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  • Roeller’s Custom Guitars – The Crusader

    Guitar Noize
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Roeller’s Custom Guitars recently completed this guitar called the “Crusader” (for obvious reasons). The guitar started out life as a Schecter 7 String which Brett Roeller carved, hand painted and refinished. For more info on Roeller’s Custom Guitars check out their website at The post Roeller’s Custom Guitars – The Crusader appeared first on Guitar Noize.
  • Vintage Guitars

    Guitar Lifestyle
    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…
  • Playing Chords and Arpeggios High on the Neck with Open E and B

    Guitar Chalk
    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,…
  • EurekaSound Introduces RackLegs

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    RackLegs connects to the rear rack rails of any standard 2U rack case.
  • Codella Guitars Announces the Stormchaser

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Patent-pending tremolo stabilizer keeps the tremolo fixed during heavy string bends.
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    Guitar Blog

  • The Flying B

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am This blog post is the latest in a very occasional series on guitars shaped like letters of the alphabet. Obviously there's the Gibson Flying V and various other V-shaped guitars (including doublenecks that resemble a W), Explorer-style guitars that are quite Z-like in shape, Takamine's acoustic Flying A guitar, and even an S-shaped guitar. And now there's this The Borealis guitar, apparently one of 100 made, commissioned by the Aurora String Corp. and shown at the 2012 NAMM show. The body design is based loosely around a letter B, which is reflected in the shaping of the…
  • Johnny Pro solidbody electric guitar from 1980s Japan

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm Just when I thought I had quite a good handle on the world of guitars, along comes something else that is totally unknown to me. Had you shown me the above picture, suggested that it was Japanese in origin and asked me to identify this guitar, I'd have probably have said it was something from Daion's range of guitars, mainly because of the rear cutaway. However, this guitar is apparently a Johnny Pro. That's a brandname I freely admit that I have never heard of before. It's of 1980s vintage and Japanese-made. Maybe they weren't marketed in the UK. This particular example…
  • Acoustic lap steel / Hawaiian guitar is quite a lapfull!

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm This acoustic lap steel or Hawaiian guitar has been hand-built using a large plywood box. Whether the box was made specifically for the guitar or whether it was an existing box that has been repurposed, I could not tell you. Whatever, with a soundbox that big it ought to have plenty of acoustic volume. I think if it was mine I'd be tempted to put legs on it. Currently listed on eBay UK with a starting price of £10. G L Wilson© 2014, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our photo and content policy.{{ Guitarz -…
  • Gibson 2013 EB Bass

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm These days I mainly play bass gigs. If I do pick up a 6-string more often than not it's my Fender Bass VI. But I'm quite happy in the bass department with the four basses I have in my collection. However, had I been seen this beauty when on the lookout for a bass, I think I would have been very tempted. It's a Gibson EB bass from 2013, a model that I admit I was hitherto totally unaware of. It bears little relation to the various vintage Gibson basses in the EB series, in fact stylistically it seems to owe more to Fender and Music Man. However, in tried and trusted…
  • What's that guitar that a young Jimi Hendrix is playing?...

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am ...asks Guitarz reader Raul. Looks like an Epiphone Wilshire (circa 1960-62) to me. Unless you know differently! G L Wilson© 2014, Guitarz - The Original Guitar Blog - the blog that goes all the way to 11!Please read our photo and content policy.{{ Guitarz - }}
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    The Bass Guitar Blog

  • Steve Lawson creates a perfect “Diversion” with Jon Thorne

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    Quality solo bass albums are a rare beast, and there are markedly few artists with a good one under their belt, let alone alone  a whole back catalogue. Steve Lawson, AKA @solobasssteve on Twitter, is an exception to, well, almost every rule! Over the last few decades he has amassed a back catalogue of almost a […]
  • NS Design Introduces the CR4 RADIUS Bass

    22 Jan 2014 | 9:14 am
    So, Ned has been at it again. NS Design have just announced a 4 string sibling to sell along side their recently introduced CR5. The new CR4 RADIUS bass guitar by Ned Steinberger is produced in in the Czech Republic. Hot features are: Fusion™ neck Diradial™ body shape NS tuning system NS/EMG pickup system. It is a headless bass […]
  • Bass Omakase

    17 Jan 2014 | 3:26 am
    Now here is a curious idea, from Ritter, makers of some seriously funky looking basses: Bass Omakase. What’s that? You say…  Omakase is a Japanese term meaning “I’ll leave it to you” (or I’ll entrust you). Rather than ordering something specific from the menu, you leave it up to the chef to surprise (and delight) […]
  • Pino Palladino on THAT Bassline

    21 Dec 2013 | 9:37 am
    Cardiff born bassist Pino Palladino is definitely something of a legend (he is on MusicRadar’s 60 greatest bassists of all Time). His fretless bass line on Paul Young‘s  “Wherever I lay my hat”  is almost undoubtedly responsible for the song’s success, and for shaping an era of bass playing. In this short video, Carrie Grant talks to […]
  • Things You Will NEVER Hear at a Sound Check

    24 Nov 2013 | 10:52 am
    This made me chuckle when I read it on The Huffington Post: Things You Will NEVER Hear at a Band Sound Check: … From the guitarist Of course I can play quieter. Turn up the singer’s mic. She’s our real focal point. The drums need to be louder. MUCH louder. No thanks. I don’t drink. From the drummer […]
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    Guitar Lifestyle

  • Vintage Guitars

    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

    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

    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”

    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…
  • Wampler Pedals Podcast

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Last month, Wampler Pedals introduced a podcast titled Chasing Tone. The podcast features Wampler employees Travis and Max along with founder Brian Wampler discussing pedals and guitar tone in general. There are currently four episodes. Episode 1 covers overdrive, distortion and fuzz. Episode 2 covers pedal order and effects loops. Episode 3 covers true bypass vs buffered bypass. Episode 4 covers vintage gear. I’m really enjoying the show and have learned some stuff along the way. If you’re interested in guitar tone, I think you’ll enjoy the podcast, too.
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    Six String Soul

  • 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 Noise

  • 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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    Guitar Noize

  • Guitar Power Episode 1 featuring Tosin Abasi

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Presented by D’Addario and Rolling Stone Young Guns, Guitar Power is a new series hosted by Matt Sweeney. In each episode, Matt will sit and chat with an up-and-coming guitarist to discuss their influences, technique, gear, and approach. In Episode 1 Matt chats with Animals As Leaders front man Tosin Abasi. The post Guitar Power Episode 1 featuring Tosin Abasi appeared first on Guitar Noize.
  • Roeller’s Custom Guitars – The Crusader

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Roeller’s Custom Guitars recently completed this guitar called the “Crusader” (for obvious reasons). The guitar started out life as a Schecter 7 String which Brett Roeller carved, hand painted and refinished. For more info on Roeller’s Custom Guitars check out their website at The post Roeller’s Custom Guitars – The Crusader appeared first on Guitar Noize.
  • Andreas Varady, Teenage Jazz Virtuoso – Mind Blown

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    A few minutes ago Joe Bonamassa posted the following tweet: One of these days I will hopefully be as good as this kid! WOW! There is hope for jazz and roots music in the future. — JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) July 20, 2014 Now you’ve probably watched the video above and thought, wow, this kid is really good. Well that particular video was recorded and uploaded in 2010 so Andreas is now 16, one can only imagine how incredible he must be as a guitar player and musician now. Oh wait a minute you don’t have to wonder too much because here is a video of…
  • Hal Leonard Blues Guitar Soloing Review

    Russell Southard
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    by Pappy Hal Leonard recently sent me a new instructional book by Keith Wyatt called Blues Guitar Soloing and it is packed to the gills with great instruction to take you from the very basics of blues solos (the minor pentatonic scale), all the way to blues fusions solos, with tons of technique explanation, riffs and licks to practice on, and always a progressive style from least difficult to more difficult before branching off into fusion styles, gear, and what makes for good reference material music-wise. The book is not written specifically for beginners, though beginners will benefit from…
  • Riffstation Announce New Web App for YouTube Videos

    19 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Riffstation have just announced a beta release of a new web based app that you can use with any YouTube video and analyse the chord progressions in realtime. Now don’t expect this app to magically tab out your favourite riffs, that would need some kind of programming black magic, but it does do a good job of getting the basic chords so you can at least get an idea of the key, progression etc. in order to help you transcribe the song further. Or maybe you just want the chord progression to jam along on your acoustic. By the way you can also switch between Guitar, Ukulele and Piano!
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    Gitbuddy's Guitar Blog

  • Take my money. Take it.

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
  • Items for sale photohosting

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:27 am
  • The Farthest Land

    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

    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

    26 Feb 2014 | 10:51 pm
    …in the mail this week from Madrid
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    Guitarsite News

  • Martin 000RS25 Navojoa 25th Anniversary

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    C.F. Martin & Co. celebrates the 25th anniversary of their facility in Navojoa, Mexico with the new 000RS25 more
  • LTD Ride The Lightning

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:32 pm
    ESP Guitars unveil the new LTD Ride The Lightning limited edition guitar, featuring a graphic finish that replicates the cover art of Metallica's second more
  • PRS S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    In line with the 1st Anniversary of their S2 Series, PRS introduces the S2 Custom 22 Semi-hollow, a dual humbucker thinline guitar with coil more
  • Vox AC4C1-12 Mini Tube Combo Amp

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    Vox introduces the AC4C1-12, a 4 Watt all-tube combo amplifier based on the popular Vox more
  • Yellow Jackets NOS Tube Converter

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Modify your amp with the Yellow Jackets NOS Tube Converter, for use with EL34, 6L6, 7027 or 6V6 output more
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    Learning Guitar Now Blog

  • 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 – E 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. Lesson Index Intro Tuning Lesson 1 – Chords – Major Forms – 7th forms – 9th forms – 13th Forms – Chord Application…
  • 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…
  • Are You Playing Blues Guitar Like a Singer?

    John W. Tuggle
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    After listening to music for so many years, there is one thing I have realized when it comes down to feeling the emotion from a guitar performance. Almost every time, the most passionate blues solos that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up are the ones that imitate the quality of the human voice. If you really want to take your blues or slide guitar playing to the next level, then learning how to play with the feel and emotion of a singer is where you need to look to. How? So how do you start playing vocal-like blues guitar that makes your audience stand up and listen? I believe it…
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    no treble

  • TC Electronic Announces Limited Edition Ditto Looper Gold

    Kevin Johnson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    TC Electronic is re-issuing the original Ditto Looper with a limited edition gold-colored run of the compact looping pedal. Limited to 5,000 units, the pedal will retain the same features as its predecessor including its true-bypass, analog dry-through design. The Ditto Looper simplifies the concept of a looping pedal with a single footswitch for starting…
  • Thoughts On Multi-Instrumentalism

    Damian Erskine
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Photo by Pauleon Tan Q: What is your opinion on playing multiple instruments (for example double bass or piano) versus focusing on one instrument? I noticed a double bass in the background of one of your recent videos and wondered what your thought process had been when deciding to take up a new instrument. A:…
  • Jimmy Blanton: Bass Solo on “Sepia Panorama”

    Kevin Johnson
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Even in the few years he was able to make a name for himself, Jimmy Blanton helped change the face of jazz bass. Blanton, who was cited as an influence by the likes of Ray Brown and Charles Mingus, drove the bass into the spotlight as a viable solo instrument by playing horn-like melodies, but…
  • Hot Tuna Releases “Live at the Fillmore West, June 3, 1971″

    News Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It was the final Saturday night at the legendary San Francisco concert venue, Fillmore West. Who played that night — July 3, 1971? Well, Quicksilver Messenger Service closed the night, but Hot Tuna got the crowd going with its performance, captured on Live at the Fillmore West, June 3, 1971. The group, anchored…
  • Reader Spotlight: Jamie Mills

    Corey Brown
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Bassist Jamie Mills hooked us with his very first sentence in his Reader Spotlight profile. Jamie has seen a lot of styles in the 14 years he's played bass, and he's as humble as he is talented from everything we can see. Jamie is this week's No Treble reader in the spotlight. Bio: I'm a…
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  • 07.23.14

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    ... 07.23.14
  • MGK Twangcaster Pine Barncaster

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 pm
    I'm very tempted. ... MGK Twangcaster Pine Barncaster
  • Tell me what is my life...

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    ...without your parasitic infestation?
  • Sick young kat :(

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Poor Boo - for the last few weeks, he has been on and off being really sick with UT infections. He's been in and out of the vet, getting antibiotics, coming home and bouncing back for a few days, only to fall ill again and have to go back to the vet. The last two visits, he's needed a catheter. He will probably need pu surgery, otherwise he may not be long for the world . We have a house full of two (and sometimes three) girls, one kinda softy guy, and Boo's adoptive older brother all hoping... Sick young kat
  • I'm sorry, but mead is disgusting

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Does anyone actually like the stuff?
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  • Johnny Winter, Blues Guitar Legend, Dead at 70

    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!

    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 […]
  • Why Do Major Chords Sound Happier Than Minor Chords?

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    This post comes via reddit user Yeargdribble – see the original post here. It honestly probably has more to do with how we’re socialized into music. The trope of minor being used for sad things and major being used for happy things is sort of an artificially created thing to an extent. In fact, not […]
  • Participate in Our Summertime Blues Americana Student Jam and You Could Win Big!

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    How It Works: 1. Check out the video below of Mike Zito’s “Subtraction Blues” solo for a bit of inspiration. 2. Download the jam track, craft your own solo and record a video or audio file. 3. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo or audio to SoundCloud, then post a link to it in […]
  • Quick Guitar Tips: #4 Transpose

    27 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Quick Guitar Tips is a free video lesson series by Adam Levy. Be sure to check out Adam’s 2 courses, 50 Low-Down Rhythms You MUST Know and Rhythm Makeover.
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    Guitar International Magazine

  • The Blackfires Guitarist Anthony Mullin – The Art of Being Persistent!

    Guitar International Magazine
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto With band members from around the globe including the U.K., Russia, Spain, Uruguay and New York, The Blackfires truly are an international and inspirational band. They’re not only making great rock music with a new vibe, but also extremely well educated. With members touting a PhD with degrees from Oxford and Columbia, trained in philology, and film-making. The list goes on. Leading this band of international pirates is Andrey “Cheggi” Chegodaev, with a soulful voice akin to Robert Plant and Ian Gillian with captivating onstage antics. On guitar is the charismatic…
  • Tipton and Faulkner of Judas Priest Talk Redeemer of Souls

    Guitar International Magazine
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:29 am
    By: Robert Cavuoto Richie Faulkner, Rob Halford and Glenn TiptonJudas Priest have outdone themselves with their 17th studio album; Redeemer of Souls. Released on July 8, 2014, metalheads around the globe are already singing its praises. And that’s no surprise. Priest have a well-earned reputation as the “Masters of Metal”. Billboard projects that they’ll likely sell more than 30,000 units in the United States in its first week of sales, resulting in the band’s first-ever Top 10 effort in the U.S. This is great news for Priest and their avid fans, who have…
  • Steel Panther Feel the British Steel

    Guitar International Magazine
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Press Release Source: PFA Media Steel Panther Steel Panther continues their musical attack on the United States this Fall playing alongside heavy metalicons Judas Priest. The band comprised of Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia was tapped to open the upcoming North American tour for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of heavy metal. The 20 city run (with more to be added) will kick off October 1st in Rochester, NY and will run through mid November wrapping up in Salt Lake City. The tour will make stops in major markets including Brooklyn, Detroit, Baltimore and…
  • Night Ranger – Still Rocking Strong in America

    Guitar International Magazine
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    By: Robert Cavuoto Classic rockers, Night Ranger rolled into New York City at BB King’s Blues Club to support their rocking new CD, Open Road, which came out June 10th. Back in the ’80s you couldn’t turn on the radio or watch MTV without hearing Night Ranger’s hits; “Sister Christian” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, songs that helped them go straight to the top of the charts and headline arenas by their second album. Tonight the band brought back the ’80s in full force, with a set that weigh heavily on two of their earlier albums; Dawn Patrol and Seven…
  • PRS Celebrates the S2 Series’ First Anniversary with Three New Semi-Hollow Models

    Guitar International Magazine
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Press Release Source: PRS Guitars On the first anniversary of the S2 Series, PRS is adding three new models to the lineup: the S2 Mira Semi-Hollow, S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow, and the S2 Singlecut Semi-Hollow. These three new models further PRS’s desire to create a complete product offering inside the S2 Series. “We are seeing a great interest in semi-hollow guitars across all of our product lines, from Private Stock custom pieces to the SE Zach Meyers, and we are as excited about these guitars as anything we’ve made so far inside of S2. They are harmonically rich, remarkably resonant,…
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  • Being a Session Guitarist vs. Finding a Band – Which is Best for You?

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    You have a knack for playing the guitar, so what’s next for you? Do you want to continue your guitar playing with a band? Or become a session guitarist? There are pros and cons to each side of the coin. But in order for you to decide, you have to know what you really want and what your goals are. So let’s just take a look at the differences between both and hopefully, you can decide later. Solo or group Some people like to work alone, while others are more comfortable with a team. Which one are you? Do you like to play the guitar by yourself, practice alone and perform on stage alone? Or,…
  • Are They the Top 10 Guitarists of All Time?

    24 May 2014 | 4:23 am
    A couple of weeks ago, a popular YouTube channel WatchMojo published a video honoring the top 10 guitarists of all time. Like most of their videos, this one is packed with interesting info, and some of it not so commonly-known. I’m sure every guitarist and guitar fan will appreciate all those details about their favorite guitar gods. Here’s the video: And here are the guitarists that made the list: #10: Randy Rhoads #9: David Gilmour #8: Stevie Ray Vaughan #7: B.B. King #6: Chuck Berry #5: Robert Johnson #4: Eric Clapton #3: Eddie Van Halen #2: Jimmy Page #1: Jimi Hendrix…
  • 25 Famous Iconic Guitars You Absolutely Need to Know

    1 May 2014 | 2:08 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, there was a really cool post published on An artist named Federico Mauro created a gallery of 25 famous guitars owned by even more famous musicians. And it’s not just a gallery. Each guitar is showcased on its own custom background to make it even more visually stunning. Now be honest with me, can you pair all of these guitars with their respected owners without looking at the captions? Here’s the original source, by the way. 25 Famous Iconic Guitars You Absolutely Need to Know | Learn Guitar 2
  • Becoming the Master of the Legato Technique [Part 3]

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is part 3 of a 3-part series I’m running on the legato technique. Be sure to check the first part and the second part to get the full picture of the story. Tackling the common problems Before concluding this series, I want to briefly cover some common technical difficulties that may arise when first encountering legato playing. The main issue is that of finger strength and endurance. To be able to play long legato passages with the fretting hand only requires a great deal of stamina, and you can’t expect to achieve this overnight. This is developed over time. Practice…
  • Becoming the Master of the Legato Technique [Part 2]

    27 Mar 2014 | 6:42 am
    This is part 2 of a 3-part series I’m running on the legato technique. In the first part, we covered the basic theory and explained how playing legato works, and how to get started with it. So now that you are clear on the concept of legato playing, let’s take a look as some basic ways to go about practicing it. If we take the idea to its most basic application then we can start by just hammering on and pulling off between two notes. When you alternate quickly between two notes like this, you are playing a ‘trill’, but for now, we will do this slowly. Fret a note with…
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  • 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…
  • 17 Completely Bonkers Guitar Designs

    Neal Beedie
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Think you’ve seen it all when it comes to weird guitar designs? Well, you haven’t! Check out these 17 crazy monstrosities – you won’t believe number 15 isn’t Photoshopped! 1.The Destroyer Part guitar, part mandolin, and what’s the antennae for? A freaking theremin, that’s what! As if that wasn’t enough, the Destroyer comes complete with in-built effects, tuner and glow-in-the-dark capabilities thanks to its multitude of LED lights. Mark Dalzell is the creator of this quirky beast – plenty more photos on his Flickr page. 2. Tennessee 15-String Bass…
  • Review: Uncommon Sound by John Engel

    Neal Beedie
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I recently had the absolute pleasure of having the opportunity to read through what is undeniably THE definitive study of the world of the left handed guitarist. Uncommon Sound : The Left Handed Guitar Players who Changed the World, written by John Engel should be on every serious guitar fanatic’s bookshelf. First Impressions When these books first arrived at the office I was initially taken aback by the weight of the package. Had I accidentally been sent two or three copies? Nope! Uncommon Sound is a substantial product that weighs in at a whopping 7.7kg (17 pounds in old money) according…
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  • 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...
  • Mayhem & Mythology: The Libertines At Hyde Park

    8 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    For once, the drama at this Libertines show isn’t on stage, but in the audience as all hell brakes...
  • Women’s Road to Rock Guitar

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Alfred Music encourages women to express themselves by learning how to play lead and rhythm guitar with the new method Women’s Road to Rock Guitar. Written by successful rock guitar performer and educator Nikki O’Neill, Women’s Road to Rock Guitar is a groundbreaking, thorough method for women who want to rock. For beginning to intermediate guitarists, Women’s Road to Rock Guitar covers song structure, how to write a chord chart, guitar care, using pedal effects, and playing songs by ear. This method teaches power chords, open chords, barre chords, rock chord progressions, and how to…
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    Guitar Chalk

  • 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,…
  • 7 Reasons People will Want to Listen to You

    Bobby Kittleberger
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    As a guitar player it's harder for me to impress somebody than to write a song they like. - Brad PaisleyWhat makes people want to listen to music?An emotional response, an intellectual connection and some kind of repeatability to the lyrics are almost always involved.It's the reason that we even have something called the "music business" because there is a demand for good music that we can connect with.It does something for us.So if you play guitar and you write music, why don't people want to listen to you? Here's the dirty little secret; it's not because you're not as popular as the…
  • Best Guitar Pedalboards: 2014 Edition

    Bobby Kittleberger
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    In my humble opinion, Isaac needs a new pedalboard.Maybe you do too, or at least you've thought about it.But what are the benefits of owning one? Does it do anything more than a piece of wood or simply leaving your pedals on the floor?Let's first consider how a pedalboard aids and why it's better than a piece of plywood.Benefits of a PedalboardA pedalboard goes beyond giving you a place to set your stompboxes. Notable perks would include one or more of the following:Pedal PowerVelcroEasy Transportation and ProtectionOrganizationEffects Loop Consider too the practical implications of owning…
  • Amp Settings for Adam Jones of Tool

    Bobby Kittleberger
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Tool is arguably one of the most unique and innovative rock groups that the '90s produced.Though their sound was characterized primarily by Danny Carey's complex time signatures and Maynard Keenan's aggressive vocals, the band's tone is largely a result of Adam Jones' guitar playing.Jones, a graphic artist having contributed work to Jurrasic Park, Terminator 2 and almost all of Tool's bizarre music videos, crafts a penetrating distortion that drops plenty of low end and punchy half mutes.Emulating it may seem simple.Just use distortion, right? Well yes -- do that -- but we should also go a…
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    The Aspiring Guitarist

  • 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…
  • How to perform well when it matters?

    Lukas Kyska
    22 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Have you ever gone into a concert feeling that you are well prepared only to find out that your playing skills almost magically disappeared? I don’t know about you but this is definitely something I am very familiar with. And if it happened to you before, you know how terribly it feels to practice hard for weeks only to observe that it was not enough. Your confidence goes immediately down which only worsens the whole situation. And unfortunately, there is not much you can do right at that moment. Basically you can only hope for the best. Why you cannot perform well when it matters?
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  • How Do Electric Guitars Work

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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.
  • 21 Serious Gifts for Guitar Players They’ll Actually Love

    Josh Summers
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    It happens every year around my birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day that my wife, family and son ask me what I want as a gift. I think I despise answering that question almost as much as they detest asking it! How do I (a lifelong guitarist) answer them without saying what I really want…something that costs The post 21 Serious Gifts for Guitar Players They’ll Actually Love appeared first on Guitar Adventures.
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