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The Awesome Guide to Acoustic Guitar EQ
How to EQ acoustic guitar the right way. Get general tips, specific instructions and best practices.

POSTED: 10/09/2015 - 06:16 am

Killing the Myths of Low Volume Amp Performance
Time and again we see misinformation expressed as fact. This article is designed to give readers the necessary understanding to counteract the myth.

POSTED: 10/06/2015 - 06:18 am

Picking the Right Guitar
A quick guide to buying the right guitar.

POSTED: 10/02/2015 - 05:21 am

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Preamps and Power Amps
In the world of guitar amplification, the terms "preamp" and "power amp" are thrown around frequently. Many guitarists have nothing more than a vague, conceptual understanding of what they are and how they contribute to the overall tonality of an amplifier. Let's take a look at some of the characteristics, similarities, and differences between preamps and power amps.

POSTED: 09/30/2015 - 05:53 am

The Future of Solid-State Technology
One of the most controversial topics creating an insane amount of buzz within the guitar community is solid-state amplification. Some favor solid-state/digital guitar amplifiers for their cost-effectiveness, portability, and flexibility, while some guitarists despise them for their sterile, inorganic tones - it’s no surprise that in some forums, debates over solid-state technology have become explosive. But what do these changes in amplifier technology mean for the future of the industry?

POSTED: 09/30/2015 - 05:13 am

Overcoming a Playing Rut
For many guitar players, there are few things more irritating than getting stuck in the proverbial rut. I know that feeling all too well, and hopefully through my misery and hair-loss, you can save a few bucks on therapy.

POSTED: 09/29/2015 - 04:43 am

An Introduction to VSTs
A look at some freeware and commercial VST plugins.

POSTED: 09/25/2015 - 07:41 am

The Difference Between a Successful Band, and Your Band
This guide covers the importance of planning ahead, how to gain attention for your band, and how to score those exciting opportunities that are otherwise unavailable to you.

POSTED: 09/09/2015 - 06:27 am

Musicianship and Good Conduct
This article aims to shed light on some of the key factors in becoming a successful musician, as well as offer some advice on how to improve your musicianship.

POSTED: 09/04/2015 - 06:15 am

Epiphone Vs. Gibson
The buyers guide to buying a high priced Gibson, or a lower priced Epiphone.

POSTED: 08/21/2015 - 09:19 am

How to Be Your Own Promoter
In this article we will go through the bare essentials behind being a promoter for your own shows. This is mainly to cover the nitty gritty essentials of putting on a show and not so much detail into the promotion side of things. This is by no means the only or best way to go about things, just one way.

POSTED: 08/13/2015 - 10:57 am

The Guide to Modern Music
I've noticed that there's a lot of people (especially young classic rock fans) who are constantly saying that music today sucks and that today's music isn't innovative or experimental enough and stuff.

POSTED: 08/06/2015 - 11:55 am

Things You Must Know When Pursuing a Career in the Music Industry
Also, meet a few guys who've done it right.

POSTED: 05/26/2015 - 07:54 am

Guide to Pedals: Fuzz Pedals
An introductory guide to fuzz pedals following the same steps as before.

POSTED: 05/15/2015 - 09:36 am

Guide to Pedals: Distortion Pedals
A quick overview of distortion pedals.

POSTED: 04/28/2015 - 12:32 pm

Guide to Pedals: Overdrive Pedals
A quick look to the overdrive pedal, the one all guitar players have.

POSTED: 04/22/2015 - 09:14 am

Guide to Pedals: Boost Pedals
An explanation of the boost pedals.

POSTED: 04/14/2015 - 10:47 am

Coping With the Fact That You Like Green Day: The American Idiot's Guide
You've made some mistakes. This can help.

POSTED: 04/07/2015 - 09:48 am

How to Build a Basic Pedalboard
Almost every guitarist have their own pedalboard with the pedals they like and color their personal sound and tone with. Finding the right pedals will take time and can be expensive. It can also be hard to find out what you really need on your pedalboard, so that's what I will talk about in this column. Read on, good people, and contact me if there's any questions!

POSTED: 03/24/2015 - 10:53 am

Make It Wit Chu: A Guitarist's Guide to Valentine's Day
This one simple trick will make all the ladies yours! A guitarist once tried this trick, you won't believe what happened next!

POSTED: 02/14/2015 - 12:10 pm

How to Manage Frustration
Examination of how the feeling of frustration can hinder our progress as musicians. Ideas for managing frustration so that it doesn't derail musical aspirations.

POSTED: 01/19/2015 - 10:02 am

Top 10 Things That Rocked in 2014
The title says it all!

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

Top 10 Things That Sucked in 2014
A guide to all the things that you wanted to forget about the last year.

POSTED: 01/13/2015 - 11:10 am

Buying Your First Electric Guitar
We have all been there, looking to buy our first real electric guitar, but not knowing what, where or how to buy the right one. Well, let me guide you a little further on your quest for your new guitar. Come on, read on, friends!

POSTED: 12/31/2014 - 03:45 am

How to Set Up Electric Guitar
Here's a little guide on how to set up your guitar just right, dig in!

POSTED: 12/29/2014 - 03:36 am

Too Afraid to Buy Your First Guitar?
Some tips for the beginners on how to buy your first acoustic guitar.

POSTED: 10/20/2014 - 10:14 am

How to Record Guitar: Microphone Placement
There's nothing that beats the sound of an electric guitar playing through a miked amplifier.

POSTED: 10/15/2014 - 11:25 am

How to Master Music
It's hard for many beginner, intermediate and even some advanced players to see all the material they need to master to reach their goals. In order to help the players who can't see that full view yet, I've written this article to discuss the aspects that are crucial for success as a musician or artist.

POSTED: 09/04/2014 - 10:48 am

5 Ways To Make Sure You're Not Actually Jack White
Ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure you're not actually Jack White.

POSTED: 07/02/2014 - 09:41 am

How to Make Money With Your Music
How to take the music you've made and actually get paid. The new business model, safer and more stable than pre-existing stereotypes about music careers.

POSTED: 06/10/2014 - 11:13 am

Guitar Lessons for Children
Encouraging a child to learn the guitar can be one of the best things you can do for them. This articles looks at some of the dos and don'ts of teaching the guitar to children.

POSTED: 04/25/2014 - 10:10 am

Get the Guitar Tone of Your Dreams
10 special ways to achieve the tone you have always wanted. Forge your own guitar tone with these 10 steps.

POSTED: 04/22/2014 - 07:18 am

How to Achieve Guitar God Status
A short lesson.

POSTED: 03/21/2014 - 10:25 am

How to Release Cover Songs Internationally: The Law, Licensing & Cost
Learn how to get your cover songs released, distributed, hosted online, streamed, played on radio and played live without falling foul of copyright law.

POSTED: 02/28/2014 - 04:58 am

How to Become a Great Lead Rock Guitarist
What's better: knowing 4,000 arpeggio patterns that can't be recalled quickly in a song or knowing 12 and playing them with the fullest level of conviction, phrasing, and rhythm?

POSTED: 02/27/2014 - 09:18 am

A Guide to an Unknown Country's Metal Scene
Bangladesh, that's the last country you'd expect to find to quality metal/rock songs. But, turns out it has one of the most underrated and strong metal-bases in the world.

POSTED: 02/24/2014 - 08:18 am

Guitar Buying Guide
It is easy to be overwhelmed once you see the guitar you want to buy. This guide is a checklist of what to do once you have the guitar in your hands to audition.

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

Start a Band/Join a Band. Part 1
The biggest step is moving out of the bedroom onto the stage. Here's how you do it.

POSTED: 02/07/2014 - 09:55 am

3 Tips for 'Doing It Right' as a Band
These are 3 tips for band members to use in their music career.

POSTED: 01/06/2014 - 09:27 am

How to Improve Anything in 5 Minutes a Day
This 5-minute exercise will immediately improve any area of your playing if done correctly.

POSTED: 12/09/2013 - 09:50 am

Let's Play Slow for a Moment. Part 2
The basic concept as to why it is important to practice and play over slow tempos. Providing exercises, examples and explanations to help familiarize yourself more with playing over slow tempo and aid in improving and expanding your overall rhythmic abilities.

POSTED: 11/06/2013 - 10:15 am

Top 3 Ways to Make Money Teaching Guitar Lessons
A look at how you can teach guitar as a way to increase the money you make from music. Includes the three ways in which you can deliver your lessons, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions I often get.

POSTED: 10/14/2013 - 11:15 am

How to Build a Music Website
The aim of this case study is for musicians to see what works when making their own site, so they too can improve how well their website retains and converts visitors.

POSTED: 10/07/2013 - 11:03 am

6 Reasons to Get a Practice Amp
Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to buy your first amp, here are 6 reasons to go and get yourself a practice amp.

POSTED: 10/01/2013 - 10:22 am

Synthesizer 101: Basics of Synthesizer Programming
Making bleeps and bloops: it's not for sissies. This article covers the basics of synthesizer programming from the ground up, with examples you already know and love, and how they got those sounds.

POSTED: 09/25/2013 - 10:41 am

How to Survive Music Class
At my school, we have a little thing called "Small Ensembles" where basically a class of 30 musicians form 6-8 groups and perform a song that they work on for about a week or two. This is how I survived it.

POSTED: 09/13/2013 - 09:47 am

Playing Acoustic Gigs
So you've decided you want to put your electrics away and play an unplugged gig, or start out as an acoustic artist. The guide to playing acoustic guitar live.

POSTED: 09/04/2013 - 09:32 am

How to Write Dynamic Metal Songs That Captivate Fans
Get your songs to stand out among the rest. Simple steps to break out of the mold and keep them wanting more.

POSTED: 07/30/2013 - 10:34 am

Essential Amplifiers: Blues
This installment of Essential Amplifiers focuses on the blues genre.

POSTED: 07/01/2013 - 11:22 am

How to Effectively Promote Your Music and Gain More Fans
Here are some quick and easy things you can do to accomplish all of the music promotion goals to attract more fans.

POSTED: 05/13/2013 - 07:50 am