Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI (by Fender)

Here’s a subject I’m certain will be a rare occurrence to the Armchair Maestro pages. The capacity for storing more instruments in my apartment is practically non-existent, and I don’t think the others warrant as interesting a discussion. That could very well change if inspiration strikes, but for the time being I’ll introduce you to … Continue reading Squier Vintage Modified Bass VI (by Fender)

2008 Upper Deck Heroes (Guitar Heroes)

Isn’t it a great feeling when you go somewhere with no intention of buying music, yet you end up buying music? I had been trying to cut back on music purchases in anticipation of hitting up a record shop in late-October, but nonetheless, these purchases somehow found me. Yes, I know how weak-willed that sounds. … Continue reading 2008 Upper Deck Heroes (Guitar Heroes)

Music Video Crushes

I’m a simple man. I see a pretty woman, and I react accordingly. No, not with cat calls or other inappropriate comments, but there’s something about beautiful people that can have a healing quality. I know I’ve encountered women in my day-to-day that have changed the day’s trajectory from negative to positive just by a … Continue reading Music Video Crushes

Comic Strips in Album Sleeves? What a Concept!

It seems like it’s been awhile since making a post, but I have a good reason for the absence. I’ve had my head buried in comic books. Well, that’s a good reason for me, anyway! Gathering up back issues of The Punisher, G.I. Joe, and Mad magazine at various locations during summer vacationing got me … Continue reading Comic Strips in Album Sleeves? What a Concept!

What Genre Am I? – William Shatner’s The Transformed Man

Here’s what I’d call a good case for why it makes sense to keep your music collection sorted alphabetically without subdividing it further. Genres of music are descriptors that can be super-simplistic or so complicatedly-nuanced that classifications could cause months-long debates across internet discussion groups if you find two stubborn enough music fans not willing … Continue reading What Genre Am I? – William Shatner’s The Transformed Man

My First Exposure to Anthrax

Have you ever heard a single song of a band or artist that gave you a misleading impression about their overall sound?  That is exactly what happened to me when listening to Anthrax for the first time.  My initial exposure to the band may not have been very different from most people’s, by finding the … Continue reading My First Exposure to Anthrax

La Bella’s Musician of Note – Jamaaladeen Tacuma

I’d like to shine the spotlight on an advertisement that is, well… shining the spotlight on a musician, for lack of a better term.  Here’s a La Bella Strings clipping from the December 1981 issue of Musician magazine featuring bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma. There’s a certain level of charm to this advertisement that I find lacking … Continue reading La Bella’s Musician of Note – Jamaaladeen Tacuma