Friday, October 18, 2013

Fan Vote: Top 70's and 80's Rhythm Sections

We asked our fans "What bands made the top 70's and 80's rhythm sections?" They voted now see the list below with a video from each band.

1. Geddy Lee and Neil Peart - Rush

2. John Bonham and John Paul Jones - Led Zeppelin

3. Steve Harris and Nico McBrain - Iron Maiden

4. Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer - Aerosmith

5. Chad Smith and Flea - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

6. Geezer Butler and Bill Ward - Black Sabbath

7. Keith Moon and John Entwistle - The Who

8. Chris Squire and Alan White -Yes

9.  Myung and Portnoy - Dream Theater

10. Mick Fleetwood and John Mcvie - Fleetwood Mac

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ron Powell Clinic at GoDpsMusic 9/27/13 Review

         We just had a great clinic here at GoDpsMusic! Ron, brought the sounds and knowledge of Africa, Brazil, and Cuba, right here to the GoDpsMusic showroom."From the jungles to da streets." as Ron says. 

           Ron entertained us with different grooves, sounds and amazing music. He kept everyone involved and educated through out the clinic. He let us know how he plays Latin Percussion instruments, why each instrument sounds the way it does, where they came from, and even how to correctly play them. For example, I had no idea there was a correct way of playing a "slap" on a conga drum. A "Percussionist" like myself, just hits the drum until it sounds the way you want!

           Some of Ron's influences include the conga players of Santana, like Armando Peraza, also Ray Barretto, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Paulinha Da Costa.  He believes music is not only a lot of fun, but is a great way to communicate and spread diversity. He travels and teaches music to children in the public school system in both the U.S. and in China. He says that although he may not always speak the same language as some of the kids, everyone speaks the language of music; "I enjoy everybody's playing everyone has something special, something different to offer so I try to learn from everybody."

           The clinics at GoDpsMusic are a great way to learn about your craft, and also who wouldn't want to learn one on one by an accomplished pro musician owning, yet still learning his craft.  At the end of it all, everything he played was available for purchase or even just to try and three lucky people won Latin Percussion drums. Ron Powell's clinic was a trip to three different parts of the world free of charge in less than 2 hours, can't beat that! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove Drum kit Review

This kit has a really nice wrap on the shells. Looks like some one spent time to make it look like a thousand dollar wrap.

Comes with 7x10 and 13x13 toms, 14x16 kick, and 5x14 snare.

Also comes with nice velvet bags which can be used for storage or when your in need of a damping system. The velvet storage bags act as a muffling system that cuts the sound down just enough to hear and feel the dynamics of the the kit. 

Has 7 ply hardwood, and 45 degree angle bearing edge.

The Kick has a really huge sound right out of the box to be a 14x16... wow. Even with factory stock heads, it sounds huge. Most pro drummers can tell how well a kit is made if it sounds pretty decent with cheap heads. Toms have a really nice overtone, very jazzy sounding.  The snare is very light in physical feel, but cracks if you give it the tender love it needs, with a new head and a little tuning. For the price of $399, you can't beat the sound. A little kit packed with explosive sound!

Available in Black Sparkle and White Sparkle. Kits starting at $399.

Click Image to see Demo Video
Written By Mike

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BC Rich Gunslinger Review

Enter the BC Rich Gunslinger.  With a light basswood body, sturdy maple neck, locking nut, and an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, this guitar is perfect for letting your hair down and rocking out.

 A single Duncan Design humbucker in the bridge position provides just enough output to drive your amp without muddling up the notes in your chords.  When playing with distortion, clarity is always important and this guitar offers you just that.  

            Rocking can really take its toll on a guitar.  When you’re strumming hard and struttin’ your stuff, a Floyd Rose Special bridge paired with a locking nut gives you the tuning stability you need, with the dive bombs that you deserve.  The Jumbo frets allow for smooth playability, and they’re level enough to slam the action and still get those big step and a half bends.

So if you’re looking for a screaming guitar with good playability, and more importantly, affordability, then this is the guitar to pick up.

Available in Yellow and Burn Orange. Kits Starting at $349.99.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fan's Choice Top 10 Guitar Solos

We asked our fans  to vote for the greatest guitar solo.  You voted, now see which solos made the list!

1. "Eruption" By  Eddie Van Halen

2. "Stairway To Heaven" By Jimmy Page

3. "Little Wing" Stevie Ray Vaughan

4. "Still Got The Blues" Gary Moore

5.  "Comfortably Numb"  By David Gilmour

6.  "Crazy Train" By Randy Rhoads

7. "Machine Gun" By Jimi Hendrix

8. "No More Tears" By Zakk Wylde

9. "Sultans of Swing" By Mark Knopfler

10. "Cliffs of Dover" By Eric Johnson

Thursday, August 15, 2013

15 Moments That Nearly Destroyed Rock

Slash-Nikki Sixx-Maynard James Keenan

By Chad Childers- , Sterling Whitaker-, and Kenneth Partridge- Diffuser  Article from


Giulio Marcocchi / Ethan Miller, Getty Images 
Hollywood was the place to be if you were a rocker looking to make it in the mid ’80s. But not long before we were all welcomed to the jungle, Slash auditioned for the Bret Michaels-led Poison. In a 2010 interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Slash revealed that he had decided to quit the pre-Guns N’ Roses band Hollywood Rose and was referred to Poison by their exiting guitarist at the time.

Slash says he made it to the final two, but knew it wasn’t going to work when he was asked about wearing makeup. Poison ended up offering the job to C.C. Deville. Had Slash been chosen for Poison, would Guns N’ Roses have ever reached the pinnacle without him? And while successful in their own right, would Poison have become the iconic act that GN’R went on to be?

  CLICK HERE TO SEE #2 - 15 Moments That Nearly Destroyed Rock

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fan's Choice Greatest Female Rock Vocalists

List and a video from each vocalist below!


1. Ann Wilson

2. Lzzy Hale

3. Janis Joplin

4. Pat Benatar

5. Lita Ford

6. Stevie Nicks


7. Amy Lee

8. Joan Jett

9. Chrissie Hynde


 10. Patty Smyth

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fan's Choice Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Reunion Tours

We asked our fans "What is the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll reunion tour?"  You voted, see who made the list! Connect with us on MySpace and checkout the cool new mix feature. Our mix includes songs and photos from each band.

Friday, July 26, 2013

You Voted! Fans Choice Top Replacement Vocalists

We asked our fans "Who is your top replacement vocalist?"  You voted, see who made the list! Connect with us on MySpace and checkout the cool new mix feature. Our mix includes songs and photos from each top replacement vocalist.  Click on each song to play! View list >

Thursday, July 18, 2013

You Voted! Fans Choice Top 10 Sabian Drummers

We asked our fans "Who is your top Sabian drummer?"  You voted, see who made the list! Connect with us on MySpace and checkout the cool new mix feature. Our mix includes  songs and photos from each top 10 Sabian artist. Click on each song to play! View list >

Friday, July 12, 2013

You Voted! Fans Choice Top 10 80's Rock Guitarists

We asked our fans "Who is your top 80's Rock Guitarist?"  You voted, see who made the list! Connect with us on MySpace and checkout the cool new mix feature. Our mix includes songs and photos from each top 10 80's guitarist. Click on each song to play!  View list >

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Vintage Vibe for the Modern Player

     We will be embarking on a journey back into history through space and time to bring you all the wonderful guitars of the past ...Silvertone 1303 & 1478.

    As I discovered music and was learning everything I could about the usual suspects that are now called classic rock, I knew I had to play guitar. To this day one of my favorite guitars I have ever owned was a Silvertone. I don’t even know its model; it was just some plain Jane black Silvertone, but it was a real trooper. That poor thing was my workhorse and it went through beating after beating and kept right on playing. Silvertone guitars have such an original sound, and through a great amp there’s just nothing quite like them.

    That was what I learned my first bar chords on; I remember how difficult it seemed to be to move from one position to another. My father used to take me to my lessons on Saturday mornings and give some guy he worked with a six pack of beer a week for my half hour lesson. He had the coolest Silvertone guitar with an amp built into the case! More about that in future blogs…

    The philosophy behind the Silvertone Classic line is to respect the original vintage designs, while improving on previous manufacturing limitations through modern engineering, parts, craftsmanship and most importantly, the opinions of modern guitar players. Cool vintage vibe for today’s player!

    These new and improved Classic Silvertone 1478 and 1303 models have been revamped for the modern player in mind. With both guitars featuring mahogany bodies and the 1478 with an original Bigsby tremolo these are truly guitars to get exited about!

    Just like the original back in 1958, the 1303/U2 & 1478 circa 1963, these Silvertones offer a unique sound and playing experience. The new Classic Silvertone models will inspire you to express yourself the same way as the rock icons that played the originals did.

Written by Joe B.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Do Vocal Warm-Ups Matter?


             I am a lead singer in an Awesome Hard Rock Band.  With that being said, I do a lot of screaming, growling and belting for three hours or around 35 songs for every gig we play.  I have a passion for it, I love it and I am completely fearless in performances and song choices.  The one thing that will keep me up at night, however, is the idea of losing my voice or the full range of it throughout my performance.  If my voice is gone by the end of a show, no problem.  That just means it was a good gig.  But thinking of losing it halfway through the second set is like dreaming of doing a speech in your underwear.   Losing the full range and power of my voice has happened during a few gigs, and I ‘ve always made it through.  But how can I exercise my instrument to ensure success every single gig, or at least get close to it?  How the hell does Chino Moreno from The Deftones manage to scream for an hour and a half four to six shows a week and still smoke two packs of Newports a day?  Is it good screaming genetics or am I simply a vocal sissy?  Asking these questions led me to do some research on what some notable vocal coaches suggest to prep yourself for a show, rehearsal or recording.

            Mark Baxter, vocal therapist for Scott Weiland, Richard Patrick and Steven Tyler, talks about his R.T.S. technique.  R.T.S. stands for Ready To Sing, which means you have to get yourself to a place when warming up where your body and mind are all Ready To Sing.  He suggests starting with getting your heart rate up.  Jog in place, move your body, roll your shoulders to loosen your tension.  You then must make sure to rub your face, neck, jaw…. basically all over your face to get that nice and loose as well. Then make sure to shake it all out, vibrate your entire body.  He makes a great point that if you feel uncomfortable doing all of this and feel a little foolish or self conscious, you may not be prepared to be at your full potential on stage.   Mark gives more tips in his article, “Warming Up,” on his website :

         "What you sing to warm-up is not as important as how. I recommend the simplest sounds. Your      attention should be on physical freedoms rather than quality of sound. Release your breath with several long, low volume hisses. Then, loosen your face and neck while humming with a wandering, siren-like, motion. Don’t allow your face to change to reach for pitches. Alternate the hums with an extended zzz sound and gradually change this to an EE vowel and then an AH. Keep your melodies sweeping. I don’t recommend singing songs quietly because there are usually tensions programmed into them. As you loosen up, turn up your volume -- but not before. As you get louder, stay with an EE or AH. The point is to wait until the body gives you permission to increase the load. The length of a warm-up should be in reverse proportion to the need. Long gig -- short warm up, but if you’re doing a single song on The Letterman Show, you should warm up and then sing for an hour for that, trusted, middle-of-the-set feeling."

            Jeannie Deva, Vocal coach for Aimee Mann, J. Geils Band and Foghat, stresses the absolute importance of a warm-up.  With a lot of people believing that a pre-show warm-up will wreck your voice she suggests doing it right before performance to save your voice and create career longevity.  As she states in her article, “Warm Up Guide for Rock Singers,” “If you decided to run a marathon without any preparatory conditioning, how long would you last?”  I often feel that I should be doing my best to speak as little as possible before a show, and I certainly want to stay away from singing anything so as to preserve every last piece of my voice.   But Jeannie makes perfect sense.  If I went to run 26 miles without stretching or get my blood flowing, I’d be fine the first mile and then suck wind the other 25.  Here are her warm up exercises from the same article found on :

"1) Open your mouth and take a breath. The tip of your tongue should stay touching the back of your bottom teeth. Use a basic speaking volume and sustain a comfortable mid-range pitch, through an “NG” tongue position. To help you find it, say the word “Sing” and maintain the position of the “NG.” The back of your tongue will lightly close with your soft palate. Feel the sound vibration shimmer along the roof of your mouth.

2) Try to maintain the same resonance from consonant to vowel, using the list below. Smoothly go back and forth between the “NG” and the vowel several times on one breath. Repeat on a new breath, and then go on to the next vowel in the sequence.

The sequence goes as follows:

NG-AH (Wand)
NG-EE (Seem)
NG-A (Same)
NG-AA (Apple)
NG-Eh (When)
NG-Uh (The)
NG-I (Him)

During the last two vowels, do not shape your lips for the sound. It can be achieved by thinking the vowel sound and letting it naturally resonate in your mouth.

NG-Oh (Home)
NG-Ooo (Soon)"

    Warming up has always been an enormous pain in the a** to me.  It’s one of those things that you know that you should be doing, but can never find the time or are able to come up with a myriad of other interesting excuses in ordered to avoid it.  But like many things that are a pain, the consequences of not doing it are far worse.  Just like the dream of having to do a speech in your underwear, not being able to perform to your full potential when standing in front of a packed venue can be an absolute nightmare.  My awesome rock band is going to be playing next week, so I am going to make sure to finally give one of these warm-ups a shot.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Written By Kevin O

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Hagstrom Tremar Super Swede P-90S


    The Hagstrom Tremar Super Swede P-90 was created to combine the familiar tones of a well-recognized early single coil equipped double cutaway guitar, with the deeper and richer tones that only a single cutaway guitar can offer.

    This machine is a perfect compliment for those searching for the “best of both worlds”, as the Tremar Super Swede P-90 is a hybrid of both. It has a Mahogany body with carved maple top, set mahogany neck, 25.5" scale length, Graph Tech Black Tusq XL 43mm nut, Bigsby style vibrato with Roller Bridge.  While the pickups are specially designed to provide a “beefed up” boutique, single coil sound, the controls have been rearranged to provide a familiarity for double cutaway players with a single master volume, and three separate tone controls for each pickup.

    What was added to enable the player to achieve a variety of tones is the 6-way rotary switch. With the addition of the Tremar system and the guitars 25.5” scale length, double cutaway players will feel right at home with this single cutaway guitar, bringing them their favorite tones on tap, but providing  a much deeper and detailed tone with much more sustain.

    It is an awesome guitar.  The sounds are a sort of hybrid between the older Gibson LP sound, but with a twangy edge you get from a Gretsch  hollowbody. You also get the endless Gibsonesque sustain, but without the compressed sound when playing a modern LP clean. 

    That vibrato is not a Bigsby knockoff, it is the Bigsby 2.0, enhanced in every way. The pickup selector switch is a well thought out solution for getting 6 pickup configurations without resorting to a Fender style toggle switch.

    This guitar is unique in sound and looks. GO OUT AND PLAY IT!

Written By Joe B

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lyricists That Inspire

      Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, John Lennon.  As a songwriter these are three names that tend to pop into my brain when thinking about legendary lyricists.  Many of us could (and do) argue for days about who the best is, but this is completely subjective and we all know it.  Different lyrics and words affect us as individuals for different reasons.  Whether its Fleetwood Mac’s “Never Going Back Again” or Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box,” these words will take us to a familiar place that only these songs can describe.

            I believe that a true understanding of good song lyrics comes with age, experience and wisdom.  When we are younger we tend to be influenced by what is popular instead of what we really appreciate, as was the case with Vanilla Ice or Gerardo.  Being the lyricist and lead singer for my first High School rock band (Crabapple Sedan), Bob Dylan would constantly blast into my radar as the all time great.  When hearing songs like “Hurricane” or “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” I would always appreciate them because I was supposed to but never really understood what all the fuss was about.  Sure the songs sound great, but how could someone with such a terrible voice be looked at in this way?  It wasn’t until a few years ago when I actually “listened” to “The Times They Are A-Changin” and could finally understand what people meant.  Words eloquently pieced together evoking a timeless message that pierces directly to the core of you.  His words force you to have understanding when your ears are open.  Regardless of what he was thinking when he wrote his songs, his lyrics have the ability to create something personal for you.  To me, that is the tell tale sign of an accomplished lyricist.

            When writing songs it always helps to have a little bit of inspiration.  There is of course always the greats from days gone by, but who is out there now?  I tried to think of people that are currently putting out new songs, from well recognized to almost unknown, and came up with seven artists (in no particular order) that stood out in my mind.

1.      Ben Gibbard:  The Death Cab for Cutie front man is an obvious pick for me.  This indie band has hit it pretty big in the last few years, but it was their first commercial success with the album “Plans” that got me listening.  My wife and I danced to the song, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” at our wedding to confused eyes.  To some this is a dark, somber song about death, incredibly inappropriate for a wedding dance.  But if you truly listen to his wonderfully descriptive words there can be no other song that expresses the endless love that you have for another being. “If Heaven and Hell decide that they both are satisfied, illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs.  If there’s no one beside you when your soul embarks, then I’ll follow you into the dark.”
            Listen to: Brothers on a Hotel Bed, You are a Tourist  or Summer Skin

Ben Gibbard
2.      Jeff Klein: The band, My Jerusalem, is the greatest band that you don’t know about right now.  Jeff Klein, the mastermind behind them, is talented beyond all imagination.  His sense of humor blends beautifully with an ability to understand the world around us.  Sometimes he makes us laugh and sometimes he makes us feel as though we’ve been hit in the chest and had our heart ripped out.  “There’s a taste I can’t spit out, his cigarettes on your mouth.  The love you couldn’t live without, it will finally destroy you.”

            Listen to: Hit the Lights, Sleepwalking or Shatter Together
Jeff Klein

3.      Chino Moreno: Here’s a guy that has been around for quite some time now.  I first heard The Deftones front man screaming in 1995 with the song “7 Words.”  This band quickly became one of my all time favorites and continue to evolve with each passing year.  Chino’s lyrics have also come a long way, from 95’s Adrenaline to this years’ Koi No Yokan.  He is a poet at heart, angry and complicated.  Telling us his view of the world and expressing it in a way that you can get several different meanings past his initial intention.  “Our minds bend and our fingers fold.  Entwined, we dream I know.”

            Listen to: Rosemary, Change (In the House of Flies) or Lhabia 

Chino Moreno
4.      Karen O: Once you get past Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ fashion sense you will find her to be one of the greats.  Her ethereal vocals compliment her subject matter harmoniously.  She will take you on a journey that at times feels much like a fantasy film, which is probably why her then boyfriend, Spike Jonze, chose her to do the soundtrack for “Where the Wild Things Are.”  “I got a date with the night, putting out my finger.  Gonna catch the kids dry, gonna walk on water.  Buying out the fight, we’re sweating in the winter.  Both thighs squeeze tight.”

            Listen to: Date With The Night, Gold Lion, Zero
Karen O

5.      Marcus Mumford: Grammy winning band, Mumford & Sons, is probably the most popular example on this list right now.  Front man Marcus helps bring us back to the days of sitting in a barn for a hoedown while adding a new age spin.  The most popular example would be adding an expletive into an introspective folk song, jarring listeners into realizing it’s 2010 and not 1810.  He offers us a glimpse at a simpler life and reminds us what truly living is all about.  “We’ll be washed and buried one day my girl, and the time we were given will be left for the world.  The flesh that lived and loved will be eaten by plague, so let the memories be good for those who stay.”

            Listen to: Winter Winds, Ghosts That We Knew, Little Lion Man

Marcus Mumford

6.      Dana Falconberry: This indie singer/songwriter from Austin, TX uses her sweet voice to deliver a powerful message of how to find and know ones self. Her words will linger in your mind for several days with a haunting excellence.  “And the children came and laid me on my bed and the paper said the people cried and the pastor read words that Jesus said but nobody knows that I was singing when I died and I was peaceful, yeah, I said all my goodbyes.”

   Listen to: Singing Lullabies, Crooked River, Love Will Never Leave You Alone

Dana Falconberry
7.      Trent Reznor: Definitely the biggest name on this list, but for good reason.  At least for me anyway.  There is no one out there that thinks the way that Trent Reznor does, which leads to some exceptional music and twisted lyrics.  Often tackling subjects of suicide, drug addiction and depression, he forces you to experience it all with him.  All of his pain and torture is poured into his work, which doesn’t exactly leave us with a sunny feeling inside.  Instead we feel it like a powerhouse drop kick to the chin.  Lyrics don’t always have to inspire us to feel better or happy, sometimes they just show us that we are not alone.  “The me that you know used to have feelings, but the blood has stopped pumping and he's left to decay.  The me that you know is now made up of wires, and even when I’m right with you I’m so far away.”

            Listen to: The Becoming, The Warning, Somewhat Damaged
Trent Reznor
Written By Kevin O


Friday, March 8, 2013

The Big Three

      Every musician has a certain something that makes them unique. It starts with your brain and flows through your body to your instrument.  Whether its guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, sax or vocals. It doesn’t matter how technically proficient you are or are not.
     Now for guitarists, your tone truly is flowing through your brain’s thought process and to your fingers. You’ve heard it all before, BB King can hit one note and you know it’s him.  Same with all of the iconic players we love from Jimi, Eric (choose one Clapton or Johnson), Slash, Eddie, Beck, Brad Paisley, Joe B (not me Bonamassa).
     They all at one point or another have reached for the big three.  Which three guitars am I talking about?  The Tele, Strat & Les Paul.  These are the big three because they all have a certain tone any player can get if they know how to work them for all they’re worth! 

Jimi Hendrix playing a  Fender Stratocaster

Bruce Springsteen with  a Fender Telecaster

Joe Perry playing a Les Paul

    Each overall design from the start has had relatively small changes over the years. They are iconic. What is it about these guitars that have made it so difficult for most manufactures to improve upon? Which guitars would you consider to be the big three? 

    Let us know what you think of these three iconic models.  Check out other Fender Guitars at

Written By Joe B

Friday, February 8, 2013

The 15 Greatest Guitar Players You May Have Missed!

OK kids, this week I want to throw some of my favorite lesser known guitar players at you and see what you think about these extremely gifted gents.  Some of these names are better known than others, but you should definitely check out their work.

There are so many great players in local clubs right now around the globe that may never become known to the public, but will never stop or give up, because it’s what defines them.

Get up, get out and support LIVE MUSIC in your community!!!

This is in no particular order and I couldn’t narrow it down to just 10.  Trust me check them out!
Click Here to listen to songs from these artists 
  1. Danny Gatton-Listen to his album “Cruisin’ Deuces"
  2. Buck Dharma-Check out Blue Oyster Cult’s album  “On Your Feet, Or On Your Knees “
  3. Al Di Meola-Listen to “Elegant Gypsy”, “Casino” or “Friday night in San Francisco”
  4. Michael Schenker-U.F.O.’s  “Strangers in the Night”
  5. Mark Knopfler-Listen to Dire Straits’,  “Making Movies”
  6. Gary Moore-Listen to Thin Lizzy’s  “Black Rose”, “Corridors of Power”, “Still Got the Blues”
  7. Andy Timmons-Listen to “That Was Then, This is Now”
  8. Terry Kath-Check out anything by Chicago
  9. Joe Bonamassa-Listen to his work with Jason Bonham on “Black Country Communion”
  10. Jake E Lee-Listen to Ozzy Osbourne ‘s “Bark at the Moon” and “Badlands”
  11. Elliot Easton-Listen to anything by The Cars
  12. Gary Richrath-Listen to REO Speedwagon’s “You Get What You Play For”
  13. Jimmy Lyon-Listen to Eddie Money’s album- “Eddie Money” or “Playin for Keeps”
  14. Paul Gilbert-Check out the bands Racer X, Mr.Big or any of his solo work
  15. Phil X-Listen to Phil X and The Drills’ “Kick Your Ass in 17 Minutes”,  he has also recorded with many other artists you will know. 

Those are my top 15,  hope you enjoy the list.  Comment below and let us know who your favorite guitarists are. Be sure to check out

Written By Joe B