Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Current State-Of-The-Art Guitar Technique

The number of guitarists who can play multiple musical styles at a very high level does not seem to be high. Most guitarists seem to specialize in one genre or two.

Here is a guitarist who can play really, really fast, but is also willing to take the time to let his guitar sing, demonstrating astonishing versatility as well as skill: British guitarist Guthrie Govan

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the music world, yet so few players reach this level...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Slide Guitar using a Spoon

Behold, a guitarist who can play melodies with a spoon in his mouth while accomanying himself with chords at the same time:

From the official Karoo Kitaar Blues informational page:

In 2001 David Kramer presented a show called Karoo Kitaar Blues that made South Africa sit up and take notice. It was a concert presenting the eccentric guitar styles of the Karoo the unique finger-picking and tunings of a marginalised people who live in remote villages and outposts of the of the semi-desert areas of South Africa.

"Karoo Kitaar Blues" - the documentary - follows David Kramer on a journey through the Northern Cape where he hopes to find another 'blikviool' player and new musicians whose instruments and songs are still unrecorded.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Don't play nice when house-shopping

Americans love a bargain and come hell or high water, they’re going to do their best to get one….

….Unless, of course, they are making a major financial purchase such as a house or a vehicle. Then they close their eyes tight, hold out their hands, and allow the smarmy guy in the suit to lead them like lambs to the slaughter.

Strong words, eh? Read this house-shopper's tale.

A designer's thoughts on how to fight outsourcing

...or, in other words, things you can try to do to save your job from outsourcing. Not surprisingly, not everyone agrees with this designer (it's unclear what type of design he/she does), but the 5 points outlined make sense to me. "Work hard and stay creative"