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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...

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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...

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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?...

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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 Reverb.com 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...

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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 EarMaster.com. 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...

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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 (www.kitchmusic.com).  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...

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30 Aug

Reverb.com Blog

Hi there, Like you, I love reading music and especially guitar blogs around the 'net. I've re-posted content from Reverb.com 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...

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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,...

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16 May

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

Just caught this via my email subscription to Reverb.com.  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.  

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07 May

Top 5 Songs of All Time

A friend of mine recently shared this fantastic website with me last week.  I can't stop going back to it, just to see if The Beatles really did dominate the 60s or if Michael Jackson was a ubiquitous as I thought in the 80s.  I turns about that yes they were both massive acts.  The best thing about it however, is the forgotten tunes and...

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28 Apr

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Fender Stratocaster

So in my wondering down the rabbit hole of the internet and I found this really cool video. If you are a Fender Stratocaster person it is well worth checking out... 5 things about your Stratocaster you might not have known. Whilst you are at the video, subscribe, there are heaps of other cool tips to pick up from Phillip...    

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18 May

How to get the best guitar tone

Hi folks, I've been really enjoying reading a bunch of posts up at www.reverb.com.  Look, I know they are a big (but cool) auction site, and yes, I guess it is in their interest to encourage you to buy as much stuff as possible, but I loved this post by Shawn Persinger. I think every musician I have ever encountered is on their own quest for...

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24 Sep

How Do I Build A Pedalboard?

So you've spent money on getting a nice bunch of pedals and now it is time to put them all together. You don't really want to spend time putting together then pulling apart the daisy chain, cables etc every time you set up and pull down your guitar rig, so the answer is a pedalboard. I've got a few effects and I have a really nice...

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08 May

The Top Ten Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing Now

The Top Ten Ways To Improve Your Guitar Playing Now   This week's blog is really a re-blog of a great article I read by Bryan Baker.  Bryan is an internationally recognized guitarist, composer, songwriter, producer and author. I agree with everything he's written here, less on #3, but I can see where he's coming from. I love #1! I'll write something next time, in the...

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12 Dec

Why is my electric guitar buzzing? It’s so annoying!

Hey there, Electric guitar buzzing   One of my students today was asking why his electric guitar buzzes annoyingly at home and why it doesn't when he comes to lessons. So I started running him through it.  I started explaining that the buzzing sound is either a Ground Loop or Electromagnetic Interference, usually the latter.  As I watched his eyes glaze over a bit, I thought...

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03 Dec

How to fix sticky guitar neck

How to fix sticky guitar neck Hi, Thanks for checking out my blog.  Today I'm going to run you through 'how to fix sticky guitar neck'. So, after years and years my strat had fallen down the ranks in my guitar collection. It just wasn't that fun to play anymore and the neck was really sticky.  I started playing other guitars a lot more and...