Saturday, 6 September 2008

Hendrix's medium-well guitar auctions for £280,000.

The first guitar that Jimi Hendrix ever set light to onstage has been auctioned for £280,000 at the Fame Bureau's 'It's More Than Rock And Roll' auction at the Idea Generation Gallery in London. Jimi grilled the 1965 Fender Stratocaster in the picture at the end of his show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park (London) in March 1967. Tony Garland, recovered it after roadies put the flames out and stored it in his parents' garage in East Sussex, until last year when it was found by Garland's nephew. American collector Daniel Boucher won this piece of history bidding just above the guide price and promises to play it(!)...I am sure that will be a fret-burning performance! (sorry...sometimes jokes write themselves...)

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Song Surgeon - a must have tool to learn those impossible solos.

From time to time companies get in touch to have their product promoted on my website. It is rare that I find something interesting, but when the the guys at TmjEurope got in touch I was pleasantly surprised with their very handy SongSurgeon. With this piece of software you can easily slow down, change pitch, EQ and loop audio samples. This is great when you are trying to figure out parts of solos that are too fast or maybe hard to get at normal speed.  The totally foolproof user interface is simple and intuitive and compared to an audio editor, SongSurgeon comes at a fraction of the price.

Highly recommended!