Category: Guitars and Music

What do you listen to when carving pumpkins?

For me there's really only one choice: +Helloween

Rather pleased with the results this year even if the design is very classic.

What do you listen to when carving pumpkins?

For me there’s really only one choice: +Helloween

Rather pleased with the results this year even if the design is very classic.

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Check out Jason Becker's new song Valley of Fire

Performed by "The Magnificent 13", this 9-minute long song composed by Jason Becker, still alive and full of music in spite of his crippling condition, will rock your socks off. Performers include Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Mattias Eklundh, Jeff Loomis and others, each playing Jason's music, yet each keeping their own unmistakable style.

It is a testament of the power of music that can transcend even the most paralysing condition, it is also the first song from Jason's upcoming album Triumphant Hearts available from the 7th of December.

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Hear Jason Becker’s New Song, “Valley of Fire,” Featuring Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Neal Schon and More
Jason Becker has unveiled a new song, “Valley of Fire,” from his upcoming album, Triumphant Hearts. The nine-minute track features Becker alongside “The

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Well it took me pretty much all day, 2 Operating Systems and half a dozen DAWs but…

Well it took me pretty much all day, 2 Operating Systems and half a dozen DAWs but I finally managed to work out how to record music off my 20-year old keyboard on the computer.

It shouldn't be that hard really but I tried to make MIDI work and I could find nothing that would work (except Guitar Pro but that wasn't what I was after). But now that the setup is in place I will be able to focus on experimenting with making actual music.

Or something resembling music, I have weird inspirations sometimes.

Well it took me pretty much all day, 2 Operating Systems and half a dozen DAWs but I finally managed to work out how to record music off my 20-year old keyboard on the computer.

It shouldn’t be that hard really but I tried to make MIDI work and I could find nothing that would work (except Guitar Pro but that wasn’t what I was after). But now that the setup is in place I will be able to focus on experimenting with making actual music.

Or

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Legendary guitar brand Gibson to declare bankruptcy

This is sad to see but not entirely surprising. I've always wanted to get myself a Gibson but truth be told, they don't provide lower-end equipment which drastically reduces their customer base. Yes you can buy an Epiphone that looks like a Les Paul but you're not getting a Gibson. Unlike Ibanez which will have guitars from £300 RGs to £6000 signature models from the likes of +Steve Vai or +Joe Satriani, Gibson has a rather limited range of prices which start just north of what many amateur guitar players can afford.

It also occurs to me that they seem to always rely on the prestige of their name and year after year simply release variations on the same models of Les Pauls, SG, Explorers and ES. I also rarely see endorsements from Gibson, Slash has a few signature models but you don't tend to see "trendy" players being endorsed by them, which gives the impression that they are generally quite detached from the larger community of guitar players (and do I remember correctly that they weren't even at NAMM this year? Though this might have been because of those financial troubles).

Still, I think if they allowed themselves to have the Gibson brand be for lower value models, diversify their catalogue with new designs and find artists that can act as ambassadors alongside Slash (admittedly, a huge name) they might find a way out of their troubles.

But then I'm no expert as the standard disclaimer goes…

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Gibson, maker of famed Les Paul guitar, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy – CBS News
Iconic American music brand seeks court protection as it tries to continue being a player in the business

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