Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Playing Your Guitar To Old Vinyl Records--A Great Way To Learn From Analog Records

Vinyl Records and playing to them to learn songs.
A great way to learn if you don't have a band or jamming partner to learn from. And especially if the old man has a great vinyl collection and old analog stereo with a turntable to boot.
Just remember to clean off those old albums very carefully.
Yeah, you may run across some albums that feel like"A Fireside Album"--cracklin' all the way through. Don't worry about it too much unless it's so bad you should do the old man a favor and go to the local old album store and grab one in better condition.
He'll appreciate the gesture on your part as the kid who wants to learn real music,and listen to music that mattered from the 60's and 70's.
What's your take on learning from old albums to play guitar?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Greg G Rock Sanders Coming Out With Several New Projects Besides His Back To Basixx Album Solo Project

Greg G Rock Sanders has been workin' his ass off not just with his new projects,but has been working for years with The Gorilla Funk Mob backing up some of the top rap and hip-hop artists;as well as releasing their own material and doing gigs of their own.

I've been touting G Rock's Back To Basixx album,and did a review on it you can see here on the blog.

As for Greg's new material--he's coming out with a Black Rock Music Project,and a collaborative effort with Dee Curtis who's been a mentor of mine,and someone who I've learned a lot from over the years,and write for at times.

I'll have more on both these projects from G Rock soon,and I'll be doing an interview with Greg.

But for now go grab Greg's Back To Basixx album. It's more of a hip-hop endeavor which I enjoyed more than I thought. If Jimmy Page can find something in the hip hop of P Diddy, or Sean Combs, I should look into and study different genres of music.

To grab G Rock's album go to: www.longrangedistribution.com 

To get the album follow these steps: click the link above,then on the next page click the letter "G" on the list of letters at the top of the page. That will take you to a new page where you scroll down to G Rock's "Back To Basixx" album.

Use Paypal to grab it. it will ask you to use Paypal. It's about 12 bucks. A better investment than buying "Dunkin Donuts."

How You The Musician Can Use Financial Hard Times For Others To Your Advantage

By Mark Grove

 This article is not to alarm you, but to give you the ability to make money despite tough economic times.

Your band can succeed despite the bullshit with our governments in the US and Canada bailing out mega corporations and other companies who feed us bullshit lines everyday.

Musicians Like you will succeed!

Most musicians who are not enlightened to what the US financial woes mean, will obviously think that the money problem means potential money problems for their band. They will whine and complain and have a herd mentality like everyone else in the general public. They may still have a regular job or a small business and a band to boot, yet they still think the financial fuck-up will hurt them. If you let it, yeah it will hurt you monetarily. How does any of this financial problem with the banks and mortgage lenders involve musicians?

It won't if you're ready for it. Musicians will say the clubs will all dry up and they'll be fighting for gigs, or even opening for others. And no the money's not gone, it's just one sector of the economy that was hit because people thought giving great deals for mega houses would not go in the toilet. Unfortunately it did. The money is not gone!

This money crisis will make some musicians new multi-millionaires when worked right. Don't ask me how, it just will. Incredible bargains will be had for music equipment, making deals with club owners to play regular gigs or rehearsal and recording studio time.

These musicians will profit hugely!

The intelligent players will see the crisis as opportunity to make money in off the beaten paths, not just the staple of club gigging.The prices will drop to have a CD made as well. You can put that money to work doing online marketing and setting up a website. Write Press-Kit articles for musicians, or where agents see gloom and doom you can set up shop and book musicians at just a little lower percentage and grab a bunch of acts, and there by capitalize on the lower percentage.

If you're a musician who sees this as opportunity, you'll know that your band and music business is providing value to other musicians, fans and music industry people. There's still lots of money out there and people will always want to see live music.

Music Marketing:

It's still important to concentrate on the business of music, and in this financial crisis you can ask people on your email list what they do for a living if they value your music and articles on music. That way you can see where they are financially by knowing what they do.

Most musicians will still freak out because of the financial crisis and think shit!

What am I gonna do for my band?

They will wait everything out and focus on what they aren't doing and making. Marketing is huge, besides the music.

And where major label deals and major booking agent deals go south, if you're resourceful enough you could book certain bands or offer an indie label deal for a band who's had some success but a major has dropped them. You don't need to be a major player to do big deals every time.

But think about this, why would a major label keep an artist coming out with albums if they don't sell a certain amount based upon what the label puts into marketing and recording of an album, then lose money. Now you know they keep their interests on the bands that make money for them.

Makes sense doesn't it. But they could do a better job with their smaller labels. Just some input. Maybe the banks could learn a little something from the major labels on focusing on the money making deals. Most companies in this crisis will be petrified and think their market will go in the dumper and a recession.

No matter what, think of this as an opportunity ripe for the pickin'.

Here's a Little Secret:

Well, it's not a secret.

There will always be music--and even if there is a major recession people will still listen to music. Any problems with labels, bookers or clubs has nothing to do with your band. And most musicians will do nothing to make their situations better, so if your band is ready to pounce on opportunities will profit from the financial crisis.

And most musicians will wish everything better.

I deal mainly with blues musicians and it's the toughest to make money at. I feel there are monstrous opportunities for blues artists and blues promoters,writers and bookers. If a bluesman can make money in this economy why isn't your band?

I think that it's worth the investment in your band to challenge them to overcome the financial crisis and come out on top. Think of ways to bring more people to gigs. Offer to play for free to club owners. Get them to bring the media and interview the band. The free gig will help you bring more people out to add to your mailing list and buy your CD's and keep your band in the limelight. Unfortunately you need to get the media talking about your band.

Offer Q and A sessions to fans, and put up a forum on your site where they can talk about your music. Market your band's ass off and you'll say, Financial Crisis, What Financial Crisis?

Mark Grove

Friday, August 4, 2017

Guitar Players--How You Can Get Playing Blues Guitar Jams By Using These Tips

If you're a guitar player just starting out and have never played on stage,you need to get back to basics.Okay,let's say you already know how to play a number of songs but have never jammed    publicly at a club.

Start by watching other players--especially the better ones. Watch how they interact with other players and the audience as well.If you can record your favorite players to boot.Keep watching them and how they play songs.

There will be little clues that tell you how to play without playing over everyone else,or not in tempo.

Here's a Tip if You're Still Scared To Go Onstage:

Ask one of the better players if you could jam with them privately.Offer to pay for their time.Chances are a good player who's not a guitar teacher,can help you leap from a shitty player,to a great player faster.

Ask them if it's okay to record the songs you jam with them as well.Jam for 30 minutes.Then at home practice those tunes more playing to those tunes.Ask them if you could get together for half an hour once a week for a month.

If things go well with that guitar player ask him the next time you go to a jam to play with you onstage.This way your stage fright won't be so pervasive.If the player in question is a working bluesman or rock player,offer to interview him and start a blog that focuses on local blues or rock players.

After you jam onstage with that player,jam with other players and interview the players who play regularly and have a drive to be real serious musicians.This will help you in your quest to jam with others,and you'll help out your local music scene.

You'll become a better player,create massive value for other musicians,and have better access to players you will want to start a band with as well.

So keep practicing and going to jams and learning all you
can in your quest to be a great player.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Paul Cabri A Humble New York City Musician Who Helps Musicians Become Better Musicians

Paul Cabri A Humble New York City Musician Who Helps Musicians Become Better

Paul Cabri,has done what most musicians haven't,and that's worked as a musician,teacher and
gigging player for many decades.
                                                                                                                                                               "When you are in a creative field mindset, the desire to get better and try new things never goes away" --Paul Cabri

                                                                              Paul has been a hard working and dedicated musician in the New York area since the 80’s,and
has been a music teacher and faculty member of several music schools.

Paul’’s Session Playing Resume:

Paul has performed as a sideman for various solo artists and opened for headliners such as Meatloaf (with the band Clilly & East of Urban), Howard Jones, and KC & The Sunshine Band

(with The Elisa Peimer Band). Paul also worked in theater as a pit musician for the Making Books Sing's presentations of THE BUTTERFLY and JOSE LIMON: THE MAKING OF AN ARTIST, in which both were showcased at Symphony Space in NYC.

Paul: My playing has been featured on the recordings of Elisa Peimer (Hope Tunes), Lee (The Square Egg, LLC), J-Hype (Mental Instruments Records), John Russo (Musicreations Records) Mike Hirsch (M-Sol Productions) and Jefferson Thomas (Evanworks Music). Some of My compositions and solo work can be heard on a solo recording, CROSSOVER, an EP I released in 2009 comprised of six instrumental pieces.

Paul’s Music Teaching

Paul is a non-stop machine of music and guitar teaching in the New York area Paul coaches a guitar ensemble group,and rock band at The Village Community School In NY City,and even more,he gives private lessons!

 Paul also wrote the Syllabus for the guitar class offered at St. Francis College in Brooklyn NY as part of the school’s new music minor program. Finally,Paul is a Guitar Teacher at Leman Manhattan Prep’s Music Conservatory in New York.

Paul is both a hard working music teacher,and session player,which I think goes back to his days as a touring musician who is totally dedicated to music,and teaching others. Paul’s Session Playing On Various Artist Albums:Both Live and Studio :

Point Of View 1990
Elisa Peimer 2000 to 2010--Currently doing sessions with Elisa
John Russo 80’s and 90’s
Jefferson Thomas 90’s
Buddy Banks (Periodic Sessions For Decades)

Paul has also done a number of one up sessions and shows with solo songwriters in New York,but done so many he couldn’t remember them all. I wish most players could say that.

List Of Sessions Paul Has Done:

Paul Cabri, Crossover (Guitarisms Records)
J-Hype, The Acoustic Sessions (Mental Instrument Records)
Lee, 16 Reasons To Buy This Album (The Square Egg, LLC)
Lee, Naked (The Square Egg, LLC)
Lee, Meet Lee (The Square Egg, LLC)
P.O.V., Point of View (Casual Panic Music)
Elisa Peimer, Inside The Glass (Hope Productions)
Elisa Peimer, Pull Of The Moon (Hope Productions)
Elisa Peimer, Shed This Skin (Hope Productions)
Elisa Peimer, Transparent (Hope Productions)
John Russo, Come On With Me (Musicreations Records)
John Russo, Two Weeks From Tuesday (Musicreations Records)
Jefferson Thomas, Barbarian’s Ballroom (Evanworks Music)
Various Artists, It’s About Eve: Music For The Cure (Fore Reel Entertainment)
Various Artists, Never Give You Up (P&C Nightlife Records)
Various Artists, We’ll Carry On (West Street Records)
W.R., Walter Rivers (Buddy Boy Records)
The Way, Dream Street (ICAR Productions)

Paul:”Playing songwriter sessions isn’t necessarily lucrative, but it can be very rewarding”.

As far as performing I play in a cover band in the city, Flight of Sound (www.flightofsound.com ) and occasionally pick up a songwriter showcase but that’s it. Paul’s music teaching has taken over a big part of his professional life,and any recording and session work has been mainly through the internet which makes it more convenient for Paul’s schedule as a music pro.

Paul also says that the musicians that he is working with these days aren’t recording CDs as much,but recording and marketing different versions of the same song for sale in different markets on a global basis.

Paul also talks about being a gigging musician in the past doing back to back gigs for business, weddings and the club scene,but states he has no desire to go back to that type of life as a working musician. Paul talked about the relevance of the DJ today,and the fact a lot of clubs who used to book bands find it easier and more lucrative to book a DJ and get bigger crowds and paying customers. You can still do well as a gigging player,but it’s truly hard work,and you better understand the economics and literally be your own accountant and keep a hawk eye on expenses going out,versus money being made for a band.

Paul gave me an exhaustive list of some of the clubs he’s played at in New York City and the Tri-tate area. I literally need a an old Rolodex to keep track of it. This shows how committed Paul was to be a successful working musician.

But I get the feeling Paul is quite happy and content being a music teacher seeing his pupils learn the amazing craft of being an accomplished musician,than being on the road the majority of the year,and being a session player in the internet age.

Below are is a list of some of the places locally that I played in years past, many of which aren’t even around anymore.

Acme Underground
The Alphabet Lounge
The Angry Squire
Arlene's Grocery
The Artery Festival
Arthur's St. Moritz (NJ)
The Baby Grand
The Baggot Inn
Barnes & Noble
Bar East
Bar 169
Bayfest 2011 & 12
The Bay House
Big Shots (NJ)
The Bitter End
Briody's (NJ)
The Brooklyn Arts Council
(BACA) Performances
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Café Le Figaro
Café 111
The Cat Club
Cave Canem
CBGB's Gallery
Cha Cha's (of Coney Island)
The Charleston House
The Claddagh (NJ)
The C-Note
Connolly's Klub 45
The Cornelia St. Cafe
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
The Darkstar Lounge
The Downtown
(opening for Howard Jones)
The Duplex
The Elbow Room
Emma's Beach House (NJ)
Eureka Joe's
Fat Baby
The 55 Bar
The Forked River House (NJ)
Gabriel's (NJ)
The Goldstein Theatre
(at Kingsborough C.C.)
Googie's Lounge
The Harvest Festival
Indiegrrl Showcases
The International Pop
Overthrow Festival
Jenkinson's Inlet (NJ)
Joe's Pub
Kenny's Castaways
The Knitting Factory
Krogh's (NJ)
Krone's (NJ)
The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
(at LaGuardia C.C.)
La Tavern
Le Bar Bat
The Limelight
The Lion's Den
The Local 269
The Lonestar Roadhouse
The Lovinger Theatre
(at Lehman College)
The Luna Lounge
Make Music New York
McLynn's (NJ)
Meow Mix
The Mercury Lounge
The Milk Bar
The Mt. Vernon Public Library
Mugsy's Bar (NJ)
The National College Bookers
Convention (PA)
The New Music Cafe'
The New Music Seminar
The NYC Marathon
Nick's Jersey Pub (NJ)
Parkside Lounge
(opening for Meatloaf)
The R Bar
The Red Lion
Reminisce Lounge
Renaissance Hotel
Rockwood Music Hall
Ruby Fruit Bar
The Sanctuary
St. Patrick's Church
The Scene
Session 73
Smith's Bar
The South Street Seaport
The Spiral
Symphony Space
Thai Rock
Tir Na Nog
Two Boots
The Underground Lounge
Union Square Park
The Village Lantern
The Waldbaum's Balloon Festival
(opening for KC & the Sunshine Band)
The Waldorf Astoria
Webster Hall
Wicked Willy's
The Yankee Doodle Tap Room (NJ)

Paul’s Gear:

Paul isn’t a big gear hound,which most of my readers are--but Paul can teach players more than he thinks about choosing the right gear for the music he or she plays. And his pupils should learn all they can about the gear they use.

In this part about gear from Paul: I am putting everything he said verbatim about it.

Finally, regarding gear, OK Mark I don’t like talking about gear but I’ll give it a try. I’ve always veered toward Fender and Music Man amps because I love their warmth and clean sound and tube amps at that; although I’m really liking the new Quiltar amps which are solid state I tend to play out using a small 110 or 112 RD 50 Music Man amp (sometimes both) that I bought back in the stone age.

Paul’s Pedal/Effects Arsenal:

My pedal board has a Boss Tuner, a Carl Martin Parametric EQ, a Vox Ice 9 Overdrive, a Fulltone OCD Distortion, a Boss DD-3 Digital Delay (sometimes 2) a Boss High Band Flanger, an old TC Electronics Chorus--and a new TC Electronics Hall Of Fame Reverb. If I’m using a Strat or Tele I’ll add an EBS Multi Comp Compressor.


My favorite guitars are a 2002 Gibson SG Standard, a fairly new Ernie Ball Music Man Axis Sport, a 1990 (I think) Hamer Daytona Strat, A 1990 Taylor 515 acoustic, an 1980 Ibanez LR-10 Semi Hollow and an old Gibson A50 Mandolin. I’ve got other amps and guitars but these are the ones I use most of the time.


One last thing, you asked about strings. I use D’Addario (regular light gauge) EXL110-10P’s on all the electric guitars, and D’Addario Phosphor Bronze (light guage) EJ16-3d’s on my acoustic steel. When I play on a classical guitar I use D’Addario EJ46 (hard tension) strings, and finally my mandolin has D’Addario Phosphor Bronze Wound J74s – I hope that covers it.

If anything players I hope you took notes on Paul’s gear choices and how he uses certain guitars pedals and strings for specific playing situations.

From Paul:

Maybe the best thing about all of this is that as musicians we never stop learning, and that keeps it fun and interesting. As teachers we get to pass on what we’ve spent our lifetimes learning to a new generation, and see other people get to experience the joy of music for the
first time.

Paul is a an accomplished musician that most wish they could be. He is happy and enjoying teaching others become better musicians and people.

If you’re in New York City,look Paul up and learn from him. Not many people do what they want as musicians,and I get the feeling Paul enjoys teaching and seeing kids and young adults become accomplished musicians.

Thank you to Paul Cabri for taking the time to do this interview. I didn’t have to change a lot of the text in the interview. So,get off your butt and learn something from Paul on playing guitar, doing session work,or just becoming a gigging musician.

Paul’s contact info is just below this.

Paul Cabri
(718) 614-2824
paulcabri@gmail.com or paulcabriguitarstudio@gmail.com

Thursday, July 13, 2017

G Rock--The King Of The Bass Bottom Feed--Doles Out Another Great Slice Of Real Bass On His Back To Basixx Album

CD review:

Artist:Greg G Rock Sanders

Album: Back To Bassixx


Label: Long Range Distrubution---   www.longrangedistribution.com

The Godfather of the Bass Bottom Feeder Foundation in the Rap,Hip-Hop world Greg G Rock Sanders; has come out with an album with a total live feel. And since I'm more of a rock n' roll based music writer I thought that it would be more rap based.

But I was floored when it had a distinctively hip-hop flavor,with a jazz and rock feel in a few tracks.

It's been a while since I reviewed any album at all,and I did do a review of Greg's band The Gorilla Funk Mob a number of years back for an EP they came out with. I'll have a link to G Rock's Back to Basixx album,and a link to the Gorilla Funk Mob's live album as well,which is a limited edition album,and definitely worth it for those of you who are junkies of GFB's style of gritty down and dirty bass that just sings to your beat driven love of G Rock's bottom feeder style,which is truly original.

Back To Basixx Review:

I wasn't sure how I'd do this review. I usually go through and literally dissect every song which is what you should do if you're a wild fan of G Rocks work,and especially if you're a musician in the hip-hop and rap world and want to move up. Like I said this album album has more of a live feel done off the studio floor,and one tune that was done live some where,and I didn't ask Greg where it was done.

Okay,here we go bottom feeder lovers...

Do It For Love:

Me being an old school music lover I heard that Stevie Wonder type vocal from one of hip hops best voices,Tony Ozier. The arrangement seemed to take me back to Wonder's Songs in the key of life album which was built on that vocal foundation,and kept the bass and hip hop feel to a minimum.

G's Interlude:

Strong bass instrumental track with literally a knuckle dragging,bass guitar slingin' funk beat which went quite well with G Rock's comic strip he did the music for:Galactic Gorilla and the Cosmic Brotherhood. it's a slower tempoed track,but one you'll want to have on your cell phone or listen to  on your headphones.

That Girl: More of a rock induced song pure and simple.

Feeling Fine: A little piano and bass like interlude that reminds me of little ditties Frank Zappa used to do back in the 1970's,with a jazz like symth voicing.

Fuse Hall:Right dead on Reggae feel which I wasn't totally thrilled with,but took Back to Basixx in a different direction. I'll admit I've never delved into the reggae music scene,but it still an interesting side step.

Strung out: If you're a lover of The G Rock Force you'll love this song which is another jazz oriented song with more of G's strong bass presence. There'a also a bit of rap you can jive on,which for both armchair quarterbacks of rap,and rap artists,take some notes from G Rock and company on this album.

If You Want Me To Stay: For those of you who are old school music lovers of acoustic,folk type music you'll love this song. Takes me back to old Crosby,Still Nash and Young. This particular song has a strong lead guitar on it. Another keeper for listening when out and about or at home.

Harmonically Correct: Now this song little did I realize was actually done live somewhere. I wondered why it had such a live feel,other than thinking it was done off the floor without many effects at all. I never asked Greg where it was done. Actually doesn't matter.

Great tune done bare bones style!

It was more uptempo than a lot of the material on the album,and gave off a pop/rock like instrumental  feel with a free from jazz arrangement that had horns as well.


If you like simple grooves from G Rock this is the song you want.

Planet G Rock:

More hip hop flavored textural wise,with that Bottom Feeder style that is all G Rock.

Indian Lullaby:

Now this is a song I didn't think Greg would do. It was very percussion like with a new age twist that took the Back to Basixx album in a different direction.

To grab this album,and you know you want to after reading this review;you can go grab the Greg G Rock Sanders album: Back to Basixx over here at: www.longrangedistribution.com

As well you can grab a limited edition copy of G Rock's main band The Gorrila Funk Mob,and their ultimate live CD which is available as well. There are a few minor issues with the link to the live Gorilla Funk Mob album,so I'm going to put it up later.

If you want a copy of the album,just let me know and I'll put you on the list.

I never thought I'd enter the hip hop and funk world in the music business,but if you're a hip hop musician,or just love this kind of music you'll love the simple beats of G Rock. I'll be putting this    up on social media so look for it on Long Range Distribution and at G Rock's and Gorilla Funk Mob gigs.

Thanks Greg
at: www.longrangedistribution.com

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jimi Hendrix Was he Really The Best Player Ever?

Jimi Hendrix was he really the Best Player Ever?

This is an important repost, actually two articles with one being about whether he was the best player ever, and did he die before he did what he really wanted in music?  What I think is below and you know it won't be what most musicians and fans think. I'm a contrarian thinker and doer guys, just the way it is.

I think serious musicians like yourself need to think differently even if you're playing simple music. That will help you break free from the chains that hold players down from keeping playing note for note chords of the blues masters. I refer to blues mainly because that's where most music originated from and the music that matters most to little old me. That, and jazz based chords and textures.

So read my drivel and email me with your thoughts on was Hendrix the greatest? and did he croak before his prime?

You can email me at:  mdgrove0@gmail.com

Most of us listen to music to hear wild and incredible texturing and dazzling chord structures of rock and blues that takes us on a ride if you will. Yes, I know you want to know what I think about Hendrix, so here it is in it's vile and putrid form that's all Mark Grove and Canadian Guitar Player.

Hendrix turned guitar playing on it's head and into a form that literally took Rock, blues, and different free-form jazz and formed a new realm of music.This turned the musicians who watched him wanting more and literally taking notes to learn from a master. Kind of like a Tiger Woods,Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr.

Sports plays a part in music believe me. Don't ask me why it just does.

Most musicians today including you who are reading this just copy his stuff. You don't really play it your way. Dee Curtis plays it his way. Robin Trower plays it his way and developed his own style of rock. Most guitar players don't show any artistic integrity or individuality when playing Jimi's music or their own.

Oh no, but I won't make any money if I play it my way.--well you basically have your head up the ass of corporate music money machines.That's where a lot musicians with no discernible talent become stars and super rich. Eminem, all rap artists, and a lot of guitarist's who are chained to major labels through their own stupidity.

Back to Hendrix. I was only 7 years old when he died in 1970 and couldn't really appreciate what he meant to real musicians and music fans.I'm including another piece I did on Hendrix with me chiming on about whether he died before his prime.

Did Hendrix Die before His Prime?

No he didn't. Hendrix played music with his soul and his heart and literally blew it off the map. He did what he wanted then bit the biscuit. So what if he died in a pool of his own vomit! He partied with the best musicians and music lovers, and his impact on music was so incredible in a short time on other musicians, which is who I care about.

Hendrix took his Band Of Gypsies and The Experience fans on a ride no one will ever forget. Today's hip-hop and rap is bullshit music that is useless and negative. Listen to music that moves you and has feeling, that will last you a lifetime. Blues and rock has has a feeling that will last a lifetime and can't get from today's shit music.

Even Jazz and country doesn't have that heart.

Maybe I don't know shit about this and you think I'm an idiot. I still have friends that say with a lifted eyebrow and a quizzical stupid look on their face saying--give it a rest Mark, Hendrix died a long time ago. Then they'll say my kids listen to Hip-hop and I like it too. Fuck that shit.

You still don't get it. Listen to real music. I probably won't be able to convince any of you dolts about being involved with real music that matters. That's your loss. When all the great musicians are gone, that will be it.

Here's Jimi's gear that he used to thrill us with:

Guitar: Fender Strat and a Gibson Flying-V

Amps: Sunn Amps
Marshall Full or Half Stacks

Effects: Octavia Vox Wah pedals, Fuzz Face, Univibe rotational speaker

Strings: There is some debate as to whether Hendrix used Light or heavier strings. Buddy Miles said he used a mixture of heavy and light strings. It was said he used Fender string sets. He may have used different brand names as well. I would say if he used different string gauges, he did it because of a want to experiment instead of using the same strings all the time.

I realize I'm being over the top with all of this, but my passion is music and most musicians want to make money, not play the music that really matters.

Read all you can about Hendrix and go to his website where his relatives have capitalized on his being the most famous musician. Greedy little fucks they are, including his own father. Yes, you can make a good living being a musician and playing it your way. Just don't be a session player and play music you would never listen to just to make big bucks.

Be a musician and be determined to play it until you can't do it anymore. Enjoy the ride. You can email me at mdgrove0@gmail.com