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Chad Gerber Talks New WoodrowGerber Album and Future

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I interviewed Chad Gerber, solo artist and frontman for Suicide Denial, back in September 2011 and I had chance to catch up with him just before New Year’s Day 2013. He’s currenly working on WoodrowGerber – an alternative, electronica, hip hop, dub, influenced record, a new classic rock oriented album with Suicide Denial, and an ambitious one of a kind live show project.

Chad was gracious enough to share his experience and thoughts on a number of topics ranging from advice for beginners to art appreciation.

Interview with Chad Gerber

With Lights in the Sky and the songs from the forthcoming alum, they are more inclusive of the pop genre, what drove you to put together this kind of album?

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CG: With this album, I wanted to speak a simpler language through music. With Suicide Denial … it’s rock n’ roll, and people get it. With this I was trying to make the guitar the icing on the cake so to speak and not the main attraction. Music that you can relax and groove to, that’s not lyrically heavy.

From the forthcoming WoodGerber Album “Lights in the Sky”

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It’s something I’ve wanted to do for 10 years now but it was never the right time. With this album I wanted the songs to be easily digestible to anyone but at the same time include a lot of layering and really have the guitar standout instead of being just background music.

How did you get your tone?
CG: I started using a Rock Crusher from Rivera Amps. I’ve always struggled with getting the sound out my guitar that I wanted because cranking my amp all the way up wasn’t very practical. The Rock Crusher is a power attenuator that juices my amp. I mic it with 57′s then dial it in until I get the tone I want. I’ve yet to capture that sound on a record because by the time it get recorded and produced it’s gone through so many processes, it loses a little something although it sounds pretty cool overall.

On the NAMM show:
CG: It’s absolutely overwhelming how massive the show is. It’s like an indoor guitarist Disneyland. It’s a totally freak show but it’s a ton of fun.

Where did the name WoodrowGerber come from?
CG: I got a gig when I was 20 playing guitar for this hip-hop group in Dallas. They were actually a pretty funny group of guys and they said that my teeth were so straight they looked wooden. Then they started asking who was the president with wooden teeth? … they came up with Woodrow Wilson. They basically threw Woodrow in front of my name and that’s where it came from.

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Doing What He Loves – Interview with Guitarist Jon Herington


I recently had an opportunity to talk with Jon Herington, his band is currently touring with the Dukes of September in Hawaii, then off to Japan before returning the the states. He’s in a good place doing what he loves and I get a strong sense of this just in speaking with him. He found his groove over a decade ago when joined Steely Dan. He’s also toured with Boz Scaggs, Donald Fagen, Bette Midler, just to name a few.

One of the most interesting things I discovered in talking with Jon, is that he never really had a favorite guitarist to listen or one that he wanted to emulate. Even before getting the job with Steely Dan, he says he never said to himself “I’d really like to play with Steely Dan someday.” The opportunity presented itself, a result of his skills as a guitarist that would make a good fit for the band and being in the right social circles to be asked to join.

His latest cd, “Time on My Hands” was released in August, 2012 is a blues rock mix of original tunes in which Jon also sings.
My personal favorite is “eGirl” which I think has nice bluesy feeling with some witty tongue n’ cheek lyrics about a virtual dream lover like “turn on your cookies and throw me a crumb” and “the “best girl I never had”.

About practice time
When we finally decided to get serious about playing guitar he estimates he practiced for “8 to 9 years for 4 hours a day”. Let’s do the math …

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Getting to Know Your Guitar Pickups

by Kurt Prange

Passive (i.e. battery-free) electric guitar circuits are relatively simple and the possibilities for customization are endless. A basic understanding of pickups, potentiometers, capacitors and switches is all you need to get creative and take more control of your instrument’s voice on an electronic level.

Where does the electric guitar signal come from?

Pickups are transducers that convert the mechanical energy of a vibrating guitar string into electrical energy by way of electromagnetic induction. It is a fundamental concept studied in physics and electronics that a changing magnetic field will generate a current through a coil of wire. The electric guitar pickup uses permanent magnets and pole pieces to form a steady magnetic field in the vicinity of each individual guitar string.

An opposite magnetic polarity is induced in the metallic (steel core) guitar string when mounted above its respective pole piece and when the string moves, the otherwise steady magnetic field changes accordingly. Wire is wrapped around the poles thousands of times to form a coil within the magnetic field to pick up an induced current and voltage.

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The Basics of Chord Progressions

In every key there are seven chords than can be numbered from 1 to 7 using Roman Numerals. In this example we’ll take the key of G. So here are the chords(the chord fingerings are pictured above):

I …… II …… III …… IV …… V …… VI ……VII
G … Am …. Bm ….. C …… D …… Em …. F#dim



The I, IV, V chords are always major chords. The II, III, IV are always minor chords. The VI chord is not used that often in popular music, so I’ll leave it alone for now.

What can you do with this knowledge?

Create songs, baby! When you play a I – VI – IV – V progression in the key of G, you know that you’re playing G – Em – C – D. If you play around with different combinations of chord progressions, you’ll start to notice the familiar sounds associated with song structure.

Here are some other popular progression to try:

      I – V – VI – IV
      I – IV – I – V
      I – II – III – IV

So go through each key and figure out the chord progressions, learn the chords and start working out combinations to work on your own song. Don’t over complicate it, just do it an listen as you play. If you need help with your chord fingerings, use the widget in the right hand column.

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Basic Guitar Setup – Getting the Most Out of Your Amp and Effects

Guest post by Alan Maloney

Your first step is, of course, obtaining a decent quality guitar amp. I would recommend a tube amp, because of the inherent warmth of their sound, but this is a personal preference. Before introducing any effects into your signal line, you must first find your desired amp sound.

Part 1 – Amp Setup

Here is a quick guide to amp set-up …

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      Set the volume and drive knobs on the guitar amplifier to zero by turning the knobs all the way to the left (counter-clockwise). On some amplifiers, the drive knob may be labeled “gain.”

2. Set all EQ knobs to 12 o’clock. Unlike volume and drive, the zero setting for EQ knobs like treble and bass are at 12 o’clock. This is called a “flat” setting. Flat means that the true sound or “coloring” of the amplifier is unchanged. Always begin setting up an amplifier with flat settings before making modifications as this will allow you to learn the true sound of the amp itself.

3. Slowly turn up the volume on the amplifier and play the guitar. Set the volume to a comfortable listening level. The tone should be completely clean with no distortion.

4. For clean tone, move on to Step 5. For a distorted tone, slowly turn the drive knob to the right. The higher you turn the drive, the more distorted the guitar sound will become.

5. Turn the bass knob to the right to increase the bass. This will give a thicker sound with lower end. For a thinner sound, turn down the bass by moving the knob counter-clockwise.

6. Mid, or, mid-range, is the knob that will determine how much the guitar sound will “cut through” a mix of other instruments.
*WARNING* – Vocals usually reside in the mid-range of the sound spectrum. Adjusting your midrange too high will end up overpowering the vocals. This is not a desired situation.

7. The treble knob adjusts how “bright” your guitar tone is. More treble can add sparkle to a clean guitar tone and a more biting edge to a distorted tone. Turning down the treble knob will give a darker tone.

8. Changing the drive and EQ settings may have raised or lowered the overall volume of the guitar sound. Once all of the settings are adjusted to your liking, set the overall volume to the desired performance level.

These are very basic guidelines.

***Remember; LESS IS MORE! Always start with the amp in flat position, and make small adjustments, until you find your sound. Next, we will discuss introduction of effects into your sound.

Part 2 – Incorporating Effects

Now you have found your basic guitar amp tone. It is time to incorporate effects into your sound. There are 2 types of effects currently being popularized, Processors, or Multi-effect units, and individual or “stomp-box” type effects. You can use either or both in conjunction with your guitar amp.

First, I highly recommend reading the entire instruction manual TWICE, and pay close attention to the location of the important adjustment knobs. On stage, in the middle of a song, is the wrong place to learn about your unit! I will discuss the use of a processor first.

1. Insert the unit into the effects loop of your amp, if one is provided. Run a patch cable from EFFECTS SEND to the input of your processor, and from the output, run a cable to EFFECTS RETURN. The actual names may be slightly different, but you will get the idea. The instruction manual will help you with this connection. If you have a volume or level adjustment on your processor, set it to the 12 o’clock position, or lower. All units are different, and may not require hooking up to the effects loop. I will discuss the other options later.

2. Power up your processor PRIOR to powering up your amplifier. This will eliminate the harmful popping noise that occurs if the amp is on. Set the processor in BYPASS mode.

3. Slowly turn up the volume on the amplifier and play the guitar, while turning up the volume, or level adjustment on your guitar. Set the volume to a comfortable level. You should now be hearing the neutral tone you have chosen to start with. I advise turning the reverb setting on your amp completely off, until you have gotten used to your effect unit. There may also be a “MIX” adjustment on your effects unit. This will usually adjust the amount of effect that is mixed with the “DRY”, or original sound you have obtained. Try to use this feature sparingly, remembering “LESS IS MORE”.

4. Engage the unit by turning off the bypass mode. Your volume should not have increased or diminished. Set your level or volume knob on the processor to make this happen. Do not attempt to increase your volume with your effect unit, let the amp do the work.
5. Now comes the hard part! You will need to spend many hours perfecting your tone. You will want to set up several tones that are close to each other, and easy to access quickly on stage. I always tried to have a lead channel next to each rhythm setting on my unit. You may want to download actual artist presets, and many processors have this capability. (Line 6 is an industry leader in this area).

Part 3 – Order of Effects

“STOMP BOXES” are the slang term for individual effects units. There are hundreds of different brands, types, and sizes. Try to use the highest quality gear you can afford. I always research on the internet and read reviews by actual musicians before I buy anything. These units are usually powered by a 9 volt battery, or a power supply that is intended to replace the battery. There are many exceptions to this rule, however, and this must be considered prior to purchasing any effect unit. It might be beneficial to discuss appropriate guitar effects order and what guitar effects belong in the FX loop versus in front of the amp.

Always begin your guitar effects chain with distortion of overdrive effects. Adding these types of guitar effects after time based effects (delay, chorus, flange, etc) will only introduce unwanted noise and sound horrible. Additionally, placing an overdrive before distortion is better as the overdrive can be used to push the distortion for additional volume or gain.

*Never place an overdrive or distortion effect in the FX loop of an amp.

Time based guitar effects (delay, chorus, flange, etc) are placed after gain effects to keep noise to a minimum. This also allows the effect to be placed on the signal after gain has been added. Time based guitar effects are perfect for the FX loop on an amp or between your preamp and power amp in a rack setup.

The last guitar effect is EQ which works both in front of the amp and in the FX loop. EQ also works well before gain stage or after and optimally in both position. Place volume pedals first in the signal chain while Wahs can go before or after the gain/overdrive pedal depending on how you want to affect the sound.

Here are some sample signal chain diagrams that have been proven effective:

Volume –> Overdrive pedal –> Distortion Pedal –> Chorus/Delay/Flange –> Noise Gate

Volume –> EQ –> Overdrive pedal –> Distortion Pedal –> Chorus/Delay/Flange –> Noise Gate

Volume –> Overdrive pedal –> EQ –> Distortion Pedal –> Chorus/Delay/Flange –> Noise Gate
On the following page is an actual photo of a powered, multi-pedal effect board. These units, while large and cumbersome, allow the musician to have high quality individual effects, with settings that are protected fro alteration, allowing the player to have reliable, consistent tone. This set-up is preferred by countless professional players. I personally use a large pedal board, very similar to this one.

A powered effect board with multiple effect units includes a rather extensive learning curve. While processors may have “preset” sounds, with a pedal board you have the flexibility to alter your sounds “on the fly”. This takes experience and practice, and requires a firm knowledge of the owner’s manual for each effect. Again, read each owner’s manual completely at least twice before setting up your pedal board.
Use only top quality patch cable to connect your effects. I use only MONSTER cables or the high quality build-your-own kit from PLANET WAVES. I have had no problems with my connections for several years now.

As with the processors, adjust your amp to your desired tone with all of your effects pedals in “off” or “bypass” position. After obtaining your optimal amp tone, start turning on your effects pedals, one at a time, taking careful note of how each one affects the end resultant tone. This is a trial and error process, and will take a LOT of time to perfect your sound. Please be patient. Eventually, you will identify several appropriate sounds, and effect combinations that will provide all the flexibility needed to perform live.

Part 4 – Stage Amplifier

STAGE AMPLIFIER setup is often overlooked by the younger musicians, but is very important to a successful live performance. Here is a typical amp/stand setup, featuring the tilt-back feature.

As pictured, the amp should be directly behind the player, tilted up, so the sound will radiate “through” your body. This allows you to closely monitor your tone and volume. Adjust your volume to a comfortable level. This is the tricky part, since many guitar amps, including the one pictured, must be at a certain level of volume to obtain certain desirable tones.
For larger venues, you will need to maintain your usual volume, and run your amp through the house PA system. When using your amp in this fashion, in a smaller venue, your stage volume should be approx. 75-80% of your total volume. In other words, use your amp for the majority of your volume, and do not turn up the guitar sound extremely high in the PA system.
I personally use a 15 watt Class “A” tube amp. I run it at about 50% volume, and this is plenty for most small to medium sized venues. Any more than that, or for outside gigs, I mic the amp in the PA system.

About me: My name is Alan Maloney, and I have been a working, professional guitarist in the Fresno, CA. area for 25 years. My current band is KROSSOVER and can be found on Facebook at Krossover Fresno and on My Space.

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Best Electric Guitar for Playing the Blues?

The “Blues” originated from the American South and it underlies most popular music today due to it’s highly expressive nature. When I think of the blues, I think of Stevie Ray Vaughan mostly due to the fact that he was popular in my generation. However, there’s a rich history of great blues guitarists and their guitar of choice varies as widely as their music. Look to some of the great blues guitarists for an answer to the question of “what is the best electric guitar for playing the blues?” Like music itself … it’s subjective. But if it’s a great bluesy tone that your after, I think that it’s helpful to look at some of the greats to look at the type of electric guitar they used for playing the blues.

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Jammmz Aims to Connect Musicians Across the Globe

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March 3rd 2014 — Jammmz is a new, interactive, community-driven website focusing on improving musicianship in a fun and challenging way, and brings together all of the elements of some more popular instrument-teaching platforms and games on an unprecedented, real-life level. Guitarists around the world are flocking to the site to partake in the lessons and show off their skills; and now, Jammmz has been branching out to include bass and drum packages as well.

Integration of an expansive social platform has been crucial for the effectiveness of the site.  Members of the Jammmz community learn from each other as their playing is graded and commented upon by their fellow users.  Instructors post in-depth instructional videos from which the members can learn the theory, tips, and tricks to get a particular playing style down pat. From power chords to arpeggios, slap-bass techniques, and syncopation, there is no limit to the knowledge being imparted from the qualified, professional musicians employed by Jammmz.

Several key motivating factors keep bringing the members back for more.  There is a ranking system that awards prestige, higher levels, and brings with it the admiration of peer musicians. Users can see themselves improving on their instrument by completing challenges on a progressively higher scale.  One of the newest features to be added to the site is a section called Sponsored Packages.  These groups of challenges offer actual prizes for the members whose uploaded solution outperforms the rest.
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Sam Lyons – A Passion for Teaching Guitar

My name is Sam Lyons and I have taught beginner guitar lessons for over 36 years. I have taught literally thousands of people of all ages how to play the guitar and invite you to visit my website to see my step-by-step guitar lessons video tutorials on how to play the guitar. And best of all, the guitar lessons are 100% FREE. You can visit my Best Beginner Guitar Lessons website at here.

If you are wanting to learn the guitar and be able to play your favorite songs for your family, friends, or even maybe in your church band, then my lessons will do just that.

Check out the video below for more information on my online guitar lessons and learning to play the guitar.

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4 Reasons to Learn Guitar (Besides It Being Super Awesome)

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By the Strum Music School of Austin

Being able to shred on a guitar is awesome. There’s just something everyone can admire about that kind of talent and ability. That sort of gratification is precisely the reason many people take up guitar lessons. However, playing guitar actually has many more benefits to offer than just the dream of playing in front of millions of fans. Guitar lessons can actually enhance your life!

Develops Patience and Discipline

Learning to play the guitar takes a lot of time and patience. No one can just pick up a guitar and expect to be a sensation overnight. It takes a lot of time, memorization, and practice. These things, though frustrating, pay off over time. Not only will you gain more patience in yourself but you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment once you’ve completed your goal – whether it be finally learning to play your favorite song flawlessly or playing for a group of people – the work you put in will pay off and will teach you what kind of effort you need to put in to achieve your goals in general.

Cognitive Development

Though taking guitar lessons will greatly enhance your creativity capacity, it also has a huge effect on your cognitive development. Because of all of the memorization required in the beginning stages, you’ll find that your memory and alertness greatly improves after just a couple of guitar lessons.

Self Esteem Booster

Nothing feels better than accomplishing a goal, especially if you’ve put in a lot of time and effort. Once you achieve one of your goals in learning guitar, it’ll be easier to get started on your next because you know you can achieve it. Not to mention, this sort of confidence in yourself will shine through in all other aspects of your life. You will be more confident at work, school, with friends, etc.

Break Out Of Your Shell

Playing guitar can help you break out of your shell. Once you become confident in your guitar playing ability, it will be easy for you to strike up a conversation with other people who share your passion or to impress someone with your newfound skill because the guitar will do the talking. If you’re regularly a bit of an introvert, playing guitar can be a great segue into lots of social opportunities.

About The Author

Strum Music School of Austin is a creative environment that offers music classes in all styles of music for both adults and children. For those looking to learn guitar lessons in Austin, we urge you to come by our school or visit us online at http://www.strumaustin.com.

For our fellow guitar lovers that happen to reside outside of Austin, we strongly suggest finding your own local music school and start reaping the benefits of learning guitar. It’s well worth it and you’ll be rocking in no time!

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Livetune Releases Game Changing Jamstar Guitar Learning App

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Imagine having twenty-four hour access to your own personal guitar teacher. Picture being able to take lessons on a whim and get instant feedback on your progress wherever you are. With the innovative guitar tutorial Jamstar, brought to you by the Jerusalem, Israel-based company Livetune, guitar lessons have never been more
convenient, productive, and entertaining.

About the Jamstar App

Jamstar is an interactive application that presents guitarists of all levels courses meticulously organized by trained music professionals, and provides comprehensive, real-time feedback for each session. This is done via the device’s microphone, listening to users utilizing the proprietary Jamstar platform. The application is a free download, requires no additional hardware, and, unlike anything of its kind, works across platforms (iOS, Android and via the web). It’s a cinch to use and is compatible with any guitar.

In minutes you can be sharpening your chops with a wide variety of free lessons, spanning basics to challenging but rewarding tutorials on music theory essentials. Additionally, Jamstar offers mp3 price-point “How-to-Play” lessons innovatively laid out with an onscreen visual guide that’s intuitive and simple and fun to use. This option will have you instantly playing to pop and rock favorites by Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, The Beatles, and Green Day, among many others icons of pop music. Jamstar also offers sections devoted to jazz, blues, and classical music.

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Livetune’s game-changing music education platform is rooted in the company’s core specialty which is audio recognition and analysis that can be used across a wide spectrum of industries. The software is a patent-pending engine that can detect the difference between single notes, polyphonic tones, white noise and other advanced sonic subtleties via any device’s microphone.

About Livetune Ltd

Livetune Ltd started in 2010 and currently the “Jamstar” community has over 200,000 active users. The company’s 8-person team is a mix of acclaimed gigging musicians, esteemed software engineers, and accomplished music business professionals. This family of complimentary talents shares a passion for helping its users progress. To that end, the folks at Livetune engage directly with Jamstar users and constantly monitor the success of new lessons to ensure the curriculum meets the demands of its users.

Jamstar is partners with forward thinking guitar string company DR and jointly developed the “Color-Play Learning System.” DR’s breakthrough color-coated strings, which, with strong visual cues, enhance learning, are replicated in the Jamstar user interface. Additional powerful allies are Alfred Music Publishing in the US and Faber Music in the UK, two of most respected music publishing companies around. Through this association, Jamstar can offer “how to play” music from the esteemed Warner Chappell catalog, including songs from The Beatles, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, and R.E.M., among many others.

A new addition to the platform is “Jamstar™ For Teachers,” a SaaS application that enables music educators to better monitor and motivate their students outside of the lesson room. Launched recently at the Innovate NYC Music Ed-Tech event at Spotify NYC, teachers in the UK and Israel are already using the beta version as a complimentary “homework” tool for their students. Jamstar is also prepping apps for other instruments with piano, voice and ukulele coming in 2014. With Jamstar products, the opportunity to learn an instrument has never more immediately gratifying.

Learn more about the Jamstar Acoustics – interactive guitar lessons app.

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Carlos Santana: A Legend Made

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“Music doesn’t have to be so boring, constrictive, and serious. Music is supposed to be fun.” – Carlos Santana

When it comes to unique blends of the blues, salsa, African rhythms, jazz and Latin-infused rock music, there is only one name that comes to mind – Carlos Santana, or simply Santana. This Mexican-American singer and guitarist rose to fame using the skills he had of tickling the strings on his guitar, eventually capturing the hearts of people all over the world.

But the legendary guitar man’s fame did not come in just a snap of a finger. Just like any other kid with a burning desire to be who he wanted to be, Santana worked his way up the frets of the guitar despite the many blisters he had to encounter along the way until he finally reached the top.

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Strumming His Way into Music

Born in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico on July 20, 1947, Carlos Augusto Alves Santana inherited his professional violinist father Jose’s love of music. At the very young age of 5, Jose dutifully taught the young musician all he needed to know about playing the violin, in the hopes that his son would grow up to be just like himself – a great violinist. However, despite many attempts of making the young Carlos fall in love with playing the violin, he discovered the guitar and easily fell into sync with the instrument 3 years later.

Santana then started listening to B.B. King’s and John Lee Hooker’s electric blues, who greatly influenced the budding rock star’s playing style. And little did he know that he would soon be meeting his idols face-to-face.

It was as if the stars had all shone brightly on Carlos the moment his mother gave birth to him because when he and his family moved to Tijuana in 1955, he was a step closer to a very promising career in music.

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From Humble Beginnings

Like most aspiring guitarists, Santana began playing in Tijuana strip clubs equipped with the influence he got from his electric blues idols. Not long after their move to Tijuana, he and his family moved yet again, this time to San Francisco. And it was then that the young guitarist got a treat of a lifetime – he chanced to see his idols perform live.

Seeing his idols perform on stage gave Santana the push he needed to pick up his guitar, gather two of his fellow street musicians and form a band, permanently quitting his work as a diner dishwasher. He even stopped playing on the streets for spare change.

The Start of It All

It was by no accident that Carlos Santana was right there at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West Sunday matinee show in 1966. It was destiny telling him to be there at that exact time, right when American blues singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield, who was supposed to perform then, got too intoxicated to play. As a result, an impromptu band was put together by Bill Graham himself.

Graham had connections, and he quickly filled in each missing band member with people he knew, but he was missing one more – a guitarist. Fortunately for Santana, his manager Stan Marcum, who was also a spectator at that time, talked to Graham and suggested that Santana become a part of the impromptu band. And as luck would have it, Graham agreed.

Santana wowed the audience and Bill Graham with his passionate guitar playing and powerful solo, catapulting him to a budding rock star status. It was then that he formed his own band with some of his fellow street artists David Brown, Gregg Rolie, original drummer Rod Harper and rhythm guitarist Tom Frazer and called it Santana Blues Band. And as one would expect, the name was taken from Santana’s last name.

Being soft-spoken, Santana had not wanted to be named leader of the band. But because the local musician’s union required that every band should have a designated leader, he obliged to have his name lent to the group.

Rock Star Status

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The Santana Blues Band, or simply Santana, had a mix of highly original music which captured the ears of the public that in no time, they gained quite a lot of following on the San Francisco club scene. Had Twitter been available that time, Santana and his band mates may have given Katy Perry (50 million followers as of this writing) a run for her money.

Their exceedingly memorable performance at Woodstock in 1969 landed them …
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New ESP Guitars for 2014

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New E-II Line Introduced by ESP

ESP Guitars unveiled a preview of what’s to come a couple of weeks before this year’s winter NAMM show. For this year, ESP will introduce the new E-II line of guitars which is a replacement for the LTD Elite line that they released last year. This line will be made in the ESP Factory in Japan and will feature the same quality and craftsmanship expected from a Japanese ESP.

The E-II will replace the ESP Standard Series as per the company’s decision to limit the use of the ESP brand. The E-II line offers a wide range of shapes and models. The line includes 10 new guitars and 4 basses that are based off classic ESP models and shapes. The E-II brand of guitars will also feature 3 new signature models. A signature bass for Doris Yeh and a signature guitar for Jesse Liu of Taiwanese metal masters Chthonic, and a signature model for Elias Viljanen of Sonata Arctica.

ESP guitars will also bring the ESP Original Series guitars to the USA. These guitars, according to ESP, will bring the same level of craftsmanship and quality of ESP Custom Shop guitars to production models without the hefty custom shop price tag. The ESP Original Series will feature 4 guitar models including the USA introduction of the Mystique and FRX models. It will also include the Eclipse and the Horizon models. In addition, the ESP Original Series will also include a bass guitar model in the form of the ESP Stream bass guitar.

This year’s Winter NAMM show will also see the introduction of the ESP USA line of guitars. These models will be hand-crafted in North Hollywood in a new ESP Factory close to the headquarters of ESP USA. The line will include 3 models: Eclipse, Horizon, and the new M-III. According to ESP, initial production of these USA-made ESPs will be limited but production will increase and new models will be introduced as time passes by.

Vist ESPGuitars.com for more on these new guitars.

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