The Essential Dave Phillips (pedalboard designer to the stars)
LA based Dave Phillips is one of the greatest pedal board makers in the country.; Here he is talking to Tim about some of his recent pedalboards, including boards for Neil Giraldo and Joe Perry.
Tim Pierce Essentials
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This program is unlike any other in the world because it combines ongoing guitar training with all the inside information that only a real world professional can provide. Tim Pierce has been a recording guitarist in Los Angeles for over 30 years. His list of credits is astonishing. With over 100 hours, over 1000 videos, you’ll hit the ground running. Tim adds new lessons, jam tracks and tabs throughout the year, so your collection will continue to grow. Click the info link and subscribe NOW... Tim’s recording discography includes Crowded House, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Avril Lavigne, Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin, Meat Loaf, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas, Rick Springfield, Phil Collins, Madonna, Toy Matinee, Don Henley, Santana, Rascal Flatts, Chris Isaak, Jewel, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Dave Matthews Band, John Legend, Gavin Degraw, Mika, Carolina Liar, Goo Goo Dolls, Uncle Kracker, Josh Groban, Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lovato, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Daniel Powter, Chris Allen, Jack’s Mannequin,The Band Perry,Shinedown, Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkson,Il Volo,Lana Del Ray, Gloriana, Colbie Caillat, and many others. He works with producers such as: Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), Warren Huart (Augustana, The Fray), Matt Serletic (Santana, Rob Thomas), Eric Ross (Sara Bareilles), John Fields (Switchfoot, Jonas Brothers), Walter A (Mariah Carey, Marc Anthony, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin), Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, ELO, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty), Tim James (Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Sick Puppies), Ron Nevison (The Who, The Rolling Stones, Meat Loaf, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Lloyd, Howard Benson (Gavin DeGraw, Daughtry, Chris Cornell), Patrick Leonard (Roger Waters, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Anna Vissi, Rod Stewart, Madonna), Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac), Trevor Horn (Seal, Yes, Art of Noise), Dan Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill), Randy Jackson (American Idol and others).
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Tim Pierce Essentials: Andrew Synowiec, LA Session Ace
You may not know Andrew Synowiec by name, but chances are you’ve heard his guitar playing. Andrew is a multi-faceted musician with credits like the blockbuster film Frozen (including “Let It Go”), Michael Bublé’s #1 album To Be Loved and countless commercial and indie projects. With his collection of over 80 stringed instruments, he has recorded for artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Rob Zombie and producers from Bob Rock to David Foster. Andrew has contributed to albums selling over 10 million copies worldwide and more than 25 Grammy-nominated recordings, including his own 2015 Grammy Award as a member of the acclaimed LA Big Band “Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.” His latest record, Second Story is out now.
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Tim Pierce Essentials: Essential Gary Clark Jr licks
Austin Texas guitar player, Gary Lee Clark Jr. is best known for his fusion of blues, rock and soul music with elements of hip hop, and BEING an exceptional guitar player. Tim looks at some of his trademark licks and sound.
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The Edgar Winter Album
If you had told Tim when he was 12 years old that Edgar Winter would be coming around to his home to record an album dedicated to his brother, the late great Johnny Winter, he would have freaked out....BUT, that's exactly what happened. The album features the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather and various guitar luminaries, but Tim is the guitar 'glue' on this project and that's an important role on any album. In this episode, Tim shows us some Johnny Winter inspired riffs and talks about the profound effect Johnny had on his playing in his formative years.
Griff Hamlin Lessons: Practicing Your Scales To End On Beat One
Most folks, when practicing scales, start playing on beat 1 and play through the scale... And while that makes sense academically, it often doesn't make sense musically :( There are 2 reasons: 1) you don't want to start your licks on beat 1, so maybe not starting your scales on beat 1 will help you get used to that. And 2) if you're playing a scale, like a mode, that might lead your ear to a note other than the root, not having the root land on beat 1 is rather - unsettling... or unsatisfying at the least. Watch the video... easier to show that tell :)
Griff Hamlin: Blues Guitar Lesson - Expanding The Fretboard With A Simple Blues Lick Moved All Over
If you play blues guitar solos, you probably know good old "box 1" but that gets you really used to looking at the world from the right. Instead, let's look at the world to the left of the root, it's there and it can be a wonderous place full of music and mystery ;)
Griff Hamlin Lessons: Strumming Double Time - G Cadd9 Em7 D
While I realize this is Blues Guitar Unleashed.... I'd be doing you a disservice if I didn't talk about something that is important for guitar playing no matter what style you play. This strumming and rhythm technique is HUGELY important, and the most important part is (you guessed it) how you COUNT it and tap your foot to feel the beat in the right way. So watch, play, learn, absorb all good things :)
Tip Of The Mornin' with Joe Mass
Tip Of The Mornin' Joe To Ya: Episode 3: Using 'Pivots' over the natural minor scale
Tip Of The Mornin' Joe To Ya: Episode 3: Using 'Pivots' over the natural minor scale: Joe unlocks the beauty and the fire-power of the natural minor scale and the use of 'pivots' to get to where you need to be on the fingerboard. If you can master this, you'll really be on your way to being a master shredder.....!!
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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.
Griff Hamlin Lessons: How To Play Since I've Been Loving You by Led Zeppelin
Again crossing over onto the "Classic Rock Unleashed" side, we're going to look at the chord progression, and some soloing ideas, from Led Zeppelin's classic, "Since I've Been Loving You." You might think. from just a basic listen, that while it sounds bluesy, it's not really a blues... However, if you don't mind digging into your jazz theory a little, you can actually explain this as a minor 12 bar blues. But even if you don't really care why, it's just fun to play and solo over... and we'll talk a little bit about the pentatonic scales and the modes that you can use.
Session Progression with Tim Pierce: Cm, Ab7, Bb7
Tim looks at the myriad of soloing possibilities over the progression, Cm, Ab7, Bb7. Tim’s recording discography includes Crowded House, Christina Aguilera, Seal, Avril Lavigne, Tracy Chapman, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin, Meat Loaf, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas, Rick Springfield, Phil Collins, Madonna, Toy Matinee, Don Henley, Santana, Rascal Flatts, Chris Isaak, Jewel, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Dave Matthews Band, John Legend, Gavin Degraw, Mika, Carolina Liar, Goo Goo Dolls, Uncle Kracker, Josh Groban, Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lovato, David Cook, Adam Lambert, Daniel Powter, Chris Allen, Jack’s Mannequin,The Band Perry,Shinedown, Jason Mraz, Kelly Clarkson,Il Volo,Lana Del Ray, Gloriana, Colbie Caillat, and many others. He works with producers such as: Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), Warren Huart (Augustana, The Fray), Matt Serletic (Santana, Rob Thomas), Eric Ross (Sara Bareilles), John Fields (Switchfoot, Jonas Brothers), Walter A (Mariah Carey, Marc Anthony, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin), Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, ELO, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty), Tim James (Mylie Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Sick Puppies), Ron Nevison (The Who, The Rolling Stones, Meat Loaf, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne), Michael Lloyd, Howard Benson (Gavin DeGraw, Daughtry, Chris Cornell), Patrick Leonard (Roger Waters, Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Anna Vissi, Rod Stewart, Madonna), Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac), Trevor Horn (Seal, Yes, Art of Noise), Dan Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill), Randy Jackson (American Idol and others). Tim still lives in LA and is busier than ever, doing sessions every day.
Griff Hamlin: How To Play Mississippi Queen By Mountain
This is a song I always dug because it's just one of those classic 12 bar blues rock songs that you might not know is just a 12 bar blues at heart. The basic riff is all E Minor Pentatonic Based, while the intro solo is all E Major Pentatonic Based.. And all that goes on around a basic 12 bar blues in E chord progression. Hope you can dig it!
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AGN NEWS: Charlie Daniels has died at age 83
Charlie Daniels has died. He was 83 years old. Charlie Daniels was born Oct. 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina and kicked off his career playing bluegrass before moving to Nashville in 1967. He already had a reputation as a songwriter having co-written a song for Elvis titled, "It Hurts Me," in 1964. As an in-demand session player Charlie played guitar and bass on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, and worked with Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and many others. In 1979, he won a Grammy for his biggest hit: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which featured his incredible Bluegrass fiddle skills and in 1980, the band appeared in the film Urban Cowboy. Charlie Daniels was very outspoken politically over the years, had close ties to the NRA, and as recently as 3 days ago was posting thoughts on a section of his website entitled "Soap Box." Charlies Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 For more, click the INFO button, NOW
Tim Pierce: My Fantasy PRS? Its REAL. They BUILT It.
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Alamo Music Center | Are You Using The Wrong Strings? | Acoustic Guitar String Comparison
Chris McKee is here for a much-requested shootout, running down a handful of great options for acoustic strings. Listen closely to hear the tonal nuances that separate 80/20 and Phosphor Bronze, discuss the effect of heavier or lighter gauge on tension and volume, and ponder the difference in tone and vibration of roundwound or flatwound strings. There are a ton of options when it comes to acoustic guitar strings, and we're here to help you figure out what is best for you. Let us know in the comments what you use and what kind of strings you want to see in the electric guitar strings video!
Wildwood Guitars • Fender Custom Shop Wildwood 10 1951 Nocaster • SN: R99240
In 1951, Leo Fender changed the world of music forever by introducing the first-ever mass-produced solidbody electric guitar. Leo was going to call it the Broadcaster, but the threat of a lawsuit from Gretsch (who produced a drum set called the Broadkaster) forced him to abandon that plan. Ever the resourceful (and frugal) businessman, Leo simply snipped the word “Broadcaster” off the headstock decal and shipped his nameless guitars out. Since the guitars had no model name, musicians dubbed them “Nocasters.” Because of their incredible rarity, original Nocasters have become some of the most desirable vintage pieces out there. So, we decided to team up with our friends at the Fender Custom Shop and issue a Wildwood 10 version that marries the vibe of the originals with modern ergonomics. The Wildwood-exclusive 10″ radius and 6105 frets are a perfect pairing with the chunky Nocaster U-shaped neck profile, and the Custom Shop hand-wound Twisted Tele pickups deliver spectacular sounds. We’re sure you’ll find a Nocaster here that will grab you by your heart strings, so we invite you to browse away–just make sure your keyboard drool shield is in place!
AGN News: July 5th, 2020: LED ZEPPELIN ORIGINAL ART SELLS AT CHRISTIE'S FOR $325,000!
One of the smallest, yet most iconic original album cover artwork was just sold at Christie's for $325,000, the highest price ever received at auction for such a work! Measuring only 7”x 7”, the hand-stippled original artwork created for the cover of Led Zeppelin’s debut album in 1969 by artist George Hardie, captured the image of the famous 1937 Hindenberg disaster. Previous high prices for Rock And Roll related artwork include $1.85 million dollars for the movie poster, entitled The Scream, created by artist Gerald Scarfe for Pink Floyd's, The Wall and $900,000 for the set of seven photographs which make up the entire Abbey Road album cover photo-shoot. But according to Christie’s this is “the most expensive piece of original album cover art ever sold.” For more, click the INFO button, NOW
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Alamo Music Center | Taylor Builder's Edition 652ce Demo & Review | Our Favorite Taylor 12-String
Chris McKee is back to showcase one of our favorite new guitars from Taylor, the 652ce. This Builder's Edition 12-Fret 12-String packs some incredible aesthetic appointments, from its Wild Honey Burst, soft satin finish, spruce/flamed maple combination, armrest bevel, chamfered binding, and compound carve cutaway-- all of the luxury we've come to expect from Andy Powers' Builders Edition guitars. It also brings some very welcome improvements to the common pitfalls of the 12-String; the V-Class bracing helps with the intonation and sustain, the shorter scale length and lower bridge placement helps with warmer tonality, and the bass-first string order helps you pack a punch with your down strums. Add a set of beautiful Gotoh 510 Tuners, and you've got a whole list of reasons why the 562ce is our favorite Taylor 12-String yet.
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Guitar of the Day: Gibson Les Paul Classic Cherryburst | Norman's Rare Guitars
Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Lemmo playing a Gibson Les Paul Classic Cherryburst finish here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #Gibson #LesPaul #ElectricGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300. So what do you guys think of this #GibsonLesPaul?
AGN News: July 2nd: The Dixie Chicks change their name to "The Chicks"
In the midst of America's struggles with racial injustice and inequality, comes the news that Texas trio, the Dixie Chicks have changed their name to simply, The Chicks. The name change comes in conjunction with the release of a new song, "March March," ,with its lyrics and video referencing public protests involving racial justice, police brutality, gun violence, climate change and LGBTQ rights. In the video, the names of dozens of Black victims of police brutality and those who died in apparently racially motivated confrontations, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner and Amadou Diallo. The Chicks made no public statement regarding the name change but it does come hot on the heels of another country group, Lady Antebellum, changing its name simply to Lady A. , and they did issue a statement via social media saying that the country's recent attempts to reckon with racial justice issues had made the band members' eyes open wide to inequality. For more, click the INFO button, NOW
Wildwood Guitars • Gibson Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul Standard • SN: LRP9031
Lee Roy's signature model is a sight to behold. It features a custom finish dubbed "Abilene Burst" (an homage to his hometown), and it highlights the beautiful grain on the figured maple top. Two underwound '57 classic pickups produce sweet vintage PAF sounds that will inspire you to play for hours and hours. Speaking of sweet sounds, Lee Roy asked Gibson Custom to do something a little different for his signature model: would they put a bit of extra wood in the pickup cavities to give it a bit of extra vintage-style woodiness? They said yes, and it paid incredible dividends. Because of the extra wood, the pickups capture more of the guitar's acoustic character, the guitar feels more responsive, and it has glorious woody midrange that will take you back in time to 1959. The Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul doesn't skimp on the ergonomic side of things, either. It has a contoured cutaway to allow for maximum access to the upper frets and beyond, which is a godsend for slide players. As fun as it is to take slide solos up past the 22nd fret, you won't want to because the neck is so comfortable. It's a custom '59 profile that Leroy worked with the Custom Shop to create, and it has a lovely chunky feel that makes you want to cancel all your appointments for the day and adventure across the fretboard. We're proud to showcase such an inspiring signature model from our friends at Gibson Custom. We invite you to take one for a spin and experience the sound of Abilene. Once you do, we're sure the Lee Roy Parnell 1959 Les Paul Standard will help you make joyous noise for a long time.
AGN News: Roland and Korg hit with big fines in UK for price-fixing
News From London that Roland and Korg have been fined a combined total of £5.5m, which equates to $6.9 million US dollars, by the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK in 2 separate cases of price fixing. The CMA hit Fender with a £4.5m fine back in January, bringing the total number of cases to 5 and and the total fines to £13.7m. Also caught in the crossfire was UK musical instrument retailer GAK who have also been fined more than £250,000. The judgement was levied after a price-fixing agreement between GAK and Yamaha was disclosed to the CMA by Yamaha in exchange for the latter’s immunity from fines for being the first to bring the conduct to the Authority’s attention. This disclosure subsequently led to the CMA sending warning letters to dozens of other instrument suppliers and retailers and publishing an open letter to the industry writ large, reminding them of their legal responsibilities regarding Retail price management. The Competition and Markets Authority are also using a dedicated online tool they developed that automatically monitors price levels amongst retailers and detects any suspicious pricing activity. For more on this story, click the INFO button now.
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Alamo Music Center | Getting Started With Guitar Effects Pedals | A Beginner's Look at the Basics of Guitar Effects
If you're somewhat new to playing guitar, maybe you've been allured by the beautiful, colorful world of pedals. Today, Cooper Greenberg is here to walk you through some of the basics, and help answer the question of where to start. It can be a daunting task to know which type of pedal to build your collection off of, and it's one of the most common questions we get here at Alamo Music. In this video, we take a look at understanding the gain-based effects (overdrive, distortion, fuzz), time-based effects (delay, reverb), compression, modulation (phaser, chorus, flanger, etc.), wah, and looping. This is simply an introduction for those who could use some direction, and we will be expanding some of our pedal basics videos moving forward! Let us know your favorites down in the comments, and ask any questions you might have!
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Guitar of the Day: Fender 1952 Telecaster Reissue Lefty | Norman's Rare Guitars
Happy #TeleTuesday!!! Stay safe, be kind and hope you’re all well! Enjoy this new episode of #GuitarOfTheDay: Lemmo playing a Fender 1952 Telecaster Reissue Lefty here at #NormansRareGuitars! For any questions you may have or price inquiries about this #Fender #Telecaster #LeftHanded #ElectricGuitar please give us a call at 818-344-8300. So what do you guys think of this #FenderTelecaster?