My Telecaster Comparison – A Tale Of Two Tele-s!

Jack & the Telecasters

As Donna Summer put it, we “work hard for the money”.   That’s why, when that extreme tidal wave of G.A.S. hits us square in the midcavern, we’ll go looking for the best value in the gear we have a hankerin’ for.   In my Telecaster comparison today, we dispel the woodshed whispers and pull …

My Galveston Bass Guitar – Full-Bodied Pleasure As The Rumbles Roll!

Galveston-inlays CARTOONED

Everyone who’s ever suffered from Gear Acquisition Syndrome usually has a story or two about a “miraculous find” or “total steal of a deal” that they managed to snag somewhere, and how it raised their music to a new level.   Today I get to tell you about such a moment for me, and how a …

The 7 Best Ukuleles of 2018 – Your 4-String Tickets to Paradise!

The ukulele rocks!

  Can you picture it?   Your hammock gently swaying, under tall, green waving palms…   … your toe kicking warm little showers of gleaming white sand with every other swing…   … the sussurus of a beautiful turquoise sea lulling you into ‘surf’s up’ daydreams…   … and the smiling sound of a UKULELE sweeping down the …

The Crate BT50 Bass Amp – Solid WHOMP For The Hard-Edged Player!

Crate Bass amp Close up

  Sometimes fate has a way of smiling on you when you least expect it.   And sometimes… it smiles with GEAR.   My example is the Crate BT50 bass amp. It came to me kind of on accident, from checking out an ad for something else in Craigslist. Now, my Live Room will never …

How To Play Guitar For Beginners, Part 4 – Practicing Like A Legend!!

Blue Guitar Boy CARTOONED

John Coltrane.   Eddie Van Halen.   Charlie Parker.   Andrés Segovia.   Sean Barrett.   Steve Vai.   All famous musicians known for their extensive commitment to practicing. We’re talking hours, people. Hours and hours and hours and HOURS. Every day, at least for a certain period in their lives.   If we’re gonna …

The Telecaster – How A ‘Snow Shovel’ Rocks My World!

Dude with Tele featured image

67 years ago it started.   In a flash of inspiration, it was considered.   With months of innovation, it was designed.   After months of perspiration, the unveiling took place!   At long last, the world was allowed to gaze upon, in all its glory…   … the “snow shovel”!!!   Well, actually, no. …

Working For Music – ‘Til We Can’t Get It Wrong!!

Passion works for music

I was reading some musician’s opinions about DW drums last night on DrummerWorld.com (an excellent resource for real-world drum gear insights!) when a forum contributor said this:   “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”   Wow. What a GREAT quote. After years of gig prep and …