The National Association for Music Merchants (or NAMM) convention is coming this weekend. It’s like Comic Con for music nerds or the Consumer Electronic Show for gear heads.
The great thing about this convention is that, people don’t crawl all the way across the world just to touch the hem of Bob Dylan’s garment. They go because they respect the music, the instruments, the hardware and the musicians that bring these elements to life.
It’s a great convention in that it can be your entry into the world of becoming a living, breathing and actual working musician. Everyone is approachable and is happy to talk about their craft.
Best of all there there is no smoke and mirrors or fancy light show. This is like a close up magic show only it’s not magic, it’s actually happening.
And it’s simply thrilling to watch bassist extraordinaire Victor Wooten tinkering on his instrument from 10 feet away
or watching Ronald Bruner Jr. (Suicidal Tendencies) show off the drum skills he learned from his Dad (Diana Ross, The Temptations) in a five minute solo
or watch Orianthi just kill it with her guitar virtuosity. Go and enjoy!