Archive for July, 2011

What does visual art and music have in common?

It is obvious that any of the arts spring from the same mysterious well and it is interesting to note how many musicians started out as artists (self taught or trained), and how some continued to juggle both disciplines throughout their careers.

There is a unique book titled ‘ Starart ‘edited by Debby Chesher that showcases the works of musicians that produced visual art. Among famous art school attendees were Keith Richards, David Bowie, David Byrne, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Palmer, Brian Eno, Joni Mitchell, John Mayall, John Lennon, Ron Wood, Bryan Ferry, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia and John Entwistle.

Enjoy the examples below.and see if you can draw any parallels between their art and their music.

John Mayall "Starart" cover

Joni Mitchell 1969

Joni Mitchell "Neil Young" portrait 1975

Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now" 1999

Klaus Vormann - "Revolver" cover 1966

Klaus Voorman "Jacki Lomax" 1974

Klaus Vormann "Top Ten Club" Night , Hamburg w/ the Beatles

Klaus Voorman "Top Ten Club" - Light, Hamburg w/ the Beatles

Commander Cody "Elvis Costello"

Commander Cody "53 Buick"

Ron Wood "Please Allow Me" 1968

Ron Wood "Before They Make Me Run" 2009 portrait of Keith Richards

Ron Wood "Foxy" 2009

Cat Stevens "Artist vs. Materialism" 1968

Cat Stevens "Pixi" 1969

Cat Stevens from "Catch Bull at 4" 1972

Jerry Garcia "Mixmaster"

Jerry Garcia "Rocker"

John Lennon "Come Together"

John Lennon "Ono Peace"

John Lennon "Family Tree"

Bill Kreutzman "Addiction" (Grateful Dead)

Bill Kreutzmann "Woven Fish"

David Bowie "Self Portrait" 1988

David Bowie "Zenzi" 1998

Jimi Hendrix "Self Portrait"

Tico Torres "Sound of Music" (Bon Jovi)

Tico Torres "All That Jazz"

Michael Cortellone "Red" from the Lynryd Skynryd Road Series

Janis Joplin "Self Portrait"

Curt Cobain - untitled

Curt Cobain - untitled

Curt Cobain "InUtero"

John Entwistle "4 Proofs"

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Luna is excited to announce the Grand Opening of Luna University on July 15th!!! Luna University is a special site that offers free online guitar courses, taught by some of the best players on the planet, exclusively for Luna owners!

To keep the passion ignited on their musical journeys, Luna players will now have
unlimited free access to Luna University and the entire library of inter-active video guitar lessons produced just for Luna by our friends at Truefire.

Whatever their preferred style of music happens to be, beginners through advanced players will find solid instruction and tons of inspiration at Luna University.

Here’s how it works:

1. If you’re a current Luna player and you’ve already registered your instrument, visit the registration page under “service” on the navigation bar. Click on the “Already Registered” link at the bottom of the page and follow the prompts to receive a username and password on your confirmation page that will give you full access to Luna U..

2. If you’re a current Luna player and have not registered your instrument, visit the registration page at http://www.lunaguitars.com to register and we’ll respond with a username and password on your confirmation page that will give you full access to Luna U.

3. If you plan to make Luna purchase, be sure to register your instrument at http://www.lunaguitars.com and we’ll respond with a username and password on your confirmation page that will allow you full access to Luna U.

4. Click Luna University on the confirmation page and dig in!!!!!!

Here’s a preview of the current Luna University courses and the talented instructors that have brought them to life!

Playing her own percussive technique of ‘slap-tap’ acoustic guitar, Vicki Genfan has been showcased as one of the world’s top guitarists at festivals such as The International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival and hundreds of venues and Performing Arts Centers across the US and abroad.
“I understand completely why the audience applauds and whistles so wildly — this is fiery, living music!” – IndieMusic.com
Vicki was one of the featured artists on La Guitara, a CD featuring the world’s top female guitarists across all styles. She was also the first woman to win Guitar Player magazine’s Guitar Superstar Competition, after competing against nine other world-class players in front of celebrity judges.
“Vicki mesmerized the audience and the judges — not just with her stunning technique, but also with her musicality and charisma.” – Michael Molenda, Chief Editor Guitar Player Magazine
In addition to being a dazzling instrumentalist, Vicki is an award-winning singer/songwriter with a high-energy stage presence. Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, whether covering the tunes of others or presenting her own compositions, Vicki has a distinctive style that pushes the boundaries of the singer/songwriter genre into new territories.
“Vicki has brewed her own style and created a new kind of singer-songwriter culture.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine
While hopping between continents for performances, master classes and clinics, Vicki loves teaching and has two Instructional DVDs to her credit and is in high demand at clinics and music camps all over the world.
“If I could play like Vicki, I’d stay home and entertain myself.” – Steve Vai

Luna artist and TrueFire acoustic guitar top educator, Vicki Genfan covers essential and very effective techniques for spicing up acoustic rhythm guitar parts for accompanying singers, performing cover tunes or composing original tunes.  Ideal for singer-songwriters and early intermediate to advanced players.

Luna artist and TrueFire acoustic guitar top educator, Vicki Genfan introduces the student to her signature Slap-Tap technique in this series of compelling video lessons. Genfan covers thumb slaps, harmonic tapping, harmonic brushing, left hand harmonics, body percussion and more. Ideal for intermediate to advanced players.

Ravi’s professional credits are hard to beat. The guitarist, singer, and songwriter has performed on the stages of Madison Square Garden, Lousiana Superdome, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Rosie O’Donnell, Today Show, Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live and a White House Christmas party for President Clinton.
His autobiographical tour journal was published by Simon and Schuster, and the number of magazines, newspapers, and television news clips that have covered his career is impressive.
“Guitar Whiz” – Musician Magazine
But all that aside, what makes Ravi an incredible teacher is his love for sharing, skill as a communicator, and desire to guide others to live their dreams.
He is a regular “artist in residence” at world renowned Berklee College of Music, a speaker at major music conventions including NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers), and a contributor to some of the industry’s most respected magazines including Electronic Musican and Music Inc.
Ravi has conducted more than a hundred guitar clinics throughout the USA and volunteers as a music teacher through non-profit organizations targeting some of the poorest kids in the world, from inner-city Los Angeles to the remote villages of India.
“Ravi has a great way of presenting, one that reaches both the head and the heart” – Berklee College of Music
Ravi spends about 200 days a year on the road, but thanks to Guitar Sherpa, Ravi can continue to teach privately online, share his knowledge and interact personally with his students around the world no matter where he is…a perfect platform for a globetrotting musician and teacher!
“The guitar industry is fortunate to have Ravi encouraging young players to ‘live the dream’ with integrity. He has obvious talent as a musician and skills as a communicator” – Greg Bennett, former vice president of Guitar Center

TrueFire educator Ravi reveals the underlying music theory, performance techniques and practical tips for playing some of the most popular chord progressions used by top singer-songwriters.  Ravi demonstrates how to play them on guitar and how to incorporate them in your own arrangements and compositions. Ideal for any level player.

Jeff Scheetz is a prolific songwriter, renown performing artist, master educator and monster guitarist with eight CDs, six TrueFire courses and numerous publications to his credit. Jeff’s music can be heard on Toyota and Chevy commercials, TV Shows and one of his songs, “Lakota” was a finalist in the John Lennon songwriting contest. His band’s latest CD, “Behind the Mask” was selected as one of JPF Awards’ Top 10 Rock Albums – out of 42,000 entries!
“At times, he seems to be abstractly pulling notes out of thin air, making his guitar laugh, sing, cry, or scream on command.”
Scheetz has been heralded as one of the planet’s top guitarists in dozens of national and International guitar magazines and has toured worldwide headlining shows with his own band and opening for the likes of ZZ top, the Scorpions, Eric Johnson and Jeff Healey.
“Scheetz uses his trademark killer vibrato and fleet fingers to deliver an enormous sound shock.”
Jeff has conducted over 300 clinics and has endorsements with Yamaha, DiMarzio, Ernie Ball, Overture guitars, Spectraflex and Dailey guitar amps who designed Jeff’s signature tube head. Scheetz also led 1,721 guitarists into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest guitar ensemble, which was featured as #8 on the Top Ten Plays of the Day on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“If feeling and emotion could be measured, Jeff Scheetz would register ‘Beyond the point of no return’. Past the posted limit! Eleven on a ten scale!”
Jeff has a passion for guitar education and has been teaching beginners and seasoned professionals alike for over 25 years. He’s authored instructional books and dozens of articles and has also taught classes on various aspects of the music business. Jeff is also the Director of Guitar Sherpa and has been instrumental in helping design and shape the interactive learning experience.

Grab your Luna electric guitar, plug in, turn up and start rocking from your very first video lesson in this quick-start rock guitar course for flat-out beginners from Jeff Scheetz and the folks at TrueFire. No tedious theory. No boring exercises. You will playing a few tasty rock guitar licks from your very first learning session! This is great info for Acoustic players as well.

TrueFire’s Blues-Rock Professor Jeff Scheetz presents ten essential blues-rock rhythm licks you MUST know! Jeff first performs the licks over a jam track and then breaks it down note-by-note in this series of videos. Students get the video lessons, jam tracks, tab and notation. Ideal for intermediate and early advanced players.

Aptly named as one of the “Men of Steel” by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, Richard regularly fascinates his audiences with fingerstyle gymnastics while spinning yarns too unbelievable not to be true. In addition to his concert performances and recording sessions, he presents instructional guitar and sound reinforcement seminars worldwide, bringing a vast experience of teaching and touring to listeners of all ages and players of all levels. Based on Richard’s eclectic mixture of stylistic approaches to the acoustic guitar, he offers substantial insights and amusing takes on fingerpicking patterns as a “language” for 6 ad 12-string guitar. His “Meet the Artist Program” (Music in the Schools) for primary, middle and high school students, and group seminar sessions for college music departments, incorporates Richard’s vision that music is an art of many spectrums.
Today, acknowledged as one of the most unique and humorous performers on the contemporary acoustic scene, Richard is respected worldwide for his command of the 6 and 12-string guitar. He continues to work on his craft under the direction of classical guitarist David Walbert, who has studied with renowned violinist Frances Magnes, and guitarists Gil de Jesus and Sophocles Papas. Richard is also a contributing writer for Mel Bay Publications on-line magazine, Guitar Sessions®, Singer & Musician, Fingerstyle Guitar, and for a number of trade magazines and industry blogs. International Public Radio fans often sample Richard’s wit and zany outlook on life on syndicated shows such as RTE Lyric Radio of Ireland, BBC radio of Northern Ireland, BBC Orkney, National Radio New Zealand, as well as numerous local radio shows in America.
But it is his live shows that bring out the best in this artist who follows a distinct cadence that creates a glow that continually grows a little brighter with each tune. “Gilewitz fingerpicked with such graceful facility and improvised so intelligently that he is a guitarist to follow here,” observes The Washington Post. Whether playing solo, conducting guitar seminars and school programs, or sharing the stage with fellow performers, Richard Gilewitz always creates a sparkle of mood mastery and wonderment.
Richard has appeared in concert with:
Brooks Williams / The California Guitar Trio / Richard Thompson / Warren Zevon / Mose Allison /John Fahey / Leo Kottke / John Prine / Norman Blake / Kenny G / Adrian Legg / The Little River Band / David Bromberg / Taj Mahal / Greg Brown / John Hammond / Steve Morse / Patty Larkin / The Indigo Girls / Joe Ely / Rory Block / America / Mike Cross / Sonny Landreth / Maria Muldaur / Jane Siberry / Loudon Wainwright III / Lucinda Williams / Jorma Kaukonen

Richard Gilewitz presents an engaging jump-start series of video lessons for beginning acoustic guitar. Ideal for flat-out beginners, this TrueFire-powered course covers all of the essentials without forcing the student through tedious theory or boring exercises – you will be strumming your acoustic guitar from your very first learning session!

Richard Gilewitz presents an engaging jump-start series of video lessons for beginning fingerstyle guitar. Ideal for flat-out beginners, this TrueFire-powered course covers all of the essentials without forcing the student through tedious theory or boring exercises – you will be playing fingerstyle guitar from your very first learning session!

We will be adding more classes as time goes on, and if you like what you see, check out Truefire where over 450 top artists and educators are building what Guitar Player magazine calls “the planet’s largest and most comprehensive selection of guitar lessons.”

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