already released a couple of compilations in their Guitar Meditations
series, the Soulfood Music label released Guitar Meditations Vol.
3 in 2010 by the group Soulfood Music, featuring the music of
composer and guitar ace Ron Alan Cohen. Thankfully, New Age
music still exists in 2010, and its alive and well in the grooves
of Guitar Meditations Vol. 3. The premise of this fascinating
music series is to present the soft and meditative instrumental guitar
music of Ron Cohen and company, backed up by flutes, woodwinds and
a variety of soothing soundscapes, making the music perfect for yoga,
massage, meditations and more. Still on board here are Soulfood guitarists
Ron Alan Cohen, Robert McEntee and Ricky Fitzpatrick
along with classically trained flute player Richard Hardy,
synthesist DJ Free and others. Superb as both background music or
as active listening, the guitar-based ambient / electronica soundscapes
make Soulfoods Guitar Meditations series well worth spinning
again and again. Guitar Meditations Vol. 3 follows the Soulfood
Music label's release of the first Guitar Meditations CD and
the CD release of Cafe Santa Fé. A label devoted to
beautiful and inspirational instrumental music, Soulfood also has
a number of 2010 CD releases including the DJ Free and Jezus Juice
release of Zen Lounge, with its hypnotic east
meets west vibe and also Yoga Groove 2, where
yoga meets chill, highlighting global grooves and rhythmic percussion.
But for guitar lovers, give a listen to Ron Alan Cohen and company
on the brilliant, hypnotic acoustic sound of Guitar Meditations
Vol. 3 www.soulfoodmusic.com
MUSIC WEB EXPRESS 3000 presents
RON ALAN COHEN of SOULFOOD MUSIC
Guitars Center Stage
Guitarists making waves in the music world,
their new recordings and gear!
started off as a classical clarinetist but switched to electric guitar
at the age of 13. I was so intrigued by the sounds that the electric
guitar could make with pedals and amps that I just had to learn how
that was possible. I was hooked! Growing up in LA I was exposed to
the great session players such as Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour and
Steve Lukather. I honed my craft and learned to play many styles well.
I had the privilege of studying jazz guitar with the late Ted Greene.
He was a master in chord voicing.
My new CD is entitled Guitar Meditations 3 released
by Soulfood Music. It was recorded between March and May 2010 at my
studio in Mill Valley, CA and at Soulfoods studio in Santa Fe,
NM. I played all of the guitar parts and worked on the keyboards along
with Soulfoods DJ Free. For this CD I mainly used layers of
acoustic guitars to create a rich full sound. I love combining layers
of different tunings, voicing and capo positions so that all the individual
parts speak clearly and dont interfere with each other sonically.
I also like creating guitar loops for a hypnotic effect. While I often
produce bigger tracks it was really refreshing to mainly use the guitar
for this CD. I record into Protools HD using AKG 414 and Neuman KM
184 mics and API and Neve mic pres. I like changing up the mics for
different parts and sometimes use direct recording with the Fishman
system on the Taylor.
My main acoustic guitar is a Taylor 614e. I love the evenness
of that guitar and how it records so clearly. Its simply my
go-to guitar for so many projects. Its amazing that the guitar
was shipped to me sight unseen by Taylor over 10 years ago. Ive
played it on countless compositions that Ive created for TV
shows not to mention live performances. Its become my signature
sound. I also have a Gibson J-45 from the 60s and a Martin 00-18
from the 50s. I use those guitars for specific colors or parts
that need a different sound. I use Martin SP strings light
As far as Electric Guitars I favor my 72 Tele and 62 Strat
reissue. I also have a 69 Gibson 335 and a 75 Les Paul
Custom. I have a lot of vintage amps (2 Fender Deluxes, Fender Concert
and Gibson Falcon) but admit that I am a fan of modeling in Protools
with Amp Farm and Chrome Tone.
am most influenced and inspired by great melodies. It doesnt
matter what style of music it comes from. As far as guitarist, there
are way too many to mention but my favorite growing up was Brian May
from Queen. I loved the layers of guitars he played and his amazing
tone. Another main influence was the Allman Brothers guitarists
Dickey Betts and Duane Allman. Their album Live At Fillmore East
is an encyclopedia of blues guitar licks that I studied for years.
Larry Carlton was yet another influence. In my early 20s I used
to see him play at the Baked Potato in LA on Sunday nights. I would
absorb every riff and watched him work his pedal board. He is a true
master. I must also mention George Harrison and Jeff Beck as my guitar
My new CD, Guitar Meditations 3, is now available through
Soulfood Music. I did six of the twelve tracks. I worked on the previous
Guitar Meditations 2 as well with Billy McLaughlin. I also
did Café Santa Fe with Soulfood which features my Spanish/nylon
I spend most of my time composing and producing music in the studio.
I have worked on music for many TV shows over the years. I also produce
indie artists mainly singer/songwriters that I develop.
I am currently working on a EP called Transit Method which
will be released the beginning of 2011.