Rock Music News – Yamaha Electone Organ Versus Yamaha Arranger Keyboard

Over the past ten years or so, electric organ sales have slumped to all time low. Yet the arranger keyboard market continues to flourish, especially with keyboards such as the Yamaha Tyros, Korg PA-1X and the Roland G70. In my opinion, the organ is much more playable as a live instrument, and using bass pedals, you can play the organ without any drum machine or automatic chords and get a fantastic sound.

The keyboard on the other hand would sound thin, definitely lacking without auto chord/bass. Of course, arranger keyboards are considerably cheaper than new organs and take up less room. This has created a new generation of keyboard players, some of which could never afford the hefty cost of an organ.

So is this the end for the electric organ. So how do organ manufacturers address this problem? Well they were and still are designed to be a piece of furniture. Great big lumps of wood, which appeal to the older generation, which is why they have the reputation of being an older person’s musical instrument. This need to be changed so they appeal to all generations. The next major change has to be the hefty cost. A top of the range electric arranger keyboard such as the Roland G70 would cost between two to three thousands pounds. The top of the range Roland Atelier organ will cost you in the region of twenty thousand pounds new.

This change may have already started with new models from Yamaha with the Yamaha D-Deck organ and the top of the range Yamaha Electone Stagea. Both are portable and very modern looking. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of information on these models unless you read Japanese. Yamaha have decided there is no organ market in the UK, Europe or the USA. So if you want one of these models you will have to import it yourself.

At the time of writing this, even these new modern looking organs are now out of date. As far as I am aware the Yamaha Stagea electone organ and Yamaha D-Deck organ do not have the “Super Articulation” that is available on the Yamaha Tyros 2 arranger keyboard. There are also a lot of brand new features on the latest crop of arranger keyboards, which include Roland G70, Korg PA 800 and the Ketron Audya, the latter, still a prototype.

So if you want an electric organ set up. You might be better of buying two arranger keyboards and a pedal board. It would be considerably cheaper than importing the Yamaha Stagea and you would be assured of the latest sounds and technological advancements.



Source by Mike Shaw

Rock Music News – Aquitaine, France Festivals – 11 Great Festivals In Aquitaine

With its Celtic influence, unique architecture and stylish resorts, the region of Aquitaine and its departments have endless attractions to offer. From spectacular golf courses to famous art, from wine tasting to a huge range of outdoor activities..

But let’s not forget that it has some great festivals and celebrations. Let’s check some of them out.

Here are some of the most famous festivals in Aquitaine, France (please note that we have tried to get the most accurate dates available, however this is subject to the information supplied on the websites concerned)

1. Bayonne Carnival – Town Centre, Avenue du Maréchal-Leclerc, 17th -18th February 2013

This carnival is led by cute nursery school kids, as they proudly parade through the streets. Full of fun and attractions for all the family, enjoy music, face painting, workshops, colourful parades and more during the two carnival days.

2. Carnival on Two River Banks – Garonne River, Bordeaux, 4th March 2013

Every year the Bordeaux Carnival takes on a different theme, but one thing stays the same every year, it is a great chance to party, fun for families and a time to get dressed up. If you have children with you, there are plenty of activities and parades for them, plus the carnival includes aperitifs, workshops and shows.

3. International Festival of Religious Music, Lourdes, 15th to 31st March 2013

This takes place in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, on Avenue Monsignuer-Théas. Groups from all over France as well as abroad come to perform classical religious and sacred music.

4. Agen Carnival – Town Centre, Re André Gide, 31st March to 1st April 2013

Welcoming in springtime, this is a chance to dress up and enjoy the festivities on the streets. It is a family friendly affair, so if you have children with you, they should love it too. It finishes up on Pancake Tuesday when the Mr. Carnival (Monsieur Carnaval) effigy is paraded down the streets and then burnt.

5. Gastronomic Feast, Sarlat, Dordogne, 17th to 18th May 2012 (awaiting for 2013)

-Les Journées du Terroir

This is two days of pure and utter foodie-ness! Taste superb local produce such as nuts, truffles, pork products and much more.

It is also a perfect chance to learn how to do interesting tasks like pressing walnut oils, preparing jam or carving a goose. You can return home with some new skills!

There are also workshops for the children, plus they can see the farm animals.

6. Biarritz Arts Festival – Avenue Edouard VII, 2nd to 5th June 2013

Let the fun begin as the artistic performers take over the city of Biarritz! With creativity oozing all over the city, you can enjoy jugglers, dancers, actors, musicians and lots more.

7. Biarritz Oceans Festival – Avenue Edouard VII, 16th June to 23rd June 2013

If you feel up to it you can swim across Biarritz as part of this festival! But apart from that, there are heaps of activities during this festival. Check out street theatre, open air films, lots of entertainment, including Basque music!

8. Bordeaux Wine Festival – (dates to be confirmed) 28th June 2014 to 1st July 2014

If you are visiting Aquitaine and you have a deep sense of liking for wines, then this festival should never be left out of your itinerary. Bordeaux Wine Festival has not surprisingly become famous for wine lovers from France and those coming from other countries. Join another 300,000 or so visitors for this huge celebration on the banks of the Garonne.

You need to get the pass for tasting, as this opens up the possibility to choose from around 400,000 different wine samples and you can even be initiated in the art of wine tasting, not just the old "knock it back" tasting method!

When night falls, enjoy absolutely superb fireworks.

9. Bay of Arcachon Oyster Festival – June, July and August

As the name suggests, this is the festival for oyster lovers or for curious tourists who may be on the look out for an aphrodisiac!

The oysters are fabulous, and the bay has its fair share of lovely charming fishing villages. At last count we reckon that there is over 50 miles of pristine beaches in this area.

This famous export is celebrated from the months of June to August. Indulge yourself to this healthy and scrumptious seafood, meet the oyster growers and when the tide permits, visit oyster beds.

10. The 7eme Festival de Jazz de Sanguinet – 25th to 28th July 2013

A famous festival held in Sanguinet, it presents a spectacular concert from jazz musicians from different parts of the globe. It usually happens during the last week of July and features different types of jazz music including African jazz, swing and blues.

11. Bergerac Summer Music Festival – Awaiting dates (normally end July to mid August)

A big and beautiful music event, as visitors can enjoy music in castles, country houses and abbeys of this area. Featuring concerts and performances across a range of musical genres such as rock, classical, jazz and funk – it has grown to be one of Europe’s most important music festivals.



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Rock Music News – Singers – Take Care of Your Voice in 7 Easy Steps

Since great singing seems such an impossible skill to reach out for, a lot of people who do purchase a career in singing often look for secrets no one knows about. Special habits or products for the voice. Things to do or not to do that turns you into that one unique singer. You might be disappointed as the tips below are very basic and apply to anyone who wants to sing and anyone who can speak CAN pursue a career in singing.

Whether anyone WILL have a career is a whole different story. There is a lot more to it than just opening your mouth and sing. But that’s basically the main thing you need to do to sing. Open your mouth and sing. A lot of people think too much about how to sing and how to be a great singer. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be nicely on your way.

1.Work the body.

Even though all instruments require a healthy body to perform, no instrument depends so much on a healthy body as the voice. When you have an illness while playing guitar or piano or another instrument the instrument will sound the way it usually sounds while singing is almost impossible to do. Even if you can still sing you won’t be able to perform at your best and your voice definitely sounds different.

There for it’s not only necessary to keep your body healthy but in order to improve singing  to your highest possible skill level you need to optimize your body.

What does it mean to optimize your body? It means to train the parts that are used excessively as you sing. These parts are the same as the ones we use when speaking. Your vocal cords, your lungs and abdominal muscles. Train your vocal cords, train your lungs and train your abdominal muscles. You have to be a bit of an athlete in fact. Rather than focusing on your legs you will focus on your voice but just as an athlete you  will have to develop your lungs and muscles.

     A.The vocal cords.

Every muscle in the body that is used often needs training to become flexible. Muscles need to be  active every day in order to perform well. Muscles that are not active lose volume and grow very weak up to not being able to use them. A person who had a broken leg and had to rest for 6 weeks slowly has to build up using it again from taking slow steps to running. Since the vocal cords are also muscles you will have to use them every day. This will automatically make your voice a lot more flexible. We already use our voice everyday to speak but since singing uses a lot more frequencies we don’t use when we speak we need to sing almost daily to get comfortable in our full range.

     B.The breathing system this means the lungs and the abdominal muscles.

Exercising is good for your lungs. You need your lungs to sing thus exercising is great for your voice. Do it several times per week. Even better is to sing out while you exercise but that isn’t always possible. Many sports train the lungs. Running is the most obvious but swimming is even better as it  trains the lungs and abdominal muscles at the same time. Singing while you workout is great if you like belting and want to increase your range.  An article about belting will be published in the future.

2.Stay away from cigarette smoke at all times.

It reduces your range and increases the production of mucus. You will be clearing your throat continuously. Coughing is the best way to clear your throat properly. 

3.Drink no or little alcohol and avoid drinking alcohol at all before singing.

A lot of singers worry about what they should or should not drink. You always see them with a bottle of water in the hand at auditions. That’s because just about every site that gives vocal advice says drink gallons of water. You can never drink enough. I don’t believe those people are singers.

I sing for hours without drinking anything. My throat doesn’t dry out and I never feel uncomfortable. If you feel like you HAVE to drink constantly you might be doing something wrong. Of course you need to drink a lot everyday to keep a healthy body. It’s not so that you have to drink all the time meaning every 3 seconds. Some bottled waters even dry out the throat or give you a very uncomfortable feeling in the throat.   I only drink bits of water when I practise the top of my voice. The notes beyond the C3.

Warm drinks are very good. Cook some water and add lemon and honey to it. Avoid cold drinks with ice right before a show. This depends a little on the overall condition of your body. I’m very sensitive to cold, cold air, a nasty breeze and ice can even  make me cough in wintertime.

A lot of people say you should not drink milk because it increases the forming of mucus. I drink milk everyday and the mucus from drinking milk is nothing compared to what I get from pollution and inhaling cigarette smoke.

I reduced drinking alcohol to almost nothing. It numbs your voice and over time you will get pitch problems. Never drinking does make you more sensitive to alcohol. Now that I hardly ever drink, if I do drink a couple margaritas I can’t sing at all. My voice has absolutely no volume or range left.

4.Eat healthy at all times.

Seems common sense but a whole lot of people are constantly on some special diet. As a singer you’re probably aware of your looks and don’t want to be overweight. Whatever diet you choose make sure you eat regularly. Your voice needs consistent power and all the vocal exercises will not give as much results without regular meals. A poor diet gives a poor sound and a less powerful voice.

Don’t eat heavy meals right before a performance. You will feel tired using your breathing system and instead of digesting the food it might even come back up. Avoid too much spicy food and never eat it right before bedtime. You might want to check your sensitivity to garlic. It produces a gas in the lungs after digestion. My lungs also produce excessive mucus in the days after eating garlic so I avoid eating it at all.

Eat apples. What? Yes! Every day! Apples can perform miracles to your voice. If it happens that you have to sing in a smoky or very dusty  environment your voice  wears out rapidly. Eating an apple-over drinking water- will instantly boost your voice.

5.Take enough sleep.

You might feel strong but your body wears out more than you think and regular lack of sleep decreases your vocal potential.  Too little sleep is also just a matter of time before you get sick.

6.What to do when you have a problem.

You should always feel comfortable before, on and after singing. A sound or feeling you usually don’t have are signs that something is not right. Continuing can seriously damage your voice.  If you think you can’t speak don’t replace it with whispering! See a doctor to see there is no physical problem.

7.Be a good person!

No one can get you a beautiful voice. The color of your voice is the image of your soul.



Source by June Moris

Schwarzenegger, Macron riff on Trump’s campaign slogan in selfie video – Entertainment


Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and recently elected French president Emmanuel Macron are showing their commitment to fighting climate change — and their condemnation of U.S. President Donald Trump — in a not-so-subtle selfie video.

The pair met at the Elysée Palace in Paris Friday to discuss environmental matters. Schwarzenegger heads up R20 Regions of Climate Action, a non-profit organization geared toward helping build a greener world economy.

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, speaks with former U.S. actor and founder of the R20 climate action group Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt/The Associated Press)

The 10-second clip, posted on Schwarzenegger’s Twitter page, shows the two standing side by side with The Terminator actor saying: “We’re talking about the environmental issues and a green future.”

“Now we will deliver together to make the planet great again,” said Macron, giving a thumbs up. The statement, which Macron has made before, is also used as a hashtag and title of an upcoming project. It references Trump’s widespread Republican campaign slogan, “make America great again.”

Macron has been critical of Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris global climate change accord. Trump has argued that participating in the pact would undermine the American economy, extinguish jobs in the country and weaken its sovereignty.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican and successor as host of Trump’s Apprentice reality show, has publicly sparred with the American president on several occasions.

The former governor of a state that has created its own strong policies to combate climate change slammed Trump for his decision on the Paris agreement in June. Trump has taken jabs in the past at Schwarzenegger’s television ratings.



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Rock Music News – How To Get That Eric Johnson Tone

Without a doubt Eric Johnson is one of the greatest guitarists of our time. His music and playing have influenced many guitarists and his amazing guitar tones have shaped the face of modern guitar sounds as we know it.

Below are a few tips that may help you get a bit closer to that Eric Johnson tone.

Guitars

Eric Johnson is most often associated with vintage Fender Stratocaster’s. In recent years he has also added his Fender signature model guitar to the mix, which, IMHO, is hands down the best off the shelf Fender Strat you can buy today. Ironically, the tune he is most famous for “Cliffs of Dover” was tracked on a Gibson ES-335. An important modification made to his Stratocaster’s is that the bridge pickup is wired to the tone control. This allows him to roll off some of the top end on this single coil pickup.

Amps and Pedals

In general, his palette of tones can be broken down into one of three types: clean rhythm, dirty rhythm, lead.

Eric Johnson’s clean tones always involve some type of vintage Fender amp like a Deluxe or a Twin; often run in stereo using a T.C. Electronic Stereo Chorus. If you have a Fender amp try out Treble at 4.5, Middle at 8, Bass at 8 and Reverb on 4. He also uses delay effects (Echoplex and Memory Man). You have many options for delay pedals. Try 380 milliseconds with 20-30% feedback.

Eric Johnson’s dirty tones are based on pushing the power tube section on a non-master volume Marshall. At the volumes Eric runs his Marshalls there is already enough treble and presence, so he tends to keep these set pretty low. Bass is set at about 5. You may not have a vintage Marshall or the luxury to crank it, but the main theme here is to reign in the high-end on your amp.

For his lead tone Eric uses an overdrive or fuzz pedal into an already driven amp. The layering of gain stages is a key point when trying to achieve a “clear”, articulate, distortion sound with complex over tones. Eric uses a Chandler tube overdrive, a Fuzz Face or a Tube Screamer. There are many dirt box options on the market – Experiment.

Picks

The cheapest and easiest thing you can do to get closer to the “Eric Johnson tone” is to use the same pick he uses: a Dunlop Jazz III. Aside from trying to emulate his picking technique, which is a topic for another time, you will immediate notice a difference in the tone coming out of your existing rig if you just switch to this pick.

One final tone secret; you will never sound exactly like Eric Johnson and that’s OK. Use these tips and his tone as an inspiration for finding your own signature sound. Experiment and try different things, after all that is how Eric Johnson evolved(s) his tone.



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Rock Music News – 5 Famous Self-Taught Piano Players

Think that you can’t learn piano, or be a professional piano player if you’re self-taught? Think again. Here’s five incredible piano players who taught themselves.

Art Tatum (1909 – 1956)

Art Tatum was a jazz pianist who was born in the early twentieth century, and is regarded as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. His father was a guitarist and his mother played piano. Tatum taught himself to play piano by ear as a young child, and would go on to influence an entire generation of jazz pianists. To make all of this even more incredible, Tatum was nearly completely blind.

Floyd Cramer (1933 – 1997)

Floyd Cramer was an American Hall of Fame pianist who pioneered a piano style known as the “slip note” style, where one note slides into the next. Cramer grew up in a small town in Arkansas and taught himself to play piano before he graduated high school. He would go on to have a very successful recording career in Nashville, and after his death, was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Walter Wilhelm Gieseking (1895 – 1956)

Walter Wilhelm Gieseking was a German composer and pianist who started teaching himself piano at the age of 4. He was known for having a near photographic memory and would learn new pieces while not at the piano, studying the notes and memorizing them. Once he got to a piano, he could play the piece flawlessly without glancing at the music. He later performed for sold-out crowds at Carnegie Hall.

Les McCann (1935 – )

Les McCann is a soul jazz pianist born in the first half of the twentieth century. After decades of successful recordings in the jazz genre, McCann crossed over into the R&B and soul genres and has continued to find success with crowds in the US and abroad.

Gene Harris (1933 – 2000)

Gene Harris was an American jazz pianist born in Michigan and known for his blues and gospel influenced style, popularly called soul jazz. His playing had a warm sound that delighted audiences. He played for more than forty years before his death from kidney failure in 2000.

These are just five of the many hundreds or thousands of famous piano players who taught themselves, at least to start. It’s true that some of those players have natural talent, but most would tell you that working hard and regular practice are more important than inborn talent. They taught themselves to play piano because they had to, because they longed to play so bad that they had no choice. They had fun every step of the way, and in that regard, you can join them.



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Rock Music News – The Difference Between Melody and Harmony

Most people know what melody means. Some people even equate it with harmony itself. However, in the strictest musical sense, these are two very different things with very different purposes. If you want to learn what the difference between melody and harmony is, then read on for a basic introduction to two of the most important elements of music theory.

Differentiation

A melody is basically the one which dominates the whole musical phrases or sections of a song, while the harmony of a song is the one that’s used to complement the melody. Think of it this way: A melody is like your tee-shirt, and the harmony is the print, design, and colors of your shirt. However, this doesn’t mean that a plain melody without the harmony is boring in itself. Just think of how many shirts are ruined because of bad designs and colors. This means that a melody can be pleasant with or without a harmony. On the other hand, harmony is used to heighten the effect of a musical phrase/section. Think of how many good shirts look even better because of their cool print designs.

Melody: The Basics

To further understand what the technical differences are between a melody and a harmony, you have to understand what each one is first. As cited in the previous paragraph, a melody is the main series of notes that basically stand out. For example: the melody of a Happy Birthday song is easily recognizable. Its melody is simply the one that you sing (the lyrics). To choose another example (and to be a bit more technical), imagine a song in the key of C in a 4/4 measure. With this, a common example of a melody would be a series of notes that’s made up of C, D, E, G, A, G, and back to C, in that order.

Using Scales for Melody

Most musicians will recognize the previously mentioned group of notes as a pentatonic scale, in the key of C. Pentatonic scales are the most common group of notes that are used as a melody for a song. A musician can basically reorder these notes (or add some more) to form variations of the melody as the whole song progresses. The pentatonic scale is just one example; there’re certainly other scales out there that you can use to create melodies from, such as the basic Major Scale. In the key of C, the group of notes in the Major Scale would be C-D-E-F-G-A-B.

Harmony: The Basics

A song can still sound beautiful even without a harmony. However, if you really want to heighten the effect of particular sections of a song, then your best option is to use harmonies. Harmony is basically the complementary notes that you hear alongside the melody. Think of an A Cappella group of four people wherein they sing in different pitches (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). Or, think of a high-pitched voice of a woman, and a lower-pitched voice of a man. Imagine both of them singing a song and complementing each other’s vocal parts. Duets like this are usually sung with harmonies, and not with octaves (octaves are just higher/lower forms of the same note, like lower-C to higher-C).

Scale Numbering

To use harmony, you only need some knowledge of scales to guide you. As mentioned before, you can use basic Major/Pentatonic Scales. The numbering system is useful in this method. The Major scale is always the reference to the numbering system of the notes C-D-E-F-G-A-B. Translated, they would be numbered as 1st (C-note), 2nd (D-note), 3rd (E-note), and so on. In the key of C, the number 1 is the C-note, and its other contrapuntal (or harmonic) notes would be the 3rd and 5th-notes (E and G).

Counterpoint

Though it’s basically defined a little differently, counterpoint is actually related to harmony. Always remember that the most common starting note to use as a harmony is its contrapuntal notes of 3rds and 5ths. There are other counterpoint species you can use, but these are the most basic. On a guitar, when you see the chord C9, that means that you must add a 9th-note (or 2nd-note) to emphasize a harmony or counterpoint within that section of the song. The harmonizing 9th-note is the same as the 2nd-note, by the way (key of C, with a contrapuntal D-note on the C-chord).

To sum it all up in basic terms, a harmony defines a melody. But a harmony, by itself, becomes a melody.



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Rock Music News – The Rivalry Between Hugo Wolf and Johannes Brahms

The usual apology given for Hugo Wolf’s prominent and sharp criticisms of Johannes’ Brahms’s Lieder is perhaps Wolf’s association with the Wagner Society in Vienna. Craig A. Bell describes Wolf as being “blinded by his Wagner fetish and personal ambiguity to the point of being unable to see anything in Brahms.”

The Wiener Akademische Wagner-Verein (or famously known as the Wagner Society), which was officially formed in 1873, were a group of politically active music students from the University of Vienna, who were drawn to Wagner through both his music and his philosophical and political ideas. The Wagnerians thought of themselves as promoting spontaneity, passion, and innovation. For them, Brahms’s music did not embody the powerful, unrestrained emotion that they heard in Wagner and therefore could not achieve the type of mass appeal that they valued.

The Wagner Society gave Wolf the opportunity to make acquaintance with Vienna’s most prominent anti-Brahms newspaper critics, including Hans Paumgartner, Gustav Schonaich, and Emerich Kastner. Wolf echoed the Wagnerian critics in his columns, usually complaining or satirizing about the monotony and boredom of Brahms works and his use of old techniques.

It was not that Wolf entirely hated Brahms and his pieces; he admired some of his works, especially his chamber music and his rendition of Keller’s poems, but he found fault with his symphonies and was shocked by the carelessness of the arrangements in his lieder and, in general, could not bear his want of originality and power. He found Brahms’s works to be lacking in joy and fullness of life. Above all, he struck him as being the head of a party that was spite-fully opposed to Wagner and Bruckner and all innovators.

Brahms, though, after having read Wolf’s articles, never developed any apathy against him. Brahms’s followers, however, never forgave Wolf. One of Wolf’s bitterest enemies, Hans von Billow, found his actions as “the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost-which shall not be forgiven.” Some years later, when Wolf succeeded in getting his own compositions played, he had to submit to criticisms like that of Max Kalbeck, one of the leaders of “Brahmism” at Vienna:

“Herr Wolf has lately, as a reporter, raised an irresistible laugh in musical circles. So someone suggested he had better devote himself to composition. The last products of his muse show that this well-meant advice was bad. He ought to go back to reporting.”

Though Wolf’s association with his Wagnerian colleagues and other anti-Brahm acquaintances could be a reason for his judgments, others suggest that the tension between the two composers had its roots in their differing cultural backgrounds, as Brahms came from the Protestant north and Wolf the Catholic south. Others, however tend to dismiss Wolf’s criticisms altogether. Florence May, an acquaintance and early biographer of Brahms concludes, “For ourselves, having done what was, perhaps, incumbent on us by referring to the matter, we shall adopt what we believe would have been Brahms’s desire by allowing it, so far as these pages are concerned, to follow others of the kind to oblivion.” In the last few decades a number of writers have attempted a more objective approach to this feud and stressed, instead, the aesthetic motivations underlying his criticisms. Wolf himself emphasized these aesthetic differences, as he did not want his criticisms to be taken for a personal attack.



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Bradley Cooper makes surprise appearance on Glastonbury Festival stage – Entertainment


Actor Bradley Cooper surprised fans by taking the stage at the Glastonbury Festival Friday, since he wasn’t exactly part of the lineup.

The Hangover star was shooting a scene for the upcoming film A Star Is Born, which he is also directing. Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott and Dave Chapelle are also part of the cast.

The film is a remake of a story about a woman who begins her ascent in show business and becomes involved with another musician who soon finds his career on the decline. The 1954 musical featured Judy Garland and the 1976 drama starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

In fact, Kristofferson, who co-starred with Cooper in the 2009 romcom He’s Just Not That Into You, was next to perform on stage after the shoot wrapped. Cooper introduced him and thanked the crowd.

Cooper thanked the crowd and introduced performer Kris Kristofferson, who starred in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

The American Sniper actor also filmed scenes at the Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif. in April alongside Lady Gaga. In that instance, festival-goers were told about it in advance.

Cooper was caught on camera again at Glastonbury when he photo-bombed a picture by musician Chris Simmons, who was snapping a selfie with Brad Pitt. The Moneyball actor was also attending the music fest.

A Star Is Born is expected to hit theatres in September of 2018.



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Rock Music News – Guitar Delay Effects Used For U2’s "Where the Streets Have No Name"

Achieving the guitar tone the Edge uses on U2’s epic track “Where The Streets Have No Name” is not as complicated as the average guitar player may think. Basically what Edge is doing on this song is he’s using a modulated delay effect (or echoes)– his signature thing to do (which can be heard on almost all U2 songs). The delay unit used is a TC-2290, but any type of delay unit will obviously work since delay is delay. The delay setting is a dotted 8th note (3/16 of a measure) at 125 bpm or 360 ms in technical terms repeated about 3 times and fading. An interesting fact about this song is that it is in 6/8 time during the intro riff (6 beats per measure), and then changes to 4/4 when the band comes in. The riff played is a simple D arpeggio:

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The Edge also adds in some modulation, making this a “modulated delay effect”. The guitar used is a 1980s Fender Stratocaster employing the bridge-mid pickup (with the pickup switch positioned all the way down toward the floor, flip the switch one notch up). The amp Edges uses is his classic 1964 Vox AC-30 with Top Boost– used on about 90% of U2’s music.

One more interesting and important thing to note about the guitar tone on this song is that the Edge uses the textured grip part of a Herdim pick to pluck the strings, thus generating a “scratching” sound. This simple technique really helps bring out the delayed notes and can really get you much closer to sounding exactly like the guitar part on the recording.

-Doug Penta



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