general music:
Are You Warming Up Wrong?
A few tips on how to make the most of your warm-up time.

POSTED: 03/16/2015 - 08:14 am

The Locus Of Control: Why You Should Wait To Start Lessons
An article discussing the merits of being self-taught and why taking lessons early on can be detrimental.

POSTED: 03/16/2015 - 08:05 am

How I Breathed New Life Into My Playing Experience
An article for musicians who are looking for the next stage in their musical journey.

POSTED: 03/02/2015 - 10:38 am

A Different View on Music Piracy
While it's not right to "steal" anything, maybe "stealing content" has changed its meaning if now most of that content is freely accessible.

POSTED: 02/20/2015 - 09:25 am

How to Set Up a Music Teaching Business
Here are eight factors you need to bear in mind when setting up a music teaching business.

POSTED: 02/20/2015 - 09:25 am

Three Major Types of Guitarists
This comes from my own experience with many different musicians that play many different instruments. If anything seems a little biased I apologize for it's not my intention.

POSTED: 02/18/2015 - 08:46 am

How Acoustic Guitar Works
A brief description of how the acoustic guitar works, how different frets and tunings produce different sounds.

POSTED: 02/18/2015 - 07:43 am

Advantages of Short Scale Acoustic Guitars
Whether your have small fingers or you're just starting to play, short-scale guitars can be a great boon to your playing, and there are some reasons they're attractive to experienced players generally.

POSTED: 02/13/2015 - 04:40 am

My Ultimate-Guitar
As a member of this great family we have here, I would like to express how this website has affected my development as an artist and as a person. I invite you to do the same.

POSTED: 02/06/2015 - 07:37 am

Two Things You Can't Learn Online (And Three Things You Can Learn)
Can you learn everything you need to know from information available online, or should you still take lessons with a private teacher?

POSTED: 01/30/2015 - 09:20 am

Why Don't People Succeed in Learning to Play the Guitar?
Discussion of some of the most common reasons why many people don't become the guitar player they want to be, and how you can prevent this.

POSTED: 01/21/2015 - 05:30 am

Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Band?
This is a brief summary of things you should consider before you enter into a crowdfunding venture with your band.

POSTED: 01/13/2015 - 11:12 am

How to Teach Guitar Online
In this article you'll discover why the future of guitar lessons is online and how you can get started and make money as an online guitar teacher.

POSTED: 01/13/2015 - 06:22 am

You Are Not Only a Musician, You Are an Artist
It is one thing to know that you picked up a guitar at 13, then you started to learn your favorite band's songs and maybe you hooked up with a couple friends to jam. But actually, what did you just do there?

POSTED: 12/26/2014 - 10:03 am

Axe Fetish
Sometimes we love our gear too much...

POSTED: 11/24/2014 - 10:28 am

8 Reasons to Love the New Foo Fighters Record
"Sonic Highways" is out now! Here's why you should buy it!

POSTED: 11/17/2014 - 08:33 am

Why Rock Music Deserves Just as Much Respect as Classical
Most people see classical music as superior to rock. But here are some ways in which rock stars are actually more talented than classical musicians.

POSTED: 11/13/2014 - 05:11 am

Stealing From Other Musicians
Okay, stealing isn't quite the right word but it grabbed your attention, I do not mean stealing money or possessions from a musician but more their musical ideas.

POSTED: 10/08/2014 - 10:57 am

10 Vegan Rock Stars
Check out 10 famous musicians rocking the vegan lifestyle.

POSTED: 10/04/2014 - 09:06 am

The Mike Dirnt Paradox
Green Day's bass player inspired me that question: what is defining us as musicians? What we can play? Or what we create?

POSTED: 09/18/2014 - 09:08 am

10 Metal Songs with Amazing Build-Ups
Sometimes a build-up leads to end of the song, and sometimes the build-up wasn't intended...

POSTED: 09/16/2014 - 04:59 am

Pulling It From Your Head - Part 2
Now that you have the right state of mind, are you having trouble getting the format right? Here are some tricks to help get it written.

POSTED: 09/15/2014 - 08:45 am

Do You Have the 'Natural Talent' to Sing?
This article is a discussion on natural talent and how it applies to the vocal world. It goes into an in-depth look at people form their own voice naturally. Then goes into how you can learn to grow your own voice.

POSTED: 09/04/2014 - 10:58 am

Player, Musician and Artist
Anyone who has ever picked up an instrument can fall under 3 different categories. For all these categories, there are certain strengths and weaknesses. By knowing what category you fall into you will be able to discover the weaknesses in your own playing.

POSTED: 09/04/2014 - 10:26 am

The Correct Mindset to Learn
Many people have poor habits that limit their growth and impede's their learning. This article addresses poor mindsets and people's common outlook towards mistakes. Then it address the way you should view a mistake.

POSTED: 09/03/2014 - 10:23 am

5 Ways to Promote Your Guitar Teaching Business
Want to find more guitar students? If you would like to earn a full-time income from teaching, you need to understand the business aspects of running a studio. This article contains five offline methods for promoting your music teaching business.

POSTED: 08/21/2014 - 10:16 am

British Guitar Music: What's Next?
Is British guitar music getting loud and proud all over again?

POSTED: 08/19/2014 - 10:37 am

Pulling It From Your Head - Songwriting
How to think of things to write a song with.

POSTED: 08/14/2014 - 11:08 am

The Act of Caring (Regarding One's Playing)
Improving one's playing by being intensely aware of one's playing.

POSTED: 08/11/2014 - 08:59 am

Seven Steps to Consider When Building a Music Teaching Website
Do you want to expand your guitar teaching studio? Would you like more students? If you really want a successful music teaching business, then you will probably need a website. Here are a several things to think about when creating one.

POSTED: 08/11/2014 - 08:26 am

Music and Busking: Permits for Street Performances
A comprehensive guide on obtaining busking permits in major American cities.

POSTED: 07/25/2014 - 08:23 am

10 Metal Songs With Amazing Outros
An ordered list of 10 metal songs which have really cool outros.

POSTED: 07/07/2014 - 04:32 am

The Biggest Thing Holding You Back
This is the single biggest lie we tell ourselves, which cripples our progress in music and in life.

POSTED: 06/26/2014 - 10:12 am

Should Beginner Bands Start With Cover Songs or Originals?
We have a thing to ask you, music aficionados.

POSTED: 06/20/2014 - 08:29 am

Sounds of the Underground: Prog Metal
A column that focusses on showcasing unknown bands from around the world. This edition covers twenty of progressive metal's finest upcoming bands.

POSTED: 06/17/2014 - 10:26 am

What Makes a Good Song?
Honesty is the biggest part of a good song. Have you been writing and producing nothing but blank pages? It's time to find the truth inside of you, you have something to say, spit it out.

POSTED: 06/17/2014 - 09:40 am

Debate: Music vs. Lyrics
What's more important - the music or the lyrics?

POSTED: 06/14/2014 - 08:56 am

British Bands Who Never 'Made It' in America (And Should Have)
The story of "making it" in America is one as old as rock 'n' roll itself for many British artists. Whether too controversial, too self-destructive or just too British all these bands are well worth your time!

POSTED: 06/05/2014 - 11:16 am

Why Don't You Play Better? Ask Yourself These 10 Questions
Have you ever heard the old saying "practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good"? If not, you most likely are not playing guitar at the level you want to play at.

POSTED: 06/03/2014 - 11:20 am

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Guitar Practice or Are You Just Wasting Time?
Do you like to debate minutiae instead of working on your craft? Let's stop that and learn how to get outstanding results by practicing smart.

POSTED: 06/03/2014 - 11:08 am

Do Musical Instruments Have Souls?
As musicians we are oftentimes considered to be some of the most soulful people on the planet, but do the instruments we love, play and cherish have souls of their own?

POSTED: 06/03/2014 - 10:35 am

5 Books That Will Change the Way You Play Guitar
Are you ready to reinvent your playing? This short list of books will help you.

POSTED: 05/27/2014 - 10:09 am

From a Teacher's Perspective to 'Playing Along'
I started playing guitar at a very young age in 1984. I had walked into the kitchen and proclaimed to my parents I wanted to play guitar to become a "rock star." This moment was the start of my musical journey.

POSTED: 05/27/2014 - 09:05 am

Top 10 Rock Basslines
Here are my top 10 rock basslines that I know. You may have a different opinion and I would like you to share that. I have only done 1 song by each band. Here are the bass riffs for 10 rock songs.

POSTED: 05/20/2014 - 09:00 am

Best High-End Amps for Metal
A simple list of the amps that will give you the best metal sounds, and what sets each model apart.

POSTED: 05/12/2014 - 10:43 am

The Importance of Routine
Talking about how and why routine makes all the difference with your playing.

POSTED: 05/07/2014 - 10:32 am

The Local Music Scene
What's going on in the music scene right now, why the local music scene is "dead" and what you can do to fix it.

POSTED: 04/28/2014 - 11:13 am

How to Conquer Anxiety and Stage Fright
This is literally THE BEST way to deal with feelings of anxiety or stress of any kind, which naturally makes it very effective in dealing with stage fright.

POSTED: 04/24/2014 - 09:35 am

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