Join Blackstar’s Steve Marks in their April webcast. Steve will be demonstrating how to get the Country sound from your Blackstar amp. From chicken picking to the twang of those Country chords, Blackstar has an amp to suit.
We say it all the time at KGMC, you don’t have to put a ton of money into gear to get some ideas recorded. Money helps, but if you’ve got a bad song, or you’re doing it wrong, it doesn’t matter.
If you need some help picking out some essential pieces of gear to get it going, talk to us. We all write and record to differing degrees, on different computers, with different software, different instruments, different music, etc. You get the point.
The guy in the video is doing a recording challenge with a $300 budget, and his recording sounds great. Of course he knows what he is doing and he has a great song, but the gear isn’t getting in the way.
In this video he works on vocals and some auxiliary sounds. He’s using an old laptop, Garage Band, $30 headphones, a $79 microphone, a homemade egg shaker, a free Garage Band soft synth, and a tambourine. How do you think this sounds?
The key is to write good music and learn how to use the tools you have or can afford to purchase. Don’t let the pursuit of gear get in the way of you making and recording music. There’s no excuse.
Write. Record. Repeat.
Saturday October 25, 2-4 pm
Come by to check out some of the most unique guitars, and meet the builders! They’ll be here to answer any questions and explain the build process. Scroll down for more info.
McDaniel Guitars was founded in 1999 by brothers Michael and Scott McDaniel. From their original modified SG guitars to their more recent Hot Rod and Panther designs, the McDaniels specialize in creating one-of-a-kind guitars that feature exotic tone woods and have a unique Southwestern California flare.
All McDaniel guitars are handmade in the United States and come with an unconditional lifetime warranty.
We had a blast earlier this month in down town Newhall. We had drummers of all ages playing djembes, tambourines, cajons, and even some fruit shakers. You should come down to our next one at Keyboard Galleria in the Stage Door. It’s 100% free, and 100% fun! Bring the friends and the family.
I know these photos are a little late… SORRY! If you have some photos or videos from this show, please share them with us.
Want to see some cool things that we saw? Check it out!
The City of Santa Clarita City Council and Arts Commission is proud to present the New Heights Artist Development Workshop featuring Bruce Forman.
What: Jazz Guitar Workshop
Who: Bruce Forman
When: January 8th, 7:30 PM
A busy touring schedule; seventeen recordings as a leader; countless sideman recording dates–including a featured role on one of jazz great Ray Brown’s last albums; soundtrack performances on three of Clint Eastwood’s distinguished films–the Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, Oscar-nominated Flags of Our Fathers and Hereafter ; producer, arranger, and acclaimed educator; over twenty appearances at the landmark Monterey Jazz Festival; in residence at USC ’s Studio / Jazz Guitar Dept.—when does Bruce Forman rest?
Forman is a seasoned jazz player with top-level skills as a leader, entertainer and sideman. He creates soulful, lyrical melodies, inventive harmonies, and solid accompaniment. Though he can shred bebop at blistering tempos with the best of ‘em, he is no urban snob. Cow Bop, Forman’s unique “western bebop” band, hit four separate charts with its CDs, Swingin’ Out West, Route 66, Too Hick for the Room and Cowlifornia Swing.
A new composition, The Red Guitar, has received wide acclaim. It may be the only jazz libretto where the narrator and the featured instrumentalist are the same performer. The Red Guitar requires great virtuosity, but it is much deeper than a simple showcase for Forman’s abilities. It is serious one-man theater, exploring the obsessive demands that music places on its truest followers.
Forman is also a distinguished music educator and in-kind philanthropist. His national music-mentoring program, JazzMasters Workshop, provided over 2,500 sessions for young students. Always free of charge, JazzMasters’ sessions occurred during after-school hours, and the program enriched lives and helped develop numerous musicians who have gone on to promising careers.
Bruce’s life and musical journey provide an American saga that is still in full swing. His Texas origins, his early career in San Francisco and New York, and his years on the road, all contribute to the unique and highly personal vision that he demonstrates today. Deep immersion in American culture inspires him to contribute to the traditions that he drew from. Cow Bop’s “road challenges” down historic byways like Route 66; original works like The Red Guitar; JazzMasters Workshop—these are only the latest answers to the endless questions that underlie Bruce Forman’s creativity. His music and life reflect every step of his journey, and demonstrate the awareness of an artist who is very much at home in the world, and at the top of his form.