The 12th Guitarist Better than Hendrix!

I’m a bit surprised the series has gone on this long. For me, things like this are temporary. They’re not something I usually set out to continue with great dedication. If you ask my *favorite* guitarists, those will change every day. Fortunately, this is about guitarists better than Hendrix.

If you don’t know what I’m doing, or want to see the complete list, click here.

Either way, I skipped two weeks (that I recall), and that means I’ve actually been at this for more than three months. Like I said, I’m surprised I’ve kept it going this long.on. But, this series has been fun to work on – so it continues.

I actually like the next guitarist on the list more than it may appear. I’d liked to have put him higher on the list, but that seemed really difficult to do and still justify my claim of attempting to be objective.

But, you really can play mix-and-match with this list. You can swap one out from one spot and put them in another spot. They’re all better than Hendrix and, after the top ten, they’re really hard to quantify.

And, our next guitarist is no different. Man, he made some shitty music. He made some great music – but much of it was just horrible. Horrible!

He’s one of those guitarists that many seem to either hate or love. Not many people are indifferent. I’m on the love side. I think he was awesome!

So, who is he?
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Lessons about performing, lesson nine: Bring spares!

The last lesson was about bringing extra clothing. This is a bit more than that. This needs to be its own lesson.

If you don’t know what I’m doing, click this link right here. That’ll tell you what I’m doing. Basically, I’m telling you all the rules you probably haven’t heard before. They’re important but I’m taking a lighthearted approach to ’em.

Got it? Good.
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Lessons about performing, lesson eight: Bring extra clothing!

By now, you know the deal. If you don’t, click this magical blue shit and it’ll tell you all about it.

I kind of hate writing these introductions, more so when I don’t have a lot of free time. (And my free time is getting more and more rare.) But, if I don’t write them, I end up with a mess of a front page.

Granted, not many folks come in from the front page – but it looks horrible. It’s like three miles long! Balls, I can be a wordy SOB.

So, here’s your damned lesson for today!

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Lessons about performing, lesson seven: Learn to budget.

My goal is to tell you the things that you don’t learn in music school and that you should probably know. For the complete list, click on this magical bit of blue.

These are usually pretty short (for me – I’m pretty wordy) and I try to take a lighthearted approach to sharing these lessons.

Today, there’s not much levity. (It’s also a holiday. So, I don’t have much free time.) Continue reading “Lessons about performing, lesson seven: Learn to budget.”

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Lessons about performing, lesson six: Watch your shit.

Yesterday, more than 100 of you crazy bastards read a bunch of pages. I haven’t checked the page view count, but y’all read a bunch. That’s awesome! Don’t tell your friends to visit. I don’t like your friends. Fuck ’em.

No, seriously… Don’t tell ’em. They can fuck right off.

Why? Because of this next damned rule!

Alright, you know what I’m doing. I’m telling you all the stuff nobody tells you. You’ve learned to play guitar faster than Malmsteen, you’ve got the style of Les Paul, and you’ve got a sound like Van Halen. Now, all you need is money for cocaine so that you can be as awesome as Glen Campbell.

Putting two and two together, possibly using all your fingers and toes, you do the unthinkable. You decide to start a band. Trust me, it’s a horrible idea. But, it’s a great time. You probably won’t make any serious money, but don’t let that stop you. Get out there and make the people wiggle.

So, about that money thing I just mentioned… Let me introduce you to our next rule for performing musicians.

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Lessons about performing, lesson five: Hire a manager!

If you don’t know what I’m doing, well… Keep up?!? Sheesh!

I’m making a list of rules that performing musicians should follow – except nobody ever tells them these things. These are lessons learned over a pretty long career. They’re not things you’re going to find in a book and they aren’t things that people talk about.

I’m not sure why we don’t talk about them. We’re usually pretty open about our art. For some reasons, these things don’t usually get discussed. So, I’m going to explain them. Someone’s gotta do the work around here!

Our next rule is from a reader. They’re one of my favorite fellow performing musicians and are pretty good at giving solid advice. I don’t want to give their name away, but it rhymes with Trees Pfleuger’s Roast!

If you want to see the rest of the rules, this magical link will help!

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It’s time for the 11th guitarist better than Hendrix!

I write these intros because they help me keep the front page clean. If I didn’t, then the front page would be about three miles long. My verbosity should be well known by you folks.

Y’all know what I’m doing, but I’m gonna type it out again. Why? If I don’t, then I won’t have a good spot to put in the “read more” tag and the front page would include the whole damned article. Trust me, it doesn’t look good.

People have claimed Jimi Hendrix was the greatest guitarist of all times. Those people are a pack of morons. They include such illustrious publications as the idiots at Rolling Stone Magazine and even Time Magazine. There are more, but I’m mainly pissed at Rolling Stone Magazine.

Don’t get me wrong, Jimi was a fine artist. Yeah, he played a guitar. No, he didn’t play it very well – at least not when compared to the best damned list of guitarists on the Internet. Seriously, if you don’t believe me then just click that link right there and learn. There are many, many guitarists who were better than Hendrix and some of them were even more influential.

Today’s guitarist isn’t all that well known but was fantastic and has a great story. Kids today probably have no idea who he was and it doesn’t help that he mostly played goat ropin’ music. He was also a singer, songwriter, television host, and even an actor. Well, Wikipedia tells me he was an actor but I can’t say that I recall ever seeing him in a movie. I guess he was in True Grit but I don’t actually even remember what that movie was about.

So, it’s on to our next artist who played guitar in his sleep better than Hendrix played while awake.

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Lessons about performing, lesson four: Hire a lawyer!

This is just a short series of lessons I’ve learned from a career that was long and not even remotely illustrious. These aren’t lessons I found in a book. These aren’t lessons that anyone seems to ever talk about. They’re just things that I found out the hard way.

I’m hoping that they’ll do you some good. If you’re thinking of becoming a performing musician, then this list is for you. If you’re already a performing musician, it’d be great if you’d throw in some lessons you’ve learned along the way.

If you want to read the list of rules that have already been submitted, just click this magical link and enjoy.

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Lessons about performing, lesson three: Get it in writing!

This series is dedicated to telling people the things they’ll want to know if they’re going to become performing musicians. These aren’t things you find in a book. These aren’t things that you’ll be told by other performing artists. These are things that are lessons I’ve learned over my performing career.

It’s a pretty light-hearted look at it the industry, at least that’s my goal. But, in each case, there’s a reason that I list these as rules. So, while they may seem unimportant, they’re actually very important.

If you’d like to see the existing rules, then click here and enjoy. I’ll add more rules as I go along. As always, I appreciate your comments and feel free to add any rules you’ve learned and want me to include on my list.

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Lessons about performing, lesson two: Get a first aid kit before you need a first aid kit!

In this small, light-hearted series, I’m going to tell you the lessons I’ve learned from a career spanning decades. They’re not things I see other musicians telling you. No, no they are not.

They may seem like trivial things – but these are lessons learned in time and with experience. This one is a wee bit serious. Maybe – it depends on how much you like the drummer.
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