International Air Guitar Competition

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Have you ever had the urge to whip out your Air Guitar and jam along to your favourite track? You might just be the perfect candidate for the International Air Guitar Championship! 

It is time for this year’s final for the International Air Guitar Championship.

The world’s best air guitarists will gather in Oulu, Finland for the 21st time in 24–26 of August. In addition to celebrating the message of world peace, the four-day festival also offers air guitar spirited side events for all the airy souls.

Ever since 1996, the Air Guitar World Championships has spread the peaceful message of Air Guitar across the world: According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear; if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar. At the end of the competition, the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace. The contest has gone world-wide with massive international press coverage, several official national championships as well as tons of devoted fans in social media. It is too late for you to enter this year, but follow the finals and find your inspiration for next year!

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Fender Spring Clean

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Spring is just around the corner, and that can mean only one thing – it’s time for our annual Fender Spring Clean!

The warehouse is packed to the rafters with great gear that needs to find a home; so that space can be made for next year’s fresh shipment. And that means that you can save thousands on a new piece of Fender gear! Some of the guitars are selling at half price!

Stock is extremely limited, and is unique to each store, so if you don’t act now you will miss your chance.

If one of our branches doesn’t have the perfect guitar for you, then check out the stock at one of our other branches! With 10 stores around the country, and with each store having a unique selection of gear, you are bound to find the perfect guitar to take home with you!

And if that isn’t enough, our online store has its own selection of gear available for you to check out!

Spring Clean only comes around once a year, so strike now!

EXAMPLE SPECIALS

FENDER Pro 400 Head

SPRING CLEAN SPECIAL
R6 995

Standard Retail: R12 995

FENDER Bassman 200

SPRING CLEAN SPECIAL
R4 195
Standard Retail: R7 495

Modern Player Stratocaster

SPRING CLEAN SPECIAL
R4 995
Standard Retail: R8 495

To take advantage of these great Spring Clean Specials, be sure to head to your nearest Paul Bothner Music or Village Music store!

Guitar in the Woods – Return to the Blues

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The Guitar in the Woods is a series of 2 workshops over 1 weekend exploring the Blues with local legend, Tony Cox

WHERE: Soil for Life (in the Cabin) – Constantia
WHEN: Sat/Sun 24/25 Sept 2016
TIME: 10am to 13h00 with a short break for lunch
BRING: Guitar, pens and notepads, music manuscript (optional), camera (vid), food and drink
COST/BOOKING: For all booking and cost details see:
www.tonycoxguitarlessons.co.za/workshops.html

“If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music” – Keith Richards

“The blues is a mighty long road. Or it could be a river, one that twists and turns and flows into a sea of limitless musical potential” – Billy Gibbons

If you’ve ever hankered after being able to lay down a blues groove and understand how to make it sound really good and authentic, now’s your chance to learn to do just that.

Guitar in the Woods is an ongoing series of workshops given by award-winning acoustic guitarist, songwriter, performer and recording artist Tony Cox, covering a wide variety of guitar playing technique. Each series will cover a different genre of music accessed via the acoustic guitar.

The first series of Guitar in the Woods was all about the Blues and since then there have been many calls and enquiries to repeat this series. Tony has a formidable blues style and his command and expansion of the genre can clearly be heard in his original recorded works. You are guaranteed to leave these workshops with an entire new world of blues guitar playing to explore.

There are only 24 places available for these workshops so do not delay in booking your place. There were many who were disappointed at the last series of Tony’s Blues workshops so the advice is to book as soon as you have read this.

All levels are welcome. Observers are welcome for a reduced rate

10 Ways to Maximize Your Practicing

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We’ve all been told that practice makes perfect, but is it really true? Well, sort of. If you are practicing wrong, then you will take a very long time to improve. Often people who think they aren’t hacking it at their chosen instrument are just practicing wrong.

Use these simple tips to maximize the benefit of your playing!

1) Practice is about discipline, not motivation
All of us find motivation is different things. Whether it be a pretty smile, a brutal riff, political outrage or just something that wonders into our head. The one thing that motivation has in common, is it isn’t always something we can call on at will. You should never use the lack of motivation as an excuse to not practice. Ultimately, discipline is what you need. You need to make a schedule and keep to it. It will eventually become second nature to practice, whereas if you rely on motivation, you run the risk of going days or even weeks without playing a single note.

2) Don’t over do it
You should practice smarter, not harder. Know your body and learn to listen to it. If you are in pain, your posture might be wrong or it might just be time to take a break. There are many repetitive strain injuries that can come from over practicing. If you are zealous and don’t want to stop your session, switch to theory for a while.

3) Find a quiet place
Your practice time should be focused. You want to be in a quiet room with as few distractions as possible. You definitely shouldn’t be on your bed with a movie playing in the background. Practicing is similar to meditation.

4) Set Goals
If you just play whatever new style or riff you’ve learned, then you are not getting the most out of your playing session. You should identify and set goals for yourself. IF you want to learn to play pieces beyond your current ability, then set a clear path of what you need to learn to achieve your goals. If you are unsure how to do this, then you should consult a music teacher

5) There is a difference between playing and practice
Practice time is the time you set aside to polish new pieces and exercises. If you are at a braai and you grab the guitar doing to rounds to play a few songs, that is not practice. Or if you’re just jamming a few songs at home on a Friday night and singing along, that does not qualify as practice. Practice should always be done with the knowledge that you are going to play the same piece over and over again until it is polished and perfect. This is not something to be done with an audience.

6) Record Yourself
In order to fully grasp where you are going wrong, you need to critically listen to yourself playing. This isn’t always easy to do while you are in the moment, and for certain faster pieces, it can be near impossible at first. If you record your practice sessions and listen back to them, you will be able to identify what you need to focus on

7) Be honest with yourself
You need to be critical of your own playing, and you need, to be honest with yourself. Was that piece good enough? Would you think it was good enough if you heard someone else playing it? Would your high school music teacher have any tips on playing it better? These are all things you need to consider while polishing a piece

8) Be patient
Learning anything new takes time. Music never gets easier, you just get to learn to play cooler songs. To push yourself and become a better musician takes time. Ans it takes a lot of time at that. You should push yourself, but you shouldn’t be hard on yourself if you are taking a long time to get something down. Not everyone can be Shaun Lane after all.

9) Take time off
Playing is important. Not playing can be as important. Don’t play for 6 hours every day of the week. You should try to take at least one day a week for recovery. You use muscles to practice, and just like any sport if you don’t take recovery time, you can hurt yourself or even burn out. Every year I take 2 weeks off from playing. I don’t touch an instrument. When I go back to playing after those two weeks I have a new found passion and excitement for playing.

10) Don’t always practice solo
Play in a band or with mates. Get one or two or three people together to learn the same song, and play it as a unit. If you practice by yourself all the time you are limiting the flow of new ideas and information. The bulk of your practice should be solo work in a quiet distraction-free zone, but practicing with other people is vitally important.

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Band Profile: Atlantic South

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Local metalcore band Atlantic South have accomplished a lot in their relatively short time on the scene. The band has already completed a first tour in 2015 and are soon to embark on another since the release of their debut self-titled EP in November 2015

Members:
Luke Edwards – Vocals
Gareth Howard – Guitar
Minaz Dhanani – Bass
Nathan Dickson – Guitar
Alex Williamson – Drums

Atlantic South was formed in late 2013 with a vision in mind to not be restricted to any sub-genreof Metal. The band consists of five very different individuals from different backgrounds all with one thing in common; The love of heavy riffs, crushing vocals, melodic chorus’s and insane breakdowns. The band started writing material right away and realised that the different styles combined created something very unique and interesting by not sticking to any sort of guidelines or rules. They write what they like and the end product is what they envisioned.

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Since their first appearance in April 2014, Atlantic South has played a variety of shows with bands of all genres. They have since released their self-titled EP on 7 November 2015 and completed two national tours of their own. Their shows include The Nautical Nonsense Tour 2014, METAL4AFRICA’s Summerfest 2015, Fracturefest 2015, WE CAME TO BUILD 2016, The Southern Invasion Tour 2016 and a number of other national tours as support. In 2016 the band not only sets out to tour throughout the year but they are currently working on their second official release due late 2016, early 2017.

Social Media:
http://www.atlanticsouthofficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/atlanticsouth
https://instagram.com/atlanticsouth
https://soundcloud.com/atlanticsouth
https://twitter.com/@lanticsouth

Roland TD-11KVSE SPECIAL EDITION

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What makes this kit so Special?

With VH-11 hi-hats which mount on an acoustic hi-hat stand for realistic performance, a second CY-12C crash cymbal and larger MDS-9SC stand; this is a kit set-up that’s instantly familiar to drummers. Be the first to have this product on your floor!

“The addition of a VH-11 and extra crash to the standard TD-11KV enhances the playing dynamic amazingly – specifically the natural hi-hat experience which brings the kit even closer to an acoustic playing experience. Many drummers play with 2 crashes in their conventional setup, so adding a second crash as an “out of the box” feature is excellent and effectively provides a complete playing experience. The module’s “behaviour modelling” technology together with these features means you’ve got yourself a perfect hobby/semi pro practice and live kit which sounds amazing and feels even better.”
– Marc Klein, Roland V-Drums Category Manager

Guitar Idol 2016

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Guitar Idol is Back! …and This Time There Will be 2 Winners!

This year’s competition is going to be bigger than ever and we are giving you early access (via the link below) to submit your performance ahead of the rest and before the official launch, later this month.

Last time, more than 250,000 musicians witnessed the biggest online international guitar competition ever staged. With entries coming in from over 100 countries around the world, culminating in TV, Radio and newspaper coverage from countries including; the USA, Canada, South Africa, UK, Pakistan, Chile, Romania, Hungary, Thailand, Australia and Guatemala to name but a few.

Guitar Idol 2016 – The Contest!

Compose an original guitar composition that showcases your guitar playing and musical ability to the max! You can use any jam tracks and backing tracks of generic rock, blues, metal, funk, etc. However, the guitar part that you are playing must be an original composition.

Guitar Idol is open to any guitarist worldwide. Entries will be voted through to heat 2 and the finals by a combination of public online voting and a panel of official judges.

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New Category for 2016! Guitar Idol: King of the Blues

If you are a master of melody, all about phrasing and tone. If call and response and space amongst the blue note is more your bag than sweep picking and tapping then this is the category for you to submit your entry to. Come and claim your throne and arise as Guitar Idol: King of the Blues”.

100 players will go through to compete in Heat 2: these will be the 20 most viewed on the official Guitar Idol website, the 20 with the highest online score, the 20 most voted for in our YouTube channel (more info), the 10 most commonly added as ‘favourites’ on the official site, and 30 chosen by the Guitar Idol panel.

The top 100 players will then compete for 10 finalist places – 5 voted for by the online vote and 5 from the Guitar Idol panel.

There will over $20,000 of gear up for grabs this year, with two huge grand prizes for our Guitar Idol and King of the Blues winners, so what are you waiting for? Click here to submit your entry.

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Focusrite Gen 2

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Focusrite recently announced the worldwide availability of its second generation of Scarlett USB audio interfaces.

Scarlet 212 Gen 2

PIA Scarlet 2i2

  • Four analog inputs: two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain; two newly-designed instrument inputs, designed to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups
  • Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit
  • Super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP (measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer)
  • 1/4-inch balanced jack outputs to connect professional studio monitors; one headphones output with gain control
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite Control, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples

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Scarlett Solo Gen 2 – The best entry level option available 

 

PIA Scarlet Solo

  • One natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp with plenty of even gain; one newly-designed instrument input, designed to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups
  • Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit
  • Super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP (measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer)
  • Stereo line outputs on RCA phono for connecting to home speakers; one headphones output with gain control
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Focusrite Control, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 2GB of
  • Loopmasters samples

 

More About the Second Generation

There are six interfaces in the range, as well as two studio pack bundles, from the two in, two out, single mic preamp Scarlett Solo up to the rack-mounted 18 in / 20 out Scarlett 18i20. The improvements are immediately apparent at first glance, with new metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscoring a host of improvements to the product design. According to Focusrite, the latest Scarlett mic preamp now features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned with increased headroom so it can handle even seriously hot guitar pick-ups. Focusrite have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, guarding the interfaces against unwanted power surges. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates up to 192kHz.

According to Focusrite, the latest Scarlett mic preamp now features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned with increased headroom so it can handle even seriously hot guitar pick-ups. Focusrite have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, guarding the interfaces against unwanted power surges. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates up to 192kHz.

Following the announcement of an alliance between Focusrite and Avid, second-gen Scarlett interfaces will also ship with Avid Pro Tools First. Named the Focusrite Creative Pack, the exclusive offering features the free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools digital audio software, and 12 additional plug-ins, including Eleven Lite for guitar amp emulations and Tape Echo to bring the sound of classic analogue delays to mixes. Focusrite and Avid will continue to collaborate closely to ensure that all new Scarlett interfaces are compatible with each new version of Pro Tools, providing the best possible user experience. The joint commitment to testing and the inclusion of the exclusive Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack with every second-generation Scarlett interface makes them ideally suited for Pro Tools. Also provided are Ableton Live Lite, Softube’s Time and Tone bundle, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples and more.

Focusrite and Avid will continue to collaborate closely to ensure that all new Scarlett interfaces are compatible with each new version of Pro Tools, providing the best possible user experience. The joint commitment to testing and the inclusion of the exclusive Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack with every second-generation Scarlett interface makes them ideally suited for Pro Tools. Also provided are Ableton Live Lite, Softube’s Time and Tone bundle, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples and more.

10 Tips to Conquer Stage Fright

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Stage fright can be crippling. It’s one of those ailments that almost everyone suffers from, albeit to varying degrees; from a mild tingling sensation to full-blown panic attacks. Stage fright can be beaten. Follow these simple steps to overcoming stage fright

  1. Don’t overthink it
    If you spend too much inside your own head, you will start to think about everything that could possibly go wrong. You might be plagued by thoughts like, “Is all my gear working”, “What if my battery dies”, “what if I loose my pick”. Many musicians have suffered stage fright thinking about everything that can go wrong.
  2. Arrive Early
    Arriving late to the venue means you will be running around and getting stressed about your rig. If you suffer from stage fright it is important to get to your destination early. This is especially important if it is a venue in which you’ve never before played. You want to acclimate to your new surroundings as quickly as possible
  3. You will make a mistake – and that’s ok
    Every musician has made a mistake on stage. EVERY. ONE. OF. THEM. Your audience will be forgiving if you make a mistake. How you recover after the mistake will make all the difference.
  4. Breathing, stretching and relaxation
    Certain Yoga poses and breathing techniques have shown to reduce heart rate and can cause a relaxing effect. Try some light meditation or some simple stretches before going on stage to help loosen yourself up
  5. Don’t rush it
    It is a common mistake for anyone who is nervous to speak faster or play faster. Try playing to a click track live to ensure that you are not speeding things up.
  6. Don’t speak about mistakes
    Mistakes happen, but they can be forgotten if you let them go. If you tell your friends about every mistake you make, then you are more likely to remember every mistake you’ve made. This will weigh on your mind after a will and be tough to let go of later. Rather, ignore any mistake you make and celebrate great shows instead.
  7. Double check your gear
    While setting up, double check that everything works. If you use batteries, be sure to have a spare. You should always have spares of all your consumables. Strings, picks, sticks and so on
  8. Practice until your music is muscle memory
    Once your piece is in your muscle memory, it becomes more comfortable to play it. Your mind might go blank, but your fingers will know what to do. Practice every song you play until you are sick of it, Make sure it’s perfect.
  9. Focus on the Audience
    Musicians are the modern day gladiators. We step onto the stage to entertain the masses. If you are on stage, you are there for the audience. Focusing on the audience instead of yourself and your fear is a great way to become more confident on stage
  10. Connect with the audience
    Find a pretty girl to smile at, give a knowing nod to the front row, smile or pull Dave Martone style faces. Having fun with the audience and interacting with them, getting a connection with them, is a sure-fire way to make you relax. You’ll be playing in front of all your new friends instead of a group of strangers

Dave Ferguson Live

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South Africa’s ‘Harmonica Player Extraordinaire” is back in the Helderberg! Go and party at The Cafe Racer (above 711 on Somerset West Main Rd.) with Lonesome Dave Ferguson on Friday 12th August.

Fantastic food, Awesome atmosphere, Bar specials.

For bookings be sure to follow the Facebook event

About Dave

Harmonica player Dave Ferguson has been playing extensively in and around Cape Town and beyond since the early 90s as well as a 12 year stint in the UK (including Nashville, Memphis, Australia & others). Other international live and session work has been with UK Alt. Country fore-runners The Arlenes, Emily Barker, Sophia, John Townes Van Zandt, Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters), Michelle Shocked, Candye Kane, Mickey Harte, Lucky Oceans (Asleep at the Wheel, The Zydecats), Dave Clarke and Winston Delandro (Blues of Cain, Shaka Kahn, Joan Armatrading and Bob Marley), Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy), Ian Siegal, Jimmy Dludlu, Prime Circle, Taxi Violence, Bed on bricks, A-King, Red Earth and Rust, Valiant Swart, Ollie Viljoen etc.

Early 2007 saw the launch of his solo show arising from a close association with his friend Benjamin Darvill (aka Son of Dave). This enabled Ferguson to find a voice and created a vehicle for songwriting with an unique sound & approach which has led to a growing cult following. Dave Ferguson has taken his solo show all over South Africa (as well as Namibia, France, the UK and Italy) including all the major South African Rock & Blues Festivals (Oppikoppi, Splashy Fen, Up The Creek, Rocking The Daisies, The Table Mountain Blues Summit, Voodoo Lounge Blues Fest, Big Blues and even the two main Trance festivals: Earthdance and Rezonance).

Ferguson also opened for The Lemonhead’s Evan Dando, Gemma Ray, Candye Kane (US Blues Singer of The Year 2008) & played with Michelle Shocked as well as doing a private performance at the request of the Counting Crows while they were on tour.

Dave has an endorsement with Seydel Harmonicas and has done a live looping clinic for Boss to launch their new RC-30 pedal.

Dave Ferguson is currently based in Italy and the UK where he has been performing as well as shows in other parts of Europe including a prime slot at Balla Coi Cinghialli (Italy2011) and opening the Main Stage at The Rollright Fayre (UK 2012).

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