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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:31

FM Cables AT THE LONDON BASS GUITAR SHOW

 

This years London Bass Guitar Show is set to be the biggest and best yet. On the 1-2 March 2014, some of the best bass players in the world will be descending on the London Olympia to promote the art of bass playing to the general public.

UK bass players will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the latest products and gear, watch the world’s top players and attend master classes and clinics, all under one roof.  To add to the whole experience FM Cables will be there to offer ‘sound’ advice on the their top of the line Instrument Cables.

You can find us on Stand D12.  Come along and say hello and have a look at what we recommend to go between your Bass Guitar and your Amp.  Also we will have our ‘new’ Speakon Speaker range on hand for you to try out.

FM SPK T 2 Small

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Thursday, 28 November 2013 18:05

FM Cables at London Bass Guitar Show 2014

FM Cables will be exhibiting at the London Bass Guitar Show 2014

The London Bass Guitar Show has been confirmed for 2014 and is set to be the biggest and best yet. On the 1-2 March 2014, some of the best bass players in the world will be descending on the London Olympia to promote the art of bass playing to the general public.

UK bass players will have the opportunity to observe first-hand the latest products and gear, watch the world’s top players and attend master classes and clinics, all under one roof. Your ticket gives access to everything for the day – there are no hidden costs.

Previous shows have included the likes of Mark King, Gary Willis, TM Stevens, Paul Turner, Marco Mendoza, Yolanda Charles, Doug Wimbish, Neil Murray and Dave Marks, Peter Hook, Igor Saavedra, Wojtek Pilichowski, Guy Pratt, Andy Irvine, Jonas Hellborg, Grog & Die So Fluid, Malcolm Joseph, Andrew Levy, David Ellefson, Jah Wobble, Lee Rocker, Nate Watts and Phil Mulford.

See you all there.

FM Cables.

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Risskov, Denmark (April 29, 2013) -- TC Electronic added a whole new dimension to the TonePrint Editor experience, by announcing TonePrint Editor for iPad.

This full scale version of the TonePrint Editor will be available Q2 2013. A 1:1 port of the TonePrint Editor for Mac/PC, this mobile version of the TonePrint Editor runs smoothly and seamlessly on iPad. And like its bigger brothers, this version of the TonePrint Editor will be available free of charge through the iPad app store.

In order to connect TonePrint pedals to the iPad, guitarists can use the standard aftermarket camera kit, which allows for connection of a USB cable.

The TonePrint Editor allows guitarists to build their own custom version of a TonePrint editor from the ground up, from sounds to the range of knobs and everything in between. An intuitive slider-based UI, real-time changes and easy storing of sounds allows guitarists and bassists alike to easily and quickly craft the sounds they want to hear and pair them with the best TC Electronic effects out there.

But what really sets the TonePrint editor apart is the depth with which guitarists and bassists can craft tones. Far from ‘be-all-end-all’ pedals where the only real difference is which preset you load into the pedal, the TonePrint Editor starts at zero, and from there anything is possible, from the function and range of knobs to effect parameter behavior and everything in between.

Tore Mogensen, Product Manager for Guitar at TC Electronic comments: ”I personally think anything that interacts with an iPad is fun. But the intuitive, slider-based interface of the TonePrint Editor is such a perfect fit for iPad that it brings customizing TonePrints to a whole new level. I know it’s not a stretch to bring your laptop to rehearsals or a gig, but with the iPad, things are even more streamlined – throw it in your bag and customize sounds to fit the venue you’re playing, or whatever mood you might be in. Quickly, on-the-fly and with amazing results."

For more information:
TC Electronic

 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:59

DAVID BOWIE EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY

In a day where many bands scream and yell when it comes to how their music is produced and distributed, David Bowie shows everyone how it’s done and streams his new album “The Next Day” in its entirety on iTunes until its official release.

In his first new studio material since 2003, Bowie let’s us have it with “The Next Day”.  This album features the single “Where are we now” (already available for purchase on iTunes) as well as “The Stars (Are out tonight)”.  As a matter of fact, the video for “The Stars” was just released last week, and is available for viewing below.

The official launch date of the album is March 12 of this year (yes, 2013) and until the launch date; you can listen to the album in its entirety on iTunes, free of charge.  Yes, the entire album.  If you want to listen, give a click right here, or just open iTunes and look for the huge David Bowie The Next Day image.

I personally applaud Davie Bowie for his bold method of releasing his music.  With access to his new material being available for everyone to try out, more people have the opportunity to decide if the music is a fit for them.  It may honestly drive more sales of fans who really do appreciate the content.

One of the interesting tidbits of the new album, it the cover art.  It is a modified version of David Bowie’s 1977 album, “Heroes”.  What does it mean?  By obscuring the original cover, the message is said to portray “forgetting or obliterating the past”.

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“The Next Day” comes in two versions, a standard and a deluxe version.  The deluxe version adds 3 additional songs to the playlist.  Speaking of which, here it is:

The Next Day Track List:

Number

Track Name

Run Time

1

The Next Day

3:51

2

Dirty Boys

2:58

3

The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

3:56

4

Love is Lost

3:57

5

Where Are We Now?

4:08

6

Valentine’s Day

3:01

7

If You Can See Me

3:16

8

I’d Rather Be High

3:53

9

Boss Of Me

4:09

10

Dancing Out In Space

3:24

11

How Does The Grass Grow

4:33

12

(You Will) Set The World On Fire

3:30

13

You Feel So Lonely You Could Die

4:41

14

Heat

4:25

15

So She **

2:31

16

I’ll Take You There **

2:44

17

Plan **

2:34

** Denotes track available only on Deluxe version

Wednesday, 27 February 2013 19:02

Peter Hook Signing at the London Bass Guitar Show

The one and only Peter Hook (Joy Division and New Order) headlining a Masterclass clinic on Sunday 3rd March at 4pm.  He’ll be interviewed about his bass-playing style and career, perform a few numbers and take questions from the assembled bassists.

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Following on from the masterclass, Hooky will also be doing a signing at the Bass Guitar Magazine stand from 5pm onwards.  So get your pads ready and see you on Sunday!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 16:04

DAVID ELLEFSON ADDED TO MAIN STAGE LINE-UP

One of the most legendary and innovative bass players in metal, David Ellefson will be appearing on the Main Stage on Sunday 3 March in addition to his Masterclass on the previous day.

His Sunday presentation will be a mostly spoken-word event and is set to be the perfect opportunity for visitors to ask him about his world-class picking style, how he builds bass parts and other related gear and technique issues, as well as Megadeth’s recent Grammy nomination and the band’s forthcoming album (and first since their switch to Universal), Super Collider.

Now we know there’s a bit of a clash with Nate Watts but we couldn’t miss an opportunity like this! If you want to see both artists don’t fret – they’re both at the show on both days so get yourself a Weekend Ticket and have your cake and eat it!

Be part of the audience of a live taping of Apple's "Meet the Author" series featuring Guitar World Tech Editor Paul Riario.

Riario will present a live overview of Guitar World Presents the Best Instruction Book Ever. He will share highlights from the iBook and do a little jamming of his own.

This event will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at the Apple Store in SoHo, 103 Prince St., New York. Space is limited, so get there early.

About Guitar World Presents The Best Instruction Book Ever!’

Have you ever imagined playing the blues like Eric Clapton, shredding like Eddie Van Halen or strumming like Paul Simon? The editors of Guitar World, the world's best-selling guitar magazine, will help you make your dreams come true, even if you've never played guitar before. In Guitar World Presents The Best Instruction Book Ever!, you'll find everything you need to learn to play like a pro, including:

• Essential guitar instruction-from first chords and scales to advanced tricks and techniques for rhythm and solo playing.
• The chords, scales and electrifying riffs used in your favorite blues, classic rock, country and heavy metal songs.
• An easy TAB system that shows you which strings to fret and pick.
• Hundreds of full-color photographs and diagrams.
• Audio and video for every lesson in the book.
• Plus, tips and encouragement from guitar legends like Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Queen's Brian May and B.B. King!

About Paul Riario

For many, Paul Riario is the face of Guitar World magazine. Over the past decade he has appeared in countless online video segments, where he has reviewed the latest and greatest guitars, amps and effects for GuitarWorld.com. A great player in his own right, Riario is the man behind the hands seen in most of this book’s pictures and videos. Riario also is a member of the band RadioNashville.

Tony Iommi, who is knee-deep into recording Black's Sabbath's new album, 13, is already looking beyond that project to something new — a riff-based album with Queen guitarist Brian May.

The idea behind the album, as reported by RollingStone.com this morning, is that fans would be able "build their own songs" around Iommi's and May's unused material.

May mentioned the project in UK music magazine Kerrang! in a feature where fellow musicians were able to ask the guitarist questions. Iommi's question to May was, "When are we going to get to work on that album of riffs together? You know what I'm talking about." May's answer: "Yes, I do know what he's talking about, and I'm very, very keen. The record he's talking about what supposed to be a secret, but I guess he's blown it now."

The idea came to May during a recent visit to Iommi's studio, where the pair discussed the sheer amount of unreleased material the Sabbath guitarist has accumulated over the decades. "I thought it would be great to make a compilation out of them," May said. "The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them. You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar!"

Beyond that, the details are sketchy. There is no planned release date or label — or even verification that the project will actually take place. Iommi still has to get through the Sabbath sessions. The band's new album, 13, is expected to be released in June.

To watch Black Sabbath in the studio, check out the behind-the-scenes video the band posted earlier this week:

 

Monday, 04 February 2013 15:17

How to Play Like Stevie Ray Vaughan

It’s definitely true that Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of my all-time favorite guitarists.

Ironically, I was never really into Stevie while he was alive. Then, shortly after he died, I got hold of a video of him playing a live show and was just totally blown away by his timing, his tone, his feel, his vibrato, his phrasing — everything. Some people are just born to play guitar, and Stevie was definitely one of them.

The VH1 Behind the Music program on Stevie showed some old footage of him playing guitar when he was a little kid— he was so good it made me want to cry.

It’s difficult to emulate SRV’s tone because his hands and soul had so much to do with it. Having said that, in my opinion, if there’s a player whose sound you really admire, you might be able to emulate his tone by investigating the gear he used. For example, if you really want to get a sound similar to Stevie Ray’s, then buying a Les Paul and a high-gain Marshall stack definitely isn’t the way to go, because that’s not even close to what he used.

However, you might get close if you buy a Strat—and probably even closer if you buy a vintage Strat [Fender offers an SRV signature model Strat that’s based on his legendary “Number 1” guitar, which was a 1959 body with a 1962 Rosewood neck and a left-hand tremolo unit—GW Ed.]. You’ll get even closer if you get a vintage Strat and a vintage Fender amp, because that’s what he used. I also know that Stevie used an old Ibanez Tube Screamer and a Vox Wah, too.

Another real big factor in Stevie’s killer tone was the gauge of his strings and how hard he used to play. A lot of people try to do the SRV thing using a set of .009s, and you just can’t do what he did with slinky strings like that. Stevie used real heavy strings—.013 (high E) to .058 or even .060 (low E). So, to get even close you need to start with at least a set of .011s.

In addition to using heavy strings, you also really need to attack the guitar if you want to get that big, percussive sound Stevie had. He was a super-aggressive player, and he didn’t really pick from his wrist—he picked with his entire arm! If you watch video footage of him, you’ll see exactly what I mean. Stevie also used a lot of downstrokes and a lot of that “string raking” thing too (more about this technique in a moment), which really added to the unique rhythm and lead sound that he got. Of the newer blues players out there, Kenny Wayne Shepherd definitely has that heavy string, high action, percussive attack thing happening—and he does it really well, in my opinion.

Like all great players, Stevie’s style contained a bunch of cool nuances—some of which are really hard to nail. Take the intro riff to “Scuttle Buttin’ ” [Couldn’t Stand the Weather] for example. I’ve been messing around with it for years but I still can’t play it with Stevie’s feel. There’s a weird slide he does near the beginning that I just can’t get exactly right, no matter how hard I try. I can play the riff note-for-note, but there’s that little nuance that I just can’t get, and I’ve been chasing it for a long time.

String Raking


As I just mentioned, SRV often used a technique called string raking, which is a relatively easy way to spice up your lead playing. As you’re about to discover, it’s kind of like percussive sweep picking. FIGURE 1 shows a simple C minor blues lick that starts with a string rake. To play this, mute the A, D and G strings by lightly resting your left-hand index finger across them, then quickly rake your pick across them using a single, smooth downstroke that ends with the half-step bend at the 10th fret on the B string. Adding this simple move to the lick definitely adds extra emotion, attitude and emphasis to the lick—try playing it without the rake and you’ll hear what I mean.

Quarter-tone Bends

Another SRV move that definitely adds both bite and a nice bluesy tension to a solo is to bend certain notes just a tad so they end up sitting right between two notes. FIGURE 2 is an A minor run that features this technique. As you can see, the second-to-last note you play, the C note at the 5th fret on the G string, is bent up a quarter step so that it sits right between C and C#. Great blues players do this kind of thing all the time, and Stevie was especially good at it—hell, he’d even add a quarter note bend to notes he’d already bent up by one or even two steps. FIGURE 3 is a Stevie Ray style, bluesy, E minor lick that utilizes both of the techniques we’ve just discussed—string raking and quarter-tone bends.

Vibrato


Being able to shake a note in a way that compliments both the song and the mood of the solo is a highly expressive art that Stevie Ray Vaughan definitely perfected. I especially love his vibrato because it is so damned wide and muscular. Unfortunately, this technique is almost as difficult to describe as it is to do. So, to learn more about this, I recommend that you listen closely to his albums and also watch videos of him in action, zoning in on what he does with his left hand. Check out SRV’s Live at the El Mocambo video—it’s a jaw-dropping experience and, if you watch closely, you’ll learn a lot.

Life Without You: Thirty years ago, Stevie Ray Vaughan took the world by storm with Texas Flood. As Sony releases the ultimate anniversary edition of that album, we celebrate the phenomenal rise of the last great blues guitar hero of the 20th century.

In May 1983, only days before Stevie Ray Vaughan was scheduled to play his first concert with David Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour, his career had reached a fork in the road.

Texas Flood, his debut album with his band Double Trouble, was in the can and set for release the following month, but the tour with Bowie, which was scheduled to last until the end of the year, threatened to postpone his ability to effectively promote the album until 1984. Facing a choice between increasing his exposure as a supporting member of Bowie’s band or supporting his solo career on his own while the album was still fresh, Vaughan chose the latter.

The choice was not as difficult as it might have seemed initially. According to Chesley Millikin, who was Vaughan’s manager at the time, Bowie’s management reneged on an agreement to allow Double Trouble to open select dates on the tour, and even prohibited Vaughan from doing interviews without prior permission, which made it difficult for Vaughan to even talk about Texas Flood.

Then there was the issue of Vaughan’s pay. While the $300-per-show rate was the same as what other members of Bowie’s band were being paid, and was certainly not out of line for a supporting touring musician in the early Eighties, Millikin thought that Stevie deserved more. It seemed arrogant and reckless for Millikin to demand higher pay for a relatively unknown musician than the seasoned pros in Bowie’s band, but when Millikin pointed out that Bowie was being paid $1.5 million for a headlining appearance at the US Festival, it made Bowie look unreasonable and cheap.

In the end, Vaughan wasn’t actually given a choice between staying with Bowie or bowing out. Millikin made the decision for him moments before Bowie’s band boarded a bus headed to the airport to catch a flight to Brussels, Belgium, where the tour’s first show was scheduled. Bowie’s tour manager was instructed to remove Vaughan’s bags from the bus, leaving a confused Vaughan on the sidewalk, wondering what he was going to do next. Millikin’s decision turned out to be the right one, however, as Vaughan earned instant notoriety for allegedly telling Bowie to take a hike while gaining the freedom to concentrate fully on promoting Texas Flood and giving his burgeoning career the full attention it needed.

While it would have been fascinating to hear Vaughan jamming on Bowie classics like “Station to Station,” “Rebel Rebel,” and “Fashion,” had he remained with Bowie the world would have been deprived of his now-legendary show at the El Mocambo Tavern in Toronto, his pairing with Albert King for the Canadian In Session broadcast, and his first appearance on the Austin City Limits television program. We also would have missed his fiery performance at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia, originally broadcast on WMMR radio and officially released for the first time on Sony’s new 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition of Texas Flood.

It’s likely that, even if he had remained with Bowie, Vaughan would have risen to premier guitar-hero status upon the release of Texas Flood. The album was about as perfect a showcase for his immense talents as he could deliver. Recorded in just two days, Texas Flood essentially captured Vaughan and Double Trouble performing a live set at a magical moment in Vaughan’s career, where his seasoned performing experience, fresh excitement over new opportunities and desire to make a definitive statement coalesced.

“Stevie said that we waited all of our lives to make that first record,” Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon says. “After that, making records was work.”

“We didn’t know we were making a record,” adds Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton. “We basically played all the songs we had been playing at the gigs. We’d record something, listen to it, and if it sounded good we’d go on to the next song.”

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