Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cleartone Challenge Trailer - Which Guitar has Coated Guitar Strings?

We wanted to test guitar players to see if they could tell which guitar has Cleartone coated strings compared to traditional (un-coated) strings. So we setup a test with two identical guitars: one has Cleartone coated strings and the other has regular un-coated strings both of the same gauge. Then we asked a variety of guitar players to play both guitars and guess which guitar has the coated strings. In nearly every case the guitar player couldn't tell the difference and had to simply guess. Yes, sometimes they guess right, because there's a 50/50 chance of guessing right...but the fact remains, they couldn't tell the difference of the Cleartone coated guitar strings compared to the un-coated guitar strings so in our book that still counts as a win for Cleartone.

Cleartone treated strings last 3 to 5 times longer, feel like un-coated strings and believe it or not...they have been scientifically proven to PLAY LOUDER than un-coated strings.

Take the Cleartone Challenge for yourself and find out what you've been missing. Cleartone Strings are available in Acoustic, Electric and Bass in a variety of gauges.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Amazing! Kids playing guitar

How talented can the youngest children be? More talented than we realize probably. . . Check this cute video out. Maybe it's time to enroll your child in our music classes! Give us a call.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Mapex Interviews: Derico Watson

Mapex Drums artist Derico Watson introduces you to the all new Black Panther Drum Set line from Mapex.

Listen as Derico plays on the first kit of the series, the Blaster.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Music and Healing by Robert Gupta at TEDMED

Violinist Robert Gupta's experience in neurobiology drives him to search for and to share the powerful connection between music and healing, particularly for mental illness.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunshine of Your Love Cover

This video features two of our students at ABC Music Source in Livermore rocking out on this great old rock and roll favorite from Cream.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer Band Classes At Livermore

Summer Band Classes
At The Bothwell Arts Center
Livermore CA

June 18 through July 20 2012

Register by June 15th

Open to students entering
into 4th, 5th or 6th grade

Call today

Friday, June 8, 2012

Understanding Fret Buzz on Nylon String Guitars

Don't fret over buzz!!

In this video, Andrew explains the difference between good buzz and bad buzz on a nylon string guitar. He'll describe how we set up classical and flamenco guitars and how the two set ups make a difference in fret buzz for the different styles of playing. Lastly, he'll suggest a few ways to fix a "bad" buzz! Thanks for watching and subscribe to our channel for more videos like this and more!

Guitars featured (in order of appearance):
Solista CD/IN (Classical Guitar with no buzz)
55FCE (Good Buzz on a Flamenco Guitar)
F7 (Bad Buzz on a Flamenco Guitar)

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All audio was recorded using an Apogee One and a AKG microphone.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MXR Micro Chorus & Micro Flanger


The MXR design team at Dunlop is very proud to offer these two reissues of the rare and classic "Micro" series.

Painstaking detail was taken to recreate both of these pedals which first surfaced in the late 70's and went out of production in the mid-80's. Because certain components that were used to produce the lush and organic modulation in the originals were no longer available, Dunlop had to re-spec and custom-make replications of these parts that could effectively reproduce those legendary "bucket brigade" sounds.

With the only deviations from the originals being in the employment of the latest updated and sturdy switches, jacks, and LEDs,.. the the vintage tones of these easy-to-use and pedalboard-friendly boxes once only found in high priced and rare collections are now readily available from dealers of MXR products.

Both pedals feature:
- 100% Analog Bucket-Brigade Technology
- True Hardwire Bypass
- Warm and Rich Modulation
- High Quality Switches and Sturdy, Pedal Board-Friendly housing
- 9V Battery or AC operation
- LED status light

Tom Anderson "Classic-S" guitar + Dunlop ".11's" Strings + .71 Gator Grip Pick + MXR Micro Chorus + MXR Micro Flanger + Allen 2-10" Encore Amp (6L6, Blackface typology)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New Webisode 3: Jake Shimabukuro in the studio with Alan Parsons

It's been a defining year for "ukulele hero" (Rolling Stone) Jake Shimabukuro. He's performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rolling Stone Live (, A Prairie Home Companion ( and CNN's The Next List ( On October 2nd, Shimabukuro's most ambitious record to date, entitled 'More Ukulele,' will catapult his career even further.

Shimabukuro is in the studio with Alan Parsons, engineer of the Beatles' 'Abbey Road' and Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon,' working on an album that will not only take him to the next level, but will redefine the ukulele itself. The release will be followed by a 30+ date US tour.

On the new LP, Shimabukuro will infuse his "buoyant musicianship and brisk proficiency" (NY Times) with the rock and roll technique that has earned him the title of "Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele" (Guitar Player). Shimabukuro has defied the limitations of his 4-string, 2-octave instrument with his astonishing covers of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (10 million+ views on YouTube) and "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Full tour dates: