the guide to:
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

 
Let's Play Slow for a Moment. Part 1
The importance of practicing playing over slow tempos.

POSTED: 05/10/2013 - 07:08 am

 
How to Learn Any Solo No Matter How Difficult. Part 2
This is a two part article about how to learn solos that you find challenging, particularly if you're an intermediate or advanced guitarist.

POSTED: 05/03/2013 - 07:58 am

 
How to Learn Any Solo No Matter How Difficult. Part 1
This is a two part article about how to learn solos that you find challenging, particularly if you're an intermediate or advanced guitarist.

POSTED: 04/26/2013 - 08:10 am

 
One Step at a Time - Master Your Instrument Without Overwhelm
In this article I'll give you practical tips on how you can get any ability you want - no matter if it's connected with technique, theory, improvisation, etc.

POSTED: 04/10/2013 - 07:25 am

 
How Transcribe Songs
I will teach you how to transcribe songs using Audacity.

POSTED: 04/05/2013 - 04:44 am

 
Holding the Pick
This describes different techniques of holding the pick.

POSTED: 04/03/2013 - 10:19 am

 
Electronics and Guitars: The Bypass
A discussion of the basic electronics theory behind different types of bypass used in common effects pedals and what effect they have.

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

 
Helpful Ways to Ease the Pain of Auditioning New Members
Some great tips to make the auditioning process quick and painless.

POSTED: 04/02/2013 - 10:26 am

 
Some Tricks To Get Closer To Hendrix Sound
Short article about some tricks that everyone could try.

POSTED: 03/18/2013 - 08:46 am

 
Best Bass Recording Techniques
Bass is an extremely important component of a song and we explore the different ways of recording a warm, perfect bass sound.

POSTED: 03/11/2013 - 05:27 am

 
Electronics And Guitars: Pickups
Electronic theory for guitars/pickups/amps/effects, part 1: pickups.

POSTED: 03/06/2013 - 03:54 am

 
Acoustic Guitar Anatomy
Even in the 21st century some still make guitars out of wood, claiming wood gives the best sound. Unfortunately, there is nothing the general consumer can do except to obey and try to find the least bad option at the least bad price.

POSTED: 02/25/2013 - 09:33 am

 
Essential Amplifiers: Rock
The second installment in "Essential Amplifiers" series focuses on the rock genre.

POSTED: 02/22/2013 - 09:39 am

 
I'm NOT Going To Tell You How To Play Your Own Instrument But...
After reading of a couple of treads here, apparently from the guys who want to increase speed and/or improve their overall technique, I figured that I should submit one of my comments as an article.

POSTED: 02/22/2013 - 09:38 am

 
So You Want To Switch To Analog Pedals
Each of us is on our own personal musical journey, but most of us will come to a point where we decide we want to put together the ideal group of analog pedals for our playing. There is really a lot more to it than you would think at first glance.

POSTED: 02/19/2013 - 08:59 am

 
6 Tips For Warmer Fingers During The Winter
These are my tips for keeping your digits warm and ready for fast action anytime, anywhere.

POSTED: 02/15/2013 - 10:10 am

 
Comfortable Playing
This article will hopefully give ideas on how to become comfortable with your playing and how it can help you.

POSTED: 02/15/2013 - 09:45 am

 
Practicing Versus Playing
The differences between Practicing and Playing.

POSTED: 02/15/2013 - 09:34 am

 
Essential Amplifiers: Metal/Hard Rock
Part one in 'Essential Amplifiers' series starts with one of my favorite genres of music: metal.

POSTED: 02/12/2013 - 10:04 am

 
Memorizing The Notes On Guitar
There DOES exist a real tangible method for developing musical creativity on guitar.

POSTED: 01/29/2013 - 06:38 am

 
Using Midi Drums Like A Pro
How midi drums have changed the industry, and how they can help you too

POSTED: 01/28/2013 - 04:08 am

 
Creating An Effective Practice Space
There is one element that most of guitarists lack - having an effective practice area.

POSTED: 01/25/2013 - 07:07 am

 
Recording With Audacity Or Not
A quick guide to using this popular program correctly, and knowing when (and why) to use something better instead.

POSTED: 01/10/2013 - 03:58 am

 
The New Myspace
A few thoughts so far on the new redesigned Myspace.

POSTED: 01/09/2013 - 09:09 am

 
Recording Bass Guitar
3 core principles for you to get the best recorded results from your bass.

POSTED: 01/08/2013 - 07:35 am

 
A N00b's Guide To UG Part 2
This edition focuses on Contributions and your fellow UG Members.

POSTED: 01/03/2013 - 04:20 am

 
Guide To Different Electric Guitars And Their Tones
What is the difference between different [electric] guitars? The answer lies in 3 main components specific to each guitar.

POSTED: 12/19/2012 - 07:23 am

 
A N00b's Guide To UG Part 1
A first-timer's guide to the features of the site. Very basic info.

POSTED: 12/17/2012 - 09:57 am

 
Playing A Gig Survival Guide
What to do and what not to do at a gig and general tips and advice.

POSTED: 12/13/2012 - 09:29 am

 
UG - Commenting And Ethics
The do's and dont's of commenting anywhere, basic ethics, and how to sound proper on the internet.

POSTED: 12/11/2012 - 09:39 am

 
The Guide To Being A Pro Front Man
Being taken seriously as a local band can be difficult, especially if you are a younger group. The following are guidelines meant to steer front men away from common stagecraft pitfalls.

POSTED: 11/30/2012 - 10:04 am