PRS Guitars Rock! The Story of my Favorite Axe

For those of you who are not familiar with the now 32-year-young Paul Reed Smith guitar company, hang on to your whammy bars…it’s about to get wild in here! Right outta the gate, let me say that I am not dabbling in hyperbole when I say that this is my favorite guitar that I own. …

Making Music Fun – the Jabberwock is on the Run!

“‘Twas gearig, and the racks of pre-s were wired and winding through I/Os. All sizzle-y were the high 10Ks, and the transients dithered in the ‘phones…” Yes, mutating one of your favorite poems is one way of making music fun – but there are so many others!! In this article, we doff the jester’s cap …

Which Studio Recording Microphone is best?? A Wizard’s Convention Decides….

mic closet

It’s been quite a few years since I was a cooing babe in my mother’s arms, but I’m told that even then I was one to sing out on occasion. Whether that was life’s endless, flowing inspiration or just the earliest iteration of gas…who can say? But one thing is certain: I’ve been singing for …

How to Score Black Friday Musical Instruments – the ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ Way!

Is there ever a day more akin to Christmas to G.A.S. sufferers than Black Friday?? What opportunities!! What inspirations!! What a sudden glut of zeros on our bank account statement!! So let your love affair begin, and let these tips get you ready to…put a ring on it!! “Who Do Ya Love? Now Who Do …

“Hey, Mr. Colaiuta – what’s the best beginner snare drum, ya think??”

If only we all could ask the greatest players of every instrument, like Vinnie, such questions. Something tells me there’d be a lot fewer Chinese knock-offs in our kits! If you’re new to the snare world, or even drums in general, welcome!! It’s a world of laughter! A world of tears! It’s a….oh, no, wait …

Discount Music Gear – A ‘One Man’s Trash’ Story

 Every once in a while, when G.A.S. hits ya hard, you find that, well, there’s just not as much bread in the bread box as you need to scratch that screaming itch. I teach students music out of my studio, and since many of them are still in school they often have little (mostly… NO!) …

Tascam 16×08 Interface

Tascam 16x08

So why, when I could have purchased a new synth, mic, sax, guitar….any new instrument…would I instead be investing in a Tascam 16×08 interface, for heaven’s sake?! Well, the answer is as complex, and simple, as this: PLATFORM! This year I went to a totally different recording setup and needed an appropriate gateway to get all …