Eric Gales

Posted: September 21, 2011 in Guitar
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Eric Gales is a phenomenal guitarist. Unfortunately, life on the road and addictions have been a demon that has set him back. Here’s an interview with him while he was locked up in Shelby County Detention Center. I believe he’s doing well these days but this definitely serves as a good example of how drugs can hold a good musician back.

Here’s some life performances:

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Learning to Play with an App

Posted: September 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Found this site that claims to have an app that will teach you to play. I’ve yet to download it to my iPad to see for myself. It does look interesting however.

rockprodigy.com/

Mixing Business and Pleasure

Posted: September 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m a big Photoshop junkie. In all actuality, I use it practically every day at work as I am a graphic designer. I’m also a life long guitar player. I found this cool little link that mixes the two and thought I would share.

Make a Photorealistic Electric Guitar in Photoshop

Get The Funk Out

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Guitar

A Funk Primer

My New (old) Tube Tester

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Guitar, Uncategorized

I’ve got a few dozen tubes laying around the house that might work; they might not. I have been looking for a tube tester, a good tube tester, for quite some time now. Ebay has dozens of them but since tube testers are kind of a thing of the past, you have all of these jerkholes listing their testers for a ridiculous amount of money. They add the word “vintage” to it and the price increases to $200. So I decided to shop on Craigslist. I found one in San Jose for $50 and just happened to be back in Salinas. I was about to go get it when I found one listed on the Bakersfield Craigslist. I called up my friend and PayPal’d her some money. I scored. I got me a nice, very vintage, tube tester. Complete with charts and manuals for $50. I have yet to use it. I’m almost afraid to turn it on because its so old. My research has led me to believe that this tube tester was made in the 1930s. I was told it still works and I’m going to go through the manual to make sure I use it correctly. I wouldn’t want to burn it up. I’ll post my results and experiences as they occur.

You can read more about this tester at SupremeInstruments.org.

Am Pentatonic 5 ways

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Guitar, Uncategorized

Here’s a cool little tab showing the Am pentatonic scale played in 5 positions. The pentatonic is a great basic scale to know. Its always been a nice “go to” scale for me when I’ve had to play lead on the fly and improvise. (Tab is borrowed and will redirect you to MyGuitarSolo.com)

One of a Kind 6 Strings

Posted: August 9, 2011 in Guitar, Uncategorized

Found this cool page of some very unique guitars that were exhibited at NAMM 2011. Click the image to see more.