general music:
Why Modern Songwriters/Lyricists Suck
Just my thoughts on modern popular music, songwriting and lyrics. A deeper look, not just blaming companies and stuff.

POSTED: 04/16/2014 - 10:40 am

 
Use Your Ears
Always use your ears. Always question what the tab says. The chances are, it was written by some tremolo picking kid in a cramped student flat, somewhere far away.

POSTED: 04/11/2014 - 11:05 am

 
Clean Rock 'n' Roll Living
Become the master of your trade with a little bit of clean living.

POSTED: 04/11/2014 - 11:04 am

 
Can a Clean, Well Equipped Practice Space Make You a Better Guitar Player?
Organization can help you make the most of your practice time.

POSTED: 03/25/2014 - 10:26 am

 
What You Need for Your First Gig?
In this article I will be explaining the items that are helpful to any guitarist that is about to start giving their first performances. This tool kit list will mean that you can deal with any mishap you find in your adventures as a gigging guitarist.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 09:40 am

 
Why You Are Not Getting Better?
Doing the same thing over and over again won't make you a great guitar player. Learn how to escape from "the experience trap."

POSTED: 03/13/2014 - 09:44 am

 
Things to Know Before You Go Into the Studio
This article reviews some of the most important things that guitar players need to know and master before going in to record and outlines the things that most often cause a guitar player to be bad in the studio.

POSTED: 02/13/2014 - 10:25 am

 
Kickstart Your Songwriting!
A philosophical approach to the art of songwriting.

POSTED: 02/10/2014 - 08:58 am

 
How Players Lose Interest
So many people fall into the trap of losing interest. Before you know it, a prospective guitarist tells you he's playing bass and then quitting all together. Why does this happen?

POSTED: 02/07/2014 - 10:29 am

 
Slump Busting: A Personal Manifesto
It has long been my ideology that learning from other guitarists through their ability to overcome learning obstacles is the most beneficial practice. This article, a firsthand look at how I overcome plateaus in learning guitar, is meant to be disputed.

POSTED: 02/07/2014 - 09:24 am

 
5 Reasons Why a Good Ear Is a Musician's Most Powerful Asset
Ear training is too often neglected by musicians. However it seems that many musicians do not realise all the benefits of being able to listen critically to music. Here are just 5 reasons why having a good ear will be your most powerful asset.

POSTED: 01/21/2014 - 09:30 am

 
5 Tips on How to Become a Better Guitar Player
Most guitar players desire to become a better guitar player. Guitarist ask me quite often why they are not at the level that they desire and what can they do. In the past I have asked myself the very same question.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 10:02 am

 
How to Be Aggressive With Your Playing
Inspiration. Being aggressive with everything you do related to music.

POSTED: 01/13/2014 - 02:24 am

 
Top 10 Metal Songs to End 2013 With
A list which highlights some of my favorite metal songs!

POSTED: 01/06/2014 - 09:39 am

 
Ten Annoyingly Catchy Songs
A look at some of the most enduring ear worm hits.

POSTED: 01/06/2014 - 09:20 am

 
Should You Produce Your Own Music?
Do you have what it takes to go it alone, or should you hire in some help?

POSTED: 01/06/2014 - 08:03 am

 
Why You Should NOT Go to Music School
If you're considering music school, let me play devil's advocate and explain why I think that's a waste.

POSTED: 12/26/2013 - 03:14 am

 
Bleeding Through's Breakup - What Can We Learn?
Why Bleeding Through called it quits - and what it means for your band.

POSTED: 12/18/2013 - 09:45 am

 
7 More Cover Songs You Never Knew Existed
More of the most interesting cover songs I've heard.

POSTED: 12/12/2013 - 08:35 am

 
7 Cover Songs You Never Knew Existed
A list of the oddest, coolest and most unexpected cover songs I have ever heard

POSTED: 12/12/2013 - 07:39 am

 
Top 4 Things Guitar Players Waste Their Practice Time On
Learn 4 exercises that waste your practice time and what to practice instead to become a much better guitar player.

POSTED: 12/11/2013 - 08:13 am

 
Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal - Similarities
A guide to the common factors present in the two main "Prog" genres.

POSTED: 12/10/2013 - 08:49 am

 
Why You Struggle to Think of New Ideas for Writing a Song
Out of ideas for songwriting? You are probably making one or more of these 4 critical songwriting mistakes. Read this article to find out what they are (+ how to fix them) and write better songs than ever!

POSTED: 12/03/2013 - 07:11 am

 
5 Songs That Created Punk Rock
A look back at the origins of anarchy.

POSTED: 11/13/2013 - 07:10 am

 
The Next Step
An article on getting past "the wall."

POSTED: 11/11/2013 - 07:28 am

 
5 Reasons Why Alternate Picking Sucks
Learn 5 reasons why using strict alternate picking will do nothing but hold you back from reaching your highest potential on the guitar. Plus, learn why most people mistakenly stick with alternate picking despite its flaws.

POSTED: 11/10/2013 - 12:09 pm

 
These Two Things Separate the Experts From the Amateurs
A recent study revealed that, among other things, two main practice techniques were the primary reason certain athletes succeeded and others did not. This can be applied to guitar playing as well.

POSTED: 11/10/2013 - 09:42 am

 
Performance as Conversation
How musicians as performers connect with their audience, and what everyone can do to achieve a high-energy stage show.

POSTED: 11/06/2013 - 09:15 am

 
Fans and Fanboys
Are you a respectable fan or just a typical fanboy?

POSTED: 10/30/2013 - 09:44 am

 
Five Myths About Guitar Speed That Damage Your Progress
There exist many false beliefs about learning guitar in general and guitar speed in particular that will greatly hinder your progress.

POSTED: 10/23/2013 - 10:55 am

 
Top Ten Riffs For Summoning A Guitar Store Clerk
There are ten songs that boast riffs likely to be heard on a daily basis in guitar stores throughout the world.

POSTED: 10/18/2013 - 09:03 am

 
The Locus of Control - Taking Control of Your Musical Destiny
What do successful bands have in common that struggling ones don't?

POSTED: 10/15/2013 - 10:20 am

 
5 Metal Albums To Avoid
Metal albums that put the genre to shame.

POSTED: 10/15/2013 - 09:54 am

 
Why You Should Perform, Regardless of Skill Level
Fears about performing are really common. In this article and video, I explore the reasons why we have these feelings and what to do about them.

POSTED: 10/08/2013 - 10:40 am

 
13 Albums Which Will Get You Into Metal Music
The article lists my personal favorite metal albums which will appeal to any listener. Just spreading the metal...

POSTED: 10/03/2013 - 09:34 am

 
11 Dumb Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Small Ads for Band Members
Can't find the right people for your band? Maybe it's because your ad is terrible. Here's 11 ways you could be letting yourself down.

POSTED: 09/16/2013 - 10:51 am

 
Waiting to Exhale: How to Reduce Tension While Playing
How to practice playing tension free.

POSTED: 09/11/2013 - 02:06 pm

 
Discipline - Necessary Or Obsolete? Part III - Remedies Continued
Part III of this series concludes with a final investigation into remedies to help us deal with overwhelm and frustration in our daily practice.

POSTED: 09/11/2013 - 02:06 pm

 
Hand-Crafted Guitars and Drums
I have just spoken to a guy who is a specialist in hand-made hand drums and has been doing some hand-made guitar luthiering. Here are the notes I took.

POSTED: 09/11/2013 - 10:39 am

 
The Importance of Guitar Lacquer Paint and Plastics & Metals
Much to the dismay of the wooden guitar fans, there are a lot of parts made out of different than wood materials. Apparently, all these are said to have negative effect on tonal quality.

POSTED: 09/10/2013 - 09:18 am

 
Create Songs That Demand Attention With These 3 Songwriting Techniques
Want to write songs that demand the attention of your listeners? Learn how using the 3 powerful songwriting techniques in this article.

POSTED: 09/09/2013 - 10:02 am

 
10 Reasons Why Your Band Will Never Make It
You've been going for a few years now, the band is on the up and there's that little glimmer of hope on the horizon. But trust me, you're not going to make it and here's why.

POSTED: 09/04/2013 - 09:47 am

 
How to Adjust Truss Rod
This article is only for inexpensive guitars.

POSTED: 09/04/2013 - 09:22 am

 
The Myth of the Tortured Genius - Music Depression and You
Can playing music solve your problems - or make them worse?

POSTED: 08/27/2013 - 09:23 am

 
What's a Solo
Some thoughts on principles and philosophy of improvising.

POSTED: 08/16/2013 - 09:51 am

 
Emotion and Melody Vs Speed
In this article I will discuss the very common argument between the two sides of the instrumental guitar genre (shred) and explain the validity and downfalls of both sides.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 08:45 am

 
The 'How' of Practicing
How, not what, to practise.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 08:25 am

 
What's Behind the Notes
Emotion and feeling in music.

POSTED: 08/14/2013 - 08:08 am

 
How to Prepare for a Recording Session
This article is going to help you to prepare for a recording as an individual, and as a band regardless of your instrument or style of music.

POSTED: 08/12/2013 - 10:48 am

 
5 Songwriting Tips You May Never Have Considered
Keep your songs fresh and varied. Combat writer's block and expand your songwriting ability.

POSTED: 08/07/2013 - 10:56 am