The Alchemy of Rock

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist There are three definitions of Alchemy in Webster’s Dictionary, the second one is my favorite: “A power or process of transforming something common into something special.” The first definition is longer […]

Guitars, Distortion & Tesla’s Cat

“I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would’ve been straightened out.” -Jimi Hendrix Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Colorado Springs circa 1900. Public Domain photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Nikola Tesla, great scientist, inventor of alternating current (AC), bringer of man-made lightning, pioneer […]

Guitar Concepts: What Is a Drone?

This post will briefly examine a musical technique commonly known as the “drone.” It is not about the un-manned, robotic aircraft! If you don’t know what “drone” is just think about the intro to Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones, or the intro to “Shine” by Collective Soul. The intro to┬áPaint it Black is […]