• The Facts About Getting a Great Guitar Sound

    Guitar distortion

    The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments, and much of its popularity can be attributed to the affordability of a new guitar. This isn’t to say that a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom or Dangelico guitars are “cheap” per se, but relatively speaking, it is easy to find a really good guitar for just a couple hundred bucks. You can’t say this about the piano, violin, tuba, trumpet, or even a flute.

    Of course, the real reason so many people play guitar is because it’s the coolest instrument in existence. When you hear the words “rock star,” the electric guitar is the first musical instrument that comes to mind. After all, the guitar is the single-most important instrument in a rock band, Continue Reading

  • Achieve the Sweet Guitar Tone You’ve Always Wanted

    Guitar effect pedals

    If you’re a serious guitarist whose intent is to make music, as opposed to squeezing as many meaningless notes and sweep arpeggios as possible into every measure, tone is king! Although speed and technique are invaluable tools to have in your playing arsenal, even the cleanest, fasted scalar runs can’t make up for great note selection and sweet tone.

    When it comes to being a guitar great, it is more often tone than technique that separates the great guitar players from the ones that are only “good.” For instance, you can go on YouTube and find literally hundreds, if not thousands, of teenagers all around the world who can play the most difficult classical compositions on guitar note-for-note — and do it with incredible speed and amazing clarity. Yet, players like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Continue Reading

  • Three Benefits of Enrolling Your Children in Dance Classes

    Dance lessons for children

    Did you know that the typical Prima ballerina uses at least 2,000 pairs of pointe shoes each year? Dance is a form of art that is thought to have been around since the earliest human civilizations, and people of any age can learn how to dance. Children, for example, benefit from dance classes because they are taught all the essentials early in life. There are several benefits of kids dance studios, as they are a practical way to teach children how to dance.

    1. Types of dance. Dance schools for kids teach children many different types of dance. Jazz, tap, musical theater, ballet, aerial, and hip hop dance lessons, for example, are all offered by kids dance studios. This means that children can Continue Reading

  • Neck vs Bridge Pickups Can You Hear the Difference? [42]

    Guitar multi effects

    A guitarist’s tone is like his baby — it’s a creation entirely his own. Of course, just like a baby, he can’t make it entirely by himself. There’s a veritable banquet of factors that ultimately results in a guitar player’s signature sound, and that’s been true for as long as notable guitarists have been making music.

    The Kinks’ Dave Davies sliced his amplifier’s cones with a razor blade in order to produce more natural guitar distortion. Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins used state-of-the-art amps in the 1950s to get an echoed chill on all their recordings. Today, rock guitarists in genres ranging from metal to blues to country use T Rex guitar pedals for a variety of effects including delay, reverb and octave switchin Continue Reading

  • Dan Murray Wins Toronto Poetry Slam

    In spite of not being a shinning student during school life, Murray outshines rivals.
    Recently, the poetry final that was held at Super Market on Sunday February 16, 2014 has been won by Dan Murray.
    The Poetry slam had featured 13 poets who struggled against each other in the three rounds.
    Nina Raynars reporter of Toronto Observe said that “Murray had walked away with a cash prize of $500 and after winning the Slam, Murray will now represent Toronto at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam which is supposed to be held in Vancouver April 5-12.
  • Five things to do in Toronto this weekend, March 7-9

    Five things to do in Toronto this weekend, March 7-9
    BILLY JOEL
    This week New Yorker Billy Joel is going to play Madison Square Garden monthly.  Exactly, he is going t pop-up here and there rather than engaging himself for a prolonged tour. On Sunday, he will display some excellent flying traits through his flight’s hop at Air Canada Centre and that would be an amicable and joyous moment for the fans to come.
    It will be held on March 9, 8 p. and the ticket prices will be between. $68.75 to $164.75. The location of the venue is Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St. For tickets call 1-855-985-5000 orticketmaster.ca.
    SWAN LAKE
    The contract between National Ballet of Canada and Russian star Svetlana Lunkina is going to up at the end of this winter season. But, former Bolshoi ballerina said that “I am not ready for the Swan Song yet”. Besides, she said with a firm determination that “I am going to share lead role in the Swan Lake – the company’s version of the mystic”.
    Upon arrival to Canada in the last fall, Bolshoi ballerina said that “After spending 15 years of Struggle in Russia, I feel that there are many things that I can still do”. Swan Lake is supposed to be her third production with the nation and she hopes that she would qualify the audition.
    It will be held on March 8 to 16, and the ticket prices will be between: $25 to $184. The location of the venue is Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., for tickets call 416-345-9595 ornational.ballet.ca.
    THE TALE OF THE T-SHIRT
    We have been wearing the T-Shirt, displaying our support, and showing our solidarity with the 1,100 garment workers of Bangladesh about less than a year ago. But, we must not be so blasé about it. It is a comedic piece that has been specifically aimed for the audiences of aged 10 to 16 using live music to address the issue of globalization and the true cost of our cheap clothes.
    It will be held on March 8, and the ticket prices will be $10. The location of the venue is Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 76 Wychwood Ave., for tickets call 416-526-9332 orthetaleofatshirt.eventbrite.ca.
    6 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
    How to express my feelings with my brother about our mother that she is as lovely as the electrical storm particularly when you are unclothed and hanging over the highest tree of the country? This is one of those six questions that are asked in the new play. The theme of this play is based on daughter’s relationship with her estranged mom, and, as queries go, it turns out to be dozy.
    Actually the piece is based on a memoir of Priscila Uppal (The Projection Encounters with my Runaway Mother) who is one of Canada’s great poets, and there is no second opinion on it.
    It will be held on March 30 and the ticket prices will range from $23 to $45. The location of the venue is Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., for tickets call 416-504-9971 or factorytheatre.com.
    TORONTO COMICON
    On Saturday night, after party of the comic book convention, sci-fi fandango is going to take place. It would take place at Tattoo Queen West lounge where autographs and Q &As will also be given. Besides, Comicon attractions particularly the Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder will be on hand. Apart from this, Billy Boyd from The Lord of the Rings won’t be using his “hobbit-forming” line on the ladies. Inevitably, the photo shoot session will also be followed at the end of the party and chances are there that many other famous celebrities may also come to attend the event.
    It will be held on March 7 to 9, and the ticket prices will range from $10 to $25 (weekend pass, $45). The location of the venue is Metro Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.,comicontoronto.com.
  • On writers and drinking: the Trip to Echo Spring

    Why most of the famous writers warrant to alcoholism or liquor? A British based writer Olivia Laing is quite wondered about that as she had already visited United States to investigate the lives of already published and famous drunks such as John Cheever, John Berryman, Raymond Carver, Tennessee Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. No doubt, these men have contributed a lot for modern American literature and supposed to be worldly known writers. Olivia writes that “All of these writers were considering the liquor as directly linked to the creative writing and it was in their mind that they been damaged by their childhood”.
    Olivia Laing is writing a book titled as The Trip to Echo Spring: on Writers and Drinking and it is primarily focusing on the writers who were involved in drinking habits.
    Furthermore a Journalist questions Olivia that during the beginning of 20th century, alcoholism was epidemic among the writers and poets of United States and your focus is on physiology of alcoholism but my question is that, were the American writers constantly using alcohol to fuel their creativity?
    Olivia replied to that journalist as “It was not in the beginning of 20th Century rather it was linked to the entire 19th century till 1980s that writers used alcohol to lessen down their anxiety that was blocking the creativity”. Besides, the excessive use of alcohol clearly shows in the Hemingway’s book, Across the River and into the Trees that he lost his language and style of writing due effects of alcohol on his mind.  Similarly, the plays of Tennessee Williams were not stages due to lack of coherence and it was just because of the overuse of drinking the liquor.
  • Spoken word events in Toronto, March 2014

    Will anyone turn on the heat please? The coldest winter season that was notably colder than the past two decades is about to end peacefully in this month. No doubt, it is the supposed to be good timing of ending the season because the poetic words being spoken by GTA spoken word community will surely augment your overall temperature.
    This year is going to mark new milestones because a newly opened mic series is getting off the ground.  There will be shows of sounds and words. Although, this year, there would also be numerous sparring rounds that uphold the true sensations of life.  Hence must not forget to check these events.
    HOT TICKETS
    THE FRENCH-AKPATA CONNEXION / MARCH 8 / 7:30PM / ELLINGTON’S MUSIC AND CAFE / $5-$15
    Ottawa provocateur John Akpata and Whitney French are going to hold a meeting of minds and ideas. Both of these champions will share their notable poetic contribution, stories and music will all the participants and  this evening will undoubtedly an unforgettable event for all and sundry.
    TORONTO POETRY SLAM SEMIFINALS / MARCH 9 FT. KAIT ROKOWSKI AND MARCH 21 FT. AARON SIMM / 8PM / DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND / $5
     The top 16 outstanding poets have been declared as semifinalists for their impressive performance. The finalist team – which is supposed to be declared in April-, will be having the opportunity to defend national slam championship at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Victoria this fall. Both shows feature impressive and talent poets and the first features Minnesota’s own Kait Rokowski is worth mentioning here. Besides, the Toronto audience may not be ready for the second semi finalist Winnipeg wordslinger Aaron Simm.
    POET PSYCHOLOGY CD LAUNCH / MARCH 14 / 9PM / AMSTERDAM BICYCLE CLUB / PAY WHAT YOU WANT
    2012 national slam champion Ritallin is going to release thirds and perhaps final volume of his Poet Psychology project. His poems in this CD can be set to all kinds of music. It is said that Peterborough based reggae group Dub Trinity, t Music Award winning hip-hop MC Spesh K and newly signed R&B artist Pluto will join Ritallin onstage for marking the evening of music and poetry as impeccable.
    SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO SPOKEN WORD CIRCUIT PRESENTS JEREMY LOVEDAY / MARCH 19, 20 & 26
    The SOSWC is the consortium of groups holding different spoken word events in Guelph, London, Burlington, York Region, Hamilton and Toronto. Thanks to Canadian Council for arts for bringing such a meaningful programs for us. Besides it has given us immense pleasure to see hi profile artists in the country. The Circuit will also host the two-time Victoria slam champion and #MenLetsTalk advocate Jeremy Love day. He also performs at Burlington Slam Project (March 20) and YorkSlam (March 26).
    THE LAST POET STANDING / MARCH 30 / 7PM / THE GREAT HALL / $20 ADV; $25 DOOR
    The third annual edition of The Last Poet Standing has been Hosted and produced by Dwayne Morgan, and, it is going to be a remarkable event. In this event Artists will be set to go head-to-head in a single elimination spoken word tournament. The winner will walk away with $500 cash prize. Besides, Dagmar Morgan is also one of the 16 contenders who are supposed to be champion of champions.