So does string gauge really make a difference to your guitar sound?

07 Feb

So does string gauge really make a difference to your guitar sound?

Hey folks, Straight to the chase today - it's about string gauge.  For the last maybe 20 or so years I've only used 10-46 strings across all my guitars from Stratocasters to Telecasters and Gibsons to Rickenbackers. They feel right to me (plus I buy them in bulk, so it kind of makes sense to use the same gauge for everything). When I first started...

12 Jul

Free guitar exercises to improve your technical skills

Hi there, I regularly teach a bunch of drills and guitar exercises around major, minor, chromatic and pentatonic scales to help improve general guitar technique.  Even good old alternate picking exercises. To that end I started putting together a resource to send students that would encompass a bunch of those things - then about half an hour in, I thought I would have a quick...

06 Mar

Say Wah! 10 of the Greatest Wah Pedal Songs of All Time (VIDEO)

Source: Say Wah! 10 of the Greatest Wah Pedal Songs of All Time (VIDEO) I love the wah, I know it isn't the coolest thing right now for guitar players (that'll be massive delays and reverbs) - but you've got to say it has had a phenomenal impact on popular music. That's why I loved this article - the top 10 wah songs of all...

28 Feb

How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online – 2015 Remix — Information is Beautiful

How many CD sales, downloads or streams does a musician need to get to make minimum wage? Are musicians best off with Spotify, Tidal, or going old-school? Source: How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online – 2015 Remix — Information is Beautiful I'm regularly asked, "so how does Spotify work when you are an artist?  How do you get paid for plays on their system?...

12 Dec

The Best-Selling Guitar Amplifier of 2016 | via Reverb

Hi there, I love amps and I'm always on the lookout interest guitar amplifier stories.  This week delivered this peach into my mailbox and I thought it to interesting not to share.   My initial reaction was surprise, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense.  People just aren't going for those massive 100w heads anymore.  There definitely seems to...

03 Sep

How to learn intervals

How to learn intervals Hi there, I was just discussing intervals in a class today and remember this really handy site Intervals can be tricky to memorise, so putting them to a tune it a great way to really get hang of them.  You'll be able to conjure up major fourths, minor seconds and tritones in no time with this method. Here is the...

31 Aug

Xotic EP Booster Demo

A very quick Xotic EP Booster demo that I recorded on my phone (I know, the horror) for my friend Kitch (  Thought maybe someone else might be interested... you never know. This Xotic EP Booster is based on the preamp circuit of an EchoPlex EP3 pedal.  I understand that folks used to use these things to boost the signal, acting as a preamp and...

30 Aug Blog

Hi there, Like you, I love reading music and especially guitar blogs around the 'net. I've re-posted content from before.  Look, I know they want to encourage your GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), but they do write some really interesting stuff on gear. This one I've picked out today is no exception, I'm actually a big fan of the less popular brands of gear and...

17 May

The Great YouTube Experiment

Hi there, About 2 years ago, I started uploading student shot guitar lesson videos to YouTube as a resource for my private students if they got stuck at home. I had no idea that the channel would be watched by anyone else...  Now, 2 years later the channel has just passed 205,000 views. It's been interesting which videos have been the most popular.  At number 1,...

16 May

How To Sound Like The Rolling Stones | Potent Pedal Pairings – YouTube

Just caught this via my email subscription to  Sure they are trying to sell you gear, but I love this series of 'Potent Pedal Pairings'.  There are heaps of them - including a great Jimmy Page episode.