the guide to:
How to Create a Guitar Backing Track
A helpful guide to producing backing tracks on your own without any expenses.

POSTED: 10/22/2016 - 07:44 am

The Zen of Guitar Repair
The proper care and feeding of your guitar.

POSTED: 10/19/2016 - 02:21 pm

'Technique vs Feeling' Sucks, and Here's Why
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.

POSTED: 10/17/2016 - 12:31 pm

Elements That Contribute to Your Guitar Sound - Part 3: Body Types
What difference does it make if it's a Les Paul body or a Strat body...

POSTED: 09/27/2016 - 01:15 pm

Elements That Contribute to Your Guitar Sound - Part 2: Attachment of Neck to Body
AKA how to get the best toanz...

POSTED: 09/20/2016 - 01:28 pm

Why a Lot of Blues Guitar Players Do Not Achieve the Level of the Greats and What to Do About It
How to become a better blues guitarist.

POSTED: 09/17/2016 - 09:52 am

Elements That Contribute to Your Guitar Sound - Part 1: Wood
How wood affects the tone of electric guitar.

POSTED: 09/13/2016 - 10:16 am

Here's the Best Way to Learn to Play Guitar on Your Own
Get the most potential out of every second you spend playing.

POSTED: 08/06/2016 - 12:21 pm

The Golden Rules of Not Going Broke on Tour: Part 2
Maximize your profits with this week's guide.

POSTED: 08/02/2016 - 11:31 am

The Golden Rules of Not Going Broke on Tour: Part 1
Learn how to minimize the expenses of touring in this new guide.

POSTED: 07/05/2016 - 10:42 am

The Golden Rules of Buying a Used Guitar
Stick by these rules and you can negotiate the second hand market to find the axe of your dreams.

POSTED: 06/03/2016 - 10:21 am

The Les Paul Shootout: Part Two
Three more LPs go under the microscope in this week's edition.

POSTED: 05/19/2016 - 01:44 pm

101 Ways to Be a Better Electric Guitar Player
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.

POSTED: 05/17/2016 - 02:10 pm

The Golden Rules of Buying Your Second Guitar
Because buying instrument number two isn't as simple as you'd think...

POSTED: 05/17/2016 - 09:22 am

Life as a Looper
Multi-instrumentalist Paul Bytheway reveals his challenging journey into the world of live looping.

POSTED: 05/04/2016 - 02:45 pm

The $1000 Les Paul Shootout: Part One
Three of the best put to the test in this week's LP shootout.

POSTED: 04/14/2016 - 11:58 am

A Guide to an Unknown Country's Metal Scene: Part Two
A sequel to an article about heavy metal and hard rock scene of Bangladesh.

POSTED: 04/11/2016 - 10:10 am

4 Golden Rules of Pre-Gig Etiquette
Those hours before you go onstage matter.

POSTED: 03/30/2016 - 01:27 pm

Four Golden Rules of Selling Your Band's Merch
Simple tips to help you become a smart seller.

POSTED: 03/21/2016 - 02:39 pm

Five Golden Rules of Dressing Your Band for Success
"Clothes make the man." Mark Twain said that.

POSTED: 03/12/2016 - 12:39 pm

How to Avoid or Recover From Guitar Related Injuries
Covers prehab and rehab to avoid getting injured while playing guitar.

POSTED: 03/11/2016 - 12:08 pm

Four Awesome Strats for Under $1000
A Stratocaster buyer's guide.

POSTED: 03/01/2016 - 12:23 pm

The Number One Mistake That Holds Most Guitarist Back
Learn what the biggest mistakes most guitarists make and how to rectify it.

POSTED: 02/26/2016 - 08:11 am

Zoom Out, Break Out, Rock Out: The Guitarist's Guide to Reading Music
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?

POSTED: 02/24/2016 - 01:21 pm

Five Things Bands Should Always Bring to Gigs (But Somehow Forget)
Forget these items at your peril...

POSTED: 02/22/2016 - 04:15 pm

Three Golden Rules for Buying Your First Electric Guitar
Finding your first six-string doesn't need to be a minefield.

POSTED: 02/16/2016 - 03:19 pm

Why Your Guitar Influences Are Great and Why You Are Not Great
This is the difference between being a great guitar player and being an ok one.

POSTED: 02/11/2016 - 01:14 pm

3 Secrets to Becoming Incredibly Motivated on Guitar
Three ways to improve your motivation and achieve your guitar goals.

POSTED: 02/03/2016 - 12:39 pm

How to Get More People to Your Gigs
Pulling crowds is hard work, but there are ways to make it easier.

POSTED: 01/30/2016 - 04:52 pm

Guitar Teaching - How to Create a Business Plan
Make sure you have everything in place before you start your business.

POSTED: 01/21/2016 - 09:37 am

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Band Practice
A few simple rules to follow.

POSTED: 01/20/2016 - 01:01 pm

The State of Music in the 21st Century
This article was written at the beginning of 2016 - where wrapping up the 20th century seems a bit overdue. At least to the author.

POSTED: 01/08/2016 - 11:45 am

How to Make Sure Your Emails Are Read by A&R Guys, Managers and Booking Agents
A few tips to follow if you want to make yourself heard.

POSTED: 12/17/2015 - 10:00 am

5 Differences Between Playing Live and in Your Bedroom
Do you spend hours practising and perfecting your technique, only to have no gigs? These might be some reasons why...

POSTED: 12/07/2015 - 10:30 am

How to Win the Crowd
Seven effective tips for winning a crowd at your concert.

POSTED: 11/25/2015 - 12:25 pm

What About Lunchbox Amps?
Small but mighty.

POSTED: 10/20/2015 - 07:49 am

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 - 10:16 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 - 10:18 am

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

POSTED: 10/02/2015 - 09:21 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 - 09:53 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 - 09:13 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 - 08:43 am

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

POSTED: 09/25/2015 - 11:41 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 - 10:27 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 - 10:15 am

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

POSTED: 08/21/2015 - 01:19 pm

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 - 02:57 pm

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 - 03:55 pm

Five Surprising Benefits of Headless Guitars
Think headless guitars are only for super-nerds? I'm willing to bet you're selling yourself short.

POSTED: 07/14/2015 - 03:19 pm

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 - 11:54 am

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

POSTED: 05/15/2015 - 01:36 pm

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

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

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

POSTED: 04/22/2015 - 01:14 pm

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

POSTED: 04/14/2015 - 02:47 pm

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 - 01:48 pm

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 - 02:53 pm

How Do You Get That Sound? Easier Than You Think. My Rig, Explained
A guide to a versatile, powerful, great sounding rig on a budget - cover all the bases without compromising!

POSTED: 02/18/2015 - 02:28 pm

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 - 05:10 pm

How to Fix Yamaha RBX 374 Battery
I'll show you how to fix the battery-eating-part of the otherwise beautiful Yamaha RBX 374.

POSTED: 01/28/2015 - 03:28 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 - 03:02 pm

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

POSTED: 01/13/2015 - 04:11 pm

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 - 04:10 pm

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 - 08:45 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 - 08:36 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 - 02:14 pm

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 - 03:25 pm

Guitar Pickups: Guitar Electronics Simplified
I tried to list all the variables in making a pickup as well as what they do and how they function.

POSTED: 09/26/2014 - 02:02 pm

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 - 02:48 pm

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 - 01:41 pm

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 - 03:13 pm

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 - 02:10 pm

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 - 11:18 am

How to Achieve Guitar God Status
A short lesson.

POSTED: 03/21/2014 - 02:25 pm

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 - 09:58 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 - 02:18 pm

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 - 01:18 pm

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 - 03:07 pm

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 - 02:55 pm

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 - 02:27 pm

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 - 02:50 pm

String Lock With Gibson Bridge and Individual String Height Adjustment
This article addresses issues and offers an improvement to the standard Gibson arrangement.

POSTED: 11/11/2013 - 12:54 pm

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 - 03:15 pm

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 - 03:15 pm

A Tuning Machine for Each String (or Each Type)
The tuning of different strings has a different sensitivity.

POSTED: 10/08/2013 - 01:44 pm

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 - 03:03 pm

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 - 02:22 pm

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 - 02:41 pm

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 - 01:47 pm

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 - 01:32 pm

Maintain That Axe
Some basic things you can (and should) do to keep your guitar playing great.

POSTED: 08/07/2013 - 10:39 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 - 02:34 pm

Bass String Scale Length Explained
A simple beginners guide to strings for your bass guitar.

POSTED: 07/26/2013 - 02:31 pm

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

POSTED: 07/01/2013 - 03:22 pm

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 - 11:50 am

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

POSTED: 05/10/2013 - 11:08 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 - 11:58 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 - 12:10 pm

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 - 11:25 am

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

POSTED: 04/05/2013 - 08:44 am

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

POSTED: 04/03/2013 - 02:19 pm

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 - 02:03 pm

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 - 02:26 pm

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

POSTED: 03/18/2013 - 12:46 pm

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 - 09:27 am

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

POSTED: 03/06/2013 - 08:54 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 - 02:33 pm

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

POSTED: 02/22/2013 - 02:39 pm

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 - 02:38 pm

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 - 01:59 pm

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 - 03:10 pm

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 - 02:45 pm

Practicing Versus Playing
The differences between Practicing and Playing.

POSTED: 02/15/2013 - 02:34 pm

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 - 03:04 pm

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

POSTED: 01/29/2013 - 11:38 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 - 09:08 am

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

POSTED: 01/25/2013 - 12:07 pm

Repair Of A Loose Guitar Neck And Lower Bridge
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.

POSTED: 01/10/2013 - 09:24 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 - 08:58 am

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

POSTED: 01/09/2013 - 02:09 pm

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

POSTED: 01/08/2013 - 12:35 pm

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

POSTED: 01/03/2013 - 09:20 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 - 12:23 pm

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 - 02:57 pm

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 - 02:29 pm

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 - 02:39 pm

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 - 03:04 pm

Building Or Buying A Pedal Board
Advice on building or buying your first pedal board.

POSTED: 11/23/2012 - 01:57 pm

Buying Guitar Pedals Online
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.

POSTED: 11/20/2012 - 11:54 am

Guide To Effects Pedals
Everything you need to know about effects pedals.

POSTED: 11/19/2012 - 11:57 am

A Guide To Surviving Financially As A Musician
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.

POSTED: 11/15/2012 - 02:08 pm

How To Play Electric Guitar
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.

POSTED: 11/13/2012 - 11:19 am

Introduction To Playing Electric Guitar
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.

POSTED: 11/08/2012 - 07:21 am

Do You Know What To Practice?
How to make sure you know what to practice next in order to achieve your goals.

POSTED: 11/08/2012 - 07:12 am

Getting Rid Of Stage Fright
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

POSTED: 11/08/2012 - 07:06 am

Getting Some Sleep While Addicted To Playing Your Instrument
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.

POSTED: 11/02/2012 - 03:27 pm

Learning To Play Guitar As An Adult
A guide to learning for those who have said "one of these days" to themselves.

POSTED: 11/01/2012 - 02:44 pm

Guitar Lessons: What To Look For
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.

POSTED: 11/01/2012 - 02:39 pm

Video Guitar Lessons: How It Works
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.

POSTED: 10/15/2012 - 01:48 pm

Do I Have To Pay Tax As A Part Time Musician? Can I Claim Any Tax Back? (UK)
A brief summary of paying tax as a paid musician in the UK by Alex Kehoe.

POSTED: 10/11/2012 - 01:56 pm

What Is A Producer And Do You Need One
A guide what a producer does and how they can help you or your band.

POSTED: 10/08/2012 - 03:10 pm

Learning Guitar Online
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.

POSTED: 10/04/2012 - 02:20 pm

Electric Guitar Care
A basic guide to the things you need to know in order to look after your electric guitar properly.

POSTED: 09/19/2012 - 01:12 pm

Long Live The Guitar
This article will give you all the necessary information about the maintenance of your guitar, this includes electric, acoustic, bass, mandolins, ukulele.

POSTED: 09/18/2012 - 02:48 pm

Tuning To Alternatives In Rocksmith
How to get tunings not offered in Rocksmith with it's own system.

POSTED: 09/07/2012 - 01:32 pm

Rockstar Bodies And Strength Training For Guitarists
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.

POSTED: 08/16/2012 - 01:14 pm

The Pursuit Of Tone: Finishes
This particular chapter in "The Pursuit Of Tone" is a deliberation on the qualities of guitar finishes.

POSTED: 08/03/2012 - 02:52 pm

Tips On Writing A Song
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.

POSTED: 08/03/2012 - 01:04 pm

Should You Be Practicing Now - Guitar Practice Tips
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.

POSTED: 07/25/2012 - 12:00 pm

8 Ways To Improve Your Tone
8 tips any guitar player can try out to improve their overall tone.

POSTED: 07/24/2012 - 01:39 pm

The Pursuit Of 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".

POSTED: 07/20/2012 - 07:28 pm

The Top 10 Chord Learning Mistakes
Here are some mistakes that you can avoid easily and get better, faster!

POSTED: 07/17/2012 - 01:00 pm

Keep Your Guitar Motivation High
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.

POSTED: 07/16/2012 - 01:03 pm

10 Steps To Be A Better Guitarist
Just a few steps in my opinion on how to be a better guitarist.

POSTED: 07/04/2012 - 07:14 am

Want To Move Closer To The Success You Want?
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?

POSTED: 07/02/2012 - 06:55 am

Which Acoustic Guitar Is Right For You?
We take a look at how to go about choosing the right acoustic guitar.

POSTED: 06/28/2012 - 12:06 pm

Get The Most Out Of Your Guitar Practice
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.

POSTED: 06/26/2012 - 12:02 pm

Cleaning Your Fretboard
A general discussion and repair article on the process of cleaning your fretboard and frets.

POSTED: 06/25/2012 - 07:54 am

Top Tips For Musicians Over 40
The beginning of how to keep that Rockstar body beyond 40.

POSTED: 06/18/2012 - 01:10 pm

What The Hell Is Compression And What Does It Do?
A guide to the basics of compression, what it's used for and what the main controls do.

POSTED: 06/13/2012 - 02:58 pm

Finding Your Niche
This article is about finding out what sort of instrument you are suited to play and what style of music would suit you.

POSTED: 06/04/2012 - 01:43 pm

What A New Guitarist Needs
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.

POSTED: 06/01/2012 - 07:48 am

For The Recording Guitarist Room Space And Mics
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.

POSTED: 05/17/2012 - 07:03 am

An Alternative To Recording Guitar Based Material
Level: Beginner/Intermediate. Focus: Recording sounds (instruments/vocals) from external sources as separate tracks for arrangement in a DAW as consistently as possible.

POSTED: 05/16/2012 - 07:59 am

For The Recording Guitarist. Part 1
An introduction to how to get your music to the listening public. We start off with what goes on in your bedroom.

POSTED: 05/14/2012 - 06:32 am

How To Practice Without A Guitar
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.

POSTED: 05/10/2012 - 06:39 am

17 Tips For Street Performers
This article summarizes tips to use when playing on the street for money.

POSTED: 05/09/2012 - 06:45 am

Removing Permanent Marker On Guitar Body
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.

POSTED: 05/09/2012 - 06:17 am

Simple Ways To Improve DAW Workflow
Enhance your sessions with these simple tips.

POSTED: 05/08/2012 - 06:59 am

Automation DAWs And The Mix
An overview of the powerful possibilities of automation and how it functions in the DAW environment.

POSTED: 04/23/2012 - 07:34 am

Making Your Guitar Playing More Interesting
A small article on the 'less is more' principle for guitar.

POSTED: 04/17/2012 - 08:47 am

If You Can't Afford Lessons. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 04/06/2012 - 11:16 am

Playing Blues With Skills
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!

POSTED: 04/02/2012 - 08:39 am

The Guide To Orchestration. Part III: Different Instrument Group Combinations
This time we will be talking about grouping in octaves and unison between different instrument groups.

POSTED: 03/30/2012 - 08:12 am

Using Minor Pentatonic Licks Phraes And Patterns
The most effective Scale in rock and blues solos. Here are some Pentatonic, natural minor and licks!

POSTED: 03/29/2012 - 09:13 am

Play Like Randy Rhoades
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.

POSTED: 03/27/2012 - 10:42 am

Guitar Practice
A guide to get the most out of your guitar practice.

POSTED: 03/20/2012 - 10:55 am

The Effects Loop
A cursory explanation of the effects loop and its varieties.

POSTED: 03/19/2012 - 07:25 am

Guitar Strap Confusion
How the ever heavy guitar strap can cause discomfort and pain and what to do about it.

POSTED: 03/16/2012 - 08:59 am

How To Solo Fearlessly On Guitar
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.

POSTED: 03/15/2012 - 07:41 am

Guitar Battle - Beginner Tips
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!

POSTED: 03/08/2012 - 07:08 am

The Guide To Orchestration. Part II: Panning And Melody
We will be talking about usage of space/placement/reverb and the most important principles of melody distribution amongst the instruments.

POSTED: 03/05/2012 - 07:25 am

Correct Guitar Names In Guitar Pro 6
How to modify Guitar Pro 6 to have the correct guitar names appear in the instrument panel.

POSTED: 03/01/2012 - 09:05 am

A Guide To Amplifier Classes
Confused over amplifier classes. Here's a simple explanation which tells you not to worry.

POSTED: 02/29/2012 - 07:11 am

Creativity Music And Exercise
How to improve your creativity in music through exercise.

POSTED: 02/20/2012 - 11:50 am

Being A Good Bandmate And More
Advice from a young, at times disheartened yet resilient musician in his early twenties, who has been in enough bands to know better.

POSTED: 02/07/2012 - 12:02 pm

Amplifiers Types And Classifications
This article offers a basic outline of the types and classifications of amplifiers.

POSTED: 01/31/2012 - 08:21 am

How To Effectively Tremolo Pick Drilling
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.

POSTED: 01/30/2012 - 08:34 am

4 Tips to Switch Guitar Chords Faster
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.

POSTED: 01/27/2012 - 07:48 am

Guitar Electronics And Tone
This article is intended to elaborate on some topics regarding guitar electronics like potentiometer value, taper value, volume and tone controls circuits, etc.

POSTED: 01/23/2012 - 08:08 am

Soldering Advice
A simple article on basic soldering tips for people who are new to this trade.

POSTED: 01/23/2012 - 08:06 am

Active Vs. Passive Pickups
A beginner's look to the market of active and passive pickups, their intended range and their hits and misses.

POSTED: 01/20/2012 - 06:54 am

Purchasing Your First Guitar
A beginner's guide to purchasing your first guitar and a look back into the basic parts of the instrument.

POSTED: 01/19/2012 - 08:47 am

What The xxx Is The Sound Engineer Up To
Having problems with your live sound, this handy guide for the non techie might help.

POSTED: 12/20/2011 - 08:08 am

Gibson Les Pauls Vs Fender Stratacoasters
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.

POSTED: 12/19/2011 - 08:09 am

The Perfect Practice Session
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.

POSTED: 12/16/2011 - 07:23 am

Checklist For Beginning Guitarists
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.

POSTED: 12/09/2011 - 09:04 am

The Guide To Orchestration. Part I: Introduction Info And How To Start
The first part of the guide to Orchestration.

POSTED: 11/30/2011 - 08:03 am

Guide To Writing Your First Movie Score. Part 1
This very first part covers what would you need to have and know to begin writing your very first score.

POSTED: 11/08/2011 - 08:10 am

Song Writing Made Easy 1
In this specific article, we will cover many obvious steps or "guidelines" to writing a really good song.

POSTED: 11/04/2011 - 06:30 am

A Guide To Starting And Maintaining A Band
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.

POSTED: 10/25/2011 - 07:06 am

All About Converters
This is an introductory guide to the conversion process of digital audio recording.

POSTED: 10/14/2011 - 12:00 pm

How To Read Bass Tablature
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.

POSTED: 10/07/2011 - 06:47 am

Guitar Care Tips
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.

POSTED: 10/05/2011 - 08:00 am

Types Of Compressors
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.

POSTED: 10/05/2011 - 07:58 am

Buying A New Electric Guitar
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.

POSTED: 10/04/2011 - 06:44 am

How To Adjust Intonation - Tune-O-Matic Style Bridges
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!

POSTED: 09/13/2011 - 07:31 am

Considering The Signal Path
A few thoughts on how to achieve your killer tone - a discussion on how best to harness your pedalboard to achieve the best sound.

POSTED: 08/31/2011 - 08:32 am

Analogue Vs Digital
A quick look at the differences between analogue and digital technologies and which you, as a guitarist, should use.

POSTED: 08/29/2011 - 01:46 pm

How To Prevent RSI
A revised and renewed edition of my series on how to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury when playing the guitar.

POSTED: 08/24/2011 - 07:52 am

The Guide To Guitars
A somewhat basic analysis of the electric guitar, go in to some detail about the main parts of the a guitar.

POSTED: 08/23/2011 - 06:57 am

About Glam Metal
A brief introduction to Glam Metal. What happened to it and what will happen to it.

POSTED: 08/12/2011 - 06:55 am

How To Write A Hair Metal Guitar Solo
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.

POSTED: 08/09/2011 - 06:57 am

Laptop DAWs Smoke And Mirrors
This article is intended to shed some light on some very important aspects of recording in the digital realm that rarely get discussed.

POSTED: 08/03/2011 - 06:50 am

The Guide To Writing Technical Death Metal. Part 2
A more in-depth look at Tech Death. I will discuss chords, common scales, lyrical themes, and more.

POSTED: 07/01/2011 - 06:43 am

The Guide To Writing Technical Death Metal
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.

POSTED: 06/30/2011 - 07:49 am

Getting Permission To Buying Gear
A practical guide for GAS sufferers whose loved ones just don't understand why they must buy that next piece.

POSTED: 06/15/2011 - 07:45 am

The Short Guide To Getting New Fans
Your music is perfect and you're ready to start getting noticed. Here is how to make new fans and keep them!

POSTED: 05/31/2011 - 07:09 am

Secrets To Recording Wicked Rhythm Guitars
Rob Gravelle outlines all of the factors that will help you to achieve PRO quality guitar rhythm tracks on your recordings.

POSTED: 05/30/2011 - 07:46 am

Successful Guitar Playing
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.

POSTED: 05/26/2011 - 01:17 pm

My Guide To The Infamous Kiss Tone
Settings and Gear used to get that all time great Kiss Tone

POSTED: 05/03/2011 - 06:26 am

5 Tools To Help You Become A Better Guitarist
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.

POSTED: 04/29/2011 - 11:38 am

How To Be A Rockstar
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.

POSTED: 04/20/2011 - 12:04 pm

The Transition From Guitar To Banjo
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.

POSTED: 03/29/2011 - 08:53 am

My Learning Experience - What Destroyed My Soul And What Didn't
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.

POSTED: 03/10/2011 - 11:27 am

Free Easy Mod For The V4 OCD
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.

POSTED: 03/07/2011 - 11:22 am

The Fingerboard Using Arpeggios
Another approach to learning the guitar fretboard and get good at arpeggios at the same time!

POSTED: 02/15/2011 - 11:13 am

A Guide To Live Sound Speakers And Amps
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.

POSTED: 02/07/2011 - 09:21 am

Ways To Remember That Fretboard
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.

POSTED: 02/07/2011 - 09:14 am

Writing A Hit Song With William talks you through how to write a successful chart topper.

POSTED: 01/31/2011 - 11:28 am

Tab 101: How To Read And Create Tabs
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.

POSTED: 01/27/2011 - 11:26 am

How To Fret Dress And Re-Crown Your Guitar
How to know if your guitar needs a fret dress/re-crown and how to do it yourself if that answer is yes.

POSTED: 01/21/2011 - 11:47 am

Setting Up A New Or Used Electric Guitar
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.

POSTED: 01/20/2011 - 12:04 pm

Technical Deathcore Techniques
A basic explanation of some of the bells and whistles used in Technical Deathcore.

POSTED: 01/20/2011 - 11:59 am

Find Every Note On The Neck
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.

POSTED: 01/04/2011 - 11:58 am

Which To Buy Cheap Copies Vs Expensive Brand Names
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!

POSTED: 12/14/2010 - 11:46 am

How To Ease Finger Soreness When Learning To Play Guitar
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.

POSTED: 12/13/2010 - 11:45 am

An Quick Checklist For Your Band's Press Releases
An Quick (but by no means exhaustive) Checklist for your Band's Press Releases.

POSTED: 12/09/2010 - 01:23 pm

The Guide To Touring. Part 2
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.

POSTED: 11/16/2010 - 11:31 am

The Guide To Touring. Part 1
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.

POSTED: 11/11/2010 - 10:04 am

How To Start A Band. Part 2
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.

POSTED: 10/01/2010 - 11:58 am

Starting A Band For Beginners
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.

POSTED: 09/29/2010 - 10:26 am

How To Buy An Acoustic Guitar
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.

POSTED: 08/31/2010 - 08:18 am

Five Sources Of Inspiration
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.

POSTED: 08/24/2010 - 10:54 am

Tips For Improvisation
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.

POSTED: 08/23/2010 - 11:04 am

7 Ways To Make Your Guitar Solos Better
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.

POSTED: 08/12/2010 - 10:28 am

Making Your Singer Happy
It's just another in my series of self-explanatory articles.

POSTED: 08/11/2010 - 01:24 pm

Importance Of Being Eclectic
Just as the title says, this is all about the importance of being eclectic.

POSTED: 08/11/2010 - 01:22 pm

Getting That Sound: Rick Parfitt
A brief yet effective guide to getting a sound like Quo's WOMORR (Wild Old Man Of Rock & Roll), Rick Parfitt.

POSTED: 08/09/2010 - 12:29 pm

Making Your Keyboardist Happy
This is basically what it says.

POSTED: 08/09/2010 - 12:26 pm

Making Your Drummer Happy
This is pretty much about what the title says.

POSTED: 08/06/2010 - 01:50 pm

Making Your Guitarist Happy
A summary of common practices designed to help bassists play more effectively with a good guitarist.

POSTED: 08/05/2010 - 12:41 pm

Successfully Tuning Your Guitar Without A Tuner
A step-by-step guide on how to tune your guitar. Suitable for beginners and anyone who's forgotten how to do it.

POSTED: 08/05/2010 - 12:38 pm

Getting That Sound; Andy Summers
A brief guide to getting something close to a guitar sound like Police guitarist, Andy Summers.

POSTED: 08/05/2010 - 12:32 pm

Making Your Bassist Happy
This is a list of the dos and don'ts EVERY guitarist should know when playing with a good bassist.

POSTED: 08/02/2010 - 10:52 am

How To Play Heavy Metal Gallop Rhythm
I have created this lesson to help beginner metal guitarists who struggle with the metal gallop rhythm technique.

POSTED: 07/28/2010 - 10:50 am

Chord Theory
Notation and chord theory on the fretboard.

POSTED: 07/26/2010 - 08:38 am

The Home Recording Studio Survival Guide. Chapters 1-6
Various techniques, tips, and skills you will find useful in the home recording environment.

POSTED: 07/19/2010 - 11:19 am

The Diary Of A Guitarist: A Guide For Beginning Guitarists
A guide for beginning guitarists based off of my personal learning experience and the things I wish someone had told me.

POSTED: 07/14/2010 - 10:45 am

Shows: How To Make One Night Successful
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.

POSTED: 07/05/2010 - 01:10 pm

Choosing Tone Woods - Acoustic
A guide to tone woods for acoustic guitars.

POSTED: 07/01/2010 - 11:07 am

First Steps To Mastering The Whole Neck
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.

POSTED: 07/01/2010 - 11:00 am

Finding The Real Deal On A Classic Guitar - Catching Fakes
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.

POSTED: 06/07/2010 - 11:20 am

Music, The Internet, The Lie And You
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."

POSTED: 05/26/2010 - 08:26 am

How To Handle Tensions Between Band Members
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?

POSTED: 05/24/2010 - 08:38 am

How To Write Your Own Metal Songs
Ever wanted to create your very own Metal song, but weren't sure where to start? Well here's how...

POSTED: 05/19/2010 - 12:27 pm

Choosing Your First Guitar
For new players and parents of new players.

POSTED: 05/17/2010 - 10:15 am

Surviving As A Freelance Musician
The hard truth about peddling your craft. Tips on getting hired, staying hired, and making your clients happy.

POSTED: 05/10/2010 - 10:37 am

Finger Independence
The following are what I do that really gives each individual finger a workout, while also working on your stretching and string skipping skills.

POSTED: 04/20/2010 - 08:24 am

Thrash Metal Guitar Playing
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.

POSTED: 04/02/2010 - 08:43 am

The Floyd Rose Style Tremolo
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.

POSTED: 03/29/2010 - 11:05 am

Power Attenuators Common Myths Dispelled
How power attenuators work and where they should be used.

POSTED: 03/25/2010 - 09:38 am

How To Write A Song
This is just a brief summary of how I write songs. Everyone has a different style, but this is how I do it.

POSTED: 03/16/2010 - 09:45 am

Buying Your First Guitar Important Extras
Honestly, the article that was just run on this topic was such rubbish that I found myself compelled to write a better one.

POSTED: 03/08/2010 - 09:34 am

Buying Your First Electric Guitar Rig
Everything that you need to know when you are wanting to get into the world of electric guitar.

POSTED: 03/02/2010 - 01:18 pm

Choosing Speakers To Drive Your Cabs
Pretty self explanatory. This article is aimed at helping you understand and use the tech specs to choose a new drive unit.

POSTED: 02/19/2010 - 10:00 am

Cabinets For Guitars
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.

POSTED: 01/13/2010 - 12:09 pm

Buying & Learning Bass
Some tips on buying your first bass and amp plus a short lesson on building your learning curve.

POSTED: 01/08/2010 - 01:14 pm

Improving Finger Dexterity For Speed Playing
The Tried-and-True Guide for improving finger dexterity, including tabbed exercises with tabs.

POSTED: 01/06/2010 - 01:10 pm

Beginning Guitar. Part 2: Barre Chords
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.

POSTED: 12/14/2009 - 01:35 pm

Tension And Release
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.

POSTED: 11/18/2009 - 11:29 am

Beginning Guitar. Part 1: Learning The Ropes Or Strings
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.

POSTED: 11/16/2009 - 12:33 pm

5 Things You Can Learn From Your Favorite Artists
Exercise your fantasy of being a rock star by learning more from your favorite bands.

POSTED: 11/11/2009 - 12:13 pm

Turning Frustration Into Inspiration
This is an article about how to turn your frustration into inspiration. It's about learning the steps it takes to achieve your goals!

POSTED: 11/04/2009 - 12:29 pm

Making It Loud
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.

POSTED: 11/03/2009 - 09:44 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Epilogue
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!

POSTED: 10/12/2009 - 12:58 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter IV 5: Technique - Sweep Picking
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!

POSTED: 10/05/2009 - 12:46 pm

On Electrical Impedance
A simple, layman's terms explanation of electrical impedance and its relation to guitar electronics.

POSTED: 09/30/2009 - 12:59 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter IV: 4 Chords - Modulation
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!

POSTED: 09/28/2009 - 01:02 pm

Posting Tabs
Some quick tips on how to get your tabs posted without wasting your time and ours.

POSTED: 09/25/2009 - 12:00 pm

Effective Practice Of Guitar
These are some tips of mine I want to share with you. I'm 100% sure this is effective. tested and proven.

POSTED: 09/22/2009 - 11:10 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter IV: 3 Chords - Modal Chord Progressions
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.

POSTED: 09/21/2009 - 12:00 pm

Less Flashy But Equally Important Aspects Of Guitar
Below are 5 statements which if viewed correctly can increase your progress on your instrument, and in fact anything else in life.

POSTED: 09/21/2009 - 11:45 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter IV: 2 Scales - Diatonic Modes In Practice
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.

POSTED: 09/14/2009 - 11:26 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter IV: 1 Scales - Diatonic Modes In Theory
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.

POSTED: 09/07/2009 - 11:25 am

The Guide To PA. Part Three - Monitors
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.

POSTED: 09/01/2009 - 02:10 pm

Understanding Amplifier Classes
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.

POSTED: 08/19/2009 - 11:47 am

The Truth Behind Instrument Cables
A variety of guitar cables are available on the market, but are the top-of-the-line, $200 cables really worth the price tag?

POSTED: 08/06/2009 - 12:19 pm

Top Guitar Care Things You Dont Remember To Do
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.

POSTED: 07/29/2009 - 12:43 pm

Preparing For A Musical Degree
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.

POSTED: 07/22/2009 - 10:35 am

How To Maintain Your Electric Guitar
This article explains, in brief, how to maintain and look after your electric guitar.

POSTED: 07/21/2009 - 11:25 am

Stage Presence
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.

POSTED: 07/17/2009 - 11:32 am

An Elementary Understanding Of Tubes
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.

POSTED: 07/13/2009 - 12:39 pm

Equalizers And How To Use Them
Probably the most underrated and under-appreciated pedals out there are EQ pedals, or really any equalizer set up in your chain.

POSTED: 06/19/2009 - 02:12 pm

Traveling Airplane - Guitar
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...

POSTED: 06/16/2009 - 12:28 pm

Becomming A Well-Rounded Guitarist
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.

POSTED: 06/16/2009 - 12:17 pm

Breaking Onto The Music Scene
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.

POSTED: 06/12/2009 - 11:43 am

A Minor Pentatonics
The A minor pentatoinc scale. Also some licks that can be used with it.

POSTED: 06/08/2009 - 11:02 am

How To Choose An Electric Guitar Amplifier
Finding the right amplifier to fit your playing style can seem like a daunting task when you consider all the possibilities.

POSTED: 06/01/2009 - 10:58 am

Guide To Buying An Electric Guitar
A how to on trying out and buying a guitar. This and other great information found in the EG facts sticky.

POSTED: 05/28/2009 - 12:23 pm

This Article May Save Your LIfe
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.

POSTED: 05/15/2009 - 11:32 am

How To Buy A Guitar Online
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.

POSTED: 05/08/2009 - 11:11 am

How To Start Playing
Biginer's guide how to practice

POSTED: 05/06/2009 - 10:59 am

The Guide To PA. Part Two - Setting Up And Soundchecking
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.

POSTED: 04/24/2009 - 10:08 am

The Definitive Guide To Gigging. Part Two
How to make every gig count. Part Two: The Crowd

POSTED: 04/24/2009 - 09:58 am

Sweeping People Off Of Their Feet
Covers everything to do with Sweep-picking from 3 string arpeggios to Sweep Taaping. Become a master in no time, Even beginners can learn.

POSTED: 04/21/2009 - 10:15 am

The Definitive Guide To Gigging
How to make every gig count. Part One: When Am I Ready To Start Gigging?

POSTED: 04/20/2009 - 10:30 am

A Month In The Life Of A Starving Musician. Pt 4
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.

POSTED: 04/10/2009 - 11:25 am

A Month In The Life Of A Starving Musician. Pt 3
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.

POSTED: 04/10/2009 - 11:20 am

A Month In The Life Of A Starving Musician. Pt 2
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.

POSTED: 04/09/2009 - 02:27 pm

A Month In The Life Of A Starving Musician. Pt 1
My testimony of creating a CD, recuiting musicians, searching for gigs and getting my CDs into the hands of the audience.

POSTED: 04/08/2009 - 12:14 pm

Building Guitar Tablature
This article is a quick and easy way to learn how to make a guitar tablature line, and what guitar tablature is.

POSTED: 04/08/2009 - 10:38 am

Studios. Part 1 - Basic Knowledge
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.

POSTED: 04/03/2009 - 02:51 pm

Barre Chords
The next set of good chords to learn after open chords.

POSTED: 04/03/2009 - 02:30 pm

Passing Auditions: A Quick Guide
So you've got the audition coming up, and have no clue what to do? Here's some tips.

POSTED: 03/30/2009 - 12:56 pm

Writing Lyrics
A guide from an emo boy, who reads a lot of Nietzche, on how to write songs with the most meaningfulness possible.

POSTED: 03/30/2009 - 12:37 pm

Your Right Hand Has Fingers Too
The guide to everything to do with your right hand!

POSTED: 03/25/2009 - 01:53 pm

A Tourist's Guide To Metal
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.

POSTED: 03/24/2009 - 03:31 pm

Mixers. Part 1
The General info about mixers what they do and why? Which one to buy to have the Price-Futures in golden middle.

POSTED: 03/20/2009 - 02:56 pm

Problems And Solutions When Playing Guitar
Learn the so-called guitar secrets.

POSTED: 03/20/2009 - 01:42 pm

Teeth Playing
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.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 11:50 am

Stage Antics: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
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.

POSTED: 03/17/2009 - 11:25 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter III: 5 Technique - Economy Picking
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!

POSTED: 03/16/2009 - 09:53 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter III: 4 Technique - Harmonics
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!

POSTED: 03/09/2009 - 01:11 pm

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part Eight - Playing With Others
The final part of TyG looks at playing your guitar as part of a band or jam session.

POSTED: 03/06/2009 - 12:52 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter III: 3 Technique - Tapping
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...

POSTED: 03/02/2009 - 02:32 pm

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part Seven - Creation And Composition
It's time to look into the uses of writing music for your own practise and technical advancement.

POSTED: 02/26/2009 - 12:14 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter III: 2 Chords - Advanced Chord Progressions
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!

POSTED: 02/26/2009 - 12:09 pm

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part Six - Practical Application
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.

POSTED: 02/18/2009 - 02:13 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter III: 1 Chords - Chord Construction
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!

POSTED: 02/16/2009 - 01:26 pm

A Guide To Fixing Intermittent Faults
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.

POSTED: 02/13/2009 - 09:00 am

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part Five - Balancing Practical And Theoretical
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.

POSTED: 02/09/2009 - 12:56 pm

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part Four - Learning Songs
Part Four of the Teach Yourself Guitar series. This time, looking at benefits of, and reasons for, learning songs by other musicians.

POSTED: 02/03/2009 - 04:22 pm

The Guide To PA. Part One - A First PA
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.

POSTED: 02/03/2009 - 08:40 am

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part Three - Taking The First Steps
Part Three of the TyG series. In this installment we give some things to practise when you're just starting to play.

POSTED: 01/27/2009 - 11:22 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter II: 6 Technique - Muting
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!

POSTED: 01/26/2009 - 11:58 am

Matching Speakers To Amps
This is a beginners guide to matching speakers and amps and what you can do without stressing or breaking them.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 02:37 pm

How To Look After Your Guitar
This is a guide on how to look after your guitar, keep it clean and healthy.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 02:35 pm

Stratocaster Copy
A short article on how to maintain your guitar and make it easier to play.

POSTED: 01/21/2009 - 02:33 pm

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part Two - Working With Your Instrument
Part two, looking at the instrument itself in detail, with reference to more information around the website.

POSTED: 01/19/2009 - 12:53 pm

Teach Yourself Guitar. Part One - Making The Decision
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.

POSTED: 01/12/2009 - 03:00 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter II: 5 Technique - Right Hand Style
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...

POSTED: 01/06/2009 - 09:59 am

11 Damaging Mistakes Guitar Players Make And How To Avoid Them
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.

POSTED: 01/05/2009 - 12:44 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter II: 4 Technique - Left Hand Exercises
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!

POSTED: 12/22/2008 - 12:23 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter II: 3 Chords - Basic Chord Progressions
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!

POSTED: 12/15/2008 - 11:10 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter II: 2 Scales - Diatonic Scales In Practice
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!

POSTED: 12/08/2008 - 12:01 pm

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter II: 1 Scales - Diatonic Scales In Theory
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!

POSTED: 12/01/2008 - 10:58 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter I: 5 Technique - Right Hand Techniques
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"!

POSTED: 11/17/2008 - 10:35 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter I: 4 Technique - Left Hand Techniques
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!

POSTED: 11/10/2008 - 09:28 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter I: 3 Scales - The Basics - Pentatonic Scales
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!

POSTED: 11/03/2008 - 09:21 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter I: 2 Chords - The Basics
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...

POSTED: 10/27/2008 - 10:04 am

The Ultimate Guide To Guitar. Chapter I: 1 Introduction - The Guitar
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!

POSTED: 10/23/2008 - 06:43 am

Beginner's Guide To Guitar Strings
Discussed the basics of selecting appropriate guitar strings. Talks about materials, gauges, winding types, cores and coated/treated strings.

POSTED: 10/22/2008 - 02:57 pm

Steps On Becoming A Better Song Writer For All Ages
A few steps on getting on where you need to be on hot write songs/ get ideas/ make plans/ etc. Thanks to

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 12:12 pm

How To Practice Guitar With A Limited Amount Of Time
Do you struggle with not having enough time to practice guitar? Are you unsure about what things to practice within this very limited amount of time?

POSTED: 10/14/2008 - 11:07 am

Tips for Songwriting
Easy tips to help writing a great single.

POSTED: 10/10/2008 - 10:24 am

Bass Sweeping
Sweep picking is a technique that has been used by great guitarist for decades. This is a summary of doing it on bass.

POSTED: 09/18/2008 - 12:01 pm

A Beginner's Guide To Making Tabs And Chords
A questions of what is tab, how to tab a song, how to submit tab for UG have been asked a dozen times during the years, and now they will be settled once for all.

POSTED: 07/03/2008 - 10:31 am

The Home Studio. Part 1: Gear Basics
An introduction into the basics of home recording, and the equipment you may need.

POSTED: 04/11/2008 - 02:25 pm

Getting The Best Out Of Your Recording
If you are a seasoned producer or just starting out recording for your first time, I'm going to help you get the best sound possible out of your mix.

POSTED: 04/10/2008 - 01:16 pm

Buying Second Hand Guitars
Seen a Ad in the classifieds, And you want to Buy it. But How do you know it's Good? This Guide will Help you.

POSTED: 04/10/2008 - 01:07 pm

Polyrhythms are a great thing to get into, they can open up a whole other dimension to your music, but how do you start?

POSTED: 02/27/2008 - 04:02 pm

An Introduction To Home Recording
Basic understanding of what you need and what it takes to start recording your own music from your home.

POSTED: 02/01/2008 - 03:41 pm

The Ten Commandments Of Rock Journalism
Within music journalism,Rock Journalsm,in my point of view,can be considered the most raw form of it.

POSTED: 01/22/2008 - 04:07 pm

Your Gear And You I
Got a new stompbox that you just feel like "curbing"?

POSTED: 01/10/2008 - 06:31 pm

Guitar SFX 101
A lot of successful guitarists have a characteristic or trademark sound effect that defines their style in a big way.

POSTED: 10/12/2007 - 03:23 pm

Stretching Out: Soloing. Step 2
In response to the multitude of questions I received, here's a few answers to help you get on down the road to the Arena show.

POSTED: 10/02/2007 - 02:45 pm

A Beginner's Guide To Soloing
Beginning and intermediate guitarists are often intimidated by the prospect of improvising.

POSTED: 09/15/2007 - 10:37 am

A Recording Engineer's Guide to Professional Recording Tips What To Expect
From a recording engineer's standpoint: The tips and ideas on how to prepare and conduct yourself when going in for a professional recording.

POSTED: 08/13/2007 - 03:00 pm

What Do You Say Interview Guide
Details involving the process of getting interviews for your band and tips on how to have a successful interview.

POSTED: 07/28/2007 - 08:46 am

The Simple Guide To Setting Up A Sucessful Band Myspace
It seems like every day more and more bands are using Myspace as the main form of getting themselves heard.

POSTED: 07/21/2007 - 03:31 pm

Intro To Networking
"How do we network and who do we do it with?" Answers to basic networking problems and general tips on expanding your database of connections

POSTED: 07/14/2007 - 03:36 pm

Learning Scales An Uncommon Approach
This lesson teaches a numbering system useful for understanding chords, creating scale-fingering-patterns, learning scales and understanding music/the fretboard.

POSTED: 06/16/2007 - 02:44 pm

Air Guitar: What's Next
This lesson will teach you how to master the art of air-guitaring within minutes!

POSTED: 05/19/2007 - 04:04 pm

Using Musical Intervals To Greatly Improve Tuning And Intonation
How to use musical intervals to achieve much greater accuracy when tuning or setting intonation.

POSTED: 04/21/2007 - 01:41 pm

How To Care For Your String Instrument
By following a basic program of care and light maintenance, you can expect to get many years ofuse from your stringed instrument.

POSTED: 03/12/2007 - 04:02 pm

The Metronome: Meet Your New Best Friend!
No matter what instrument or style of music you play, it is crucial that you can play very tightly to a click.

POSTED: 11/20/2006 - 01:46 pm

Fruity Loops Tutorial. Part 1
Ever wanted to write electronic music? Make a beat for your rap? Or just make some drums and bass to play your guitar too? The series will explain everything. This first part covers the basics of Fruity Loops.

POSTED: 09/07/2006 - 02:12 pm

Shaping Nails For Guitar
Ever wondered why you aren't getting that lovely clean, crisp, warm tone from your guitar when you fingerpick? Maybe this will help.

POSTED: 09/02/2006 - 08:20 am

Guitar Signature Style. Part 4
Getting into the Most Important Subjects that will lead you to a better Player, Timing and Coordination.

POSTED: 08/08/2006 - 01:32 pm

Anatomy Of Great Lyrics
In this article I will discuss methods I have learned that will help with writing the right words to a song.

POSTED: 08/01/2006 - 01:15 pm

A Quick Guide To Home Recording
Tired of that useless recording sound? No money to purchase more advanced facilities? This article will help you make the most of what you've got when it comes to home recording.

POSTED: 07/25/2006 - 01:13 pm

Guitar Signature Style. Part 3
Deeper into the few first steps which will develop your Signature Style as a Guitarist...

POSTED: 07/06/2006 - 02:17 pm

How To Keep Everything As Almost New As You Got It
A short clean little guide on how to keep your things new, in order, and close to store bought new.

POSTED: 07/06/2006 - 02:07 pm

Guitar Signature Style. Part 2
Deeper into the Secrets of Developing your own Signature Style and be one with the Listener...

POSTED: 06/20/2006 - 01:17 pm

How To Change A 6 String Acoustic Guitar's Strings
Hey, this is my first atricle and I am 14 so don't make fun. This is about how to chnage strings on an acoustic guitar.

POSTED: 06/17/2006 - 09:41 am

Finding What To Write About For Lyrics
Basically a list of thought provoking ideas that would help people discover lyric topics.

POSTED: 06/14/2006 - 02:46 pm

How The Pros Practice
There are a number of differences between professional and amateur musicians. Rob Gravelle gives us the low down on how to play like a pro.

POSTED: 06/06/2006 - 02:30 pm

Guitar Signature Style. Part 1
Find your centre, develope your own style and show people what you really can do with your original style

POSTED: 05/27/2006 - 07:59 am

The Guide To Throwing Your Guitar Around You
It tells you how to throw you're guitar around you like hardcore bands do.

POSTED: 05/25/2006 - 02:43 pm

Setting Up Your Electric Guitar
A definitive guide for beginners and advanced alike. The basics for setting up and prolonging your guitar is here!

POSTED: 04/25/2006 - 02:06 pm

Absolute Beginner's Guide To Chord Progressions
This lesson introduces the basics of scale and chord progression theory, starting with a description of the major scale, scale degree identities and more, eventually leading into expanding the areas of the basic phrase.

POSTED: 03/25/2006 - 11:11 am

Unique Songwriting
Tired of predictable songs? Learn how to write songs in an usual kind of way.

POSTED: 03/07/2006 - 12:37 pm

Noisemaking From Squeals To Drone
The art of noise... Everything seems to be perfectly mastered nowadays in artists' recordings, removing those brilliant guitar noises.

POSTED: 02/07/2006 - 02:35 pm

Composition Or The Original Riff
Although there are about a thousand of these out here, I figured I might as well give it a shot. I hope that it helps you write something original, if nothing else.

POSTED: 02/04/2006 - 10:18 am

Creative Visualisation In Music
Using your imagination to get much more from your playing, remembering and creating of music.

POSTED: 01/30/2006 - 12:26 pm

Tabbing Tips For The Beginner
A few tips to help the tabbing process be as painless as possible.

POSTED: 01/19/2006 - 12:30 pm

A guide to acheiving the perfect action that dispels a few myths along the way.

POSTED: 01/04/2006 - 07:05 am

Double-Tracking Lead Guitars. Part 2
This article explains recording and mixing strategies and techniques.

POSTED: 12/02/2005 - 11:57 am

Double-Tracking Lead Guitars. Part 1
An instructional article on performing and recording two lead guitar parts or solos to be heard simultaneously.

POSTED: 11/29/2005 - 01:35 pm

A Guide To Writing Lyrics
Here's a list of insights that I hope will help guitarists master the word as well as the note.

POSTED: 11/25/2005 - 09:08 am

Writing Guitar Licks
Since anyone can throw in a bunch of notes that don't sound good, how do you write something fast, impressive, and musical? Through experience, I've developed an approach.

POSTED: 10/12/2005 - 01:28 pm

Phrasing For Dummies
Taking you through the most important part of lead guitar from 0 to hero.

POSTED: 10/04/2005 - 01:35 pm

An article that explains how and why to intonate your guitar.

POSTED: 09/15/2005 - 02:09 pm

Improving Tuning Stability
How to make your guitar stay in tune a little better.

POSTED: 09/09/2005 - 03:14 pm

Action Neck Bow And Your Truss-Rod
An article that explains the proper use of the Truss rod and how to use it.

POSTED: 09/03/2005 - 08:04 am

Pickup FAQ. Part 2
In the final part of this FAQ series read some pickup reviews, learn how to adjust pickup height and more.

POSTED: 08/20/2005 - 07:52 am

Pickup FAQ. Part 1
The first part of this FAQ considers manufacturers and different kinds of pickups.

POSTED: 08/16/2005 - 02:21 pm

Guitar Playing
Info on most ways to play the guitar. Learn a few things, and maybe even improve your guitar skills.

POSTED: 08/06/2005 - 07:05 am

Unique Song Arrangments
Break the mold of intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/solo...i'll show you how, with indepth purpose for each part of a song and where you could place them in a song for maximum effect.

POSTED: 07/22/2005 - 12:37 pm

Songs For Movies: Part 1
A layout fo the different kinds of music that can be written/composed for movies.

POSTED: 07/05/2005 - 12:53 pm

Restringing A Guitar
I will save you the embarrassment of going to your local guitar store and saying "Can you replace my strings" and having them laugh at you while walking to the back of the store.

POSTED: 07/01/2005 - 12:43 pm

Knowing Your Effects
This article is designed to help you understand your effects better. I've also taken the liberty of adding some suggested buys, and a rather useful bit.

POSTED: 06/27/2005 - 12:38 pm

Accurate Tabbing. Part 1
Part 1 to a serious of articles that will be your guide to accurate tabbing and also will help you sharpen your sense of hearing.

POSTED: 06/14/2005 - 12:45 pm

Pickup Mods
Things you need to know about Modifying a Pickup.

POSTED: 05/26/2005 - 12:33 pm

Tricks Of The Trade
Tips on improving your guitar and you!

POSTED: 05/23/2005 - 11:52 am

Home Recording. Part 3
This article is devoted to mixing and mastering and finishing the process up.

POSTED: 05/14/2005 - 08:17 am

Preventive Maintenance
Tips to help you spend less on repairs! And suggested buys for optimum guitar care.

POSTED: 05/14/2005 - 08:03 am

New Take Care Of Your Guitar
This article will cover the basics of guitar care, including a guide on how to change your strings.

POSTED: 05/10/2005 - 11:46 am

Tips On Restringing Guitars
These are just some simple things i do after breaking or changing strings on my guitar. I thought they might be of some use to someone reading this.

POSTED: 05/03/2005 - 01:48 pm

Home Recording. Part 2b
A handy guide for mounting microphones, preparing rooms for recording, and the recording process itself.

POSTED: 04/22/2005 - 03:25 pm

Home Recording. Part 2a
A handy guide for mounting microphones, preparing rooms for recording, and the recording process itself.

POSTED: 04/19/2005 - 09:08 am

Home Recording. Part 1
An in-depth description of how to record at home, starting with hardware and microphones.

POSTED: 04/06/2005 - 06:45 am

Writing Your Own Article
Can't think of anything to write? Afraid of being 'flamed'? No worries! It's actually quite simple to do...

POSTED: 04/02/2005 - 11:10 am

The Guide To Goth. Part 2: Subculture
The follow up to the Guide To Goth Music, this goes into depth about the subculture.

POSTED: 02/24/2005 - 02:39 pm

Buying An Instrument
I've seen people get ripped off many times while purchasing a guitar or bass. I feel it's required you know what your doing before spending your hard earned cash.

POSTED: 01/27/2005 - 01:13 pm

The Guide To Goth Music
Goth music, culture and its evolution by Erling and Alix Dorrington.

POSTED: 01/24/2005 - 03:06 pm

Metal. Part 3. Power Metal
The author is getting elaborate and complex from now on...

POSTED: 12/24/2004 - 05:10 am

Guitar: Basic Starter's Guide
The beginner's guide to keep your axe in shape.

POSTED: 12/21/2004 - 10:07 am

Metal. Part 2: The Companies
Clarification about Part 1; Medias for Centuries and Nuclear Blasts.

POSTED: 12/17/2004 - 10:44 am

The Guide To Finding An Amp
This guide will help you narrow down your choices of guitar amplification processes.

POSTED: 12/14/2004 - 01:44 pm

Metal. Part 1: Demystifying
A tentative to clarify some myths around metal before laying out a huge, in-depth, history lesson on the genre.

POSTED: 12/10/2004 - 10:20 am

The Art Of Screaming
Wanna scream without shredding your voice to peaces? Well here's a guide to do just that.

POSTED: 12/06/2004 - 12:59 pm

Beginner Bass
This article is about bass for beginners.

POSTED: 11/08/2004 - 02:06 pm

The Guide To: Heavy Metal
Where'd they all come from, and when, plus some cool bands.

POSTED: 10/26/2004 - 01:35 pm

The Guide To Making A Website For Your Band
One of the best ways to promote your band is to create a page on the net for your band. Here is how you can do it.

POSTED: 10/26/2004 - 01:09 pm

Beginners Guide To Buying An Acoustic Guitar
A guide for beginning guitarists who want to start out with an acoustic guitar or those guitarists looking for thier first acoustic guitar.

POSTED: 10/22/2004 - 03:01 pm

Problems With A Band And Obvious Solutions
This article is for newbies to bands. If you just started a band, here are some problems you're bound to face as time passes by.

POSTED: 08/12/2004 - 12:39 pm

The Guide To Tabbing Solos
Just when you thought that tabbing solos is near impossible, here is a step-by-step to how you can do it.

POSTED: 08/06/2004 - 12:12 pm

How To Tune Floyd Rose
Detailed instructions for tuning those annoying Floyd Rose-bridged Guitars.

POSTED: 08/06/2004 - 11:32 am

The Guide To Writing Tab
Comprehensive guide to writing effective guitar tablature.

POSTED: 07/27/2004 - 01:55 pm

Setting Up A Home Studio For Under 500$
An article for people who want to set up a basic home studio but are on a budget...

POSTED: 07/08/2004 - 11:22 am

Restringing Your Guitar
A short desciption on what strings you should use on your guitar and how you should put them on.

POSTED: 06/28/2004 - 03:08 pm

The Idiot's Guide To Peak Performance, Part 1
Have you been just playing simple riffs, and can't get around to more complicated playing? Here's the answer to your prayers!

POSTED: 06/28/2004 - 02:56 pm

Switching Righty Guitar To Lefty
How to switch any righty guitar to lefty.

POSTED: 06/02/2004 - 01:57 pm

The Guide To Getting Onto Your Local Scene
A brief guide on possible ways to get involved in your local music scene, covering creating a gig nucleus, recording a demo and what to do with it after.

POSTED: 05/27/2004 - 02:44 pm

The Guide To A Protest Band
General guide to writing for / being in a protest band.

POSTED: 05/14/2004 - 12:21 pm

The Guide To Effects
A guide on how to use effects and distortions. What is each effect and how you can use it.

POSTED: 05/06/2004 - 01:03 pm

Slide: Save Money On Set-Up
So you decide one day that wanna learn slide? Here is a small guide to help you properly set up your guitar for it.

POSTED: 04/27/2004 - 08:32 am

Taking Care Of Your Tube Amp II
A practical guide for keeping your tube amp in top shape, and hints you may not have known at keeping it out of trouble.

POSTED: 04/12/2004 - 12:53 pm

Floyd Rose Locking Tremelo
If you have a guitar with Floyd Rose Locking Tremelo you could be encountering some strange side effects. This article will help you fix those problems.

POSTED: 04/05/2004 - 03:10 pm

Taking Care Of Your Tube Amp
Tube Amps! They are like magic! They produce unbelievable tone! however, they are beasts to take care of and'll cost you a fortune. Here are a few steps to taking care of your Tube Amp.

POSTED: 04/05/2004 - 03:05 pm

Keeping Your Guitar In Best Condition
Will this instrument last forever? Will it be worth the $2,000 you've paid for it? How do I take care of it. All the answers are here.

POSTED: 04/02/2004 - 11:44 am

Ultimate Guide: Mid to High End Recording
Recording Guide for people with access to higher end equipment. Describes mic placement, compression, gates, ect.

POSTED: 03/30/2004 - 12:39 pm

The Guide To Home Recording
The cheapest yet most effective ways of obtaining a good sound when recording through your home computer.

POSTED: 03/26/2004 - 01:07 pm

Ultimate Guide To Going Live. Part 5: P.A. Systems
A beginner's guide to P.A. systems: how to use them efficiently, how to control feedback and a brief buying guide.

POSTED: 03/24/2004 - 03:10 pm

Ultimate Guide To Going Live. Part 4: Amplification
A guide to knowing how much volume you'll need at a gig, and what kind of power rating you'll have to use.

POSTED: 03/11/2004 - 01:46 pm

Ultimate Guide To Going Live. Part 3: Getting A Gig
So you've been practicing hard for a couple of months and you think you're ready for the first step towards your band getting off the ground. There are a few things you need to have/have done before you start going about finding venues. This next section of UG's Guide to Going Live will be on getting a gig and how to go about it and how to be prepared.

POSTED: 03/09/2004 - 02:02 pm

Ultimate Guide To Going Live. Part 2: What To Play?
The second part of Ultimate Guide To Going Live is to help those of you just starting their live careers who are looking everywhere for a few decent covers to sing. Hopefully, this column will give some useful advice as to what is a good choice in any situation. Enjoy!

POSTED: 03/03/2004 - 03:26 pm

Ultimate Guide To Going Live. Part 1: The Basics
The first part of UG's Ultimate Guide to Going Live. This article lays down the laws of how to survive your gigs.

POSTED: 03/01/2004 - 01:48 pm

Ultimate Guitar Guide: Tone Woods
A guitar's wood is one of the last steps to creating that ideal tone you've been looking for. Different woods give off different sounds, which add to your guitar's ambience, tone, durability, and ability to age with time. Guitar Woods - what is available, how much do they way, and what tones do they make?

POSTED: 02/26/2004 - 02:30 pm

The Guide To Bass & Bass Equipments
Don't know what bass to buy to start out? Read this to get a few tips and a little help.

POSTED: 02/24/2004 - 12:19 pm

Ultimate Guitar Guide: Cables
A beginner's guide to cables: how to use them, where to place them, care tips and advice.

POSTED: 02/16/2004 - 12:39 pm

Ultimate Guitar Guide: Pickups
A beginner's guide to pickups: what are they, and what models are available? This guide give you a basic view on single coil pickups, humbuckers, hot rod pickups, active and p.a.f. pickups.

POSTED: 02/11/2004 - 10:53 am

The Guide To Guitarists' Toolbox
Ever wonder what to bring to a gig or rehearsal? Read on and you'll find out...

POSTED: 02/09/2004 - 11:05 am

Ultimate Guitar Guide: Strings
Strings: A guide to buying, changing and preserving your guitar strings.

POSTED: 02/06/2004 - 10:59 am

Ultimate Buyers Guide. Part 2: Your First Amp
Providing you already have an electric guitar (not an acoustic), you are going to need an amplifier. Part 2 of the Ultimate Buyers Guide has been designed to help you find the real voice of your first guitar.

POSTED: 01/26/2004 - 12:56 pm

Ultimate Buyers Guide. Part 1: Your First Guitar
Choosing and buying a first guitar is impossibly difficult. There are literally hundreds of them out there and among them there are the the damaged, the expensive and the downright crappy guitars that you have to wade through to find the one that you love. Luckily, we are here to help!

POSTED: 01/22/2004 - 12:14 pm

The Guide To Choose A Right Guitar Store
A guide to tell if the music store you're planning to buy from is worth your money.

POSTED: 01/19/2004 - 10:29 am