February 16, 2014

by guitarkadia on February 18, 2014

in Guitarkadia Weekly

Guitarkadia Weekly, emailed Sundays at 9 AM (EST), posted on the site two days later, is a digest of original guitar stories published on Guitarkadia and elsewhere the previous week. Archive of past posts can be found here.

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On Guitarkadia:

Coming this Wednesday: Guitarist Janet Robin guest post about being Randy Rhoads’s only female guitar student.
PHOTOS: My first photo essay, on Yomo Toro and Zon del Barrio (September 2008)


Guitar maker Kevin Muiderman of Thompson, ND, built an 85 seat concert hall in his house.  By John Lamb for Fargo-Moorhead InFORUM.

A plastic surgeon at Altru Health Care in Grand Forks, Muiderman and his wife Amy decided to settle down and build the four-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot house two years ago. He wanted to revive the house concerts he hosted when he lived in Wisconsin, so when he started planning the house, he thought how it would sound.

In 2009, while Lord was researching the likes of blues greats Muddy Waters and B.B. King, he read about “diddley bows,” homemade guitars that blues musicians used decades ago.

On Saturday February 22, at the Wits Main Theatre and part of the Edge of Wrong festival, Crossley will unveil a world-first musical performance in partial fulfillment of his PhD requirements.

‘RoboCop’ puts Conservatory guitar teacher in a scene with his hero Gary Oldman. By Trish Crawford.

Altounian, who is a teacher at the Conservatory of Music and has been playing guitar since he was six, auditioned for the movie, which was shot in Toronto, and got the job of portraying a musician.

Story of Guitarist Dominic Zyntek,  from Coventry, West Midlands, who was electrocuted for two minutes. By Lizzie Edmonds.

Mr Zyntek said: ‘I honestly thought that I was going to die, it was like I was being burnt alive for a few minutes and the resulting burns on my hands were extremely painful.

‘All I can really remember is being given the all clear to play and as soon as I put my hand on the guitar the next thing I heard was screaming.’

“It came out of a long period of brainstorming—what can I do next, what would work, what wouldn’t. Really lighting up the guitar in that way, once you see it, even on the video, it looks like it should have been done already. It’s not a big stretch for me, having tried to stretch the guitar’s boundaries for a long time.”

Advice For When Creativity Takes Over: Shut Up And Play Your Guitar. By Folker Wrage for Forbes.

Obviously, there are ways to do it better. Simply by understanding creativity, by respecting it, and by making sure that it has a chance to do its magic. One thing is painfully visible every day: If we don’t let creativity be the heart of our organization, its products will also not be creative.

3D printed guitar.

Artist takes plunge with guitar.  By Kate Matthews for ByronShire News.

OLD biscuit tins, car hub caps and bicycle wheels are among some of the ‘bits and pieces’ Clarence Valley artisan Dave Funnell has used to create his unique musical sculptures.

His first piece, a ukulele made from a hub cap with a piece of bamboo flooring for a fret board, was created to settle a challenge.

What happened to Guitar Solos? By Danny Perez-Crouse for The Advocate.

I’ve never listened to a song where a solo of some kind would not improve it. It doesn’t have to be a face-melting screamer (they’re awesome, though). An acoustic arpeggio can be a sweet chocolaty center to a smooth melodic song. A twangy string-bender can get any cowboy to stomp his boots. And a slick blues solo can lull you into musical nirvana.

See you next week. Have a guitar story/tip? Contact me.


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