general music:
10 Crazy Rockstar Antics
It's good to be the king.

POSTED: 11/19/2015 - 12:18 am

Opinion: 'As Long As We Are Amplified, We Are Not Terrorized'
Live music must not be silenced by the recent terror attacks.

POSTED: 11/17/2015 - 02:21 pm

Is Download 2016 the Demise of Donington?
Download 2016's 3 main headliners have been announced this week alongside the fact that they will be travelling to Paris with the festival. Could this be the start of the demise of the Donington festival?

POSTED: 11/17/2015 - 10:15 am

6 Weird Things That Sparked Band Breakups
When there's tension, even the silliest things can cause complete chaos.

POSTED: 11/08/2015 - 05:45 pm

8 Final Shows of Legendary Rock Bands
Join us for a brief history course!

POSTED: 10/18/2015 - 11:30 pm

8 Famous Actors With Musical Careers
People of many talents they are.

POSTED: 10/11/2015 - 09:29 pm

Reaching Milestones
Whenever you reach a goal, it's cool to take a second and pat yourself on the back. Just don't do it for too long...

POSTED: 10/07/2015 - 10:13 am

11 Amazing Guitar Street Performers
Name your favorite busker.

POSTED: 10/03/2015 - 04:28 pm

Ten Ways to Make Your Band More Respectable
This isn't a post about how to get fans for your band. This is about something else that's arguably just as important: how your band is viewed by the community that you need to work with. Here's ten ways to make your band appear more respectable, likeable and ultimately more professional to promoters, recording engineers, venues and more.

POSTED: 09/09/2015 - 11:45 am

Why My Music Career Failed
Here I am, 28 years old, sitting in front of my refurbished laptop, in my stinky and decrepit shared accommodation, writing an article for UG...

POSTED: 08/31/2015 - 01:51 pm

Bands, Is It the End of an Era?
Disregarding the fact that you have musicians playing behind you does not make you a solo artist.

POSTED: 07/29/2015 - 01:58 pm

Delta Rae: Are They the New Fleetwood Mac?
To quote Rolling Stone magazine, "If Fleetwood Mac came up in North Carolina, they might resemble Delta Rae."

POSTED: 07/28/2015 - 02:12 pm

Eight Best Irish Rock Bands
Ireland has been responsible for a good number of acclaimed rock bands - many of which have achieved worldwide acclaim and success. This list explores those Irish bands that have really broken away and become part of rock music history.

POSTED: 07/23/2015 - 03:25 pm

Six Easy Ways to Save Money on Guitars and Gear
Everybody wants to have more money, right? And everyone on UG is always buying guitars and equipment. Boom! Now you can save more money the next time they want to buy guitars and equipment. This article gives six simple ideas that can be used to get your next guitar, amp, or pedal for less.

POSTED: 07/16/2015 - 01:57 pm

The 50 Greatest Metal (and Quasi-Metal!) Songs of the 70's - No. 25-1
Part 2 of my countdown of the best, heaviest songs of the 1970s. A celebration of the old school, a gift to the metal community!

POSTED: 07/01/2015 - 03:42 pm

12 Sexiest Guitar Riffs
Time to bring up the heat!

POSTED: 06/26/2015 - 08:49 pm

10 of the Hardest Popular Songs to Sing
These are those popular songs - you know, everyone loves - that people can really struggle to sing. Only one song per artist.

POSTED: 06/22/2015 - 02:51 pm

Left-Handedness and Musicianship
A look at the role lefties have had in the music community.

POSTED: 06/19/2015 - 12:45 pm

MI Theory and Musicianship Part I: Language and Visualization
Learn how to apply your non-musical skills and intelligences to your musicianship and songwriting.

POSTED: 06/18/2015 - 03:35 pm

How to Use EQ and Gain Control Properly
Find yourself scooping the mids and boosting the bass on your guitar EQ? Maxing the gain and using a heavily saturated distortion pedals? For the love of Steve Vai, please read on to realize this is a heinous crime.

POSTED: 06/18/2015 - 02:25 pm

The 50 Greatest Metal (and Quasi-Metal) Songs of the '70s - No. 50-26
A personal countdown of my favorite metal songs of the 1970s... including some acts that aren't usually considered metal!

POSTED: 06/11/2015 - 03:26 pm

10 Metal Songs Which Are Extremely Sad
A list of painfully sad metal songs.

POSTED: 06/10/2015 - 03:45 pm

The Key to Playing Music People Want to Hear - Part 1
What I wish I was told from the beginning. A change of focus for young musicians.

POSTED: 06/10/2015 - 03:07 pm

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

POSTED: 03/16/2015 - 12:14 pm

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 - 12:05 pm

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 - 03:38 pm

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 - 02:25 pm

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 - 02:25 pm

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 - 01:46 pm

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 - 12:43 pm

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 - 09:40 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 - 12:37 pm

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 - 02:20 pm

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 - 10:30 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 - 04:12 pm

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 - 11:22 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 - 03:03 pm

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

POSTED: 11/24/2014 - 03:28 pm

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 - 01:33 pm

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 - 10:11 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 - 02:57 pm

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

POSTED: 10/04/2014 - 01:06 pm

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 - 01:08 pm

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 - 08:59 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 - 12:45 pm

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 - 02:58 pm

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 - 02:26 pm

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 - 02:23 pm

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 - 02:16 pm

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

POSTED: 08/19/2014 - 02:37 pm