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Part 1: amazing vintage find in Hawaii online auction
AGN's Mark Rivett recently bought a beautiful, early - mid 60s Gretsch G6131, more commonly known as the JET FIREBIRD. In episode one we take a close look at the guitar which has suffered from being in a hot humid environment for many years....in fact, the guitar has been sitting in the (original) case since 1992...!! These guitars are prized and loved by many players and collectors, none more so than the late, great Malcolm Young from ACDC who single-handedly put this particular Gretsch workhorse on the map as a heavy rockin' rhythm machine.
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Exclusive Interview with Jack Ryan Sullivan
Jack Ryan was born in Clemson, South Carolina and was the guitar and mandolin protege of Jimmy Rogers, who was known as the fastest guitar player in the southeast. While Jack’s background is a mix between Jazz and Bluegrass, he is also well versed in Blues, Country, Rock and Roll, Metal, Classical, and Pop music and he's also an amazing five-string and plectrum banjo player In 2013, Jack moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he became the house guitar player for many of Nashville’s world-famous honky tonks including Tootsie’s, Rippy’s, Honky Tonk Central, Second Fiddle, The Stage, The Valentine, and during this time, Jack became known as having the “Fastest Fingers on Broadway” .While in Nashville, Jack played on stage and toured with Steven Tyler, Kid Rock, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley, The Swon Brothers, Hank Williams III, Rhonda Vincent, and Larry Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers. Jack Ryan’s band was the featured band for Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan’s private CMA Party in 2016. These days, through his amazing business, Jack Ryan Music Jack plays and teaches acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, violin/fiddle, viola, cello, upright bass, electric bass, five-string banjo, plectrum, banjo, tenor banjo, ukulele, dobro, lap steel guitar, accordion, piano, and drums. Jack is also producing several new and upcoming national and local artists that he feels has a shot at making in the music industry. Jack was able to keep the studio afloat with ALL of his teachers still employed during the worst part of the COVID19 Pandemic, and has managed to grow his studio, teachers, and student roster by 50% since June of 2020 and he prides himself in 'always finding a way' and giving back to the community as much as he can.
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The incredible story of a tiny Alabama recording studio that produced some of greatest hits of all time. Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Alicia Keys, Bono and more bear witness to its magic. Documentary: PG: Starring: Keith Richards, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Gregg Allman, Bono, Alicia Keys, Rick Hall, Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band
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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and more. Documentary: PG-13, 2020. Director: Daniel Roher : Featuring MARTIN SCORSESE, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ERIC CLAPTON, RONNIE HAWKINS, DOMINIQUE ROBERTSON, ROBBIE ROBERTSON.
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Session Progression with Tim Pierce: "Right Hand Man"
When you're a session guy, you're essentially a "right hand man". So who better than the great session ace, Tim Pierce to take us through a very comprehensive look at the importance of right hand technique.
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Return of the Dragon: Oz Noy Brings Live Fire to Sweetwater Studios with Snapdragon
November 20, 2020, Fort Wayne, IN – Oz Noy has created a singular discography of virtuoso instrumental recordings that has won him accolades throughout the guitar community for his deft sense of touch and fearless genre-bending compositions. Always looking for the best way to capture the unique alchemy of his live performances in the studio ultimately led Noy to Sweetwater Studios where he laid down the tracks that ultimately became his Booga Looga Loo album. Eager to recreate the energy of these sessions, the guitarist/composer returned to Sweetwater to record his latest collection, Snapdragon. Out now on Abstract Logix, the album continues Noy’s signature explorations through jazz, blues, and rock with an all-star cast of rhythm sections that were captured live in the studio during a series of Sweetwater Studios Master Class sessions The right room One of Noy’s ongoing challenges has been capturing the improvisational ensemble feel of his live performances in his studio recordings. Eschewing the typical practice of recording in separate rooms with headphones, he prefers a setup that allows him to feed off the energy of his fellow musicians. Not only does this allow him to tap into the creativity of the group, but it gives him total control of the guitar. “If you record guitar and you aren’t in the room with the amp to feel the air moving, it’s very difficult to play,” he explained. “You can’t feel that interaction between the guitar and the amplifier in headphones and it makes things really hard.” When Noy first visited Sweetwater Studios in 2017, he immediately knew that it would work for his methods. The large live room of Sweetwater Studios’ Studio A and its flexible isolation booths gave him the ability to play together in the room with his ensemble while having total quality control of the sound in the room and on record. “The guys at Sweetwater totally understood what I was going for and they had all the right equipment to make my ideal setup work,” he said. “It was such a simple process, all we had to do was plug in and play!” A different class In an added twist to the live sessions, Noy also scheduled them during Sweetwater Studios’ ongoing Recording Master Classes, which allowed both fans of his music and budding engineers to sit in on the tracking and learn the art of recording under real working conditions. Sweetwater Studios Producer/Engineer Bobby Dellarocco remarked that the addition of the built-in audience gave another angle to the performances that helped the album take shape. “With Oz’s style it’s always a performance whether there is an audience or not,” he said. “Doing it this way though, you’re really ensuring that you capture that kind of energy on a track, and it gives the attendees something really special while they are experiencing how a real session comes together.” Part of what made each session was special was that Noy brought different rhythm sections each time he came to record. The players, which included drummers Dennis Chambers, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dave Weckl, bass players Will Lee, James Genus, and John Patitucci, allowed him to capture different shades and feels of his signature style across the selection of tracks and give each its own sonic identity. “It gave a lot of variety from session to session,” said Dellarocco. “It was really cool to hear the differences, and at the same time once we put it all together it’s all immediately identifiable as Oz.” “I look at all of my records as jazz records in a way, because in the end it’s all about getting different players in the room and just seeing what happens,” said Noy. “When you can get comfortable in an environment like this, it’s effortless to get takes and get some really good music happening.” To hear Snapdragon and for more information about Oz Noy, please visit: http://www.oznoy.com/ For more information about Sweetwater Studios, please visit: http://www.sweetwaterstudios.com/ About Sweetwater Studios Sweetwater Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the largest online music instrument retailer in the country. With three world-class studios designed by Russ Berger and access to a greater diversity of musical equipment and professional audio gear than any other recording studio in the world, Sweetwater Studios is able to accommodate just about any recording, mixing or mastering project, no matter how simple or complex. Sweetwater Studios also has an exceptional staff of producers, engineers, session musicians and studio technicians to ensure that any artist will get personalized, first-class treatment from start to finish. click the INFO button for more....
The TRUTH-What it REALLY MEANS to be a PRO Musician.
"Here’s a new YouTube video where I discuss all the ways that being a guitar player is both fun, AND hard work, at the same time. The fun part of this video? I play one of my favorite Funk songs from the 70s —Billy Preston’s Outa Space." click the INFO button for Tim's Masterclass
A WILD Guitar Fantasy.
from Tim, "I tried something new and made a video about adding guitars to one of my favorite songs of all time: Peter Gabriel‘s Red Rain. It's pure fantasy, but (in reality) it’s the same process I use to enhance every song I play on."
The TRUTH About Session Money
LA session ace, Tim Pierce gives you the lowdown and the real TRUTH About Session Money:
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Joe Bonamassa solos in Josh Smith's studio.
Joe Bonamassa came by Josh Smith's studio 'Flat Five Studio' to record lead guitar for Norman's new song that will be featured in his upcoming Netflix documentary. Check out Bonamassa's new guitar 'Gate Crasher' purchased from George Kooymans of Golden Earring. As Joe says, 'You can never have too many guitars Norm...'
Tim Pierce: Oct 17th, 2020: WEIRD (and VERY Cool) Soprano Guitar, Churango.
Here are two acoustic instruments that are very unique AND useful. The Soprano guitar is one octave above normal, while the Contra guitar is one octave below normal. Click the INFO button to take the 14 day free trial in the Masterclass. Over 1500 videos and over 120 hours of lessons and content! Thanks so much for all your support Tim