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Eddie Van Halen Donates 75 Guitars To Public School Music Programs

Friday, January 13th, 2012

By: Staff

Eddie Van HalenEddie Van Halen, Photo: Wikipedia

One of the most influential artists in the history of rock made a significant contribution today to help support public school music programs. According to a press release, the Van Halen founder and guitarist Eddie Van Halen donated 75 electric guitars from his own personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides schools across the country with quality musical instruments.

Per Van Halen’s request, the foundation will dispense the guitars to music programs in public schools throughout the Los Angeles, CA area where the demand of students enrolled exceeds the number of instruments.

“Music is the universal language. It has the ability to transcend and convey every human emotion that exists without saying a word. Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me,” Van Halen explained. “Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them. If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that’s a wonderful thing. Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation.”

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates new and refurbished musical instruments to under-served schools in an effort to give kids the myriad of benefits provided by music education, help them to be better students in general and inspire creativity and expression through making music. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country have benefited and thousands of instruments have been donated to more than 1,100 school music programs across the country. More information can be found at

Chris Welch’s Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

By: Rick Landers

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Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History by noted rock author, Chris Welch, landed in our shop a short while ago and at first glance, we knew it was worth checking out. Sure, there’s the Clapton connection, but the book exudes high quality and we’re familiar with past books by Welch that have always been well-done and highly regarded by music enthusiasts.

The heavy hard bound book presents a quick look at Eric’s history on its cover with a fine triptych photo display of Clapton during his Cream days, his time with Delaney and Bonnie and his contemporary solo days.

Sometimes you actually can tell a book by its cover, contrary to the old saying that says you can’t. Between the covers the book proves to be as classy and well done as its first impression.  Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History does not disappoint with an insider’s account of the life of Clapton tethered to over 400 photos of Eric and his fellow music brethren that have included The Roosters, The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream; Delaney and Bonnie; Blind Faith and a constellation of other notables who fall within the inner sanctum of music royalty.

Some of the more fascinating photos include early shots of The Yardbirds with Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty and Eric, a group that helped define British Blues and later evolved into what is considered by many to be more commercial rock,. It was a move that would disappoint Clapton and cause him to split from the group in order to grow as a blues man, and to remain true to his roots. There are other photos of Clapton during his days with Cream, a group that many consider one of the best rock groups of all time. Throughout the book, Welch offers up a remarkable stream of photos that reflect Eric’s musical journey.

Chris Welch has known Clapton since 1964, when Chris landed a job at Melody Maker in the U.K. and met during his first week on the job. Eric was with The Yardbirds and where Yardbird’s vocalist and harp player, Relf, told him that the band hoped their first single wouldn’t be a hit.

Welch carries the story along by having an inside track on the life and times of Eric, at a time when music became an insatiable cultural staple and kids would find their way to places like The Fillmore (East and West), The Grande Ballroom, and other concert halls to see the likes of Cream, Vanilla Fudge, Blue Oyster Cult, Jefferson Airplane and other groups for a few bucks.

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The selection of photos and images of album art, concert photos and photographs of rock royalty adds a colorful and period texture from the early days of the British Invasion, to an era of flowers, paisley and mind expansion, and on to Eric’s own journey that has led him to become one of the most masterful of blues musicians on the planet.

Although the book is highlighted as an “illustrated” history, there’s a strong balance of biography that parallels the hundreds of photos. And the history not only gives us Eric Clapton, but, tells us about the world of music that engulfed and influenced him. The author takes us back in time and feeds us the emotions that are at times exciting, but also traumatic; times and experiences that forged the man that we’ve come to admire and respect and one who is not merely a musical icon, but one who has fought his own demons, and fought hard to recover and reclaim his dignity.

Clapton fans will probably be compelled to seek out other books to discover more about the legendary Eric Clapton, especially hardcore fanatics. But, for most of us,  Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History is so exceptionally well done and comprehensive that it’s enough for us to consider our Eric Clapton reading appetites satisfied and digested – allowing us to find our way back home to his music.

Guitar Educator Matt Warnock Gives Away New Free Ebook

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

By: Staff

Guitarist and educator Matt Warnock has recently announced that he will be giving away his new eBook “5 Essential Jazz Guitar Scale Techniques” free to readers who sign up to his free weekly newsletter.

Readers will also get a free copy of his previous eBook, “10 Essential ii-V-I Licks for Jazz Guitar,” when they sign up to the newsletter, which goes out every Monday at 6am EST.

The weekly newsletter contains lessons, which are not published anywhere else, that discuss topics such as:

  • Improvisation
  • Technique
  • Ear Training
  • Rhythm Playing
  • Comping
  • Chord Voicings
  • Playing in the Style of Legendary Players
  • Licks and Patterns
  • And much more
You can visit Matt’s Newsletter Page to find out more, sign up and receive your two, free eBooks today.

Washburn Classical Series Acoustic Electric Cutaway Guitar

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

C104SCE CLASSICAL GUITAR Meticulously designed to provide comfortable, easy playing for all styles, the C104 now comes standard with the B-Band™ A3 preamp. Featuring a solid cedar top and rosewood sides and back, the C104SCE has a rich, distinctive full-bodied tone. Washburn craftsmanship makes this cutaway model a favorite of classical artists, novice and expert alike.

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Takamine G Series GS330S Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Takamine G Series GS330S Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, NaturalDesigned and built under the supervision of Takamine’s head luthiers, G-Series guitars are created to serve all players from the hobbyist to professional. The GS330S dreadnought is known throughout the industry as the best playing acoustic guitar at this price level. Features a solid cedar top for a warm, deep resonant tone while the ultra light satin finish adds to the overall resonance of the guitar. The mahogany neck and dual action adjustable tension rod keeps the guitar playing true no matter what the environment. A super fast neck and amazing tone make this our most popular G-Series guitar.

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Ibanez Artcore AMF Series AMF73B Acoustic Electric Guitar – Black Flat

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Ibanez Artcore AMF Series AMF73B Acoustic Electric Guitar - Black FlatDon’t be fooled by its smaller size-the AM model has all the power, presence and features of its larger cousins. It’s perfect for smaller players or anyone else who wants the traditional semi-acoustic elements but not the traditional size. With semi-hollow, flat-top bodies, and even chicken head knows, the AMF models have the quintessential 60s look and feel. Ibanez designed the AMF with the aim of bringing the traditional tone and look of hollow body guitars into more modern musical realms.

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Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Black

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

We’ve upgraded one of our best-selling acoustic guitars with a Fishman® preamp with built in tuner, so plug in, tune up and strum away! The sweet-sounding CD60CE dreadnought cutaway model also features a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, scalloped bracing, 20-fret sonokeling fingerboard, sonokeling bridge with compensated saddle, chrome hardware and die-cast chrome tuners.

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