Cassettes are Back?

I grew up in the 80s and 90s, so cassettes were a large part of my early musical life. The first album I ever bought was on cassette (Michael Jackson's Thriller, natch). I had a cassette player hooked up next to my bed, and I listened to cassettes every night. Even though I loved the cassettes that I owned, I was very glad to see cassettes go away as CDs became the dominant … [Read more...]

Ukulele Courseware

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Ed. note: This is the third in a series of posts by Guitar Lifestyle contributor Russ about the ukulele and its growing popularity among musicians and educators. See the first post, The Ukulele as an Educational Tool, and the second post, Review: The Ukulele Site. Aloha! Today we'll be talking about homeschooling and the courseware I chose to teach my kids music and the … [Read more...]

The Ukulele As an Educational Tool

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Ed. note: This is the first in a series of posts by Guitar Lifestyle contributor Russ about the ukulele and its growing popularity among musicians and educators.  Photo credit: Zachary Sumners via Flickr Creative Commons Aloha! Since this is my first editorial article for Guitar Lifestyle, I figured it would be best if I introduced myself and explained why I'm … [Read more...]

Fewer Guitars

Perhaps it's heresy to speak about reducing the number of guitars you own on a guitar-focused blog, but this year I've been very deliberate about reducing the number of guitars in my collection. While there has been a tinge of regret with selling a few of them, I've been happy about my decision to sell them off. I started the year with 11 guitars, most of which I've … [Read more...]

Chuck Klosterman on the Metallica Lou Reed Collaboration

Music writer Chuck Klosterman, in an article for pop culture website Grantland.com about Metallica and Reed's upcoming Lulu album: ...on a personal level, I'm glad Metallica and Reed tried this, if only because I'm always a fan of bad ideas. The whole article is pretty entertaining and is definitely an interesting take on the collaboration. Click here to read the full … [Read more...]