The Cardboard Crowns are a mighty clash of ska-beat, reggae, punk-rock, and community service, all wrapped up in swirling frenzy of cardboard. Powered by the angst brought out by social injustice, and a particularly strange zest for life.

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How do you use Anytune?

As the founder of the Rock Dojo, I use Anytune to organize all of my lesson plans into playlists.

As a Berklee College of Music student, I use Anytune’s “Step-It Up-Trainer” to learn note-for-note solos. This is my favorite feature for learning intricate parts, and I couldn’t complete my weekly assignments at Berklee without the “Step-It-Up Trainer!”

As an artist, I wrote, recorded, and produced Let Me Hear Your Fingers Sing (At the Rock Dojo) in a couple of weeks. By the time I finished the album, I had to relearn all the parts I played on the record. That’s where Anytune’s “loop” feature is a lifesaver!

Do you recommend Anytune to your students?

I recommend Anytune to every one of my students. I couldn’t imagine learning how to play the guitar without Anytune. It is practice perfected!

What’s your favorite Anytune feature?

As the founder of the Rock Dojo, my favorite feature is playlists because it helps me stay hyper-organized, so I can focus on growing my business.

As a student at Berklee College of Music, my favorite feature is “Step-It Up-Trainer” because I have to learn 1 – 2 complete solos up to eleven choruses in length note-for-note at tempo in under seven days every single week until I graduate!

As a teacher, my favorite feature is “speed up” and “slow down” because it’s dead easy and allow students of every level to play with the band!

He is a celebrated interpreter of contemporary music, creating roles
for some of today’s most important living composers, while
simultaneously garnering critical acclaim for his interpretations of
classic works.

David uses Anytune to record and analyze his rehearsals and voice
lessons in order to refine vocal technique, language diction, check
voice/orchestra balance, and more. He also uses Anytune as an effective
music-learning tool to add an aural element to score work.

Also known for his work as a stage director, composer, and video designer, David is a founding member of GLMMR
– an NYC-based interdisciplinary art collective that fuses the worlds
of fine art, photography, audiovisual technology, and live performance.

How do you use Anytune?


As a working musician, I too have found the app an absolute game changer in terms of me being able to transcribe, teach, and also learn myself! Often I’m required to play more complex sections of music or transpose to different keys and Anytune has been a really handy app to enable me to get results faster!

Does Anytune help you for shows?

I play in a UK based melodic metal band called Metaprism and I’ve used the app to help with songwriting and riffs (using different keys, tempos etc.). We recently played at Bloodstock Open Air Festival and I actually used the app when practicing to SPEED UP the songs for the set. The old adrenaline kicks in on stage and we tend to play the set a little faster, so again, Anytune really helped me prepare for this and other performances!

Do you recommend Anytune to your students?

I teach guitar lessons in Southampton to a large group of students and have found Anytune to be the best app for slowing down songs without compromising the quality of the recording. It’s so convenient for my students who use it on their mobile devices and means that they’re learning and progressing away from the lessons too! It continues to be a valuable practice tool and I actively encourage all my students to download it and use it.

Steve remembers the Diamonds appearing with and backing many big sixites stars including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They have had several TV appearances and played at some very cool venues including Wembley Stadium, the Cavern Club Liverpool and Royal Albert Hall.

His influences include Hank Marvin, Dave Goldberg Richie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, Big Jim Sullivan, James Brown, P J Proby, and Elvis.

Steve has a had an envied career playing guitar for Dusty Springfield, Dell Shannon, Bobby Vee, Big Dee Irvin and P J Proby. He has also jammed with greats such as Richie Blackmore and Jimmy Hendrix and his old friend of many years Nashville Guitarist Ray Flacke, with whom he regularly does battle via Googletalk.

He has had a chance to use a lot of equipment over the years including Blackstar Amplification, Marshall, Music Man, Mesa Boogie MK1, Fender, Rivera Sedona amps. He even had custom amps from Vox-Jennings Musical Instruments and a custom guitar from Patrick Eggle Guitars.

His latest acquisitions include a PRS Johnny Highland Guitar, Fender Strat Powered by Roland and a Roland GR-55 Guitar Synth. Nothing has excited Steve more than the prospect of exploring the GR-55.

Steve took some time off from playing professionally to concentrate on his family and to help other young musicians.

“There is always a price to pay when dedicating ones life to music and I would like to thank my wife Maureen and my daughters Samantha and Kerry for putting up with it.”

He found Anytune and added it to his practice routine.

“Anytune is the best practice and slowdown program I have used. Not only can you slow a tune down but you can also change the key. One of the most important things is that you can have it in your pocket and listen over and over again to a piece that your are trying to learn whilst driving or jogging or on your bike. Its a MUST for any SERIOUS up an coming guitar player or musician.”

Steve has always loved being on stage and entertaining the crowds.
The The Diamonds headlined the Rox Music Festival on the Saturday night by putting on the ‘Rockin the Ages Show’.

Steve recently lost a great friend Big Jim Sullivan. He and Jim who were united on a new project creating a new band. Big Jim will be missed.

“My most memorable times, guitar wise, are the endless, many many hours, I spent chatting with my friend Big Jim Sullivan. I savoured every minute. We spoke endlessly about music and in particular guitars and everything associated with them. I owe him so much.”

Steve Gordon’s life has been about music. He has played with some great friends, taught many young musicians and entertained thousands of people for decades.

All of us at Anytune wish Steve continued success on all his current and future projects. Don’t stop Steve!

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