This lesson will help you understand how to properly and effectively implement delay pedals as tools in hand to make you a better, more melodic and more rhythmic guitar player.
I rarely ever see artists using multiple social media platforms on a regular basis. Often, only 1 receives a reasonable amount of attention and the others are updated sporadically.
Finding your own style is probably the most important aspect of a guitar player that nobody ever talks about.
After getting a good signal in into the PA the next item down our list is the EQ. As a guitarist, this is an area we should have some experience with. And even if you are not the one running the PA, understanding the EQ is still very useful.
Learn 5 popular Christmas songs using only 3 simple chords
The simplified acoustic version of Michael Buble's song 'Feeling Good'
A guide for people who are new to tab reviewing, on what and what not to do when moderating tabs
Checking the neck relief, adjusting the rod and much more...
Learn all of the skills that you need to help improve your band right here! Find out how to become a better band member today.
In this part of mini-series you'll learn the key skills that go into being a guitar player in a band. If you want your band to sound better this is the lesson for you!
Your amplifier is a huge part of your sound. Don't waste it's potential - learn how to get the best tone you can right here.
A basic primer on running live sound from a guitarist perspective.
Ukulele's come in all shapes and sizes to suit different styles, tones, and the player's preference. Listed below are the 4 different standard ukulele types as well as some oddballs you may not have known existed.
The skills and experience gained through our failed musical careers are valuable and should not be overlooked or undervalued.
I've known many people who can play the guitar but don't realise that the ukulele uses the same musical principles. Many tend to shy away from the ukulele to concentrate on what they are already good at, thinking that they must learn new skills and pretty much be back to square one. In my experience, learning the ukulele is no different from learning the guitar. So, if you already play guitar, you already play the uke.
This tutorial will walk you through the entire cycle of learning Led Zeppelin's greatest masterpiece using Tab Pro service.
A helpful guide to producing backing tracks on your own without any expenses.
The proper care and feeding of your guitar.
Let us address the biggest elephant in the room when it comes to playing guitar, when it comes to playing music, when it comes to listening music - the seemingly oldest story ever, which is the nonsensical way people approach feelings and technique in music, and how that seems to have become a problem for a bit too many musicians out there.
What difference does it make if it's a Les Paul body or a Strat body...
AKA how to get the best toanz...
How to become a better blues guitarist.
How wood affects the tone of electric guitar.
Get the most potential out of every second you spend playing.
Maximize your profits with this week's guide.
Learn how to minimize the expenses of touring in this new guide.
Stick by these rules and you can negotiate the second hand market to find the axe of your dreams.
Three more LPs go under the microscope in this week's edition.
Here's a list of 101 different things you can do to improve on the electrical guitar. Suitable for the beginner through to the advanced player.
Because buying instrument number two isn't as simple as you'd think...
Multi-instrumentalist Paul Bytheway reveals his challenging journey into the world of live looping.
Three of the best put to the test in this week's LP shootout.
A sequel to an article about heavy metal and hard rock scene of Bangladesh.
Those hours before you go onstage matter.
Simple tips to help you become a smart seller.
"Clothes make the man." Mark Twain said that.
Covers prehab and rehab to avoid getting injured while playing guitar.
A Stratocaster buyer's guide.
Learn what the biggest mistakes most guitarists make and how to rectify it.
Guitarists face unique challenges when reading music, and many great players have a hard time reading standard notation at all. How can we make reading easy on us? And how can we transform written music into a lively performance?
Forget these items at your peril...
Finding your first six-string doesn't need to be a minefield.
This is the difference between being a great guitar player and being an ok one.
Three ways to improve your motivation and achieve your guitar goals.
Pulling crowds is hard work, but there are ways to make it easier.
Make sure you have everything in place before you start your business.
A few simple rules to follow.
This article was written at the beginning of 2016 - where wrapping up the 20th century seems a bit overdue. At least to the author.
A few tips to follow if you want to make yourself heard.
Do you spend hours practising and perfecting your technique, only to have no gigs? These might be some reasons why...
Seven effective tips for winning a crowd at your concert.
Small but mighty.
How to EQ acoustic guitar the right way. Get general tips, specific instructions and best practices.
Time and again we see misinformation expressed as fact. This article is designed to give readers the necessary understanding to counteract the myth.
A quick guide to buying the right guitar.
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.
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?
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.
A look at some freeware and commercial VST plugins.
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.
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.
The buyers guide to buying a high priced Gibson, or a lower priced Epiphone.
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.
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.
Think headless guitars are only for super-nerds? I'm willing to bet you're selling yourself short.
Also, meet a few guys who've done it right.
An introductory guide to fuzz pedals following the same steps as before.
A quick overview of distortion pedals.
A quick look to the overdrive pedal, the one all guitar players have.
An explanation of the boost pedals.
You've made some mistakes. This can help.
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!
A guide to a versatile, powerful, great sounding rig on a budget - cover all the bases without compromising!
This one simple trick will make all the ladies yours! A guitarist once tried this trick, you won't believe what happened next!
I'll show you how to fix the battery-eating-part of the otherwise beautiful Yamaha RBX 374.
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.
The title says it all!
A guide to all the things that you wanted to forget about the last year.
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!
Here's a little guide on how to set up your guitar just right, dig in!
Some tips for the beginners on how to buy your first acoustic guitar.
There's nothing that beats the sound of an electric guitar playing through a miked amplifier.
I tried to list all the variables in making a pickup as well as what they do and how they function.
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.
Ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure you're not actually Jack White.
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.
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.
10 special ways to achieve the tone you have always wanted. Forge your own guitar tone with these 10 steps.
A short lesson.
Learn how to get your cover songs released, distributed, hosted online, streamed, played on radio and played live without falling foul of copyright law.
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?
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.
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.
The biggest step is moving out of the bedroom onto the stage. Here's how you do it.
These are 3 tips for band members to use in their music career.
This 5-minute exercise will immediately improve any area of your playing if done correctly.
This article addresses issues and offers an improvement to the standard Gibson arrangement.
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.
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.
The tuning of different strings has a different sensitivity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some basic things you can (and should) do to keep your guitar playing great.
Get your songs to stand out among the rest. Simple steps to break out of the mold and keep them wanting more.
A simple beginners guide to strings for your bass guitar.
This installment of Essential Amplifiers focuses on the blues genre.
Here are some quick and easy things you can do to accomplish all of the music promotion goals to attract more fans.
The importance of practicing playing over slow tempos.
This is a two part article about how to learn solos that you find challenging, particularly if you're an intermediate or advanced guitarist.
This is a two part article about how to learn solos that you find challenging, particularly if you're an intermediate or advanced guitarist.
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.
I will teach you how to transcribe songs using Audacity.
This describes different techniques of holding the pick.
A discussion of the basic electronics theory behind different types of bypass used in common effects pedals and what effect they have.
Some great tips to make the auditioning process quick and painless.
Short article about some tricks that everyone could try.
Bass is an extremely important component of a song and we explore the different ways of recording a warm, perfect bass sound.
Electronic theory for guitars/pickups/amps/effects, part 1: pickups.
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.
The second installment in "Essential Amplifiers" series focuses on the rock genre.
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.
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.
These are my tips for keeping your digits warm and ready for fast action anytime, anywhere.
This article will hopefully give ideas on how to become comfortable with your playing and how it can help you.
The differences between Practicing and Playing.
Part one in 'Essential Amplifiers' series starts with one of my favorite genres of music: metal.
There DOES exist a real tangible method for developing musical creativity on guitar.
How midi drums have changed the industry, and how they can help you too
There is one element that most of guitarists lack - having an effective practice area.
A loose guitar neck has been successfully, strongly, steadily and reliably repaired by carefully positioning a thin and long woodscrew. Machine screw can also be used.
A quick guide to using this popular program correctly, and knowing when (and why) to use something better instead.
A few thoughts so far on the new redesigned Myspace.
3 core principles for you to get the best recorded results from your bass.
This edition focuses on Contributions and your fellow UG Members.
What is the difference between different [electric] guitars? The answer lies in 3 main components specific to each guitar.
A first-timer's guide to the features of the site. Very basic info.
What to do and what not to do at a gig and general tips and advice.
The do's and dont's of commenting anywhere, basic ethics, and how to sound proper on the internet.
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.
Advice on building or buying your first pedal board.
Reviews can be a good way to pin point a good pedal online, but can still be misleading end up making you unsatisfied when you get the pedal. This article will give you the reasons why you should listen to these pedals and how to do it online.
Everything you need to know about effects pedals.
How a working musician survives in the music industry of today and how the popular belief that musicians/bands can't survive in the industry due to lack of finance is out-dated.
Here I offer a beginner's guide to the electric guitar. From the different roles it can play in a band, to choosing an instrument, to the techniques required to master it.
Basics of playing the electric guitar. Written for people who are either just deciding to learn the instrument, or perhaps for acoustic players who are thinking of taking up the electric.
How to make sure you know what to practice next in order to achieve your goals.
Man I want to be on that stage so bad but when I get up there I like have an anxiety attack not cool but I'm going to try to get rid of it for you and myself... Hopefully
Man last night no sleep I was playing my bass Ramone all night so I figured I would create an effective way of sleeping while you are addicted to playing your instrument.
A guide to learning for those who have said "one of these days" to themselves.
This article discusses the different types of guitar lessons available to students. It gives advice on what to look for when thinking about taking lessons.
Learning the guitar through the use of video offers significant benefits over traditional books and written learning materials. This articles talks about some of those benefits and also suggests place to find guitar lessons videos on the internet.
A brief summary of paying tax as a paid musician in the UK by Alex Kehoe.
A guide what a producer does and how they can help you or your band.
With the internet offering ever more ways of learning things, aspiring guitarists should make the most of the available resources, as learning guitar online is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most effective ways to learn.
A basic guide to the things you need to know in order to look after your electric guitar properly.
This article will give you all the necessary information about the maintenance of your guitar, this includes electric, acoustic, bass, mandolins, ukulele.
How to get tunings not offered in Rocksmith with it's own system.
A great program to help musicians over 40 and others develop the longevity, vitality and energy needed to continue playing gigs after the age of 40.
This particular chapter in "The Pursuit Of Tone" is a deliberation on the qualities of guitar finishes.
I write song for 2 bands in which I am a singer and a rhythm guitarist. I think that anyone can write a song, but it depends how good. Know that I will cover only the basics here and a few tips I learned from my songwriting process.
Whilst surfing the net I often bump into the image titled "Should you be practicing now?". It is an amusing algorithm of practicing musical instruments. It can be very motivating but on the other hand it can be very frustrating.
8 tips any guitar player can try out to improve their overall tone.
In this article I'll be discussing a few aspects of tone that I have discovered to be somewhat misunderstood: sustain, resonance, and "color".
Here are some mistakes that you can avoid easily and get better, faster!
Do you sometimes feel unmotivated to practicing guitar and that it is the last thing you want to do at a certain day? The key to success is to manage your mental resources in order to limit such periods to minimum.
Just a few steps in my opinion on how to be a better guitarist.
Do you want to play guitar like you have always wanted? Do you want to tour around the world? Or maybe you want to release a record that will reach platinum and will make you successful worldwide?
We take a look at how to go about choosing the right acoustic guitar.
No matter how long your daily practice is, you want to get the best results in relation to the time invested in your guitar practice. There are several different things you should keep in mind regardless of your current skill level.
A general discussion and repair article on the process of cleaning your fretboard and frets.
The beginning of how to keep that Rockstar body beyond 40.
A guide to the basics of compression, what it's used for and what the main controls do.
This article is about finding out what sort of instrument you are suited to play and what style of music would suit you.
I will explain the things that any new bass guitarists (or guitarist) would need, by separating them into categories such as: Need, Want, or Would be a good idea.
So, this article is going to talk about the usefulness of using your surroundings to get a good recording environment, and will also explain microphones, what they are, use what for which situation, etc.
Level: Beginner/Intermediate. Focus: Recording sounds (instruments/vocals) from external sources as separate tracks for arrangement in a DAW as consistently as possible.
An introduction to how to get your music to the listening public. We start off with what goes on in your bedroom.
Tools to improve guitar playing skills without a guitar. These exercises aren't meant to substitute real practice, but can help with some of the mental and physical agility you need to be a guitarist.
This article summarizes tips to use when playing on the street for money.
Words and art on guitar are good for experienced people. If you're newbie on this (like me) you gotta be careful or it will stay forever on your guitar body/neck.
Enhance your sessions with these simple tips.
An overview of the powerful possibilities of automation and how it functions in the DAW environment.
A small article on the 'less is more' principle for guitar.
Ways you can keep your skill in tact if you cant afford lessons or if you just don't want lessons. This article will offer ways in which you can polish your skills and practice for progress.
Blues is one of the most popular forms of guitar music.It has easy rhythms, expressive melodies and lyrics from the soul. Blues isnt technically demanding and you can play your best by using your ear!
This time we will be talking about grouping in octaves and unison between different instrument groups.
The most effective Scale in rock and blues solos. Here are some Pentatonic, natural minor and licks!
Can you play like Hime? his style had a perfect blend of flash and melodic structure. Flowing legato sections segued to impossibly fast, palm-muted picking passages; incendiary trills and daring chromatic maneuvers coexisted with classically influenced melodiesall of which were derived from a seemingly inexhaustible supply of scales.
A guide to get the most out of your guitar practice.
A cursory explanation of the effects loop and its varieties.
How the ever heavy guitar strap can cause discomfort and pain and what to do about it.
There is one huge thing holding you back from being the amazing guitar soloist you imagine in your head. Fear. Your brain loves to get in the way of what your hands want to do. Check out these tips to loosen up, brush off the fear, kick your brain to the curb, and start creating killer guitar music.
If you are a guitarist who has a guitar battle coming up soon, check this article out to give yourself some tips on how to survive it, and even force your opponent into submission!
We will be talking about usage of space/placement/reverb and the most important principles of melody distribution amongst the instruments.
How to modify Guitar Pro 6 to have the correct guitar names appear in the instrument panel.
Confused over amplifier classes. Here's a simple explanation which tells you not to worry.
How to improve your creativity in music through exercise.
Advice from a young, at times disheartened yet resilient musician in his early twenties, who has been in enough bands to know better.
This article offers a basic outline of the types and classifications of amplifiers.
Ever hear that metal song where it sounds like the guitarist's right hand is going to catch on fire? It's not. Here's how you pick very fast with very little effort.
The most common question I get from beginning guitarists is how to move between chords quicker so there's no missed beats. While the only magic bullet is still practice, these 4 easy steps will help you bounce between chords with little effort.
This article is intended to elaborate on some topics regarding guitar electronics like potentiometer value, taper value, volume and tone controls circuits, etc.
A simple article on basic soldering tips for people who are new to this trade.
A beginner's look to the market of active and passive pickups, their intended range and their hits and misses.
A beginner's guide to purchasing your first guitar and a look back into the basic parts of the instrument.
Having problems with your live sound, this handy guide for the non techie might help.
Rock music wouldn't be rock music without Fenders and Gibsons, so Gibson Les Pauls (LPs) and Fender Staratacoasters (Strats) are the most famous guitars in the entire world.
It takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. But even more than the time you put in is knowing WHAT and HOW to practice to improve your guitar skills as quickly as you can.
Learning guitar with the guidance of a teacher is best. But when you're on your own it's important to know WHAT you should learn and in what ORDER you should learn it for maximum effectiveness. This checklist will help you do that.
The first part of the guide to Orchestration.
This very first part covers what would you need to have and know to begin writing your very first score.
In this specific article, we will cover many obvious steps or "guidelines" to writing a really good song.
Starting a good band is hard, and maintaining one is even harder. This guide aims to give a few guidelines to getting and keeping a serious band going.
This is an introductory guide to the conversion process of digital audio recording.
Learn bass tab to play the bass lines from your favorite songs. Knowledge of reading music is not required for using tabs. Knowledge of a song to be played from tabs is necessary since tablature does not give any countable timing indications. Bass tabs show a bassist how to find notes but not exactly how long to hold them.
Guide how to care for the guitar in order to survive in the long term, as well as the stages that need to be done when cleaning.
This article is intended to elaborate a little on the types of gain reduction employed by different compressors. This is NOT a discussion of the parameters of compression.
Hey guys, it's me again. Ever since the last time I dropped into the forums, many people have been asking me how to buy a new guitar. I will now tell you the proper way of buying a guitar on the market.
Hey guys! This is prosong12345, and today, I'll tell you guys how to intonate the Tune-O-Matic style guitar bridges, such as the bridge on the Gibson guitars, Fender Jaguars, etc. Just sit back, read this article, and you'll become the god of guitar intonation!
A few thoughts on how to achieve your killer tone - a discussion on how best to harness your pedalboard to achieve the best sound.
A quick look at the differences between analogue and digital technologies and which you, as a guitarist, should use.
A revised and renewed edition of my series on how to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury when playing the guitar.
A somewhat basic analysis of the electric guitar, go in to some detail about the main parts of the a guitar.
A brief introduction to Glam Metal. What happened to it and what will happen to it.
A guide to writing a solo in the style of 1980's hard rock/hair metal guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, C.C. Deville, Warren DeMartini etc. Includes an analysis of Reb Beach's solo in "Seventeen" by Winger, and advice on writing as well as playing techniques such as string bending and tapping.
This article is intended to shed some light on some very important aspects of recording in the digital realm that rarely get discussed.
A more in-depth look at Tech Death. I will discuss chords, common scales, lyrical themes, and more.
This lesson will give you an in-depth look at the techniques and origins of the genre technical death metal. It also gives tips and general guidelines for writing technical death metal.
A practical guide for GAS sufferers whose loved ones just don't understand why they must buy that next piece.
Your music is perfect and you're ready to start getting noticed. Here is how to make new fans and keep them!
Rob Gravelle outlines all of the factors that will help you to achieve PRO quality guitar rhythm tracks on your recordings.
Instruments are played in order to express emotion. Each instrument has a different feel and approach to it. Some can be extremely easy, while others, the exact opposite.
Settings and Gear used to get that all time great Kiss Tone
Learning tools and gear are so valuable to help you learn and develop new skills. Every beginning guitarist should have and use the 5 tools in this article.
Ever want to know how to be a famous rocker? Well here's a quick guide to the persona you gotta make your own and some steps to do so.
This Christmas, I decided to buy a banjo on the assumption that my eight years of guitar and music theory would give me a massive headstart. In short, I couldn't have been more wrong.
A quick article on my experience as a beginner and the things I found most useful to avoid bad habbits and make the best progress possible.
If you like the OCD but not so much the fizzy gain of the last v4 version. There is an easy fix. I cann this the DeGermed OCD or the 3.5 OCD.
Another approach to learning the guitar fretboard and get good at arpeggios at the same time!
Part of a guide to setting up and running a PA for a gigging live band. Guides you through the problems of choosing the right speakers to get the sound you want and matching them to an amp whilst avoiding some of the hype in the ads.
Learning the fretboard is one of the most important things any guitarist should do. After two years fo experience, I've seen so many people just resort to wanting to know the fret numbers, as opposed to notes, and completely bury their head from the topic. Here are my personal methods of remembering the neck.
Will.i.am talks you through how to write a successful chart topper.
Tab 101 is for the absolute beginner, reading tab for the first time. Walk you through the basics to more advanced level of tabbing. By the end of this article, you will be able to not only read tab but create your own.
How to know if your guitar needs a fret dress/re-crown and how to do it yourself if that answer is yes.
This article aims to go over a procedure which will allow the purchaser of a new or used guitar to get the most out of their new instrument. Everything from cleaning the guitar to making action adjustments will be discussed.
A basic explanation of some of the bells and whistles used in Technical Deathcore.
A lot of people I meet complain about how they hate finding and memorizing all the notes on the neck. There's a really simple and easy way to find them, just read.
In the market for a guitar? Don't know which one to buy? A cheap copy or an expensive brand name? Help is on its way!
Ask just about anyone who's learned to play guitar, and they'll tell you that learning to play was one of the best decisions they ever made.
An Ultimate-Guitar.com Quick (but by no means exhaustive) Checklist for your Band's Press Releases.
In this second instalment we run through packing up the van, playing the gigs, and things to keep in mind as you tour around like a pro.
This first installment is for independent, self-managed bands who are exploring touring for the first time. This runs from conception to promotion of the tour.
I had some requests to write a second part to my last article "How To Start A Band For Beginners" so here it is. This segment will pick up where I left off in the last one. It covers writing original music, picking up gigs, and promoting your band.
I've seen a lot of kids and teens looking to start playing music with other people and hopefully be pretty successful, but I've seen some that are just going about the wrong way. If you're trying to start up a group for the first time, read this article and hopefully it will help.
Everyday plainly thousands of people record entries in diverse forums asking for tips to purchase a basic acoustic guitar to begin with and they are provided with a load of hopeless suggestions.
One thing every musician struggles with every now and then is lack of inspiration. We simply stop feeling like practicing or writing and it can be something disheartening even to the most determined of us. Here are some ways to fight that feeling.
I got a request to do a lesson on improving solos. But, there is just one problem with that request. You can not learn how to improvise! So I decided to try and compile one of those lists on tips to HELP you improvise solos.
Here are 7 best things you can do to make your guitar solos more professional and impressive. As a lead guitarist, you goal is to sound seasoned and well-rounded. Use these tips to guide you in the right direction and start playing lead guitar like a pro in less time.
It's just another in my series of self-explanatory articles.
Just as the title says, this is all about the importance of being eclectic.
A brief yet effective guide to getting a sound like Quo's WOMORR (Wild Old Man Of Rock & Roll), Rick Parfitt.
This is basically what it says.
This is pretty much about what the title says.
A summary of common practices designed to help bassists play more effectively with a good guitarist.
A step-by-step guide on how to tune your guitar. Suitable for beginners and anyone who's forgotten how to do it.
A brief guide to getting something close to a guitar sound like Police guitarist, Andy Summers.
This is a list of the dos and don'ts EVERY guitarist should know when playing with a good bassist.
I have created this lesson to help beginner metal guitarists who struggle with the metal gallop rhythm technique.
Notation and chord theory on the fretboard.
Various techniques, tips, and skills you will find useful in the home recording environment.
A guide for beginning guitarists based off of my personal learning experience and the things I wish someone had told me.
Every musician's fantasy, at one point or another, wants to be up onstage, saying "Can I get more (insert instrument here) in my monitor" and do the normal 4 count into your first original or cover song. But there's some things when it comes time to make that dream come true that you should do and that you shouldn't do.
A guide to tone woods for acoustic guitars.
Many Start by Learning block patterns of scales, and stick in these scales when making up solos. In this article, I will explain my methods of finding other notes in scales which breaks away from block patterns.
Sometimes a good deal on an expensive guitar is not always what it seems. These days, you need to be educated on what some people do to try to make a guitar look like more than it is.
So I am going step forward and try and make a small series of articals on how to start making money on the internet with your music. Use this artical as a beginning frame work. This first artical is to break some misconceptions of "Music, The Internet, The Lie and You."
I'm sure that those of you who've been in a band now what I mean. Everyone says that the best thing about being in a band is working with other musicians. Whereas that may be true, have you ever thought that the worst thing about being in a band is working with other people?
Ever wanted to create your very own Metal song, but weren't sure where to start? Well here's how...
For new players and parents of new players.
The hard truth about peddling your craft. Tips on getting hired, staying hired, and making your clients happy.
The following are what I do that really gives each individual finger a workout, while also working on your stretching and string skipping skills.
A very basic explanation of some thrash techniques. This is my first lesson type thing. I'm doing this because the only other lesson on this I saw wasn't too detailed.
Many people find fault with floyd rose style tremolo systems such as the ones designed by Floyd Rose or Dimarzio. They are not as complex as some people have made them out to be. Here I hope to address most problems I find people have with these very useful tools.
How power attenuators work and where they should be used.
This is just a brief summary of how I write songs. Everyone has a different style, but this is how I do it.
Honestly, the article that was just run on this topic was such rubbish that I found myself compelled to write a better one.
Everything that you need to know when you are wanting to get into the world of electric guitar.
Pretty self explanatory. This article is aimed at helping you understand and use the tech specs to choose a new drive unit.
This article sets out to explain the theory behind the different types of speaker cabinet design used in speakers for guitar and bass. Useful, I hope, whether you are buying or thinking of building.
Some tips on buying your first bass and amp plus a short lesson on building your learning curve.
The Tried-and-True Guide for improving finger dexterity, including tabbed exercises with tabs.
This is a follow up to Part 1. In this lesson, I teach you the fundamentals of Barre Chords, yup a whole short lesson, well sorta short, on how to play Barre chords effectively.
All music is essentially the build-up of tension, and then its release. Plain and simple. Read on to figure out how this phenomenon works.
Just picked up a guitar, strumming around, not sure what to do? This guide will teach you the fundamentals of guitar, and in no time, you'll be the loud one at all the parties.
Exercise your fantasy of being a rock star by learning more from your favorite bands.
This is an article about how to turn your frustration into inspiration. It's about learning the steps it takes to achieve your goals!
For anyone about to upgrade to a decent stage amp. This article goes into some of the technical considerations in a simple way and looks at some of the folklore about valves (tubes) versus transistor amps.
The Ultimate Guide to Guitar has reached its end... in this short epilogue, we'll look back on what we've learned and consider the practical application of this knowledge. After that, there's nothing left to say in the UGG, except for a word of thanks to those who helped conceive it!
The last chapter in the Ultimate Guide to Guitar! Sweep picking, an easy to understand but difficult to master guitar technique, is today's topic. We'll be looking into the key techniques for both the left and right hands, using example exercises for you to develop the correct sweeping technique with!
A simple, layman's terms explanation of electrical impedance and its relation to guitar electronics.
The final piece of theory the Ultimate Guide to Guitar has to offer! In this chapter, we will discuss the modulation of chord progressions: we will look into the various ways of achieving modulation in a progression, each method accompanied by a short example to show it applied in practice!
Some quick tips on how to get your tabs posted without wasting your time and ours.
These are some tips of mine I want to share with you. I'm 100% sure this is effective. tested and proven.
The Ultimate Guide to Guitar brings another chapter on modes! Since we covered the construction of modal melodies last week, we'll be looking into modal chord progressions in this chapter. Creating modal progressions isn't easy, so we'll be looking into the construction of modal vamps in a step-by-step fashion.
Below are 5 statements which if viewed correctly can increase your progress on your instrument, and in fact anything else in life.
The second article on the diatonic modes! After learning about the characteristic intervals defining each of the seven modes, we'll study the distinctive sound of each of the seven modes this week, using example chord progressions and riffs.
The Ultimate Guide to Guitar returns! In the long-awaited Advanced section of the UGG, we'll be looking into the diatonic modes: what they are, how they're constructed, and how they're used in contemporary music. In this week's article, we'll be looking into the theory of the construction of the seven diatonic modes.
This article should help any guitarist who plays in an amplified band to understand how to set up and get the best from their stage monitors. Definitely worth a read if you are about to buy.
The components used in power amplification are different from unit to unit and are described using the "Class" system. This system is often misunderstood for a marking of quality; this article stands to clear that up.
A variety of guitar cables are available on the market, but are the top-of-the-line, $200 cables really worth the price tag?
Guitarists, new and experienced, often overlook the minute aspects of guitar maintenance. While the aspects covered in this list have but small effects on their own, they can really add up to make a guitar more attractive, easier to play, and can increase life longevity.
There is learning music, then there is learning music in college. People assume that since their band is the hit-show around town, that they have a guarantee spot in a college music school. They would be wrong. Here's what I myself am doing, and what some peers of mine are doing as well.
This article explains, in brief, how to maintain and look after your electric guitar.
Some bands try to use fancy gimmicks to improve their shows, such as dressing up, crazy moves, or pyrotechnics, but without stage presence, it can't get to the, I can't go to work because I rocked out too hard at the show last night level. So how can a band properly use stage presence? Here are tips to help you command the stage.
While tube amplifiers are often considered the Holy Grails of gear, most players don't actually understand what creates that warm, thick tone which they appreciate and love. In this column, learn about what tubes are, how they operate, how to care for them, and why they create the sought-after tone.
Probably the most underrated and under-appreciated pedals out there are EQ pedals, or really any equalizer set up in your chain.
So going to a vacation or planning to stay there for a long time? Going by airplane? And off course you want to take your guitar with you! That's what we all want...
Guitar is an instrument that handles every single form of musical genre out there. Many, many people say that they are a "rock guitarist" or a "blues guitarist", yet very, very few say that they play "everything" or play it well.
The music industry is like any other industry or business: political. There are a few ways to help get your name or your band on the music scene.
The A minor pentatoinc scale. Also some licks that can be used with it.
Finding the right amplifier to fit your playing style can seem like a daunting task when you consider all the possibilities.
A how to on trying out and buying a guitar. This and other great information found in the EG facts sticky.
This short article gives a few simple and practical tips to avoid you being one of the musicians killed by electric shocks on stage. Without being too dramatic, you need to read it.
Buying Guitars online is a major boon available to us in this day and age, however, there are a few things we need to keep in mind before splurging on our new baby.
Biginer's guide how to practice
This is the second part of my series on PA for bands just starting out. It should help you to get the best sound possible out of fairly simple equipment and help you with some practical tips.
How to make every gig count. Part Two: The Crowd
Covers everything to do with Sweep-picking from 3 string arpeggios to Sweep Taaping. Become a master in no time, Even beginners can learn.
How to make every gig count. Part One: When Am I Ready To Start Gigging?
During the fourth and final installment of my Tales of Christmas Present, I will review our final two weeks of the Christmas Coffeehouse Tour '08, including a singer, bass player, smoker, shouter, an artist, two wheelchairs, and Santa Claus.
I stand amazed after the most adventurous three-gig weekend in the history of my life. Philip and I went from technical tragedy to a terrible success as we climbed over each stone presented before us.
This is Part 2 of the four part series. In the first article, I assembled my CDs, band, and booked gigs. This article is about actually playing the gigs and meeting the audience.
My testimony of creating a CD, recuiting musicians, searching for gigs and getting my CDs into the hands of the audience.
This article is a quick and easy way to learn how to make a guitar tablature line, and what guitar tablature is.
This Article explains the basic knowledge of home recording studios. Though home studios can't afford the gear from those pro studios you can still expect your sound to rival the pro ones.
The next set of good chords to learn after open chords.
So you've got the audition coming up, and have no clue what to do? Here's some tips.
A guide from an emo boy, who reads a lot of Nietzche, on how to write songs with the most meaningfulness possible.
The guide to everything to do with your right hand!
I've noticed that there are many new fans of the metal genre and thought I would write a sort of "idiot's guide to metal." Of course people are going to find their styles of music and cling to them for dear life, but I just thought I would make clear some common misconceptions and genre mix-ups of my favorite style of music - Metal.
The General info about mixers what they do and why? Which one to buy to have the Price-Futures in golden middle.
Learn the so-called guitar secrets.
Inspired by Hendrix I have recently worked out one of the many ways of playing with your teeth, this is probably not the same as how Hendrix does it but it's still quite impressive.
A small collection of the big scary world of stage tricks, stunts, and antics. Disclaimer: Stage stunts will not, I repeat, will not replace stage presence.
In this last technique chapter of the Intermediate section, we study an alternative for the alternate picking technique, also known as "economy picking". Not only do we discuss how this technique works using examples and exercises, but we also look into the advantages and disadvantages compared to alternate picking!
A new technique chapter in the Ultimate Guide to Guitar, this time discussing another technique: harmonics! Learn what they are, how they work, and the different techniques that you can use to produce them - and make your solos scream with high-pitched squeals!
The final part of TyG looks at playing your guitar as part of a band or jam session.
The Ultimate Guide to Guitar returns to technique, with the first in a line of exciting techniques for Intermediates: tapping! This commonly used technique is easy to learn, but a lot harder to master completely...
It's time to look into the uses of writing music for your own practise and technical advancement.
In this chapter, we build up our knowledge of chord progressions further... Using the chord construction theory we learned last week, we look deeper into harmonized scales, so that we can build our own chord progressions using the more "unusual" chords like 7th chords, suspended chords, and more!
It's time to start advancing as a musician more than as a guitarist. This article will be covering a few things essential to your musicianship.
The Ultimate Guide to Guitar returns! In the first of the Intermediate chapters, we will cover the construction of chords more in-depth than before... including the construction of more "exotic" chords like seventh chords, added and suspended chords, augmented and diminished chords, and more!
There is nothing more irritating than the fault that comes and goes. With this guide you should be able to locate the problem and I give a few tips on how to fix it.
Last time we looked at learning songs, this time we're looking at learning theory. Why you should do it, and why you shouldn't go too far ahead of yourself.
Part Four of the Teach Yourself Guitar series. This time, looking at benefits of, and reasons for, learning songs by other musicians.
Aimed at the band about to start their first gigs this article suggests the simplest way of getting a good sound and what equipment you should be considering.
Part Three of the TyG series. In this installment we give some things to practise when you're just starting to play.
An unforseen, but extremely important expansion of the Novice section of the Ultimate Guide, this article elaborates on how to keep unused strings from vibrating and making a lot of unwanted background noise. Learn how to use both of your hands to keep your playing clean!
This is a beginners guide to matching speakers and amps and what you can do without stressing or breaking them.
This is a guide on how to look after your guitar, keep it clean and healthy.
A short article on how to maintain your guitar and make it easier to play.
Part two, looking at the instrument itself in detail, with reference to more information around the website.
The beginning of a new series looking at teaching yourself guitar. This installment focuses on decided whether to get a teacher or to teach yourself. It also includes the introduction.
The second technique chapter, and the last one in the Novice section of the Ultimate Guide to Guitar! This article is a short overview of all the available picking styles for your right hand, what their advantages are, and what situations they are most commonly used in...
There are specific reasons why guitar players go through such frustration and disappointment. Here are 11 key mistakes players make and repeat over and over again that you should definitely avoid.
The Ultimate Guide to Guitar have arrived at the Technique section for Novices! In this article, we will look into some major technique flaws many beginning players experience... And how to get rid of them, using some very simple exercises for training your left hand!
In this article, we are going to expand our knowledge of chords, using the scales theory we learned in the last 2 weeks. We will look into the construction of chords, the construction of "harmonized scales", and how to write your very own chord progressions!
The second part of the lesson on diatonic scales. In this one, we will learn where the notes of Major and Minor scales are located on the fretboard. Once you know the location of the notes, all you have to do is be creative with them, to create your own amazing solos!
Welcome to the first Novice chapter in the Ultimate Guide to Guitar! In this one, we will expand our basic knowledge of scales to understand the entire concept of diatonic scales. This article will cover the theoretical aspects, so that next week you can learn how to use these scales for soloing!
This is the second "technique" chapter and also the last chapter in Part I, for Beginners. We will look into right hand techniques this time, like alternate picking and palm muting... And after you've mastered these, you may consider yourself no longer "Beginner", but "Novice"!
Welcome to the first of the 2 "technique" chapters of the Beginners section! In this article, we will look into some important techniques for your left hand, also known as "expression techniques": hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends and vibrato. Practice them and make your solos come to life!
In this chapter of the UGG, we will look into scales for the first time, and how scales are used to solo over chord progressions. We will stay with the basics for now, but after reading this lesson you will be able to play your very own improvised solos over simple chord progressions!
In this second chapter, we will learn all the basics of chords: what they are, how to use them, how to memorize them, ... Chords are perfect for any beginning guitarist! After reading this article, you will be able to play your very first songs using only chords...
The first chapter of my upcoming series of articles called "The Ultimate Guide to Guitar"! Every article will elaborate on a new aspect of guitar playing, going from beginner techniques like chord practice to advanced stuff like the diatonic modes, all of it both in theory and in practice!
Discussed the basics of selecting appropriate guitar strings. Talks about materials, gauges, winding types, cores and coated/treated strings.
A few steps on getting on where you need to be on hot write songs/ get ideas/ make plans/ etc. Thanks to WikiHow.com.