Saturday, 28 March 2009


Customer Review: Good stuff
Everything I had hoped for from the Tones and more. Makes you miss the halcyon days in which this lively and innovative music was made. A great job of packaging too - a really solid collection including the pop stuff and the fun oddities.
Customer Review: One of the greatest ever
As much as I love music and all it has to offer, nothing has ever struck and stuck with me like TOT. I owned the POP album on vinyl, and I played it time and time again. Absolutely brilliant! I adore Love and Rockets, and I think Bauhaus are OK (a bit overrated), but this was a true gem. You absolutely must listen to "Rain". Greatest song ever composed in my opinion. I can't stress enough how wonderful this song is. It opens up with ambient organ and guitar (which is e-bowed, a method used throughout their songs), and then it morphs brilliantly into the singing and structure. Lyrically it is stunning, and I tell you the music will just stick with you. Just a beautiful song!

Many guitar enthusiasts visiting my website are interested in learning more about guitar chords. So, I thought this would be a good subject for me to give you some pointers on...

There are literally hundreds of guitar chords, plus, the fretboard enables one to use several different fingering combinations to play them. Memorizing every chord can seem like a daunting task for the beginning as well as the more "seasoned" guitarist.

But don't fret! I've put together some tips that will help speed up your chord learning curve!

First of all, it's important to keep things simple when you are just starting to learn how to play guitar. Try to get a good understanding of the basic "open" chords used in and around first position (by "open chords I'm referring to chords that contain a lot of open strings vs. bar chords, etc.)

  • Begin with the Major, Minor and Dominant 7th chords in the common keys of: C G D A and E.
  • Memorize them all!
  • Practice using them in chord progressions and songs.

These basic chord shapes will help you learn how to play other chords up and down the neck. Let me explain...

Chords are made from triads. This simply means that there are 3 tones taken from a given scale to create a chord. So, when you are playing a basic triad guitar chord you are only using 3 notes, or tones, even though you may be strumming all 6 strings. The cool thing is, triads are moveable chord shapes. So wherever you place them on the neck of the guitar, you have a chord.


The 3 tones of the A Major chord are: A C# E

If you take the A Major (triad) chord and move the whole shape up 1/2 step on the neck, you will have an A# chord. If you move another 1/2 step higher, you will have a B Major (triad) chord. If you move down 1/2 from B Major you will have Bb (A# & Bb are on the same fret).

Be careful only to strum the fretted notes of the chord. Do not to play the open strings if the tones are not in the chord. If you want to add another string it must be one of the notes in the triad- open or fretted.

This same phenomenon occurs when using the E Major triad chord shape.

The 3 tones of E Major are: E B G#

As with A Major chord, this triad can be moved up and down the neck. Again, be sure not to play any open notes when you move up the neck unless it's in the triad. Remember, if you wish to add more strings, you must use one of the notes in the triad.

This is also a moveable chord shape. The name of the chord is found in the 4th and the first string.

Whenever you use either of these shapes to play a chord anywhere on the neck, you will have a Major chord. Now you can play a wide variety of natural, sharp or flat chords in any key! Remember what I said- knowledge is power!

Kathy Unruh has been writing songs and providing guitar lessons to students of all ages for over 25 years. For free guitar lessons, plus tips and resources on songwriting, recording and creating a music career, please visit her website at:

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Monday, 16 March 2009

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Country and Pop Music superstar Shania Twain has released a greatest hits CD appropriately titled Shania Twain Greatest Hits.

The reclusive Twain has sold more than 40 million albums over the years with-flirty, hook laden, beat-heavy, country-tinged pop tracks that have all the subtlety of a musical wet T-shirt contest.

She is one of the most successful recording artists in history. Her CD Come On Over is the biggest selling album of all time by a female artist, making it the female equivalent of Michael Jackson's Thriller.

This long awaited and much anticipated Greatest Hits collection includes three new songs along with the predictable chart topping hits she's had. Most of the songs are up tempo groovable tunes which is exactly what Shania Twain fans will enjoy and appreciate.

19 out of the 21 songs on this CD are pure gold, and they are so varied in style that there is a song for every music fan.

The CD launches with the classic ballad, Forever and For Always then goes on to showcase the very impressive list of gold records Twain has had over the years. Containing a whopping 21 songs in all.

Impressively Twain writes all of her own songs and melodies on guitar and of course does a great job singing them as well.

Some of my own Shania Twain favorites are track 1, Forever and For Always, track 2 I'm Gonna Getcha Good, track 5, Man! I Feel Like A Woman! and on, and on, and on. Heck they're all good!

Release Notes:

Shania Twain originally released Greatest Hits on November 9, 2004 on the Mercury Nashville record label.

CD track list follows:

1. Forever and For Always

2. I'm Gonna Getcha Good

3. UP!

4. Come On Over

5. Man! I Feel Like A Woman!

6. That Don't Impress Me Much

7. From This Moment

8. Honey, I'm Home

9. You're Still The One

10. Don't Be Stupid

11. Love Gets Me Every Time

12. No One Needs To Know

13. You Win My Love

14. I'm Outta Here

15. The Woman In Me

16. Any Man Of Mine

17. Whose Bed Have Your Boots

18. Party for Two' (with Mark McGrath)

19. Don't!

20. Party for Two (with Billy Currington)

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Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Guitars Guitar Strummin Fender Gibson Cotton Throw Blanket

This is a lovely high quality Woven throw, made in USA. Great decoration for you home, office, excellent to hang on wall, fold on bed, etc.
Customer Review: Unique Gift
This gift was ordered as a Christmas gift to my teenage brother who loves guitars. I searched everywhere for guitar blankets, and this was the only one I could find. I was very pleased with the seller (Cjicollectiables, LLC)as the product arrive on time and came with a customer satisfaction garentee. Needless to say, I was very satified with the blanket throw, as was my brother. I would recommend the blanket as a unique quality gift for any guitar lover, and the seller as reliable.

I can describe Smooth Jazz sensation Boney James's CD Body Language for you with just one word... Outstanding!

It's a rare day indeed that I get a CD from an artist that I can truthfully say does not have a bad track in the bunch. I'm more than happy to announce that's exactly what I must say about this one. There simply is NOT a bad one in the bunch. No fillers here at all.

Body Language is a nicely varied, mix of 9 tracks from one of best smooth jazz sax players around. One of the nicer things about hearing an artist like Boney James is with the level of talent he posses even if Smooth Jazz isn't your favorite genre you still can't help but appreciate the greatness of the artist.

Listen to and I think you'll agree that the song choices are excellent, the production is outstanding and Boney James's sax work is about as good as it gets.

While the entire CD is outstanding the truly standout tracks are Are You Ready? [track 1], Into The Blue [track 2], and All Night Long [track 9].

My SmoothLee Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 5, Boneyizm. You gotta love Boneyizm!

Body Language Release Notes:

Boney James originally released Body Language on February 23, 1999 on the Warner Bros. record label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Are You Ready?

2. Into The Blue

3. Body Language

4. I'll Always Love You - (featuring Shai)

5. Boneyizm

6. Lovefest

7. Bedtime Story

8. I Get Lonely

9. All Night Long

Personnel: Boney James (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Donnell Spencer Jr. (vocals, drums); Shai, Chelle Davis (vocals); Rick Braun (flugelhorn); David Torkanowsky (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Phil Davis (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Rex Rideout (keyboards, programming); Tim Heintz, Leon Bisquera, Mark Ellis Stephens (keyboards); Alex Al (synthesizer, bass); Paul Jackson Jr. (acoustic & electric guitars); Rohn Lawrence, Tony Maiden (guitar); Ronnie Garrett, Larry Kimpel (bass); Lil' John Roberts (drums); Paulinho Da Costa, Lenny Castro (percussion). Engineers include: Paul Brown, Bill Schnee, Don Murray.

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Friday, 6 March 2009

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When recording, mixing down, and mastering, we always come across those 3 different EQ options. Many ask, what is the difference between them and which one should I use. here is a little information to help you get started.

The one most of you will be familiar with is the Graphic EQ as shown in the example below. The faders are arranged from low to high frequency. The are set to a specific frequency. The graphic EQ is most often used to control feedback or to get the sound you want out of an instrument. In a recording environment, once the feedback is taken out of the room, the settings usually stay put.

Parametric EQ you will find to be very different from the Graphic EQ. They permit you to choose exactly which frequency you want via the Frequency setting and the Q control. A wide Q will center your frequency around a broad group of frequencies which will all be affected. It is a very broad adjustment. A narrow Q will only affect the frequencies within the narrow Q.

You can also set the Q to affect one sole frequency. This works well if you have a single frequency affecting your mix. You can easily isolate it and adjust accordingly. Software such as Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer comes equipped with its own internal software version of all the varying types of EQ's in this article.

Paragraphic EQ is similar to the parametric EQ in that you can chunk out areas of frequency, but it does not give you the Q. It is a nice medium between a Graphics EQ and a Parametric EQ. It is very applicable for live sound, but we are seeing more and more studios putting the Paragraphic EQ to work.

I hope this helps to understand the differences, similarities and applications of these different types of available EQs.

Tinamarie Hite(Dae) is a musician and a sound engineer. She has over 20 years experience in the music business. Her experience covers a wide range of subjects from jazz theory to recording to the know hows of booking, gigging and live stage setup. She is currently working on several music projects. These include singer/songwriter productions, The Acoustic Duo, Cd recording, and a new band. Putting her experience to work comes naturally.

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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Maple, Sapphire Blue

Electric Guitar. Made by Fender.

The Deluxe Players Stratocaster is a revised version of the former Super Strat. Upgraded with American-made Vintage Noiseless pickups, this guitar not only sounds great but with a 12" neck radius and medium jumbo frets it's a workhorse of a guitar! And, don't forget about the push button switch that gives the player nine different pickup combinations!


  • BODY Ash
  • NECK Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (Satin Polyurethane Finish)
  • MACHINE HEADS Gold Plated Fender/Reliance Vintage Style Tuning Machines
  • FINGERBOARD Maple, 12" Radius (305mm)
  • NO. OF FRETS 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • PICKUPS 3 Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickups
  • CONTROLS Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
  • BRIDGE Gold Plated Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • PICKUP SWITCHING 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickups (Plus Bridge Pickup When Push/Push Switch Is Activated), Position 5. Neck Pickup (Plus Bridge Pickup When Push/Push Switch Is Activated), 1-Push-Button On/Off Switch: Activates Bridge Pickup in Positions 4 and 5 of Blade Switch
  • HARDWARE Gold Plated
  • STRINGS Fender Super Bullet 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042)
  • CASE Deluxe Gig Bag
  • PICKGUARD 4-Ply Brown Shell
  • SCALE LENGTH 25.5" (648mm)
  • WIDTH AT NUT 1 11/16 (43mm)
  • UNIQUE FEATURES Gold Plated Hardware
  • ACCESSORIES Deluxe Gig Bag

NOTE: The picture on this page shows the Rosewood version of this guitar model, if you place an order from this page you will receive the model with a Maple fretboard

I can describe the latest release from Heavy Metal super group Alice In Chains for you with just one word Outstanding!

I wish it werent the case but, its not everyday that I get a CD for review that I can just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. There is usually a song or two that I just cant force myself to get through. Not at all the case with Dirt. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.

Dirt is a pleasantly varied, mix of 13 tracks that are very well written and brilliantly performed songs by these clearly superb musicians. Most of the songs display a lot of the kind emotion that makes for a really great listen. Clearly drawing from what I can only imagine are their own real life experiences. At different points touching on the most real emotions of love, and the pain of failed relationships can certainly be heard.

Overall Dirt is excellent from beginning to end. One of those CDs that after a few listens the songs are just etched into your memory. A must have for the Heavy Metal fan. Really spectacular from beginning to end.

While the entire album is really very good the truly standout tunes are track 2 - Dam That River, track 4 - Down In A Hole, and track 13 - Would?.

My Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [ in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 1 - Them Bones. Great track!

Dirt Release Notes:

Alice In Chains originally released Dirt on September 29, 1992 on the Columbia label.

CD Track List Follows:

1. Them Bones

2. Dam That River

3. Rain When I Die

4. Down In A Hole

5. Sickman

6. Rooster

7. Junkhead

8. Dirt

9. God Smack

10. (untitled) - (hidden track)

11. Hate To Feel

12. Angry Chair

13. Would?

Alice In Chains: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell (vocals, guitar); Michael Starr (bass); Sean Kinney (drums).

Additional personnel: Tom Araya (background vocals).

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