general music:
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

 
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