Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix! (Nov. 27, 1942)
Last Updated: November 27, 2023
(Image created with DALLE-3. I know the guitar configuration is not exactly correct, but it's just a dumb AI representation! Lol 😎)Hi WA Friends!Just a quick reminder that It's Jimi's birthday today!I previously wrote about him here:https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/frankb-1/blog/happy-birthday-jimi-hendrix-nov-27-1942-excuse-me-while-i-kiss-the-skyIn the realm of music, there are guitarists, and then there is Jimi Hendrix. Jimi was not just a player; he was an innovator, a visionary, a s
Happy Thanksgiving, WA! 2023
Last Updated: November 22, 2023
(Title image created with DALL-E 3 - Complete with Strat guitar & Marshall amps, Lol)Hi, WA Friends!This post is a day early, but I'll be in no shape to write it tomorrow! LolWishing all our American friends a Happy Thanksgiving!The Canadian Thanksgiving already happened, and I hope you all had a great one!Differences Between the American and Canadian VersionI'll take the easy way out and ask our friend ChatGPT4:American and Canadian Thanksgiving are similar in spirit but differ in their hi
Did Technology Peak With 8-Track Tapes?
Last Updated: November 20, 2023
Hi WA Friends!Are you old enough to remember 8-track tapes and the machines that played them? They were the first analog musical technology to offer the ability to play an entire album in your car!How 8-Track Tapes WorkedEight track tapes came in a bulky container with a single tape wheel that allowed it to move over a wide head. The head moved up and down the tape to any of four positions. Each position had two (right and left channel) tracks, giving you a total of eight.Each time you pressed
Happy Birthday Hubert Sumlin! (November 16, 1931)
Last Updated: November 16, 2023
Hi WA Friends!Let's celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest blues guitar players ever, Hubert Sumlin!Never heard of him? If you know the music of Howlin' Wolf (aka Chester Arthur Burnett), then you've heard his playing a lot more than you think!A Little BackgroundHubert was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1931 and began playing the guitar at an early age. His playing style was influenced by Delta blues greats like Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson.In the early 1950s, he moved to Chicag
How Big Is Your Bass? Show Me Yours And I'll Show You Mine!
Last Updated: November 12, 2023
Hi, WA Friends!Have I gone a little crazy? Well, I've been posting some "non-musical" WA blogs of a rather technical nature, and my wife said that has to stop! HahahaWhat's The Point Of This Post?To give you a little break from the day-to-day rigors of what most WA community members do, of course!So, let's talk about the 17-string bass guitar that Elwood Francis plays with the band ZZ Top. Elwood, who has been the band's longtime guitar tech, replaced Dusty Hill as the bass player after his unt