The Best Hearing Protection For Musicians – Guard It Or Scar It!

Even Animal protects his hearing!

Last week I had a visit from my good friend Chester. He’s a very gifted writer of country songs, and we’ve been recording some of them and slowly working towards his first solo release.   During our conversation he surprised me by saying that, guess what – he’s been deaf in his left ear since childhood! …

The Rode NT1 – Ssshhh! The Mic… Is Listening!!

CARTOONED NT1

Interested in the Rode NT1, eh?   I’m not surprised! It has a really excellent reputation for being an incredibly useful mic in the studio and is touted in the ads by Rode as “one of the world’s quietest studio microphones”.   Is that just hype? Or is it history?? Only a mic shootout will …

Acoustic Guitar Parts – Swap ‘Em Out To Step It Up!

Measuring for new acoustic guitar parts

For my birthday this past Memorial Day weekend, I got a rockin’, G.A.S.-y gift! I had specifically asked for certain acoustic guitar parts, and my family, being the awesome examples of humans that they are, had some nicely wrapped and ready for my open hands as soon as I got up. The present was deceptively …

How To Gain Stage, Pt. 1 – Launching Your Guitar Tone!

gain stage Cartoon 2

(Editor’s Note: Hey, gearheads! Teaj here. Please help me welcome a good friend of mine, fellow G.A.S. sufferer and new blog author to our site: Mr. Sean Barrett. He’ll be sharing his expertise in the pro audio field from time to time, and you’re sure to dig what he’s layin’ down. Take it away, Sean… …

My Meinl Cajon – A Slap Away From Groovin’!

Teaj on the Meinl Cajon

Who remembers the MTV “Unplugged” series??! So many great concerts! So much truly good musicianship! It separated the pros from the posers too. It’s easy to sound good with all the studio tricks in the book, but when you have just a microphone and an acoustic instrument, you either put up or shut up! If …

Bass Guitar Rigs – The Gigging Player’s Dream Configurations!

Bass Amp Rig cartoon

In 1988, I entered Guitar Center in Los Angeles. I had come looking for some guitar gear that I needed for a gig.   As I entered the store, towering massively over me near the entrance was a bass stack. An astonishing stack. A magnificent citadel of sound that I knew I just HAD to play. A …

Ross Garfield – Behold, the Doctor of Drums!!

Ross Garfield, the Drum Doctor!

Today, my friends, you are in for a rare treat! It’s not often that I’m able to bring to your G.A.S.-y table someone with this much experience, talent, passion and MOJO, but somehow I managed it… and YOU are going to rock the benefit!   If you’re a studio drummer and session player in L.A., then… …