Featured Student: Rajni Samavedam
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by Billy Jones
3M ago
Hi! I'm Rajni Samavedam., I joined Bones Jones Music in September 2023 and I love learning guitar here. ,As a child, I played the piano for a number of years and I took lessons in classical Indian music vocals. I started listening to different types of music in college and I was immediately drawn to folk music and especially intrigued by the guitar.  I tried guitar lessons about 14 years ago but musically it wasn’t a good fit. I enjoyed learning and it was definitely fun but the lessons were classical guitar and I really wanted to play rock and folk music. I was thrilled to discover Bone ..read more
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Quick Music Theory: Scales
Bones Jones Music Blog
by Billy Jones
6M ago
Music theory is a way to describe in a common language how musicians make music. We like to nerd out on music making as much as the next guys. And we celebrate the fact that we are not the type of music school that requires you to dive deep into heady theories. We want to get your fingers on a guitar and playing great stuff from day one. We firmly believe ,,you don’t have to learn to read music or understand complicated concepts to just enjoy making music. Our occasional Quick Music Theory blog posts are intended to give you little snippets of music language to help you understand why you are ..read more
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Makes The List
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by Billy Jones
8M ago
Stevie Ray Vaughan, also known as SRV, definitely makes our favorite guitarist list for his blues rock chops. In the 1980’s, Vaughan merged the blues techniques of Albert King and Muddy Waters with the sounds of jazz greats like Django Reinhardt, and played with the power and finesse of 80’s hair band metal guitar. You can hear his unique melding of genres in the slow jazzy song Lenny: https://youtu.be/i5sqJNFFwqc?si=Tvs_EWXM1TtELjnS Arguably the most influential blues musician of modern times, here are the top three reasons we love Stevie Ray Vaughan. 1. Minor Pentatonic Scale Pentatonic sca ..read more
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Featured Student: John Brown
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by Billy Jones
9M ago
Hi! I'm John Brown. I play bass in the Bones Jones Music band Lawyers, Guns on Monday. No One is Too Old to Learn I’ve been a music nut my whole life. I’m a Deadhead and a big fan of Getty Lee from Rush. I always felt like a bit of a hypocrite for being so big into music but not actually playing an instrument. I played a bit of piano and trumpet as a kid but I always notice the bass above all else when I listen to music. It’s such an appealing sound. In late 2020, my daughter Erika really started prodding me saying things like, “Well, are you ever going to learn how to play the bass?” I was 52 ..read more
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Jonny Buckland Is a Boss
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by Billy Jones
9M ago
Does it surprise you to learn that Jonny Buckland of Coldplay makes our favorite guitarist lists? I made a new YouTube video to help you hear why we dig his guitar playing. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu2udrRIbNU&list=UULF5Q_AOy424ZgKYh9x6n_Tug As you can hear, Buckland’s atmospheric, sparse guitar lines are a very different sound from our other favorites like Steve Clark, Eddie Van Halen, and Jimmy Page who are known for their bold, jaw-dropping, technical guitar solos. I must admit the electric guitar lover in me is ultimately more compelled by the Coldplay tunes where ..read more
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Featured Student: Sarita Sastry
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by Billy Jones
11M ago
Hi! I'm Sarita Sastry. I’m a singer and guitarist for the Bones Jones Music band Psych Ward. I started playing guitar when I was eight and continued learning for about six years. I continued to pick up my guitar off and on. I especially like playing songs by the Eagles and James Taylor. My favorite songs were “Lyin’ Eyes” and “You’ve Got a Friend”. I even learned some blues guitar for a few months during grad school. But, guitar took a back seat to career and stopped playing altogether for over 20 years. I always had the intention to start learning/playing again, I just needed to find the rig ..read more
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Introducing: Quick Music Theory
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by Billy Jones
1y ago
I'm excited to share the first of a new kind of blog post with you that we are calling Quick Music Theory. Music theory is a hot button divisive issue among musicians, especially in the rock world. It’s a music world trope that all of the classically trained musicians look down their noses at the guitarists who read tab and “just play” the guitar. As you know, we firmly believe that you can enjoy playing the guitar without ever learning to read standard notation. We are all about removing the intimidation factor from playing music! But as you also know, we want to give you opportunities to co ..read more
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Three Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Guitar
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by Billy Jones
1y ago
Buying your first guitar can be fun and exciting. But it's also overwhelming. There are so many choices and so much conflicting advice. We've got three simple questions you need to answer before you buy your first guitar. 1. What kind of music do you want to play? This seems obvious but this question can take you a long way to deciding on the right instrument for you. Consider your favorite guitarists/bands. What kinds of guitars do they play? If you are a fan of singer/songwriters like John Mayer, Taylor Swift, and Chris Stapleton, acoustic might be the way to go. If you enjoy 90's grunge lik ..read more
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Size doesn't matter. Does it?
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by Billy Jones
2y ago
Pick size, that is! What did you think I was talking about? Pick Primer Guitar picks are used for a few reasons. They help: create a sharper and louder sound than your fingers increase playing speed support different techniques such as strumming or palm muting The main quality of a guitar pick is indicated by gauge. This number indicates the thickness of the pick. A pick with a low gauge of 0.6 mm or less is light, thin and flexible. These picks can be especially good for strumming. A pick with a high gauge of 0.84 or higher is heavy, thick and rigid, best for precision and speed. Pick Shape ..read more
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How to Play Like Jimmy Page
Bones Jones Music Blog
by Billy Jones
2y ago
What guitar player hasn't dreamed of becoming their guitar idol? We certainly have! If Jimmy Page is on your list of guitar heroes, here's what you need to do to be like Jimmy. Get The Gear Calling all the gear heads! Here is the equipment that will help you on your way. Guitar While Jimmy Page has played many different guitars over the course of his career, he is best known for playing a Gibson Les Paul. The good news is that you don’t have to drop $2,000+ to have a guitar with a similar sound. Check out the Epiphone Les Paul. Amp Supro combo amplifiers are the way to get the sound of your f ..read more
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