One that you can keep for a lifetime and refer to over and over again for useful information? The Guitar Poster by Castalia Communications is the most complete guide to the guitar ever made. It contains a wealth of information for all players regardless of your style or level of musical accomplishment. Specific information includes: Movable scale and chord forms; Notes along the fretboard; Basic chords; Open tunings; The Circle of Fifths; Chord-Scale relationships; a Table of Keys (keys and their note names are listed in numerical order up to the 13th degree), and the principles of guitar playing at [...] Read more
Monthly Archives: May 2010
Posted on May 27, 2010 by Elliott Chung
Posted on May 26, 2010 by Cosmo Music
We at the Drummer’s Den are pleased to announce that we have a selection of the much anticipated Sabian SR2 cymbals!
What are they you ask? “For those not familiar with the SABIAN SR2 concept, they are cymbals that have been returned to the factory via trades and exchanges which are then refurbished at the SABIAN plant. Note: The cymbals are not damaged, but once used for artist clinics, trade upgrades, or have slight surface blemishes or scratches.” So what does all this mean to you and me the end user? Well, you get a genuine B20 bronze cymbal [...] Read more
Posted on May 21, 2010 by Cosmo Music
Eddie Van Halen Frankenstein Guitar
When I was asked to do the Blog for this guitar I instantly went into a daydream …taking me back to my early teen years and the release of one of Rock’s most influential albums of all time “Van Halen”.
Mesmerized by a legendary guitar tone better known today as the “ Brown Sound “ has had guitar players around the world chasing this guitar tone for decades!
Working as sales associate here at Cosmo Music I’m able to checkout many different guitars but there has been this unwritten rule about touching the EVH Frankenstein guitar …so no [...] Read more
Posted on May 20, 2010 by Josh Wannamaker
One person can easily handle the Yamaha STAGEPAS 300 Portable PA system. It's an awesome PA for small intimate gigs and/or band rehearsals.
If you are looking for a little more wattage…checkout the Yamaha STAGEPAS 500.
The easy-to-use, the ultra-compact design incorporates 2 - 2-way loudspeakers, a 6/8-channel (4 mono, 2 stereo) mixer, and dual 150W amplifiers to provide a reliable sound system.
Each speaker contains an 8" woofer and 1" compression driver, driven by an efficient 150W (x2) Class D amplifier.
The mixer features balanced XLR connectors, microphone/line switches and balanced 1/4" jacks, 2-band channel EQ, and a switchable 24-bit digital [...] Read more
Posted on May 14, 2010 by Maxim Shelkov
We just received a lefty PRS McCarty 57/08. This thing is incredible! I am no lefty but when I see this guitar I wish I was.
It features a maple ten top with 57/08 pick ups which are really superb - both responsive and harmonically interesting sounding! This guitar is very rare as there are only a limited amount of them available to the world. The body on this guitar is made out of mahogany as well as the neck. The fingerboard is rosewood without the birds. Another cool rare thing about this guitar is that there is an extra back [...] Read more
Posted on May 14, 2010 by Cosmo Music
I want my children to study/continue to study piano but how can I help to make it more fun?
For those who already own an upright or grand piano, one can add the Moog Piano Bar. The Moog Piano Bar turns an 88-key acoustic piano into a MIDI controller in minutes. This allows you to:
Layer thousands of sounds with the acoustic piano.
Capture your playing as MIDI data, either in a sequencer, or in a notation program. Ie. an instant print out of your playing
Play MIDI data into the Piano Bar to light up the LED’s above the keys (as a learning [...] Read more
Posted on May 13, 2010 by Doug Armstrong
When all you really need are the chords and lyrics then you should check out Hal Leonard’s Guitar Chord Songbook series. O.k. you do get the first 2 bars of melody on the treble clef staff so you remember how the song goes but other than that it’s just the chords and lyrics from your favorite songs and artists. The idea is that this handy little book will fit in your back pocket but you’re going to need an awful lot of pockets because there over 50 collections to choose from including such artists as Elvis Presley, Dire Straits, Johnny [...] Read more
Posted on May 12, 2010 by Doug Armstrong
Ever since you first heard it on CTV's coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics you've been asking for that song performed by Nikki Yanofsky and we've got it! Hal Leonard has published a great piano/vocal/guitar arrangement of Alan Frew and Stephan Moccio's "I Believe". Along with guitar chord boxes this version includes both English and French lyrics and is appropriate for the intermediate level pianist. Relive the spirit of the games with this beautiful and inspiring piece of music and get your copy today at Cosmo Music!
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Posted on May 11, 2010 by Elliott Chung
Classical guitarists! Are you new to the instrument? Are you looking for acomprehensive source of useful practice and performance advice? Learning the Classic Guitar by Aaron Shearer is one of the most widely acclaimed series for approaching the study of the classical guitar. This three-volume collection, in print since 1990, has been described as ground-breaking in its clear and systematic explanation of the fundamental principles of guitar playing. In writing this book Aaron Shearer believed that how and what students practice is as important as how much they practice, information should only be given when it is immediately useful, one [...] Read more
Posted on May 11, 2010 by Cosmo Music
After spending hours upon hours researching single coil pickups I decided to install a set of Suhr Fletcher-Landau’s into my favorite Strat. They sound so good! I’m so happy that I made this choice! If you are in the market for a new set of single coil pickups or just singular pickup …consider these pickups.
The Fletcher-Landau pickups incorporate the best qualities of various vintage pickups in a single design. Designed by John Suhr in conjunction with input from LA studio legend Mike Landau and blues great Kirk Fletcher of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. The Suhr Fletcher-Landau pickups sound big and full [...] Read more