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Is Your Band Boring?
A brief history of my experience with egos, producers, live shows and a band who wanted to play boring music.

POSTED: 11/27/2014 - 05:00 am

 
Guitar Elders: How to Select a Guitar
Humble yourself and listen to the advice of those players that came before you.

POSTED: 08/14/2014 - 11:09 am

 
How to Regain Your Musical Mojo
I believe that losing your "musical mojo" is something most of us go through at some point through our musical journey, and I also believe that it can be found again. In this article I will explain some of the different steps I used to regain and strengthen mine.

POSTED: 06/23/2014 - 03:26 am

 
Prove It
The amount of times I get asked to prove I'm the "real deal" by complete strangers is just unnecessary, or maybe I've just got a fragile ego.

POSTED: 04/10/2014 - 11:26 am

 
Choose the Right Sustain Pedal
There are a lot of brands of sustain pedal, a lot of models, but we don't know always which one we have to choose. This little article can help you with finding the right sustain pedal for your keyboard or Midi Controller.

POSTED: 04/10/2014 - 11:26 am

 
Starting Again
An account of my experiences of learning to play different instruments.

POSTED: 04/02/2014 - 11:22 am

 
Forty Seven Years
Just a few words of advice from a guy who has been playing guitar for forty seven years.

POSTED: 04/02/2014 - 11:08 am

 
How to (Not) Make Money From Music
A not-very-serious guide to the realities of the music business.

POSTED: 04/02/2014 - 10:28 am

 
What Does 'Overproduced' Even Mean?
There are a few misconceptions about the phrase. I'm here to give my view on them.

POSTED: 03/18/2014 - 11:06 am

 
10 Weird Facts About Music
What don't you know about music?

POSTED: 02/07/2014 - 09:37 am

 
Bands Forming New Bands But With a Different Singer
Do you like it when bands form new bands but just with a different singer?

POSTED: 09/13/2013 - 09:27 am

 
Rut Maintenance
Being stuck in rut with your playing happens to everybody, some months you come on leaps and bounds, others you wonder what you've been doing. Here's my humble take on a contributing factor.

POSTED: 09/04/2013 - 09:15 am

 
Revelations in Sound - Dispelling the Myth That Expensive Is Better
We all seem to be hardwired to believe that more expensive things are automatically better. Inside, I discuss why you should break away from this kind of thinking and the importance of using your own ears, rather than the number on the price tag to make decisions.

POSTED: 08/20/2013 - 11:06 am

 
So You're a One-Hit Wonder
A letter to everyone who thinks being associated with the term "one-hit wonder" will ruin their lives. It will.

POSTED: 08/02/2013 - 10:55 am

 
Why You Don't Need a Manager Yet
An article looking at why you don't need to rush into getting a manager straight away.

POSTED: 06/26/2013 - 09:20 am

 
The Importance of Expression
Sometimes it's better to express your opinion in the decisions concerning your band than to stay silent and let others decide for you.

POSTED: 06/13/2013 - 09:45 am

 
How Records Become Great: A Flight in the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Since the inception of rock and roll as well as contemporary pop, music as both an industry and an art form as undergone drastic change. From the invention of vinyl records to today's MP3 sharing, artists have changed in accordance with music's evolution and responded to the influx of new technology in a digital age.

POSTED: 06/13/2013 - 02:42 am

 
Whatever Happened to the Heavy Bunch
An article about Heavy metal fans and the poor state of affairs true metal fans seem to find their beloved genre in due to an influx of posers and rip-offs.

POSTED: 05/21/2013 - 08:44 am

 
2.16.13: The First Day of the Rest of My Life
The revelation that music is all I'll ever want to do.

POSTED: 05/06/2013 - 09:06 am

 
Something to Kill Time
Don't bother reading this if you won't like. It would be fine, it's just completely useless and random anyway.

POSTED: 04/03/2013 - 10:31 am

 
The Perils of Starting Band Online
Brief detailing of the stresses of the experience of starting bands online through fictional events

POSTED: 04/03/2013 - 09:24 am

 
The Real Villains Of The Music Industry
Why independent labels and social-networking-based music websites are worse than major labels.

POSTED: 01/17/2013 - 04:23 am

 
How To Be A Successful Band
The follow up to our spoof article "How To Improve Your Guitar Playing". Considers vital elements such as the appearance of your band.

POSTED: 01/14/2013 - 06:30 am

 
The Underground Chronicles
Pretty much the untold story of a band called The Personalities, as told through my own eyes. Yes we are real, Yes we still do play gigs and No, none of the names have been changed. Instead of shamelessly promoting us through this, however, I aim to tell the story of the struggling musician and the underground music industry.

POSTED: 01/08/2013 - 06:13 am

 
How To Improve Your Guitar Playing
A great tutorial about how to improve your guitar playing.

POSTED: 01/07/2013 - 04:14 am

 
In Strum Mental: Green Day Revised
A review of American punk band Green Day.

POSTED: 12/11/2012 - 09:29 am

 
Top 10 Lead Guitarist Cliches
10 Clichs that almost every guitarist tries to follow

POSTED: 12/07/2012 - 10:20 am

 
Top 10 Onstage Embarrassments
List of the top 10 embarrassing things that can happen to you as a guitarist on stage.

POSTED: 11/28/2012 - 09:54 am

 
Promoting Teenage Rock Bands
This article is about how to get promotion for your teenage rock band, as well as wondering what is happening to the world of music. Enjoy!

POSTED: 11/26/2012 - 09:16 am

 
In Strum Mental: Green Day
A weekly community conversation regarding a different band each week.

POSTED: 11/26/2012 - 07:51 am

 
What Makes A Band A Well-Oiled Machine
What influences a band to keep itself running smoothly?

POSTED: 11/23/2012 - 09:19 am

 
Originals Vs Mash-Ups
People have made unofficial covers of songs by literally mashing them together. Which side are you on?

POSTED: 11/23/2012 - 09:10 am

 
Love Never Dies
A description of the sequel to the famous musical, "Phantom Of The Opera".

POSTED: 11/22/2012 - 09:51 am

 
International Music Trends
Each country and region has its own music genre preferences through its communities.

POSTED: 11/19/2012 - 06:20 am

 
Why Are There No Reality Shows For Guitarists?
We don't want another Duets. Give us Two Frets. A show where up-and-coming axe masters can only use a tiny portion of their guitars to create a blistering solo!

POSTED: 11/16/2012 - 08:01 am

 
Missed Opportunities
A list of obvious ideas bands have failed to capitalize on over the years.

POSTED: 11/13/2012 - 06:32 am

 
Do You Suffer From Cold Hands?
Winter's here in the Northern hemisphere. If cold hands are a problem, then this is a good solution.

POSTED: 11/08/2012 - 01:59 am

 
Shooting The Messenger
Many people decide to "rate down" a news feed because of the content. But why?

POSTED: 10/25/2012 - 10:25 am

 
Bands Overstaying Their Welcome
We all love the bands that keep getting better and better as their career lengthens. But when it starts to wear thin?

POSTED: 10/25/2012 - 10:20 am

 
The Ataris Kris Roe's On-Stage Meltdown
The Ataris' frontman Kris Roe loses his cool during Sunday's show in Asbury Park.

POSTED: 10/15/2012 - 09:40 am

 
Tom Morello And The 99%
Since showing his support to OWS movement Tom Morello has come under a large amount of criticism for his involvement considering his level of wealth. This article explores why many of these argument are fallacious.

POSTED: 10/04/2012 - 09:46 am

 
Linkin Park - Living Things
This article is about Linkin Park's album "Living Things".

POSTED: 09/20/2012 - 10:33 am

 
5 Tips On Stage Presence Choreography
Creating a professional stage performance for your band can make a significant impact on your audience. I outline 5 general steps to come up with ideas so it can still be fluid, organic, and original.

POSTED: 09/19/2012 - 10:16 am

 
Beatles Magic
The Beatles' influence on popular culture was and remains immense.

POSTED: 09/19/2012 - 10:08 am

 
Stardom Enjoyment Vs Money
My opinion on why people who are in it for the money.

POSTED: 09/14/2012 - 07:01 am

 
What Bands Say And What They Really Mean
A useful guide to translating the rubbish that bands talk about themselves in interviews and press releases.

POSTED: 09/12/2012 - 09:28 am

 
My Experience At A Nightclub
Just a small tale for y'all.

POSTED: 09/05/2012 - 09:44 am

 
Music That Is Actually Worth A Damn 2
This weeks article is on a band that has recently had a frontman shift and a new record coming out in the near future! GALLOWS.

POSTED: 09/03/2012 - 08:24 am

 
Music That Is Actually Worth A Damn
Nickelback... Metallica... Green Day... AC/DC... Led Zeppelin... What is there to say that hasn't already been said. These are some bands that are ACTUALLY WORTH A DAMN!

POSTED: 08/28/2012 - 10:39 am

 
From Devil Horns To Digital Cameras: The Devolution Of The Metal Concert
In an era where technological advancement serves man's ego as much as his daily living, it has also affected how some people experience the metal concert.

POSTED: 08/08/2012 - 10:11 am