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  • Louis Electric Amplifiers Releases the Black Line Series of Amps

    News
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Black Line is the result of requests from longstanding customers to build a “black line” series to emulate the beautiful sounds of the pre-CBS blackface amplifiers.
  • Collective Soul in Traverse City

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    Zack Urlocker
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Collective Soul was among the rock bands playing at this year's Cherry Festival in Traverse city.  It was a great show and the band had a ton of added energy with a new guitar player.  It was a warm summer night, there was cold beer, and lots of tattoo'd fans in attendance.  Collective Soul also has a new album coming out which fits in great with the rest of their catalog. Here's a video of "December" which sounded great: Collective Soul: Official site, News Amazon: Collective Soul
  • Red Rock M1 - Like the guitar? Then get on-board with Kickstarter

    Guitar Blog
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Here's an email I received from a (quite rightfully) frustrated guitar designer: Hi GavinMy name is Sean Mara, from North Vancouver BC. I love the blog, have looked over the past while and seen some weird stuff. But I have to be careful because… I am a guitar designer/builder. I love weird but as a designer I have to be careful what influences me. I hate copies. If I see yet another "new" guitar that looks like a Strat or Les Paul, I'm going to get a chainsaw and do a few mercy headstock decapitations. Just spent a frustrating time trying to get major manufacturers to…
  • CONTEST: Win a Copy of The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock

    Guitar Lifestyle
    Josh
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    A few weeks ago, I reviewed a book titled The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock. The book includes a generous helping of artist profiles, Les Paul history, and great pictures, and I enjoyed it. The publisher, Voyageur Press, has kindly offered to give a copy of the book away to a lucky Guitar Lifestyle reader. To enter win the book, all you have to do is fill out the form below. Contest details: * Contest is limited to US and Canada residents. * Contest will run until midnight EST on 8/2/2014. * Winner must provide valid email address and must be willing…
  • Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar?

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    Dan Kern
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Ever since the electric guitar was invented in 1931, guitar makers have refined and recreated this glorious instrument as it launched rock and roll into quite possibly the most influential musical style the world has ever seen in such a short span of time. The electric guitar is at the heart of so many modern music styles […] The post Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar? appeared first on Six String Soul.
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  • Collective Soul in Traverse City

    Zack Urlocker
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Collective Soul was among the rock bands playing at this year's Cherry Festival in Traverse city.  It was a great show and the band had a ton of added energy with a new guitar player.  It was a warm summer night, there was cold beer, and lots of tattoo'd fans in attendance.  Collective Soul also has a new album coming out which fits in great with the rest of their catalog. Here's a video of "December" which sounded great: Collective Soul: Official site, News Amazon: Collective Soul
  • Moog Theremini Now Shipping

    Zack Urlocker
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Moog Theremini, originally announced at Winter NAMM 2014, is now shipping.  The Theremini is an updated digital version of the traditional analog theremin.  This is more of  a "Theremin for mortals" that looks like a '90s Bose hi-fi clock radio that's been squashed.  It takes the basic concept of a hand-gesture controlled instrument and makes it a whole lot easier to work with.  You still control the Theremini by moving your hands in front of two antennae, one for volume and one for pitch.  But you can also now turn on "assistive…
  • Royale - Sci-Fi Yacht Metal Record

    Zack Urlocker
    16 May 2014 | 8:26 am
      Sci-Fi Yacht Metal?  Ok, I can't resist.  Chicago band Royale has a Kickstarter project to fund the recording of their debut album.  $10 gets you the digital release later this fall.  Or splurge and get a jam track named after you.  If the song 1981 is anything like the rest of their set, this sounds like it will be a great album.   These guys are all top-notch musicians hanging out at Chicago Music Exchange.  The music has a great atmospheric vibe to it.  Sort of chill with great melodic guitar.  If only it were a full blown…
  • Television - Live in Toronto

    Zack Urlocker
    12 May 2014 | 10:12 am
    I never thought I would get to see Television live.  But this weekend, after an 8 hour journey to Toronto, it finally happened.  More than thirty-five years after first listening to their debut album "Marquee Moon", more than thirty-years after they had disbanded (for the first time), I saw the magic of Television live on stage.  This was an amazing concert. For readers unfamiliar with Television, this was a band that was formed in 1973 by Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd.  They became the house band at New York's CBGB's and helped pave the way for punk…
  • Leo Kottke's California Dunk Tank

    Zack Urlocker
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I'm not sure why it's called a "dunk tank" but I suppose it's better than a drunk tank.  Nonetheless, fans of Leo Kottke will be excited to learn that they can spend 5 days this summer learning from the master along with Steve Berlin, David Hildago and Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos.  The event takes place August 4-8 in Cambria  on the California coast. Looks like a lot of fun and a pretty nice place to hang out.  If you're looking to improve your acoustic guitar chops, this will be a truly memorable vacation. Leo Kottke's Dunk Tank: Main…
 
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  • Red Rock M1 - Like the guitar? Then get on-board with Kickstarter

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Here's an email I received from a (quite rightfully) frustrated guitar designer: Hi GavinMy name is Sean Mara, from North Vancouver BC. I love the blog, have looked over the past while and seen some weird stuff. But I have to be careful because… I am a guitar designer/builder. I love weird but as a designer I have to be careful what influences me. I hate copies. If I see yet another "new" guitar that looks like a Strat or Les Paul, I'm going to get a chainsaw and do a few mercy headstock decapitations. Just spent a frustrating time trying to get major manufacturers to…
  • Herbert Todt / Pergold violin bass

    31 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    guitarz.blogspot.comThis astonishing violin bass was created by luthier Herbert Todt for East-German company Pergold - that was probably a brand used by workers of bigger companies in Markneukirchen like Musima when they made higher end instruments in their personal workshops - for example this one has a carved solid archtop, not a plywood one, and laminated neck. And it has 'comma' soundholes, similar to but more specific than the ones of the Migma we saw a few days ago, and for which colorful names have been proposed by our readers...Bertram D © 2014, Guitarz - The Original…
  • Ampeg Dan Armstrong-modified Danelectro bass, circa 1969-70

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Dan Armstrong, the man who created the line of clear lucite-bodied guitars and basses bearing his name for Ampeg, freely admits that he was influenced by Danelectro:Danelectro instruments served as far more than merely inspiration for the clear guitars and basses, as Dan virtually built his business on these guitars practically from day one. When Dan opened up his shop on 48th Street he almost immediately began taking Danelectro instruments and stabilizing them to make them play better. According to the book Electric Rock by Richard Robinson - Jesse Colin Young used…
  • Merlijn shows us his Welson

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    guitarz.blogspot.com: Merlijn writes:Hello everybody from the Guitarz blog! I love reading your blogs but I want to know something from you. On the photos [above] you can see an old guitar from the brand 'Welson'. It was a famous guitar brand during the 50s and 60s. This guitar belonged to my father. I'd like to get more info about it. Could you help me?Sincerely, Merlijn.Hi Merlijn, whilst I can't give you much specific information about your father's old Welson guitar, I can tell you that the Welson brand name belonged to a Castelfidardo-based (i.e. Italian) accordion making company founded…
  • To all our regular readers..

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    ...I feel I owe you guys some kind of an apology about the recent scarcity of posts. I also need to thank Bertram while I am about it, as without him we'd have had zero blog posts this last week. Not only am I getting busier and busier these days just being a musician, but I've not been able to provide you all with a regular dosage of Guitarz due to my internet connection having been either AWOL all week or otherwise so SLOW that successfully posting onto a blog would be a monumental feat of endurance. Please bear with me guys... In fact, if anyone would like to join the team and help post…
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  • CONTEST: Win a Copy of The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock

    Josh
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    A few weeks ago, I reviewed a book titled The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated History of the Guitar that Changed Rock. The book includes a generous helping of artist profiles, Les Paul history, and great pictures, and I enjoyed it. The publisher, Voyageur Press, has kindly offered to give a copy of the book away to a lucky Guitar Lifestyle reader. To enter win the book, all you have to do is fill out the form below. Contest details: * Contest is limited to US and Canada residents. * Contest will run until midnight EST on 8/2/2014. * Winner must provide valid email address and must be willing…
  • Vintage Guitars

    Josh
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    I think we are in an age where some of the finest, most consistent guitars are being made both in factories and by individual makers. For this reason, while I’ve thought vintage guitars were intriguing, I’ve never really bought into the hype that they are worth, in some cases, 100 times more than a new guitar of “equal” specs. The truth is, though, I had never played any truly vintage guitars until recently. I’ve now played a few vintage guitars, and I realize that there’s a little more to it than hype. What I’ve found is that there does appear to…
  • Capo Touch

    Josh
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Capo is my favorite music slow downer application, and developer Chris Liscio has released a new version of the app for both Mac and iOS. If you’re not familiar with this type of app, it allows you to slow down music from your iTunes library without changing pitch, which is very helpful when trying to learn a song. What I like about Capo is its clean, beautiful design and its feature set. The new version of Capo for iOS, called Capo touch, features Chord Intelligence, which is a feature that attempts to automatically detect and display the chords being played in a song. Here are the…
  • Summer NAMM 2014: Hogjim Pik Tik Guitar Pick Holder

    Josh
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the interesting new products I saw at Summer NAMM this past week was a product by Hogjim called the Pik Tik: Hogjim’s Pik Tik is a patented pick holder that allows a guitarist to seamlessly transition between fingerpicking and strumming.   The Pik Tik adheres to the guitar pick guard by suction, allowing a pick to be held perpendicular to the guitar’s surface.  Whether you insert the pick one millimeter or the full five millimeters, it will remain secure.  The Pik Tik can be removed after playing or remain on the guitar as a pick holder; either way it will not damage the…
  • Joe Bonamassa “Different Shades of Blue”

    Josh
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Joe Bonamassa has released details about his upcoming album, which is titled Different Shades of Blue, and he has also released the first video for the album: The album will be released on September 23 and will feature all original material: “It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa. “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give…
 
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  • Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar?

    Dan Kern
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Ever since the electric guitar was invented in 1931, guitar makers have refined and recreated this glorious instrument as it launched rock and roll into quite possibly the most influential musical style the world has ever seen in such a short span of time. The electric guitar is at the heart of so many modern music styles […] The post Which is The Most Popular Electric Guitar? appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • Interview with Jon Herington

    Dan Kern
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Jon Herington has contributed incredible guitar work to legendary bands and artists over the years. With the likes of Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs and others, Jon’s bluesy guitar riffs have put his stamp on many classic rock and pop songs we’ve grown to love. In his latest album, Time on My Hands, Jon unleashes blues […] The post Interview with Jon Herington appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • DLS Reckless Driver Review & Giveway

    Dan Kern
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:35 pm
    There’s a new wreck in town, and it’s the DLS Reckless Driver. This new overdrive pedal is an incredibly versatile, “swiss army knife” dirt device that covers everything from rhythm to lead with its two channel setup. Dave Sestito, founder of DLS Effects, has offered to give away a brand new Reckless Driver to one lucky email […] The post DLS Reckless Driver Review & Giveway appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • 101 Ways to Improve as a Guitarist

    Dan Kern
    23 Feb 2014 | 4:15 pm
    There is a concept called the aggregation of marginal gains, which is based on the principle that vast improvement can be achieved through continuous small improvements. When thinking of this concept in terms of guitar, we realize that there are nearly limitless opportunities to improve guitar playing, skills, tone…any aspect of guitar. Here’s 101 ways […] The post 101 Ways to Improve as a Guitarist appeared first on Six String Soul.
  • New Guitar Gear from Winter NAMM 2014

    Dan Kern
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:49 pm
    We’ve been keeping our eyes on the new guitars, amps and pedals coming out of Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, CA. There’s some very cool gear coming out from the likes of Fender, Magnatone, Bogner, JHS Pedals…even new strings from Elixir. We break down some of the gear that perked our interest and also offer some […] The post New Guitar Gear from Winter NAMM 2014 appeared first on Six String Soul.
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  • Guitar Chords: Galliyan (Unplugged), Ek Villain [2014]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The movie Ek Villain did not arouse much interest in me but the soundtrack turned out to be good. Music by Ankit Tiwari is balanced and the unplugged version of Galliyan is quite enthralling. The original version of Galliyan is in the key of A#m but the unplugged version is in D#m (probably to suit the voice of Shraddha Kapoor). The chords in D#m scale are all barre so I would recommend using a capo to simplify the chords. Chords used in the song (with capo on 1st fret): Dm Bb C Am F The continuous pauses in strumming makes the song a treat to play. Below strumming pattern can be used…
  • 7 Bollywood Acoustic Guitar Songs You Can’t Miss!

    Abhinav Sonkar
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:24 pm
    It is always fun to play pure acoustic songs on guitar. If you play the right chords and the right strumming pattern, you can almost sound like original! Play along with the backing track and there would be perfect harmony. In fact, if you listen hard enough you might even hear the left hand sliding along the frets of the guitar (unless it has been removed in post-processing). This is not possible with plugged tracks that have everything from bass guitarist/keyboard to octa-pad and other electronic stuff. I decided to post some of the best acoustic guitar songs from Bollywood in past few…
  • Guitar Chords: Yeh Beetey Din (Acoustic), Purani Jeans [2014]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Purani Jeans is an upcoming movie scheduled to be released on 1st May 2014. The movie doesn’t look very promising but when I saw the music being directed by Ram Sampath – that got me excited. I was happy to find an acoustic version of Yeh Beetey Din which is surprisingly refreshing given the same old college/friendship theme of the movie. Yeh Beetey Din is in the key of E major scale. By now you should be aware that E major scale contains a few minor barre chords. Funnily enough, this song uses almost all the chords in E major scale except D#m7b5 which is anyway rarely used. But…
  • Guitar Chords/Tabs: Aadat, Jal [ACCURATE]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Note: This post was originally published on June 28, 2008 but I have re-posted it with accurate set of chords and tabs. Enjoy! The song Aadat, by the band group Jal, is one which will give you supreme satisfaction if you are an acoustic guitar player. In the scale of C# minor, there are lots of subtle variations that makes this song a wonderful learning experience for guitarists. Apart from interesting chords and its arpeggios, it also has a unique muted strumming pattern. All of this together makes it a beautiful melody perfect for acoustic playing. There are 3 important chords in the key of…
  • Guitar Chords: Mast Magan, 2 States [2014]

    Abhinav Sonkar
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:30 pm
    2 States seems to be one of the highly awaited movies of the year till now without any presence of the 3 Khan’s. The songs were recently released and one song that I really liked was Mast Magan. I am enjoying Chaandaniya too and it might be the next song I post here. Mast Magan is a soft romantic number with a very ethereal feel. It is in the key of G major scale. One of my favorite guitar songs in the key of G is Time of your Life by Greenday. Almost all chords are common between these songs. Mast Magan has really simple chords and will be fun to play once you get the strumming right.
 
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  • Flashback #11 – Apollo 11

    Paul Hackett
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Forty-five years ago, close to a million people watched Apollo 11 blast off from Kennedy Space Center. We'll commemorate their eight days in space. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • (Sort of the) Guitar Noise News – May 2014

    David Hodge
    19 May 2014 | 4:07 am
    This is one of those occasional blogs I write when the mood strikes me. But we'll call it the "(Sort of the) Guitar Noise News" for May 2014. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Guitar Noise News – April 2014

    David Hodge
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:04 am
    Welcome to the April 2014, or "Earth Day edition" of Guitar Noise News, the "official newsletter" of the Guitar Noise website. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Idiot’s Guides: Playing Guitar

    Guitar Noise
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Idiot's Guide Playing Guitar gives you easy-to-follow instructions on learning guitar with lots of photos and illustrations that make learning guitar easy. This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
  • Guitar Noise News – March 2014

    David Hodge
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    It's the Saint Patrick Day's edition of Guitar Noise News, or if you prefer, you can just think of it as the "March 2014" edition. Feeling lucky? This first appeared on Guitar Noise. © 2014.
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  • Metal All Stars Concert featuring Zakk Wylde & Gus G

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    On Tuesday 16th December 2014 Zakk Wylde & Gus G will be joined by some of the biggest names in metal past & present including Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Testament’s Chuck Billy, Dream Theatre’s James LeBrie and former Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate. The special one-off UK concert will be held at the O2 Academy Brixton, London. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Monday 4th August from www.ticketmaster.co.uk, 24 hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 844 0444. All tickets are priced £27.50 + booking fee. A special presale for O2 customers will…
  • Review: Paul Gilbert – Stone Pushing Uphill Man

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Paul Gilbert’s new record “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” is, as you would expect from one of the world’s best shredders, a guitar-oriented instrumental record however it differs from his last few albums in that on this record Paul Gilbert has recorded instrumental covers of some of his favorite songs such as Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, The Beatles “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road”, the opening track chock full of 80′s rifftastic goodness, Loverboy “Working For The Weekend”, Aerosmith “Back In The Saddle…
  • EVH Circles Guitar Added To The EVH Striped Series

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    “With an otherworldly black-and-white “crop circles” graphic gloss finish, the EVH Circles model is without question one of the most distinctively eye-catching guitars in the Stripe Series lineup.” The EVH Striped Series has been around for a while now with the 3 classic options and now they have added the crop circles from the Fair Warning era. As per the other stripe series guitars it features a basswood body, quarter-sawn maple neck with oiled finish, a compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with comfortably rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets, a single EVH…
  • Doyle Coils Tru-Clones PAF Humbuckers

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    “Tom Doyle was Les Paul’s “Right Hand Man” for over 45 years – His close friend, his personal guitar builder, his co-inventor, confidant, and his soundman.” There aren’t many people who have had the pleasure of working closely with the late, great Les Paul, let alone being his guitar tech and co-inventor for years. Tom Doyle spent years working with Les Paul trying to create the perfect guitar and pickups and in doing so Tom and Max Stavron have finally realised Les’ dream after 2 years of work with the Doyle Coils Tru-Clones PAF Humbuckers. Tom…
  • Joe Bonamassa’s Les Paul Tone Tips

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    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    “In Issue 384 of Guitarist magazine’s cover star shows you how you can get a wide variety of tones from your Gibson Les Paul without the need for additional stompbox effects. Want to throw away your pedalboard, plug straight into your amp and use your guitar’s onboard controls as tone-shaping tools? Joe shows you how…” http://guitarist.co.uk This is such a great video, I think we all forget just how many tones are packed into a guitar with a good set of pickups and a good tube amp. I’m not saying it is impossible to get great tones from cheap gear but just…
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  • Take my money. Take it.

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    15 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
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  • The Farthest Land

    gitbuddy
    2 Mar 2014 | 4:04 am
    My transcription and arrangement for solo guitar of The Farthest Land from the PS2 game Shadow Of The Colossus by Japanese composer Ko Otani. Amazing emotive music. I did get a bit tired of this one at the end too as it’s quite long  – I think the chords are probably wrong in the last couple of bars and I’ll fix those eventually.
  • Martha’s Harbour

    gitbuddy
    2 Mar 2014 | 3:26 am
    Fingerstyle arrangement I did of the All About Eve song. Been doing for about a month so got a bit tired of it, so the last few bars are not exactly how I play it now, but I’m sure it will chop and change a few times more. Hardest part was transcribing the melody since couldn’t find any sheet music anywhere. It has a lot of tied semi-quavers (not sure on the notation convention to do those) and the tune doesn’t repeat itself a lot – the chorus melody is very long.  Plus, the guitar is down-tuned a whole step. I tried to incorporate as much of the original fingerpicked…
  • Finally ready

    gitbuddy
    26 Feb 2014 | 10:51 pm
    …in the mail this week from Madrid
 
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  • Martin SS-OM42-14 Limited Edition

    Alexander
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    C. F. Martin & Co. introduces their latest limited edition guitar, the SS-0M42-14, limited to only 25 guitars worldwide.read more
  • Boss Waza Craft Super Overdrive SD-1W

    Alexander
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Boss introduces a special "Waza Craft" version of the Super Overdrive pedal, said to be more versatile and responsive.read more
  • Epiphone PRO-1 Acoustic Guitars

    Alexander
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:28 am
    Epiphone introduces the PRO-1 Collection, entry-level guitars geared toward making learning to play easier.read more
  • PRS S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow

    Alexander
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    The PRS S2 Singlecut Semi Hollow completes the company's new trio of thinline guitars for their S2 series.read more
  • Alvarez MDA70

    Alexander
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    Following up on the revamp of their Masterworks series, Alvarez introduces the newly redesigned MDA70.read more
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  • The Scumback J75 Speaker Upgrade

    John W. Tuggle
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Lately I’ve been trying to get my Avatar 45 to sound much better than what it has been. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great amp for sure, but there has just been something that irks me about the tone I have been getting with it. I thought that getting some different speakers for the 2 X 12 Avatar Cabinet could be the solution. I have been using two Celestion speakers in the 2 X 12 Avatar cabinet. A G12H 30 and a G12M 25 Greenback. Now these speakers are supposed to be great, but I just don’t really like them for what I am looking for. To me, the mids have a cardboard…
  • Drop High D Tuning for Slide

    John W. Tuggle
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    The first thing you may be asking when you see this post is, “What the heck is Drop High D Tuning?” Well you have probably heard of Drop D Tuning where you tune the Low E string a whole step down to D. So I decided to reverse that and you’ll have Drop High D. Drop High D tunes the High E String a whole step down to D while keeping the low string an E. I’ve never heard of anyone doing this, but I’m sure it’s been done before. If you try to Google Drop High D Tuning, you will probably find nothing as I just made the term up. Drop D Tuning – D A D G B E…
  • Open E Tuning Chord Lesson

    John W. Tuggle
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are new to Open E Tuning then there is one question that you will no doubt begin to ask. How do you play any chords in Open E Tuning? Well it’s pretty simple actually. In this post, I’ll show you how to play a Major chord, Minor chord, and a Dominant 7th chord in Open E Tuning. First let’s look at the tuning in open E. It goes as follows from low to high. E B E G# B E. Now to play a chord all you need to do is lay your slide across any fret and that is a major chord. The chord name is determined by the note on the Low E string. For example. If you play across the 5th…
  • New Course – Shuffle the Blues Coming Soon

    John W. Tuggle
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:10 am
    The new course I’ve been working on entitled “Shuffle the Blues” is almost done. This one has come together pretty quickly since I already had the material to base the lessons around. In this course you’ll learn how to add chords to your solos. This is not a be all end all thousand chord lesson, but a selection of chords that will make it much easier for you to understand the concepts and the solo taught in the lesson. Promo Video Solo You Will Learn Lesson Index Intro Tuning Lesson 1 – Chords – Major Forms – 7th forms – 9th forms – 13th…
  • Ryan Harris – Customer Testimonial and New EP

    John W. Tuggle
    27 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    My name is Ryan Harris, and I play slide guitar in open E tuning. I front two bands in the Raleigh NC area — JetHorse, which has a jammy, Allmansy kind of sound, and The Ryan Harris Band, which has a funky, classic soul and groove jazz type of sound. I started playing slide about 4 years ago when, as a lifelong bass player, I developed arthritis in my left index finger. I’d always had issues with my hands, (tendonitis, carpal tunnel, you name it), but this was different. I had to quit bass. After being a musician for almost 30 years, I wasn’t about to give it up, but I also wasn’t…
 
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  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in July 2014

    Corey Brown
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Bass gear stories are always popular on No Treble, and we get it. Here are the top 10 most read gear stories for the month of July. As always, we present it with a warning: may cause GAS. 1. Michael Kelly Guitars Licensed Renaissance Bass Luthier Rick Turner has teamed up with Michael Kelly Guitars...
  • Steve Lawson: Solo Bass Performance of REM’s “Orange Crush”

    Kevin Johnson
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Steve Lawson brought his solo bass talents to this fantastic rendition of REM’s “Orange Crush,” which features the bassist navigating the tune with a host of loops and fantastic effects. The result is six minutes of soaring ear candy that takes you for a ride.
  • EurekaSound Introduces RackLegs

    Kevin Johnson
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    EurekaSound has introduced RackLegs, a device that props up a rack case on the floor for easier access to your amp or effects. RackLegs connects to the rear rack rails of any standard 2U rack case with thumbscrews. The unit is made from 3/16-inch steel for strength and stability while its painted flat black with...
  • Bass of the Week: Soame Custom Guitars PJ435

    Kevin Johnson
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Sometimes you see photos of a bass posted on Facebook, and you just have to stop to check it out. This gorgeous Soame Custom Guitars PJ435 bass was one of those for me. Handmade in Argentina, the bass features a Northern ash body and a bookmatched flamed maple top that really pops thanks to a...
  • Stories Behind the Song: Bob Glaub

    Kevin Johnson
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Bob Glaub’s resume reads like a who’s who of pop and rock royalty. He’s done session work and toured with artists including John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Ringo Starr, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young), Warren Zevon, John Fogerty, and Leonard Cohen, to name...
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    MarkWeinGuitarLessons.com

  • Favorite food?

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I always think my favorite food is pizza or a good burger, but I think I am wrong. I think nothing is better than a good piece of fried chicken. What say you?
  • Brian May Rig Rundown

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
  • The Friday Thread 2:Electric Boogaloo!!!

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Tonight I've got a gig at Muldoons in Newport Beach, but before then my son is testing for his Orange belt. Not sure what the rest of the weekend holds.
  • This guy has a good understanding of women

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Just go watch this.
  • Sound randomly dying on my laptop

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Now usually I would assume the thing was on it's way out but my brother is having the exact same problem with the exact same model of laptop. When it's first booted up now 9 times out of 10 there's no sound at all Not even anything coming from the headphone jack if you put in phones or run a stereo cable out... If you restart it, most of the time you get the sound again BUT also a lot of the time after a while of having sound, it will cut out again so I'll maybe get sound on a few Youtube... Sound randomly dying on my laptop
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    The Punch-In - Insight & Inspriation for Guitar Players

  • Learn How to Improvise Using Intervals and Tetrachords

    Zach
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In June, I wrote an article for TrueFire that touched on how you get from topical knowledge to creativity and application. Here we’re going to walk that out in a practical way by studying some of the most basic intervals, using them to develop tetrachords and applying them in a practical way to improve our…
  • Dr. Corey Congilio’s Cure for Your Summertime Blues

    Zach
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    In this free video guitar lesson, Corey Congilio shows you a secret of his that will help you conquer your Summertime Blues. Check it out! Learn more from Corey Congilio >>
  • Help Support the Writing & Recording of Adam Levy’s ‘Lower 48′ Suite

    Zach
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    Pre-order now to support the writing & recording of Adam Levy’s ‘Lower 48′ suite. Your pledge floats the music. #lower48 From Adam Levy: When I was 12 years old, I discovered my stepfather’s Sony tape deck—which was part of his home-stereo system at the time. This thing fascinated me. I’d already been having fun recording…
  • Johnny Winter, Blues Guitar Legend, Dead at 70

    Zach
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    According to the American Blues Scene, sources close to the man have confirmed that Johnny Winter has passed away at the age of 70. The cause of death is unknown at this time. John Dawson Winter III — better known as Johnny Winter — was widely regarded as one of the greatest blues guitar players…
  • Come See Us at Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night Tomorrow Night in Nashville!

    Zach
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We host Muriel Anderson’s bi-annual All Star Guitar Night at the NAMM shows every year. Come out and see us! Now in its 19th year, Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night is NAMM’s longest running, most widely recognized, and most successful sponsored event. ASGN is a unique, guitar-centric event bringing together talented musicians for a…
 
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    Guitar International Magazine

  • Brad Whitford of Aerosmith – Playing for People is the Best Sensation in the World!

    Guitar International Magazine
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Brad Whitford of Aersomith Aerosmith is out on the road for their 2014 North American summer “Let Rock Rule” tour. Seeing them is more than enough to satiate any rock fan’s needs. But the lads have rolled Slash and the Conspirators into the mix to add more fuel to an already raucous adrenaline-fueled North American tour, drenching their fans with THE definitive summer rock ‘n roll experience. For over 40 years, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford have been celebrating and playing their brand of gritty rock ‘n roll. And…
  • KISS and Def Leppard Rockin’ with Ferocity at PNC Art Center

    Guitar International Magazine
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard When it comes to KISS and Def Leppard….you may ask yourself. Do you want a concert where the band’s songs have monstrous licks, catchy hooks, and infectious grooves? Do you want it performed while smoke pours up from underneath the stage and fireworks shoot at you from every direction? Do you want it all on the same stage….in one night? Well then, you want THE BEST…. and you’ve got two of the world’s most legendary bands sharing the same stage for a stellar summer tour. Pure Fandemonium! On previous tours both bands have…
  • Joel Hoekstra of Night Ranger – High Road is Feel Good American Rock n’ Roll!

    Guitar International Magazine
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Joel Hoekstra It’s easy to define Night Ranger guitarist, Joel Hoekstra. Hard work, perseverance, and simultaneously having one’s hands in multiple projects at the same time, gives you an idea, even before you check out his fiery cauldron of guitar talent. When he is not out touring on the weekends with Night Ranger he can be found on Broadway’s Great White Way, turning heads with his blazing eight-finger solo in the play Rock of Ages. When not there in the winter months, he can be seen playing arenas with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Since joining Night…
  • James Young of Styx on the Roller Coaster of Highs and Lows

    Guitar International Magazine
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    By: Craig Hunter Ross James Young If there has ever been a band that is difficult to place a label upon or box into a genre, it’s STYX. The Chicago spawned rockers are just as well known for their hard rocking singles as they are the lush ballads, that propelled them to superstardom in the 1970s and 1980s. That monumental success placed them into a category previously unachieved by any other artist, as they became the first artists to have four consecutive triple platinum albums. But, it hasn’t always been a charmed life. The past forty years have seen STYX on a roller coaster of…
  • U.K.’s Lindo Guitars Releases a New Effects Pedals

    Guitar International Magazine
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Press Release Source: Lindo Guitars Lindo Guitars have introduced their new line-up of guitar effects pedals for players looking for distortion, overdrive and delay effects. Their pedals are designed in the U.K. The Soul Distortion The Soul Distortion pedal creates an edgy distortion effect, which lets you overdrive your favourite tube/solid state amp, creating a range of harmonically rich, sustaining tones. Three easy-to-use control knobs allow you to quickly adjust the amount of distortion, tone and overall volume. Fitted internally is a potentiometer, which can be used to adjust the…
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    LeftyFretz.com - The Left Handed Guitar Player's Resource

  • How to Lose Weight Whilst Playing Guitar

    Neal Beedie
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Do you get enough exercise?  Honestly?  Yeah, I thought not. And to be fair, who does? We live in a time-starved society where every minute counts and finding time to exercise can be challenging. Playing guitar does burn a few calories, but by making one very simple change to your practice sessions you can double, if not triple your energy expenditure. Kill two birds with one stone – improve your guitar skills and improve your health. How Many Calories Do I Burn Playing Guitar? The graph below shows roughly how many calories you will burn per hour whilst playing a variety of…
  • The Major Scale – Left Handed Diagrams

    Neal Beedie
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Major Scale is one of the most commonly used scales in Western music. Here at LeftyFretz we know that some of you do struggle with regular diagrams and lessons which are aimed at right handed players, so we’ve put together a lesson which shows the major scale for left handed guitar players. We won’t delve into musical theory in this article as there are a million and one other websites out there which will thoroughly explain this to you if interested. The aim of this lesson is to let you dive straight into using the major scale and start having fun with it right away. Major…
  • Smart Searching: Find The Hidden Left Handed Guitars on eBay

    Neal Beedie
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:29 am
    As a left handed guitar player, it’s not always as easy as you would like it to be when trying to find your next bargain guitar on eBay.  You may be blissfully unaware that you aren’t searching correctly and are in fact overlooking many hidden gems!  This guide should hopefully give you all the tools you will need to reliably uncover the best lefty guitars listed on eBay. Consider for a minute that you want to buy a Godin guitar. You pull up the eBay homepage and type ‘left handed Godin guitar‘ into the trusty search box. Bingo! You get a result……
  • Left Handed 7-String Guitars : The Ultimate List!

    Neal Beedie
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    You requested it, so here it is – a definitive guide to the manufacturers who offer left handed 7-string guitars! Extended range guitars can really help add an extra dimension to your playing and will undoubtedly help to grow your musical vocabulary.  Help us to expand the list by adding any missing brands in the comments section. There is a large number of left handed 7-string guitars out there; a handful from the big names and quite a few from the smaller brands and independant luthiers. It would be incredibly tedious and long-winded to list every single guitar available, so a list…
  • Dean : Left Handed Guitars and Basses

    Neal Beedie
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Dean Guitars was founded in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois by Dean Zelinsky.  Although Zelinsky left Dean in 2009, the company has carried on with new owner Elliott Rubinson at the helm – Rubinson changed his surname to Dean in 2009. Dean offers a great selection of left handed guitars and basses (almost 30!), featuring many exotic shapes, finishes and woods which are generally avoided by most of the other larger brands in their southpaw ranges. Left Handed Dean Guitars The image above shows a small selection of part of the range of left handed guitars and basses from Dean.  Dean has the…
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    Guitar Planet Magazine: Latest News

  • Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestite

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Wolves In The Throne Room lay back and gaze skyward on their fifth studio album.
  • Paul Gilbert releases the new album “Stone Pushing Uphill Man”

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    Paul Gilbert’s new record “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” is a guitar-oriented instrumental record on which Paul covers some of his favorite songs, using his guitar like a voice to convey a wide range of emotions, while retaining his signature cutting-edge solo work. Following Paul Gilbert’s last highly successful CD, “Vibrato” is the next important chapter in this amazing guitarist’s career. Regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry, Gilbert once again proves why he is the guitarist’s guitarist. Starting his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a…
  • Manic Street Preachers - Futurology

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Where on earth did this come from? The Manic Street Preachers radically change course on their 12th...
  • Carl Verheyen of Supertramp Releases New CD 'Mustang Run'

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Much to the excitement of guitar players and Supertramp fans worldwide, guitarist Carl Verheyen has released his new CD 'Mustang Run'. In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past…
  • Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Mastodon set course for superstardom with The Hunter, but will they find hit making harder than...
 
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    Guitar Chalk

  • Mastering the Structure Behind Modern Power Riffs

    Bobby Kittleberger
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    The chord progressions of western music are repetitive, and that can be good from an educational perspective, because it allows you to learn the structural patterns of certain genres more easily.You may notice that the rock music you listen to sounds oddly consistent and familiar.There's something consistent about it and something about the guitar playing that seems to repeat itself between certain bands and songs. There's a structure and a common theme that's easy to hear but not so easy to play.Identifying that structure and replicating it, means we can create riffs with the same sound and…
  • The Ultimate Bass Guitar Roundup: 2014 Edition (under $1000)

    Bobby Kittleberger
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    2014 will be the first year that we publish a bass guitar buying guide to go along with all our other purchasing resources.The rules are still the same.We're pulling together quality, price (less than $1000), reputation and practicality to get a list of bass guitars that would best suit you as the prospective buyer.All links are Amazon affiliate links, which means they simply take you to Amazon; no strings attached (and no pun intended). If you buy this way, Guitar Chalk gets a percentage and it's a great way to support the site that allows us to avoid posting intrusive banner ads (can't…
  • 5 Guitar Focused Skills of a Marketable and Professional Musician

    Bobby Kittleberger
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    It's better for business if you're good at what you do.Because if you really are a talented guitarist and if you've developed the right skill set, then people will come to you and ask you to play for them.That's a lot better than having to canvas other musicians and bands for a chance to play.Session work, live gigging and teaching opportunities will present themselves readily and you won't have to prove yourself worthwhile.You come pre-approved because your reputation precedes you.What's the right skill set?So the right skill set I mentioned; what is that?A group of skills on the guitar that…
  • Why Facebook, Twitter and Free Publicity are ruining your Music and Guitar Playing

    Bobby Kittleberger
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Music is and always will be a business.It's the business of entertaining people, connecting with them emotionally and touching hearts in a unique and personal way.So there's an artistic element, but it's still driven by supply and demand.No matter how much you hate the corporate sentiment, you can't get away from it in music. If you do, you become a lazy, entitled and unsuccessful musician with no real concept of what it actually takes to market your music.Because business isn't a saboteur of the arts.Even the members of Rage Against the Machine, perhaps the most vocal and visible dissenters…
  • Playing Chords and Arpeggios High on the Neck with Open E and B

    Bobby Kittleberger
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    There are two primary goals for this lesson.First: To learn a number of different chords that can be played high on the fretboard while utilizing the open E and B (two thinnest strings).Second: To create chord progressions and arpeggiated patterns with the chords we learn.Let's begin by clarifying a few parameters:Standard Tuning (E - A - D - G - B - E)Always use the Open E and B strings.Preferably a clean amp signal or acoustic guitar to start with.Why are we using the open E and B strings?E|-----0--B|--0-----G|--------D|--------A|--------E|--------Though you don't always have to play them,…
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    The Aspiring Guitarist

  • How and why to keep a guitar practice journal

    Lukas Kyska
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    I know you have already heard about the importance of a practice journal, yet you’ve decided not to do it. I know you are already busy and don’t have time for some extra work. I know you have a great memory and you can remember everything you’ve been practicing. But … Just for this moment, let’s pretend you’ve never heard of this idea. Let’s pretend it is completely new to you. And since you are an open-minded person, you’ll at least give it a try. Keep reading and maybe I’ll persuade you that keeping a practice journal might not be the dumbest idea. Are you…
  • Do you want to become a remarkable guitar player? Become better at making mistakes.

    Lukas Kyska
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In our culture, we are not very proud of making mistakes.  We don’t like making them because it shines a bad light on us. It makes us look incompetent and unprofessional, so we rather play it safe. But what if I told you, that you should make more mistakes? What if I told you, that in order to maximize your inner genius, you need to embrace them? What if I told you, that your improvement depends upon them? Why learning and mistakes go hand in hand? “The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” A. Einstein Let’s face it. We are not perfect and we will never…
  • Forget what you know about practicing guitar. Unconventional truth about successful learning.

    Lukas Kyska
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    California Polytechnic State University baseball team got involved in an interesting experiment. The goal of this experiment was to find out what kind of practice regimen would improve players batting skills the most. Players who participated were highly experienced individuals. To determine what kind of practice produces better results, they were divided into two groups and each of this groups followed different practice routine. Why am I talking about baseball? Hold on, everything will become clear soon. Hitting a baseball is a very complex skill that takes years to master. Not only you…
  • Your practice time doesn’t have to be tedious chore. Learn scientifically proven ways how to learn more in less time.

    Lukas Kyska
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    We have all heard the saying that only “perfect practice makes perfect” but most of the time we are left alone to find out how that perfect practice should look like. Generic advice like practice slowly, be more focused or use metronome often are very well meant, but usually useless. What we need is more specific, more actionable advice. With the development of sophisticated tools, there is a lot of new research that shines light on the way our brain learns complex motor skills such as music. Thanks to that we can eliminate much of the guesswork from the process of acquiring new skills.
  • Three simple steps how to make any guitar exercise insanely efficient

    Lukas Kyska
    5 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyday I am becoming more and more interested in clever guitar practice design. I find it quite fascinating how fast you can progress if you know what you are doing. Being strategic and intentional really pays off. We all know that we need to work hard to get better, but I want to do it in a smart way. And smart for me means getting the best results possible while enjoying the process. A lot of aspiring guitar players’ practice a lot but they don’t get any better. And when they see no improvement, they start to believe they don’t have what it takes to become a professional guitar…
 
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    GUITAR KIT WORLD

  • How Do Electric Guitars Work

    Garret
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    If you are into building guitars (chances are since you are on a custom guitar building site you most likely are) then you probably have spent quite a bit of time tinkering with your guitar’s look and feel but what about the sound it produces? How does the simple act of picking a guitar string […] The post How Do Electric Guitars Work appeared first on GUITAR KIT WORLD.
  • Telecaster Kit Guitars, A Guide to the Humble Tele

    Garret
    2 Mar 2014 | 3:44 am
    Telecasters are synonymous with the birth of electric guitars. In fact the humble ‘Tele’ (first known as the ‘Broadcaster’ was the first commercial electric guitar out of the Fender stables and it’s enduring legacy is a testament to it’s unique tone and design. As a result Telecaster Guitar Kits are popular with kit guitar builders, […] The post Telecaster Kit Guitars, A Guide to the Humble Tele appeared first on GUITAR KIT WORLD.
  • Les Paul Guitar Kits, A DIY Classic

    Garret
    19 Nov 2013 | 9:14 pm
    Easily the best selling of all project guitars, Les Paul kits are a popular choice for first time guitar builders. This mirrors actual sales of electric guitars with the Gibson Les Paul remaining very popular up to this day along with the Gibson SG and Les Paul Jr. But how simple are they to assemble? […] The post Les Paul Guitar Kits, A DIY Classic appeared first on GUITAR KIT WORLD.
  • Left Handed Guitar Kits, Getting it Right for Lefties

    Garret
    28 Oct 2013 | 6:30 am
    If you’re a left handed guitarist (I left hand salute you) you will have noticed the range of guitars to choose from is a whole lot better than it was just a few years back. Back in the dark ages of 4-5 years ago the range wasn’t anything like what it is now and lefties […] The post Left Handed Guitar Kits, Getting it Right for Lefties appeared first on GUITAR KIT WORLD.
  • How to Wire a Stratocaster Guitar Kit

    Garret
    17 Jul 2013 | 7:19 pm
    In the following article we’re going to be running through the basics of wiring up a Stratocaster Guitar Kit. These articles are aimed at keeping things simple so if this is your first guitar kit the following information should be useful without getting overly technical. Preparation Before we get going just keep a couple of […] The post How to Wire a Stratocaster Guitar Kit appeared first on GUITAR KIT WORLD.
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    Rockstar Guitar Tuition | Dudley and Birmingham Guitar Lessons

  • The 100 most popular songs I have taught since I started teaching guitar

    Dan Thorpe
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Here is my list of the 100 most frequently requested songs that students of mine have asked me to teach them over the past few years. I like to keep track of all the songs I teach. There are plenty more yet these are the most loved and learnt by my students who are guitarists from all over the West Midlands. Are your favourites here? If so, I am happy to teach you those. If not, I teach all my students ALL the songs they want to learn, so come down for a free trial lesson if you are keen. You can call or text me, Dan on 07546 392 468 or email me here. What songs would you like to learn? Pop…
  • The Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 specs and review

    Dan Thorpe
    27 May 2014 | 9:51 am
    “Creativity meets amazing tone”. That`s the tagline Line 6 are giving this interesting little beast. The Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100  is the newest of the Amplifi line delivered to us by Line 6. Over the last 5 years or so multi FX units have been going down an ever more complex and irresistible route. Gone are the days of cheap plastic pedals giving us a horrible fizzy amp tone, and weak FXs that sound worse than a fingernail on a blackboard. Here are the days of the brilliant Digitech RP1000, the sublime Fractal Audio Axe FX II, and more. The Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 continues in the…
  • Nine Inch Nails live at the LG Arena – Birmingham 18/05/14

    Dan Thorpe
    25 May 2014 | 6:18 am
      Nine Inch Nails are one the biggest names in the underground rock music scene. They are the sort of band that don`t get much airplay on mainstream radio but can sell out and headline huge shows all around the world. Fronted by the legendary Trent Reznor, the band encompass a huge variety of sounds from blistering hard rock, to pumping electronica, chilled out ethereal ambience and back. Difficult to pigeon hole and harder not to like, Reznor and co over the years have created a legacy that is awe inspiring and live they don`t disappoint.  What an awesome gig. Watching Nine Inch Nails…
  • Martyr De Mona talk new album `Impera`…and Q and A with guitarists Ant Rickett and Louis Hale

    Dan Thorpe
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:56 am
    Welcome to a new feature where we will be having a Q and A with some of the best bands from around the world. First up we wanted to kick this off with a local band to us – the superb MARTYR DE MONA, and they`re here to discuss their brilliant new album `Impera`. MARTYR DE MONA are currently cracking skulls across the nation with their huge anthemic grunge tinged metal, setting the trend for the next wave whilst tipping an appreciative hat to their illustrious predecessors from the Midlands (UK); Black Sabbath & Led Zeppelin. These guys are seriously something to watch out for. Their…
  • My new eBook is out now – From Zero To Guitar Hero: 7 Simple Tips To Dramatically Improve Your Guitar Playing In One Year Or Less

    Dan Thorpe
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:33 am
    A few months ago I wrote my first ever book for you good folk out there wanting to learn and improve upon your guitar skills. It was first released in a beta state – that is I wanted to test the water and get some feedback. After a few months of feedback from a variety of readers I have taken into account what everyone has said and done a massive update, whereby I have doubled the length of the book, added two bonus chapters, gone into far more detail, created drum beats, backing tracks, PDF`s of all the `play-along` parts of the book (which are all downloadable by the way) and improved…
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    Resonator Guitar Guide

  • Dobro Tuning for Beginners

    ResonatorGuitarGuide
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    The first question every new Dobro player has is…how do I tune this thing? Well, it’s actually very simple. Here is a quick dobro tuning guide. Dobro Tuning Step 1 – Know Your Strings It can be confusing knowing which string is the 1st or 6th, the High or the Low. Here’s how it works. A Dobro (or any other standard guitar) has 6 strings. The thinnest string is the 1st string, also called the highest string (because it has the highest pitch) and the thickest string is the 6th string, also called the lowest string (because it has the lowest pitch). Dobro Tuning Step 2 –…
  • How to Amplify a Dobro

    ResonatorGuitarGuide
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Wondering how to properly amplify your resonator guitar for more volume? In this post we’ll go over: Options for amplifying your Dobro or Resonator Guitar Specific gear required along with recommendations Techniques Links to additional resources Resonators were the original amplified guitars. They were designed before PAs and amplifiers to cut through the rawkus sound of a big bands and dance halls. However, in today’s modern music environment, a purely acoustic resonator guitar often won’t cut it. If you find yourself needing to amplify your resonator or dobro the options…
  • The Top 5 Metal Guitar Slides

    ResonatorGuitarGuide
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    There is no end to the creativity and innovation resonator guitar players tap into to find the perfect slide. Everything from knife blades, to socket wrenches to soup cans have been utilized to produce the signature swooping sound of a blues guitar. When it comes to choosing a commercially available slide, there are almost as many options. While glass is certainly a great option, the majority of acoustic blues players tend to go with something made of metal. Glass provides a smooth, round tone, but metal gives the sharp, biting rasp that is so characteristic of a resonator guitar. We tested…
  • FR50 Fender Resonator Guitar Review

    ResonatorGuitarGuide
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Resonator Guitar Guide’s in-depth review of the FR50 Fender Resonator Guitar The Good: Extremely easy to play, comfortable guitar with a lightning fast neck The Bad: Just about everything else – poor tone, cheap finish, bad price. The Verdict: There are a lot of options for sub $500 resonator guitars, and the Fender FR50 is one of the highest priced with poorest sound. For a similar investment, you can pick up a Dobro Hound Dog Deluxe, which while not a perfect guitar, sounds infinitely better (see our review of the Hound Dog Deluxe here), plus you get a pickup. If price is really an…
  • The Top 5 Glass Bottleneck Guitar Slides

    Resonator Guitar Guide
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    When it comes to choosing a bottleneck guitar slide, the sky’s the limit in terms of materials and design. There are brass slides, chrome slides, porcelain slides, chrome slides…but glass has several advantages for slide guitar playing. Glass gives a smoother, rounder tone than metal and has noticeably less rasp on the lower gauge strings. In addition to being fairly cheap and available in a plethora of sizes, glass also has an authenticity to it. The style is called ‘bottleneck’ as most early players would break off the neck of a glass bottle to make their slide. While you…
 
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    Guitar Adventures

  • 5 Perfect Wedding Songs for Acoustic Guitar

    Sarah
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wedding music serves a crucial function on the big day. The wedding band is expected to set the tone, not merely for the joyous occasion, but for the start of a lifelong journey shared by two people. Wedding songs must be carefully selected to mark the significance of the day. While the playlist can and The post 5 Perfect Wedding Songs for Acoustic Guitar appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Why the Electric Guitar is the Coolest Instrument in the World

    Josh Summers
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    There is no doubt that the guitar is the most popular instrument in the world, but have you ever considered why? Encore Music Lessons has put together a cool infographic that shows in a somewhat humorous manner why exactly the electric guitar is the coolest instrument. I’m partial to the acoustic guitar, but I’ll let The post Why the Electric Guitar is the Coolest Instrument in the World appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • FAQ: Should I Buy a New or Used Guitar?

    Josh Summers
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Once you’ve made your decision about which guitar you want to buy, a dilemma often presents itself to every potential guitar buyer: Should I buy a new or used guitar? It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an electric guitar or acoustic guitar, the question remains the same. The truth is that there’s really no “right The post FAQ: Should I Buy a New or Used Guitar? appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitar Series Review

    Josh Summers
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    So if you’ve been looking for some good budget electric guitar options you’ve probably run across the Yamaha Pacifica name a few times. It stands alongside the Fender Squier series of guitars as some of the most popular in the price range due to its high value and excellent playability. But what’s the difference between the Pacifica 012 The post Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitar Series Review appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
  • Guitar Center 15% Coupon Code for July 4th!

    Josh Summers
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Happy 4th of July! It’s that time of year again when everybody is firing up the barbecue grills, stocking up on six-packs and grabbing their lawn chair for a view of the local fireworks show. Oh, and don’t forget the song “Proud to be an American”. That’s a must as well. July 4th is also The post Guitar Center 15% Coupon Code for July 4th! appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
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