “Santa’s Elf Scavenger Hunt” for kids, which will take them around the Kenan campus in search of Santa’s lost helpers. Those who return – after finding all the missing elves – will win a prize. At this table, adults can enter to win tickets to upcoming Kenan events.

At the “Letters to Santa” table, children can get a special letter to fill out to drop in the mailbox that will be in front of the Kenan house. This mailbox will again be delivered from the North Pole by Santa’s helpers and will remain in front of the house until they collect it on December 18. Children can drop off their Christmas letters to Santa during this time – and will even receive a return letter from Santa at the North Pole, if they include their return address.

There will also be a photo booth set up in the annex where all visitors to the KAC Holiday Gift Lounge can stop and have their picture taken with fun backgrounds, props and setting. Vendors in this area include Windsor Village and Lyncoln Bears and Buddies. A coloring station will also be set up.

“This year’s gift fair has a more family-friendly feel, overall,” Cason-Weller said. “It will be great to see the whole family enjoying these two days on campus at Kenan Center.”

Last year, the Dyan Mulvey Dance Academy performed outside Kenan House as part of its “Holiday Spectacular”. (photo sent)

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Other events taking place within the Kenan Christmas Village:

• “Holiday Spectacular” by the Dyan Mulvey Dance Academy, from 11 am on Saturday. Dancers will perform outside in front of the Kenan House, dancing to a variety of holiday-inspired routines. During the performances, the public will be able to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, sold by members of the Kenan Youth Council, and there will be a 50/50 raffle.

• In “Daisy’s Adventure Garden”, families can walk the storybook trail and read the story “I saw Santa Claus in New York”. A lighted display will also lead the way between the house and the arena.

• The Bentley Snowflake Collection will be on display in the Kenan House Galley throughout the Gift Fair. This exhibit is by Wilson A. Bentley, who developed both the techniques and the equipment for taking photographs of individual snowflakes that had been captured in glass plates. Part of this collection from the Buffalo Museum of Science is on loan to the Kenan Center and showcases the difference and uniqueness of each snowflake up close.

• Rounding out the weekend, the Buffalo Jazz Collective’s “Holiday Celebration” will take place at the Taylor Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday. The band will perform a variety of new and original arrangements on songs such as “Winter Wonderland”, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “Christmas Time is Here”. The musicians include Mark Filsinger on trumpet, Elliot Scozzaro on saxophone, Brendan Lanighan on trombone, Jared Tinkham on guitar, Joe Goehle on bass and John Bacon on drums. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for members and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.kenancenter.ticketleap.com.

For more information on all the holiday events happening around the Kenan Center, visit www.kenancenter.org.

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How Jimmy Page Made His Guitar So Heavy On Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ https://micgillette.com/how-jimmy-page-made-his-guitar-so-heavy-on-led-zeppelins-black-dog/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 00:32:25 +0000 https://micgillette.com/how-jimmy-page-made-his-guitar-so-heavy-on-led-zeppelins-black-dog/ Epic live performances helped Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin are building a positive reputation for themselves with their massive fan base, even though a concert was like torture for another famous rocker. The band also worked quickly in the studio, but they still found time to experiment with new sounds and techniques. It might not […]]]>

Epic live performances helped Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin are building a positive reputation for themselves with their massive fan base, even though a concert was like torture for another famous rocker. The band also worked quickly in the studio, but they still found time to experiment with new sounds and techniques. It might not seem obvious, but Page’s heavy guitars on “Black Dog” (and the idle strumming at the start of the song) are due to new studio experience.

Jimmy Page performs in 1971 | Michael Putland/Getty Images

Jimmy Page developed an interest in recording techniques before forming Led Zeppelin

Page turned down two invitations to join the Yardbirds before forming Led Zeppelin. He even received a iconic guitar for turning down the job the second time. Page preferred to remain a session musician so he could learn more about recording techniques, such as studio miking. He made his time in the studio worth it.

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Here’s why XTC carried the torch for psychedelic rock in the 80s https://micgillette.com/heres-why-xtc-carried-the-torch-for-psychedelic-rock-in-the-80s/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 17:35:07 +0000 https://micgillette.com/heres-why-xtc-carried-the-torch-for-psychedelic-rock-in-the-80s/ If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Dukes of Stratosphear was the sincerest homage to classic 1960s psychedelia. The act was a side project for British new wave band XTC, dreamed up by guitarist and vocalist Andy Partridge, who inspired bandmates Dave Gregory (guitar) and Colin Molding (bass) to write and produce […]]]>

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Dukes of Stratosphear was the sincerest homage to classic 1960s psychedelia.

The act was a side project for British new wave band XTC, dreamed up by guitarist and vocalist Andy Partridge, who inspired bandmates Dave Gregory (guitar) and Colin Molding (bass) to write and produce an album that sounded like if it had been made in 1967. .

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Rocksmith + make me suck less on guitar https://micgillette.com/rocksmith-make-me-suck-less-on-guitar/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 21:02:00 +0000 https://micgillette.com/rocksmith-make-me-suck-less-on-guitar/ I spent my confinement learning to play bass. Most people go for the guitar when it comes to choosing their first instrument, but I’ve always been a rhythm section guy. These are the basslines that my ear gravitates towards when listening to a song. Now, a few years later, I think me and my buttercream […]]]>

I spent my confinement learning to play bass. Most people go for the guitar when it comes to choosing their first instrument, but I’ve always been a rhythm section guy. These are the basslines that my ear gravitates towards when listening to a song. Now, a few years later, I think me and my buttercream Fender P-Bass could hold their own in a slightly above average punk band. But lately, I’ve found myself drifting off to the Other Side, to the alluring and confusing world of the six-string. I’ve had a basic $150 Fender acoustic and a Squier Telecaster (in burgundy mist with humbucking pickups, foreign detail fans) and spent the last few months trying to make sense of them.


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I learned to play guitar the same way I learned bass: by watching tutorials on YouTube and following tabs for songs I already know well. Then, through this process, I add more chords, notes, and techniques to my growing arsenal. I’m sure there are better ways to learn an instrument, but I don’t care. Sounds pretty good to me. I know how to do a bunch of cool sounds (including some pesky barre chords) and I can play Pavement’s Shady Lane all the way on both instruments. That’s all I need. I still fumble a lot with my worrying hand, but a crank overdrive pedal can still cover that. That’s the secret guitarists don’t want you to know.

However, this week I felt the need for a little more structured learning. I’m sick of guys on YouTube saying “do this” and creating an impossible shape with their hand that instantly gives me cramps. I have already tried Fender Play, an online video tutorial, but found it a bit sterile and boring. Then I remembered Rocksmith+, which Ubisoft revealed at E3 2021. It’s a new subscription version of its game of the same name, so I decided to throw $15 at them for a one month subscription. It’s not exactly cheap, but I figured if it taught me a few new songs, it was probably worth the price of admission. It’s currently only available on PC, with the promised console versions still being MIA.

I also lost $25 on the official Real Tone cable. Apparently you can just point a mic at your guitar and the game will record it, or use a standard USB audio interface, but I wanted to take advantage of the cable-only tone simulation feature. Similar to software like GarageBand, this adds incredibly authentic sound effects to your guitar, including fuzz, reverb, tremolo, vintage amps, legendary pedal tones, and more. From the main menu, you can choose from an overwhelming selection of preset tones and just shred, which I like to do to warm up before I start classes. Some of the metal flavored ones ring my Telecaster monstrous.

To test Rocksmith+, I decided to choose a song I knew intimately: Geraldine from Glasvegas. But when I first played it, I was doing almost nothing. The song was playing, but I only had to hit a single note every few seconds. I realized that it was the game that relieved me and gave me an idea of ​​my skill level. When he realized that I was hitting every note easily, he started adding more, gradually filling the song until, after about an hour, the difficulty level reached 100% and I had to hit every note. and every chord. It’s a brilliant system, getting you comfortable with the general structure of a track and giving you more complexity until, before you know it, you’re suddenly playing the whole thing.

It’s not a particularly difficult song, but there is one element that surprised me – a quick change with a few slides added. But Rocksmith+ lets you isolate a part of a song and keep playing it over and over, and 25 minutes later, the part I was having trouble with suddenly stuck in my muscle memory. I can do it without even looking at the fretboard now, which is huge for me. I always watch this thing. Now I can play all of Geraldine from Glasvegas, one of my favorite songs, from start to finish. Your mileage may vary, but for me this was proof enough that Rocksmith+ works as an educational tool. Now I want to try more delicate songs.

I don’t know what it would be like to get into the game without even holding a guitar before. I had a few years playing bass and a few months learning the basics of my little acoustic. The evening I spent devoting the G chord to muscle memory probably helped the integration process. But for someone at my skill level – basically crap, but promising – I’m having a great time. The song selection is pretty limited and I really don’t need one more subscription service in my life, but I think I’ll give Rocksmith+ at least a month before deciding if it’s a keeper or not. It’s just nice to play a video game that teaches me real skills in the real world.

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The discreet genius of Pink Floyd’s “Meddle” album https://micgillette.com/the-discreet-genius-of-pink-floyds-meddle-album/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://micgillette.com/the-discreet-genius-of-pink-floyds-meddle-album/ Without the efforts of pink floyd, the world would be a completely different place, both musically and culturally, in what is the clearest testament to the vitality of their creative heyday. Whether it’s the fantastical psychedelic rock of their first chapter when the band was led by Syd Barrett or their later period producing awe-inspiring […]]]>

Without the efforts of pink floyd, the world would be a completely different place, both musically and culturally, in what is the clearest testament to the vitality of their creative heyday. Whether it’s the fantastical psychedelic rock of their first chapter when the band was led by Syd Barrett or their later period producing awe-inspiring rock operas engineered by Roger Waters, their oeuvre is varied, with many moments of pure brilliance that were so ahead of their time that they remain stunning today.

Although the conversation about Pink Floyd generally focuses on records such as The Pied Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Dark Side of the Moon and The wallan opus from their collection remains criminally unknown: 1971’s mingle. Their sixth studio effort, the record is a thing of absolute beauty, acting as a sonic bridge between the swirling psychedelia of their Syd Barrett era and the progressive splendor that was to come over the rest of the decade.

Recorded at historic Abbey Road Studios in London, mingle is an interesting album in the sense that although it is refined for compositional purposes, there is a rawness and energy that overshadows even that of the band. representation in Pompeii. It’s dynamic, heady and utterly all-encompassing, with the use of an on-pitch recording of Liverpool fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during “Fearless”, one of the most compelling creative decisions that the group has ever taken, helping to separate them. of other intellectually sickening progressive rock bands, and show that Pink Floyd shouldn’t be pigeonholed.

The album opens with the instrumental “One of These Days”, which gradually builds to a roaring climax, with David Gilmour’s tremolo guitar work among his best to date. He then moves on to “A Pillow of Winds”, a sort of spiritual successor to 1969’s “Green is the Colour”. After. One of the most enchanting pieces the band has ever written, Gilmour and Waters’ vocals act like a warm blanket, and they blend perfectly with the arpeggiated guitar lines and keep you completely mesmerized.

Then, the twang of the acoustic guitar announces the arrival of ‘Fearless’. Arguably in Pink Floyd’s ten best songs of all time, it speaks for itself despite what fans of their openly prog chapter might say. Another hypnotic duo from Gilmour and Waters, with a killer riff and interesting production techniques, including the surprise of Liverpool fans bathed in reverb that fade at the end, the piece has a multi-faceted essence that keeps it from getting boring.

The album then continues its stellar run with upbeat “San Tropez” and bluesy “Seamus” before concluding with the 23-minute epic “Echoes.” The song was so groundbreaking that Waters later claimed that the dark lord of the theatrical stage, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, stole the main riff when designing the theme for The Phantom of the Opera.

A flawless way to end the album, echoes was Pink Floyd showing everyone what was to come. Although it’s a long track, it doesn’t feel like it, always keeping the listener completely immersed, with plenty of twists, juxtapositions and moments of improvised genius raising the curtain on Pink Floyd, the drummers of the world.

For those who haven’t heard it yet, I implore you to dive into mingle. Although we are now firmly locked in the fall, it has the power to take you to dreamlands and warmer climes and make the current crises we are going through fade away with a light background noise. For a record 51 years old, it’s not a bad start.

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Steve Vai (Finally) Brings His “Inviolate” Tour to College Street Music Hall https://micgillette.com/steve-vai-finally-brings-his-inviolate-tour-to-college-street-music-hall/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 12:30:21 +0000 https://micgillette.com/steve-vai-finally-brings-his-inviolate-tour-to-college-street-music-hall/ NEW HAVEN — In two conversations nearly a year apart, guitarist, songwriter, producer and three-time Grammy winner Steve Vai revealed himself to be as much a musician as a magician, conjuring up mind-bending creations not only from the wood, strings and magnetic pickups of the guitars he plays, but also from a recently unveiled one-of-a-kind […]]]>

NEW HAVEN — In two conversations nearly a year apart, guitarist, songwriter, producer and three-time Grammy winner Steve Vai revealed himself to be as much a musician as a magician, conjuring up mind-bending creations not only from the wood, strings and magnetic pickups of the guitars he plays, but also from a recently unveiled one-of-a-kind instrument creation dubbed “The Hydra”.

But more on that later.

After not one, but two life-threatening injuries requiring separate surgeries, Vai is on the road bringing a showcase of classics and all-new material to Connecticut fans as he – after frustrating injury-related delays – reaches finally the stage of New Haven’s College Street Music Hall on November 1st.

“The wing is starting to beat again,” Vai joked of his previously distressed shoulder, arm and hand during the second of two exclusive phone calls to The Newtown Bee in mid-September.

In over 40 years in the industry, Vai has sold over 15 million records and recorded with music legends like Frank Zappa, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake and many more. He has also toured extensively and recorded live projects with G3 (in collaboration with various bands including Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Lukather) and Generation Axe, a Vai supergroup formed with Zakk Wylde, Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt. , and Tosin Abasi.

Vai is also the author of Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitaristshis first music theory book designed to help beginners and experienced guitarists.

He is backed on the current tour by longtime band members Dave Weiner on guitar and keyboards, Philip Bynoe on bass and Jeremy Colson on drums.

After hitting the big 62 this summer, Vai explained that he purposely changed his practice and warm-up regiments, as well as the way he presented his talent on stage to accommodate his recovery and maintain his ability. to continue playing at its peak. And he’s excited about it, despite a grueling 50+ appointment schedule that spans just a few months, which could very well challenge players who are decidedly younger.

“I didn’t realize it until I got back on stage, but my conventional way of moving wasn’t going to work,” Vai said. “You have to do your best to make lemonade out of lemons, right? But I still feel it. I have to face the fact that some of those changes come with age.

“It’s like with athletes incorporating a change in position, except you’re making a musical statement,” he continued. “But a vast majority of what you do, and what you have to overcome, is in your mind and your imagination. And even if some techniques have to change, I still have an incredibly wide palette to make melodies. I find no limits.

Love the new tracks

Vai and his legion of fans all enjoy the raft of new material the artist presents each night starting with his new release, Inviolate.

“Oh yeah, I really like playing ‘Little Pretty’ by Inviolate. Also ‘Zeus In Chains’, ‘Avalancha’ and ‘Candlepower’,” he shared. “You know, John, it’s really nice when you’re on the road promoting a new record and you have new material to play. I like to play older stuff, but there’s a spark when you do something new, and these songs light me up. They are so well suited for playing live and my ability to play them. Truly magical.

Before his first pre-tour conversation with the bee, while nursing his first post-surgery recovery, Vai presented an unreleased performance video on his Ibanez Onyx Black PIA guitar of a new composition called “Knappsack”. The clip capturing him playing with one hand while recovering from shoulder and hand surgery can be viewed by CLICK HERE.

A true artist, Vai chooses musical collaborators much like he does guitar, amp, effects and settings, spending hours, days and even weeks perfecting himself to achieve the sound and style that the song requires.

“The song kind of tells you what kind of musician is required,” he said. “Most of the time, if I record with other musicians, I start with my band, otherwise — like with keyboards — unless I really need a virtuoso performance, I try to do everything myself. -same. On this record, when the pandemic was in full swing, I ended up doing something very different: sending tracks to various musicians and picking up what they contributed without being there.

“So if you ask the right people, they do the right things and they blow your mind. As with “Candlepower”. First I laid it down with just a drum loop, but then I wanted a drummer to bring it to life, and the answer kept coming: Terry Bozzio. And I loved what he did, as did the two tracks with Vinny Colaiuta,” Vai said. “I wasn’t there to tell him what to do, but I got the best of Vinny – just fantastic.

“The same thing happened when I contacted Henrik Linder,” he continued. “I’ve been following him for a while and he’s just a freak, you know? So brilliant, but I needed the right song for him. So I sent him ‘Apollo In Color’, and I thought Henrik would be fantastic, and boy, he sure was.

Wielding ‘The Hydra’

Inviolate doesn’t just feature new songs and musical collaborations. It also features a brand new instrument called “The Hydra”, which was invented and built by Vai in partnership with guitar company Ibanez.

Just to get a little corny about guitar technology for a moment, The Hydra is a multi-faceted creature with two headstocks, three necks that accommodate 7- and 12-string guitars; a 4-string bass in ¾ scale; 13 sympathetic harp strings; semi-fretless necks; single coil, humbucker, piezo, MIDI and sustainer pickups; floating and semi-rigid tremolo bridges and phase splitters.

And Vai can be heard and seen on stage, wielding it while performing the new album’s opening track, Hydra teeth.

“Maybe five years ago, I had the idea of ​​creating a wild guitar based on a steampunk-type pattern, with three necks and harp strings,” Vai retracts in the liner notes of the album. ‘album. “Hoshino’s Incredible Designers [Ibanez] went to work and after maybe 2-3 years, and a prototype to start, The Hydra was born.

While releasing what might be some of Vai’s best work on the current tour, Vai also allowed time to complete a project he had been working on literally since elementary school when he fell in love with music. symphony and began to study. arrange and compose with a local teacher.

This passion and various creative periods over the past 40+ years have given rise to Vai’s recorded orchestral music which he has composed and performed on.

“In May [2021] I was in Holland for three weeks recording with the Metropol Orchestra and last month I was in Finland recording with the 90-piece Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra,” he said. “This project will eventually come out, but it will be very different from what most people expect of me.”

In conclusion, Vai said he was looking forward to seeing all of his Connecticut and area fans on November 1 at College Street Music Hall.

“The pacing of the show is engaging, and most people who know what I’m doing know what to expect,” Vai said. “But this time it’s just different – ​​it’s deeper. I think as you get older and stick to what’s interesting, you tend to evolve. So I’m definitely on this path of evolution, and it’s the perfect time to go to a rock concert! »

Get the last remaining tickets to see Steve Vai in New Haven by visiting collegestreetmusichall.com; and access a few videos, including Vai debuting with “The Hydra,” on newtownbee.com.

Editor John Voket can be contacted at john@thebee.com.

Check out Steve Vai unveiling and performing on “The Hydra” for the first time at the Magnolia Theater in El Cajon, Caif. September 28.

Steve Vai recorded this official video for his song ‘Little Pretty’ from his latest project ‘Inviolate’.

Multi-Grammy guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Vai returns to Connecticut at New Haven’s College Street Music Hall on Tuesday, November 1 for an evening of rock music. Read what he had to say during two exclusive Newtown Bee interviews and buy tickets now at collegestreetmusichall.com.

Multi-Grammy guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Vai returns to Connecticut at New Haven’s College Street Music Hall on Tuesday, November 1 for an evening of rock music. Read what he had to say during two exclusive Newtown Bee interviews and buy tickets now at collegestreetmusichall.com.

Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Vai is pictured with ‘The Hydra’, a one-of-a-kind instrument he designed with the Ibanez guitar team, which he plays on stage and on the opening track of his latest project, Inviolate. —Larry DiMarzio photo

A close-up of “The Hydra”, the unique instrument based on a steampunk-like design, with three necks and harp strings, designed by guitarist Steve Vai and the Ibanez guitar team. —Larry DiMarzio photo

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Here’s a healthy, easy and fun fitness routine https://micgillette.com/heres-a-healthy-easy-and-fun-fitness-routine/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 19:15:45 +0000 https://micgillette.com/heres-a-healthy-easy-and-fun-fitness-routine/ Hear the word “exercise” and a number of scenarios may come to mind. Some people may whisper to themselves – count me among them – “I have to join a gym”. Others may remember evenings spent jogging around the neighborhood. A select few may reflect on their strenuous CrossFit training. But even fewer, if any, […]]]>

Hear the word “exercise” and a number of scenarios may come to mind. Some people may whisper to themselves – count me among them – “I have to join a gym”. Others may remember evenings spent jogging around the neighborhood. A select few may reflect on their strenuous CrossFit training.

But even fewer, if any, will think of doing a crossword puzzle, playing chess, learning a new language, or playing the guitar.

Still, these are just some of the tools investigators have found invaluable for the health of that three-pound bundle of gray matter locked away in your skull, otherwise known as your brain.

Increasingly, researchers have found that cognition can be enhanced by creating a kind of gymnasium for the mind. “Oh come on, use your brain,” exasperated people sometimes say, and scientists would totally agree.

Not only does putting the noggin through certain hoops help ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in many people, but these mental pumps and puppets actually stimulate an array of faculties such as memory, intelligence and creativity. .

Here are some tips and suggestions to put your brain to the test.

First, physical activity itself exercises the brain. In Grace McGregor’s article “How exercise affects the brainwe learn that exercise nourishes the brain by aiding circulation and increasing blood flow, which provides needed nutrients. It reduces the effect of stress hormones. Surprisingly, physical training can also strengthen our memory functions by facilitating a process called synaptogenesis, the links mediating learning and memory.

Then there are exercises that focus directly on the brain itself. Medical News Today, for example, offers “22 brain exercises to improve memory, cognition and creativity.” Here, chess, checkers, sudoku and board games of all kinds are presented as excellent physical exercises for the mind. Visiting friends, especially if the conversation is stimulating, is another brain builder. The authors add to this list learning a foreign language, learning a musical instrument, dancing, meditation and practicing tai chi. Getting enough sleep also helps boost memory and regulate metabolism.

Perhaps the most interesting item on this list is #2: “visualize more.” Here, the article offers as an example a trip to the grocery store, where, before leaving, the customer takes a few moments to imagine themselves choosing certain items. “The key,” the article reads, “is to imagine the scenes vividly and in as much detail as possible.” Applied to all kinds of situations, these visualization techniques apparently stretch the imagination and the powers of thought.

Of course, we can also avoid habits that are as harmful to our brain as to the rest of our body. Cigarettes? Bad for the brain. Alcohol consumed in excess? Bad for the brain, as anyone with a hangover already knows. A poor diet ? Check. Too much TV? Another check, for two reasons. First, you can spend some of that couch time taking a walk, cleaning the basement, or talking to a friend. Second, watching too much tube is like gobbling up fast food with your eyeballs. You’re putting bullshit in your head.

“The mind is like a muscle” said motivational speaker, author and consultant Idowu Koyenikan. “The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can grow.”

And here’s the best news: our choices for this exercise are wide open. A game of chess, half an hour playing with a sudoku puzzle, some time spent meditating – now there’s a workout plan everyone could love.

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Ibanez Announces Marcin’s New MRC10 Signature Model https://micgillette.com/ibanez-announces-marcins-new-mrc10-signature-model/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 19:54:23 +0000 https://micgillette.com/ibanez-announces-marcins-new-mrc10-signature-model/ Ibanez’s new acoustic model comes from YouTuber and America’s Got Talent, Marcin. Marcin has made a name for himself and a following by sharing his musicality and exceptional fingerstyle technique with the world on a variety of social media platforms. He first caught the attention of his native Poland and eventually the world after winning […]]]>

Ibanez’s new acoustic model comes from YouTuber and America’s Got Talent, Marcin.


Marcin has made a name for himself and a following by sharing his musicality and exceptional fingerstyle technique with the world on a variety of social media platforms. He first caught the attention of his native Poland and eventually the world after winning the 9th season of Polish talent show, Must be the Music in 2015. Winning that contest helped launch his career by providing the resources needed to release his debut album, HUSH. He then competed on America’s Got Talent, which further increased his international profile, while his continued presence on Instagram and TikTok has garnered praise from renowned guitarists such as Tom Morello, Paul Stanley, Dweezil Zappa, Tosin Abasi and Vernon. Reid. Then, in 2018, Marcin officially became an Ibanez artist, and he became one of the brand’s most recognizable acoustic artists.

“To make the guitar unique and stand out from the crowd, I wanted the main focal point to be a high gloss white mother of pearl rosette combined with red flame inspired elements, which vaguely reference my logo. This serves as the main feature signature of the guitar from an aesthetic standpoint,” says Marcin.

Features

The Marcin MRC10 features exclusive Ibanez XM bracing, a full Fishman Rare Earth electronics package, and a wooden reinforcement plate under the top to aid in aggressive striking techniques. Other notable features include a solid Sika spruce top, Pau Ferro back and sides, Gotoh 510 machine heads, as well as a custom mother of pearl rosette and 12th fret inlay. The result is an instrument designed with all the tools Marcin needs to perform his unique brand of fingerstyle playing.

  • AE body
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Pau Ferro Back & Sides
  • Nyatoh neck (satin finish)
  • Macassar ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • 44mm width nut
  • Specially designed mother-of-pearl inlay
  • Pau Ferro body fillet
  • Bone Nut & Compensated Bone Nut
  • Gotoh Chrome SGS510Z tuners (18:1 gear ratio)
  • Fishman Rare Earth Mic Blend Active Soundhole, Tap Mic
  • Fishman Rare Earth Mic Blend Active Soundhole Pickup Preamp
  • Ibanez Advantage™ Bridge Pins with Red Dot
  • D’Addario® Strings XTAPB1253
  • XM bracing with a wooden reinforcement plate for body tapping
  • Memory
  • Finish: Nature

Marcin – Acoustic Power Solo | Ibanez MRC10 Signature Guitar

The MRC10 is expected to be available in January 2023. Retail price: $1499.99. For more information, please visit ibanez.com.

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Thought The Beatles’ Music Would Improve If They Learned His Meditation Techniques https://micgillette.com/maharishi-mahesh-yogi-thought-the-beatles-music-would-improve-if-they-learned-his-meditation-techniques/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 13:30:32 +0000 https://micgillette.com/maharishi-mahesh-yogi-thought-the-beatles-music-would-improve-if-they-learned-his-meditation-techniques/ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi thought the Beatles’ music would improve if they learned his meditation techniques. The guru was almost naively confident, but the group didn’t trust him for long. The Beatles heard the Maharishi speak for the first time in London. They had entered a period of introspection and wanted to know more about spirituality, […]]]>

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi thought the Beatles’ music would improve if they learned his meditation techniques. The guru was almost naively confident, but the group didn’t trust him for long.

The Beatles heard the Maharishi speak for the first time in London. They had entered a period of introspection and wanted to know more about spirituality, so the guru’s words touched them.

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