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February 15, 2012

Unsung Guitar Hero: Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson

Welcome to another installment in the Unsung Guitar Hero series – articles dedicated to spreading the word about phenomenal guitarists who aren’t household names, but probably should be. In some cases, these players are not even well known to your average guitarist!

Nothing says “unsung” like being the only guy in a remarkable rock trio that is routinely left out of the conversation when it turns to the best players on their respective instruments. But for Rush guitarist, Alex Lifeson, it’s gotten to be the norm.

Best rock bassist? Check. Geddy Lee is always in that conversation. He’s in the Guitar Player Magazine Hall of Fame with six consecutive awards for Best Rock Bassist and has been cited as an influence by some of the top bass names in rock (mainly of the metal, hard rock and “progressive” styles).

Best rock drummer? Double check. Neil Peart is legendary among drummers, and even among music fans that don’t really know his name. “Great drummers? Definitely that guy in Rush.” Modern Drummer Magazine Hall of Fame (the “Honor Roll”) with nine wins for “Best Rock Drummer” and four for “Multi-Percussionist”. Fourteen wins for “Best Recorded Performance”. Four-time “Drummer of the Year” for Drum! Magazine. You get the point.

But Alex Lifeson is the other guy. (more…)

July 15, 2011

Free For All Friday: July 15, 2011

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Food Fight!

Hey, kids! Welcome to Free For All Friday, where we throw a bunch of stuff at the wall to see what sticks!

Today’s agenda includes:

1 – Zen Guitar
2 – The 30 Day Challenge from Matt Cutts
3 – Rush in 2011

Guaranteed to make you stronger, wiser, and better looking. Enjoy! (more…)

Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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