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18 Dec Quick Message To All Rockers

‘morning all, you brothers.

I was answering a question of a dear friend this morning, and this is what I wrote him (email):

Okay listen carefully. It’s practice. And physical approach. But it’s easy (the method), nothing that needs a scientist. See how I move? It’s not for the pleasure of moving, nor because I like to dance. It really is because by moving, I will bop and bump my body in order to be able to physically do things. That is really all to it.
I force myself to do things, in a total blend of mental concentration and physical effort. Nothing else. And practice only makes it possible. Don’t sweat it. In the sense that, do NOT lose trust in yourself because you are not being able to do it. I am nothing special, I have no particular skills. I just tried and tried. At the end, the reward is immense.
Now onto your questions.
Question 1 – you HAVE to learn the parts perfectly. That is the basis of it. So, begin with the chords and their progression. It is sufficient that you learn one or two songs like they were built in you to let you quicken the process with new songs in the future. But you will have to have done the whole process of learning and knowiing at least one full song inside out. And the rhythm is always key. So learn those chords and the way your hands change position to get them properly. All the strings that need to be struck and heard will have to be heard. Practice that with your most favorite song of all times, and bring it out.
Stomp your feet, release your anger and or frustration on that song by moving while playing in order to FORCE YOUR BODY TO BOP WHILE YOU ROCK. I SAY AGAIN, I move only because I have to!
You will see how those chord progression will come out right, in time.
Question 2 – play the tempo you can master! It’s senseless to play stuff in a crap way but at the original tempo. You WILL get there, once you are comfortable with your own tempos. It will take time! Do NOT worry. Only time, practice.

Since I think it is worth for all to understand, I wanted to shout it out.
Love, Fil

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23 Nov SoloDallas.net goes fully “mobile”

Well folks, here we are: we are now “fully” mobile. I have only tried it on a number of iPhones and on an iPad, and on all of them worked quite fine.

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What you will see – if you want – on these smart phones/media devices is not a limited version of solodallas.com: you will see the whole thing, all of the contents, displayed in the same manner (you’ll have to maximize a lot on smaller screens to read properly, but it’ll work). (more…)

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14 Nov Meet “The Knack”

Well, “The Knack” are another one of my favorite bands. Weird, no? (no). They lived shortly in the sense that, only one record is really worth listening. But THAT record is amazing.

I know, I sound exaggerated. I apologize.

The thing is, that on that FIRST record (“The Knack”) they were brilliant. They were fresh, happy. Truly happy. They were an US band formed in LA (see here for more info).

Original drummer and original singer are both dead, singer having died last year on a motorbike accident (Rest In Peace, Doug).

What I’ll be featuring here is exclusively first album videos. Notice the energy, TIMING and band feel. All those components were soon to be lost in just a matter of one or two years. Talk about a badly managed band. I remember when in 1979 – I was already in love with AC/DC – the hit single “My Sharona” came out. I remember that summer clearly. As soon as I heard the song, I asked my mom (I was 9 years old) to buy me the tape. I put that tape on everyday all day for the whole summer. The summer of ’79. I was dancing to it like a crazy (that I still am). I also recall clearly that we went to Sardinia that year (known Italian big and gorgeous island) and it was my first chance to go to the disco. No one was dancing to that song, so I jumped on the disco stage and danced the whole song by myself. I was literally jumping. Must have been the best “9 years old nerd” show ever seen.

Get some. Meet “The Knack”.

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11 Nov THE FIVE FACTORS WHICH CREATE THE ‘1959 BURST’ SOUND

THE FIVE FACTORS WHICH CREATE THE ‘1959 BURST’ SOUND

“Various factors all came together in 1959 to produce what I, and many others, consider to be the ultimate electric guitar, the 1959 Burst. I have spent 38 years studying genuine 1950’s Bursts and reproducing their sound. I have found that there are five main factors responsible for creating the 1959 Burst sound”

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