Walkway - WWIII

It’s rare that I enjoy an album from a newer band, but as I was working my way through a Spotify playlist featuring 300+ songs from bands of The New Wave of Classic Rock (NWOCR), I stumbled across Walkway.

iRig HD2 with AmpliTube 4

I wanted a way to centralize my entire practice routine and all of my resources (TABs, backing tracks, reference diagrams, videos, practice log,) onto my laptop.  iRig HD2 let me do that at a very reasonable cost. The big win here — for me — is that I can now play along with GuitarPro tracks, and log my progress in a lesson plan/resources Google doc that I can access from either of my laptops.  Having these resources centralized has maximized my practice time and helped me progress much faster than I had been previously. But the iRig is just one component of this setup. 

TC Electronics Polytune Mini 2 Noir

I bought this because I needed the smallest tuner I could find that would handle non-standard tunings, and the polytune functionality seemed attractive. This thing is tiny! about 2 x 3.6 inches -- literally smaller than the picture of it on this page! It weighs in at 0.37 lbs. It works well in needle mode, but if I can't get the polytune function working accurately, it's overpriced. However it'll do the job until Boss puts out a mini TU-2.

Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass

This enormous, coffee table-format book is full of vintage, bass guitar porn! Photographed beautifully and printed on high quality paper, it is frankly, too large and unwieldy for my NYC apartment!  So I bought the Kindle version.  I note this because the Kindle version actually makes it easier (for me) to actually read a book this size cover-to-cover (rather than just thumbing through it occasionally).

Thanks a Lot, Mr. Kibblewhite - Roger Daltrey, My Story

If earlier this year, you had told me there was going to be a better biography this year than Bruce Dickinson’s What Does this Button Do?, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But as good as Bruce’s book was and is, Roger Daltrey’s book is even better. An ardent Who fan since I was a teen, I have read several books on the band and its members. I have read Pete Townshend’s Who I Am.

The Gospel According to Luke

This was a pretty fun read. It's very much written in Luke's voice, the way he speaks, so it pretty humorous.  He's lead quite a life and has worked with so many people, the book reads like a who's who. There's a discography in the back of the book that just goes on and on. I think it was taken from here, where it is 18 pages long going back to 1977 if you're interested.

New "Last Alchemy Profile" - Paul Gilbert!

What Does this Button Do? Bruce Dickinson An Autobiography

Bruce Dickinson is The Most Interesting Man in Rock, and it’s not even close. In fact, singing for Iron Maiden may be the least interesting thing about him. Full disclosure, I am a totally biased reviewer. I’ve never made any attempt to hide the admiration I have for Bruce Dickinson.  I think he’s awesome. 

Chubtone California Custom San Dimas Style Superstrat

Anyone who has been a member of this forum the last 10+ years knows Curt, knows what kind of guitars Curt likes, so it’s no surprise what he’s making, he’s all about the hot rodded superstrats popular in 80’s LA, these are faithful to those guitars, and they are made for professional musicians. However, you aren’t just limited to the classic San Dimas and So Cal style superstrats... Want a more traditional Strat? They’ll make it. Want a Tele shaped hot rod? They’ll make that. Want a Star? You got it. Want a Soloist or Dinky shape? Ask for it.

Chubtone California Custom Superstrat

You want a HIGH QUALITY custom superstrat made by a Dino at a surprisingly affordible price?  It's impossible to go wrong with a Chubtone. Plus, you're supporting one of our own.  That's a win-win, IMO.  I can say that several DRG members have already purchased several Chubtones, and everyone is raving about them. You will, too.