Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Video: How To Upgrade a Macbook

This video shows how to upgrade the RAM, hard drive, etc. of a Macbook:

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Charles McNeal

To be honest, I only just now heard of Charles McNeal and I certainly haven't heard his music yet. But his website came up in a thread about soloing - it was mentioned as a source for transcriptions of solos by some great jazz players.

Transcribing the solos of the masters is often recommended to jazz students, but not everyone has time to write down these solos onto paper - I find it a MUCH slower process than learning the solo by ear myself and I suspect I'm not the only one. Enjoy Mr. McNeal's work!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Guitarists' Secret Weapons for Textural Effects

Check out this discussion thread on the Gear Page Effects forum for ideas on achieving textural effects.

Some of these ideas will work with just your guitar and bare hands! My favorite, courtesy of the great David Torn:

light taps on the back of the neck (or, the body) whilst the lefy hand holds chords.
alternatively, tapping on the bridge itself (or at the base of the bar, if the guitar is whammified) with the thumb, a sharpie, etc.