Bass guitar

The world’s first bass guitar (1936)

Picture via Ebay The big upright bass or “bull fiddle”, as it is called, dates from the 15th century. The design evolved, but its four strings and EADG tuning remained standard features of basses for several hundred years of classical music and, later, jazz, country, and early rock and roll. Despite its booming tone and […]

Violin

OKC Philharmonic’s Marat Gabdullin invents a new hybrid violin

Oklahoma City Street Art Ranks # 1 in the Nation, USA Today Oklahoma City street art is ranked number one in the country by USA Today readers. The city’s public art includes historical and abstract exhibits. Addison Kliewer, Oklahoman From inventing a new type of hybrid electric violin to adapting to concerts at a social […]

Bass guitar

Spitfire Audio’s Free LABS Bass Guitar Features Classic Electric Bass Tones

Spitfire Audio has added the LABS Bass Guitar to its collection of free instruments, with four classic bass sounds and seven controls. The four LABS Bass Guitar presets include Warm Bass Amped, Warm Bass DI, Classic Bass Amped, and Classic Bass DI. Spitfire Audio says these sounds should have you covered for styles “sweet and […]

Bass guitar

10 bass guitar heroes who show all four strings deserve respect

Q: What do you call someone who hangs out with musicians? A: A bass player. Too bad the bassist. The music world has no trouble making fun of them. Jokes like the one above allude to the mentality that bass players are somehow less skilled than other musicians because of the instrument they have chosen. […]

Electric guitar

Randy Rhoads’ family welcomes return of their first electric guitar and prototype Marshall amp after their 2019 flight

Having been stolen in November 2019, a 1960s Harmony Rocket and a Marshall signature guitar amp owned by Randy Rhoads was returned to his family. They were part of a batch of equipment and memorabilia that went missing when the California Musonia School of Music was ransacked. The institute was founded in 1948 by Rhoads’ […]

Electric guitar

Is Mooer Audio’s GTRS S800 Smart Guitar the Future of Electric Guitar Design?

Mooer Audio has made a name for itself for its generous and affordable specs amp modelers, multi-effects units and a wide range of crankset goodies, but did that just make all those ground candy obsolete? The Mooer Audio GTRS S800 Smart Guitar looks like an ordinary electric guitar to the whole world – an S-style […]

Violin

Alexander Markov takes on the devilishly difficult Paganini Violin Concerto No.1

He sold his soul to the devil in exchange for the gift of supernatural musical virtuosity. Or at least that was the legend that followed Niccolo Paganini. No other 19th century violinist could perform with such extraordinary skill and musicality. Paganini, tall and thin, may have encouraged devilish rumors to improve his career as a […]

Violin

Redwood Violin debuts with student orchestra

“I love the role that music and the violin play in my life,” he said. “It’s a good stress relief… and I like to play with my friends in different groups. “ Seaver and Przyjazna both traveled to the Carruthers studio on April 9 for the handing over of the Redwood violin, which then had […]

Electric guitar

Jason Isbell announces signing of electric guitar

Jason Isbell is often praised for his immense songwriting talent – and rightly so – but he’s also an agile guitarist who can trade shots with Sadler Vaden of Unit 400 when their gigs are loud. On Tuesday, Isbell made getting his sound a bit easier by unveiling his new signature Fender Telecaster model. “I […]

Electric guitar

Peavey’s flagship electric guitar, the HP 2 Tremolo, launches in the UK

Peavey officially launched the HP 2 tremolo in the UK and Ireland. The top of the range electric guitar debuted at NAMM 2017, having evolved from the Wolfgang series that Peavey co-developed with the late Eddie Van Halen. There are many similarities between the EVH Wolfgang models, including the slightly offset body shape, but a […]

Violin

Kareem Roustom pays tribute to victims of racial violence with new violin concerto

“In memory of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many too many others.” This is the postscript on the last page of Kareem Roustom’s Second Violin Concerto. Subtitled “With Strength and Hand”, the new work will be premiered Thursday by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with its principal second violinist, Angela Fuller Heyde. Principal guest […]

Violin

Nicola Benedetti takes on a fierce new violin concerto

Newsletter: FT Weekend Get weekend inspiration with the best of life, arts and culture. Delivered every Saturday morning. What should a violinist do during a year of confinement? How about learning a new violin concerto that makes other concertos look like a walk in the park? That’s what Nicola Benedetti did when she signed up […]