Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News

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January 7, 2016
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Although his art would adorn one of his record releases from time to time, Miles Davis didn't begin to draw and paint in earnest until he was in his mid-fifties, during the early 1980s and a period of musical inactivity. Miles being Miles, he didn't merely dabble, but made creating art as much a part of his life as making music in his final decade. He was said to have worked obsessively each day on art when he wasn't touring and he studied regularly with New York painter Jo Gelbard.

His style was a sharp, bold and masculine mixture of Kandinsky, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Picasso and African tribal art. I also find his work puts me in mind of the output of painter Phil Frost.

Davis' paintings weren't exhibited much during his lifetime, but since his death in 1991, his estate has mounted several traveling gallery and museum shows. Quincy Jones is known to own a number of Miles' canvases.
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Every instrument has its quirks, and the guitar is no exception. In the hands of a skilled players it can produce sounds that aren't possible on any other music-making device. Sounds that catch the listener's ear and at the same time leave aspiring guitarists dumbfounded. What follows is a guided tour of some wild techniques that should elicit the same kind of slack-jawed looks you made the first time you heard the true masters of the trade perform them. If the names Eddie Van Halen, Adrian Belew and Joe Satriani mean anything to you - you'll know exactly what we mean! 
What does a bass neck carving look like on video? Watch Heath Daniels' recently posted a video detailing a neck he carved himself. The video is almost 10 minutes long, but in that 10 minute you will learn quite a bit. Woodworkers, do you agree with the way Heath carved his neck? Would there have been anything you would do differently? Post a comment or two with your thoughts.

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This cardboard Fender Stratocaster is made from a slab of corrugate cardboard. It is layered for lasting strength and to withstand 250 lbs of torque placed on the neck of the guitar from the strings. The guitar was created for an episode of "Cardboard Chaos." The Strat has incredible history and is iconic, so it had to feel good, look incredible, and most importantly, sound fantastic! Once you get the form right everything falls into place . . .

With this article, Guitar World is taking a nostalgic look back at the most popular 2015 guitar lessons as determined by page views. You'll find a broad assortment of useful lessons here-everything from a Cracking the Code video, to a GW print lesson by Dream Theater's John Petrucci. There are some wordy pieces in here, which are balanced out nicely by a few very quick-hit video lessons. You can read the complete lessons by clicking on the READ THE FULL LESSON HERE link at the bottom of each page. See you at the end of 2016, and remember to practice!
Fuzz. It's the sound of fury, aggravation and indignation. Some of the first electric distorted guitar sounds were created by simply cranking the volume up on a low-fidelity amp. Some claimed a dropped amp would cause a tube to spring loose and start that buzz. Others said they poked a hole in the speaker to make it fuzz. The trick, though, was to get that sound reliably. Enter the 1962 Maestro Fuzz-Tone, godfather of all fuzzboxes . . .  
Adrian Belew is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and guitar guru. Belew has released 20 critically acclaimed solo records and was the frontman, singer, co-writer and guitarist for progressive rock powerhouse King Crimson for 30 years. He also played alongside musicians such as David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads. Known for his inventive guitar sounds, Belew has begun mixing his unique sound, complex time signatures, witty lyrics, wild sound and technical mastery into his newest app creations, FLUX:FX and FLUX by belew. Check 'em out . . .

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