Artist Ed Chapman Creates Unique Jimi Hendrix Mosaic

Artist Ed Chapman created this unique mosaic of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix by using over 5,000 Fender guitar picks. Jimi is a guitar legend and nobody played a Fender guitar quite like him…I decided to use plectrums to create a portrait of him because I like experimenting with different materials and textures and I think…

Facebook Poll: Top 10 Guitarists

Asking people to pick their favorite guitarist is like asking parents to pick their favorite child. But I took the plunge and asked my Facebook friends to list their top six string masters.  I compiled the list and ranked it by order of popularity based on times mentioned in the poll. I’ve also added links…

Play What’s Not on the Sheet Music

Over the years I’ve had many hobbies – photography, painting, drawing, writing, comic book collecting, model car building, and many more. Last summer, I started taking guitar lessons. Although I feel as if I’ve progressed, I still have much to learn. One major problem I have is scheduling consistent lessons with my teacher. Work, travel,…

Music Review: Michael Jackson Vision DVD

by Mocha Dad Release: Michael Jackson’s Vision DVD Set Artist: Michael Jackson Label: Sony Release Date: 11/22/2010 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 When I was a kid, I didn’t have cable TV. Therefore, my ability to see the newest music videos was limited. I had to rely on my weekly dose of “Friday Night Videos.”…

Making Mixtapes

I remember making mix tapes when I was a kid. At first I had to record the songs from the radio. I hated it when the DJ would talk through a part of the song and ruin my recording. After a while, I learned to time the recordings without capturing any of the commercials. I…

Top 10 Albums of 2010

1. The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monae I had this album on constant rotation in 2010. I was amazed by Janelle Monae’s ability to mix hip-hop, soul, R&B, punk and electronica in a delectable mix of unique tracks. I dare you not to dance while listening to Tightrope. 2. Chamber Music Society, Esperanza Spalding I’ve been an…

My Guitar Teacher – Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez

I’ve finally settled on a guitar teacher, Ricardo Sweatt Rodriguez. He’s taught at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and has performed professionally since 2000 in the US, China and Mexico. He works as a solo artist and runs his own record label and concert company – Omeros.net. When asked what style of music he plays, he…