I mentioned this cool little app in my tinnitus post below, but figured it deserved its own blog. Just costs $.99 and works like a champ. See how loud your playing is, or how loud that club is–good luck keeping it under 85! Check it out at iTunes.
Do you have tinnitus? I do. It made me quit playing the guitar in the late 80s. It’s estimated that 50% of all professional musicians have tinnitus.
I play guitar at very low volume now. A lot of time I play unplugged. Do you know how loud you are? Download this great decibel meter app. Anything above 85 is hurting your ears. Wear ear protection. And encourage your kids to protect their ears–no ear buds!
Join the American Tinnitus Association. It’s a great organization. If you can’t afford to join (it’s only $40 per year) at least like them on Facebook, and you will get lots of cool updates and articles like some of the ones linked below.
Want to learn more about tinnitus? Here’s a great article on ABC.
Read this interview with Dr. Fatima Husain. She’s a total badass and part of a wave of new researchers working every day to find a fix for our condition. She thinks we are ten years from a significant breakthrough. So that is good news.
I will continue to update this post with new links so check back from time to time.
Pete Townshend–tinnitus poster boy:
The Replacements appeared on Jimmy Fallon last night and played the song Alex Chilton from their great Pleased To Meet Me album. I saw them play this song back in 1988 (or ’89?). Looks like they still got it.
Yes, more Chili Peppers!
I guess they changed their name to TTNG. Anyway, incredible stuff.
Fender just posted this. Pretty cool.
Here is a very cool little lesson by Tad Kubler and Steve Selvidge of The Hold Steady. The song is Spinners–one of my favorites off their new album Teeth Dreams. I like what they have to say at the end about rhythm. Via Guitar World
I know, I know… more Chill Peppers and more Marty. But this is a good one! John Frusciante rocks!
This guy scored a fairly butchered ’66 Tele off Craigslist and did a full restoration himself. Check out the epic photo thread on TDPRI. Amazing workmanship!