Once I discovered Internet Radio my lust for Guitar Music became fulfilled in abundance . It is no secret if you are a regular reader that my passion is The Blues. My mind is hard wired for the blues. I find the notes in the blues scales and theoretical structure to be extremely appealing. I also like Rockabilly. Who plays that on the air anymore?
Not everyone is addicted to the blues. Thats where internet radio outperforms every other form of radio known to mankind. What ever your musical addiction is, internet radio has more genres of music and radio stations listed under the different genres of music than you can believe. I don’t care what your specific vibe is.
I’m not a fan of free radio at all, unless you like to hear the same worn out crap that they play everyday, mixed with more commercials than music. How often do you turn the radio on to one of your favorite songs? Especially if you like Bulgarian Church music?
I’m not knocking Satellite Radio either. It’s a great choice. SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio are a big step up from free radio and have at least one great asset that even Internet Radio can’t boast of. It’s not feasible or realistically possible to carry a computer everywhere. In fact some places don’t get a computer signal at all. That being said Satellite Radio does have a lot of positives.
Internet radio is like niche radio. what I mean to say is that if you like a small niche in the world of music (such as Bulgarian church music) than you can find your particular niche. The blues is not really very popular on free radio, satellite radio may give you one or two stations of the blues. Internet radio has more blues stations than my mind can comprehend. Each one caters to a different niche of blues.
You got Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Texas Blues (SRV) and more. I have a personal favorite station that has my niche of blues playing 24/7. It’s called Bandit Blues and my niche is Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Thats all I need.
Bandit Blues plays Stevie Ray Vaughan or extraordinarily gifted players most of us have never heard of that play the Texas Blues Vibe, mixed in with some of Jimi Hendrix himself and lots of artists that play great versions of his music. Bandit plays a lot of artists that influenced Stevie Ray, guitarists I love and influence me. T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, Albert King and essentially all of the music that completely pleases my brains music center.
Don’t underestimate the assets of Internet Radio. Some folks set up their houses with wireless speakers, allowing radio reception through out the house without wires. Neat, eh? And, needless to say the variety of music offered is unmatched. Don’t take my word for it. Try it free for 5 days. you will be convinced then.
Another thing I do as a guitar player is play to some of the songs on Bandit Blues Radio. When you have a steady flow of music you enjoy playing and listening to, using the radio as a tool to learn and get comfy playing your vibe becomes more natural. Sometimes I sit and play my Stratocaster to SRV and all the various artists I love. It’s a great vehicle for learning. Niche Radio as I call it.
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Note: I get so distracted listening to Stevie Ray or Jimi Hendrix. I had to turn the radio down while I wrote this article!!
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