Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News

Music, Guitar and Bass News from around the World Wide Web . . .
February 11, 2016
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You're probably familiar with the name 'Stradivarius' and his famous, highly prized and priced violins. Every once in a while we hear about a violin out of his shop that broke all records at an auction. Or - just as often - we hear about scientists who now finally unravelled the infamous 'Secret of Stradivari'.

While most of the public attention focusses on the violins, it is less known that Stradivari also made guitars and other instruments, such as the Viola da Gamba, Pochette, Viola d'Amore, Lute, Mandolin and even a small Harp.

A relatively small amount of Stradivari guitars have survived. There is also a guitar neck, dated 1675, on loan to the Museo Stradivariano in Cremona. Beside these scare and rare guitars there is also a variety of guitar making forms and templates, kept in the Paris and Cremona museums.

I first came across the Stradivari guitars while . . .
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There are 3 models  in the Fender Paramount series: Dreadnought, Triple 0 and Parlor. These guitars features East Indian rosewood back and sides on the Deluxe models, and solid mahogany on Standard models. Each guitar has a Sitka spruce top and "X"-bracing and a "C"-shaped mahogany neck. The Deluxe models have ebony fingerboards and  on the Standard models have rosewood fingerboards. They all come equipped with a Fishman�- and Fender�-designed PM preamp. 
Since forming in 2010, Hiromi's Trio Project (piano Hiromi, contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips) has explored the richness of the inner voice on their 2011 debut, Voice; the dynamic, unceasing motion of time on their 2013 follow-up, Move; and captured the feeling of their electrifying live performances on 2014's brilliant Alive. With Spark, the trio again exemplifies why DownBeat magazine has called them "one of the most exciting groups working in any genre today," with the leader's effusive, heartfelt virtuosity supported by Jackson's vigorously fluid basslines and Phillips' ability to be simultaneously propulsive and witty behind the kit.
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G.E. Smith played lead guitarist for Hall & Oates and was the musical director of Saturday Night Live. He was lead guitarist for Bob Dylan's touring band from 1988, to 1990 and served as musical director for the Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden show in 1992. Smith has recorded with many influential artists and his own albums include: In The World (1981), Get A Little (1993) and Incense, Herbs and Oils (1998). He played guitar in the traveling tour of Roger Waters' The Wall Live. Here, Smith performs in a series of 10 second Saturday Night Live snippets.


Here's a new video from Reverb.com. too bad they had to remove the TAB. Here's what they had to say about the clip: "We're always looking back at the history of popular music to find inspiring sounds and melodies. In many cases, the most well-known and recognizable tunes come from a different medium altogether: TV. Of course, there are a lot more than 100 classic TV themes and we couldn't include them all."  
Winter NAMM was packed with more effect pedals than ever. It was impossible to check out everything, but we were floored by all the  stompboxes we did see. While it was hard to narrow down our favorites, here are 12 pedals that we think you absolutely must put on your 2016 demo list.  
Andrea Gonzalez Caballero is considered one of the rising stars of Spanish guitar. She began studying guitar at the age of 7 with Ana Maria Caballero at the Andres Eguiguren music school in Eibar. At the age of 12 she received lessons from Bienvenido Rodriguez and Carmen Becerra. In 2010 she studied at the Robert Schumann Music Conservatory where she finished her bachelor degree with Joaquin Clerch. Andrea is currently pursuing her master's degree. She has been invited to teach and play in many international guitar festivals including . . .

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