Archive for the ‘Guitar’ Category

Joe Bonamassa

My guitar tutor recommended listening to Joe Bonamassa a blue-rock guitarist who has been coined as the “New King Of Blues”. All I can say is wow…..he guitar skills beat the crap out of near enough all current popular guitarists…..amazing!!! Snippet from the website

“Blues-rock guitar virtuoso, vocalist and songwriter Joe Bonamassa kicked off 2007 with the honor of being named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine’s readership in their annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The year continues with the release of Sloe Gin, Bonamassa’s seventh solo album, and fourth on his own J&R Adventures label. A mix of heavy blues, big rock and textured acoustic tracks that Joe says was in part inspired by Rod Stewart’s legendary 1969 debut solo LP, it reunites him with producer Kevin Shirley (Joe Satriani, Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin).”

My fave track so far is “Woke Up Dreaming” which can be heard acoustic here:


Slash Signature Les Paul

Took a trip to Guitar Village in Farnham this afternoon and found this little beauty, The Slash Signature Gibson Les Paul. At £2699 I was too scared to touch it 🙂 did pick up some new strings and picks tho 🙂


Been spending a lot of time looking at guitar solos on youtube and trying to pick up some tips. In particular I have been learning slash solos and techniques, one of which is the below….I can play it faster than the slowed down version shown in the second part of the video but can never get up to the full speed shown at the beginning…..will have to ask my guitar tutor how to work up that kind of speed!!!

Flight Of The Conchords

Had this programme recommended to me, havent had a chance to watch the series yet but from what ive seen on youtube its frickin hilarious.

Extract from wikipedia:

Flight of the Conchords is a Grammy Award-winning New Zealand comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Billing themselves as “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo”, the group uses a combination of witty observation, characterisation and acoustic folk guitars to work the audience.


Enable Audio-In On Your Macbook

So i’ve just started looking at recording my electric guitar in garageband on my new macbook. I didnt know you had to “enable” the audio-in to get it to work directly with the guitar, the sound is going to be weak but thats another issue!


1.  Connect your guitar cable to the audio line in jack on your Mac using a 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch adapter.

2. Connect your headphones to the output jack. (Don’t confuse the input and output jacks!)

3. Open System Preferences.

4. Click on the Sound icon.

5. Click the Input tab.

6. Select “Line In” in the “Choose a device for sound input” list.

7. Open your recording software.

8. Create an audio/real instrument track (not a MIDI/virtual instrument track).

9. Select Channel 1&2 as your input.

10. Strum a loud chord. Chances are the guitar sound will seem quiet, even with the headphone volume turned up, and the input level meter will probably remain in the lowest part of its range.

(Taken from