Phil Collins – 7 Things To Learn From His Autobiography

In the big hair days of L.A. in the eighties, I was sporting said ‘big look’ and fronting my band at the time, “Reason Y”, and livin’ the dream. The keyboardist, Kenny, and I wrote the tunes, and we were influenced by many various groups, but one that we dug quite high above most was Read More

The 7 Best Crash Cymbals of 2018 – Sizzlin’ Crash For Your Cash!!

“BOOOOooooooossssshhhhhhhhh!!!” “KkWEEEEEEEeeeeeeeessssshhhhh!!” “TTSSSSSsssssssssssssssssshhhh!!!!!!” Ahhh, the sweet sound of dramatic, alloyed, rhythmic accents; in other words… bring on the CRASH CYMBALS!! “This is How We Dooo It…” At the start of every year, I like to scan a panoramic view of the music instrument industry and give to you the best options I can find, in Read More

Iris 2 – Hacking A World of Sounds!

It was 1987. I was listening to Peter Gabriel’s third album, the one his fans call “Security” (it, like the two before it, has no actual title!). It was my first time giving it a listen; somehow I”d missed this early stuff of his from the 70s, but his recent “So” album was so stellar I had Read More

Freshen Up Your Music! Five New Ways to Play In 2018

Happy New Year, everyone!! Here in the first days of 2018 I’m rarin’ to go, ready to dish out to you all some hot, fresh music gear content to rock your world! New days; new months; new opportunities for all-surrounding G.A.S. Whoot!! Let’s jump into the bangin’ fray! David Lee Roth wrote in the lyric Read More

What Happened in 2017 – A Musician’s Look Back

So, Christmas and New Years Eve 2017 are now left in a crazy haze behind us. Hope yours was great! Hope your music G.A.S. was passed with brightly wrapped presents that gave you the “Ahhhh…!” of sweet Gear Acquisition Syndrome relief! Ahead of us now is a great big open sky to fly into: live gigs; Read More

How to Record at Home – Drums, Pt. 1:The Dirty Low Down!

A Classic Rock station here in Detroit has a tendency to play the Boz Scaggs song “Lowdown” a lot. I like it; it’s a great song with great players. In fact, most of the backing musicians on that album soon after formed Toto, a band which is still out touring, for a brand new album, right now, forty-one Read More

The Jay Turser Serpent Guitar – FEEL the Flames!

Noela Evans wrote: “Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth – tame the dragon and the gift is yours!” Since 2012, I’ve made a musician’s addendum to that: Tame a dragon and your MUSIC WILL SOAR!! That’s because I am the glad owner of a Jay Turser Serpent Electric Guitar, model JT-200. I call Read More

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