Angels and Airwaves Exclusive: The Best Guitar Accessories

Fender StratocasterA few weeks ago, we featured an exclusive interview with Angels and Airwaves guitarist David Kennedy. If you’re aiming for that AVA sound, we sat down with David again to find out exactly what gear he uses with the band. Read on to check out his recommendations for the best guitar and best guitar accessories…


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“There are two basic guitar styles to consider. The Epiphone Les Paul covers one side of guitar playing, and the Fender Stratocaster covers the other. The Les Paul is very clean, warm, and heavier-sounding, so that’s good if you’re playing a lot of power chords. The Strat is a more bright and vibrant sound, like U2 for example. So it just depends on the sound you’re going after.”

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Angels & Airwaves Exclusive: Interview with David Kennedy

David KennedyEver wanted to learn guitar with a real rockstar? As we launched our live, on-demand lessons through Google Helpouts this month, we thought it was the perfect time to kick things up a notch and give one lucky guitar player the opportunity of a lifetime – a 30-minute, one-on-one guitar lesson with Angels and Airwaves’ David Kennedy.

We also were about to chat with David about his advice for beginner guitarists and more. Read on for the interview…

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Behind the Scenes at X-Factor With Vocal Coach Stevie B.

photoDid you catch The X-Factor last night? There’s definitely a lot of talent on the show this season! Among this talent is power pop trio Girls United, who earned a coveted spot in the Top 16 last night.

But behind every great performer is also a great teacher, coach, or mentor. And in this case, the girls can credit Los Angeles-area teacher Stevie B., who has been working with the group since the beginning.

We recently caught up with Stevie to get the low-down on the behind-the-scenes action, the role of a vocal coach, and more. Here’s what we learned…

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Get into the Rock Star Mentality

rockstar mentalityThe risqué performances of Elvis Presley, the screaming crowds that followed the Beatles, the instrument-smashing antics of The Who, and the countless other charismatic and iconic contributions to the music of their day are all defining chapters of rock-n-roll that would shape the outcome of nearly all popular music to follow. Just like the swing-dance halls of the 1920s and 30s, the music would draw the attention of the masses and bring uncountable patrons together for something that can only be described as an experience. Read more

Should You Make Compromises When You’re Writing Music?

So you’ve finally done it! You wrote the lyrics, composed the music or built the beat. What happens to it next? More than likely, you’ll need to work with other people to really make your vision come to life. However, most people will add their own spin or style to your material. Should you compromise and see what happens or crack down to maintain creative control? Singing teacher Cindy S. shares her amazing story of creative achievement and how she learned to cope with compromise… Read more

The Surprising Networking Secret Every Musician Should Know

Trying to get ahead in the music industry? You’ve probably been told that success is all about who you know. Building your network can be hard at first, so take some tips from a professional musician who has been in your shoes. Chicago music teacher Chris D. shares his personal experience finding new opportunities in music and how to network the smart way, by making genuine, lasting friendships. Read more

20 Modern Resources for Savvy Musicians

For many people, learning to play an instrument means more than just mastering techniques and memorizing songs. Playing music is an outlet for self-expression and creativity. These musicians get the most enjoyment out of their instrument when composing their own material to express their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Are you wondering how to make the leap from just playing an instrument to writing your own songs? Take advantage of the many resources for musicians available online to expand your musical knowledge, boost your creativity, start writing your own pieces, and share them with the world. Read more

Google Makes Big Music Move

At their developers conference last week, Google announced the launch of their new streaming music service, Google Play Music All Access. Google’s streaming service will allow you to make playlists, listen to custom Internet radio stations and easily share music with friends. Google’s music streaming service costs about $10 per month, although currently they are offering the first 30 days for free. This is a big move for Google, but will it pay off? Read more

Infographic: What Makes 54% of us Buy New Music?

According to the 2013 Music Industry Report, music sales were up in 2012 for the first time since 1999. Could this be due to the fact that there are now more ways to find new music than ever? The Internet has opened up many avenues for how to find new music, from thousands of music blogs to streaming services like Spotify and recommendation apps like Twitter’s #music.

Surprisingly, a recent survey found that 54% of people are likely to buy music because of a recommendation from a friend, a much higher percentage than those who will buy based on a blog or YouTube video. It seems that even as the Internet creates more spaces to find new music, social connections and trusted friends continue to  have a big impact on actual purchases. Learn more about the survey’s findings in this infographic via Hypebot: Read more