One simple technique that is often used to spice up many chords – and in the process make a lot of garden-variety chord progressions sound more interesting – is the manner-on. To play a hammer-on, pick a string and then, while the note is still ringing, sound a higher note on that same string by firmly tapping, or “hammering,” it onto the fretboard with one of your fretting fingers without picking it again.
This series includes performance notes and accurate tab for the greatest songs of every genre. From the essential gear, recording techniques and historical information, to the right- and left-hand techniques and other playing tips — it's all here!
Singer-songwriter-guitarist and philanthropist Michael Franti will strip down for his first ever acoustic tour of the West coast in November. Pre-sale tickets are on-sale now, and tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, September 26.
Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James And Marcus Mumford Collaborate As 'The New Basement Tapes' Band For Album Produced By T Bone Burnett. Lyric Video Features Original Handwritten Lyrics By Bob Dylan.
Jason Isbell was the big winner at the 2014 Americana Music Awards last week. The artist picked up trophies for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Cover Me Up”) and Album of the Year for his highly acclaimed 2013 release Southeastern. On the heels of the awards, dates have been announced for a Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit February 2015 tour (see tour dates below).
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that Orianthi will co-host the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Honoring women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the She Rocks Awards is slated to take place Friday evening, January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., during the NAMM Show.
Greensky Bluegrass’ latest album If Sorrows Swim has struck a chord in the bluegrass and country world. The record Debuted #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Albums, #22 at Indie Albums and #127 on Billboard 200. If Sorrows Swim also peaked at #5 and on iTunes Country charts and #37 on the overall iTunes albums chart.
Avalon, the first full-length album from the acoustic guitar duo of Julian Lage and Punch Brothers' Chris “Critter” Eldridge, will be released on October 7, 2014. It was produced by friend and fan Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and recorded live from the stage of the 1920’s-era Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland over two days last April.