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Tone Woods: How We Describe Guitar Tone

Tone Woods: How We Describe Guitar Tone

Posted by Robinson Earle on Nov 15th 2019

The Sound of Guitars is Hard to DescribeOften, the words we use reflect our subjective preferences. Whether a particular guitar sounds “boxy”, “thin”, “earthy”, or “woody” usually boils down to a matter of opinion. That said, there is a certain thematic continuity in our diction. It would be unusual to hear an instrument referred to as both “dark” and “bright”. Let’s get m … read more
Guitar Secrets: Six Tips Tor Staying Inspired To Practice

Guitar Secrets: Six Tips Tor Staying Inspired To Practice

Posted by Robinson Earle on Nov 8th 2019

Ideally, practicing guitar should feel like a combination of playtime and meditation. Focusing too hard on one’s perceived goals can end in frustration and discouragement. Although everyone learns and refines their abilities differently, I have uncovered some approaches to the instrument that will hopefully inspire a few readers out of a rut.#1 Woodshedding: We’ve all … read more
Double Harmonic Major Scale

Double Harmonic Major Scale

Posted by Robinson Earle on Oct 31st 2019

At some point, most guitarists will tire of major and minor scales and start looking for something more “exotic”. After exploring the “church” modes, which can be committed to memory using the mnemonic, “I Don’t Play Loud Marshalls Any Longer” (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian), one begins to wonder if t … read more
The Sunflower River School of Blues

The Sunflower River School of Blues

Posted by Robinson Earle on Oct 16th 2019

The roots of the blues run wide and deep, but there was something special in the soil along the Sunflower River, a tributary of the Yazoo that runs through Clarksdale, Mississippi. The Sunflower River School, as I’ve dubbed it, included such luminous figures as Charley Patton, Bukka White, Howlin’ Wolf, Son House, Pops Staples, and&n … read more
I love instrumental Rock & Roll

I love instrumental Rock & Roll

Posted by Robinson Earle on Sep 24th 2019

I love instrumental Rock & Roll. When words fail, I take solace in the shiver of six strings. When I want to transubstantiate my anger into something worthwhile, I paddle out to my woodshed, warm up my amp, and ride a wave of feedback back to shore.It all started with a power chord. When Link Wray’s “Rumble” was released in 1958, it was banned in New York in Bosto … read more