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06 Nov

Ibanez TSA15H 15watt Tube Amplifier Review

Hey there, When I first started this blog, I promised among other things some gear reviews.  And well, I've been a bit slack on the gear review front.  Too much time playing with the gear not enough time writing about it.  I guess that's not so bad... anyhow, once you've had a read and listened to the content below I'm sure you'll see why...! I'd...

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16 Sep

For the love of playing guitar

During my teaching day today I had some real variety.  Riffs (Last time - Rolling Stones), chords (Don't Speak - No Doubt), fingerpicking (Bloom - Paper Kites) and a study on the mixolydian mode.  One of the reasons I love teaching after all these years is that it re-connects me to why I learnt to play guitar in the first place.  For the love of...

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27 Aug

Do I need a new guitar?

Do I need a new guitar? Happened upon this great graphic today.  It was all about bicycles and the amazing thing that happens when you get really involved in something.  I've called it N+1 before.  You know the perfect number of guitars is the number you own plus that beautiful new [insert guitar name here]. So, I'm not really a bicycle kind of guy, but...

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16 Aug

#16 – How do you make money from music online?

Funny thing happened today, a conversation I've been having with a lot of people lately was illustrated beautifully by this fantastic graphic from Information is Beautiful. It tied together a so many conversations about why musicians generally have day jobs.... In other news, I recently discovered the Lindsay Buckingham has a mortgage.  I was, to say the least, surprised by this.  Yes the Lindsay Buckingham...

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06 Aug

Back to Baroque (has illegal downloading killed music?)

Hey there, Not so much a blog about guitars this time, but I guess more a ramble about 'art'. I was just driving back from sunny Waterloo and on the radio the host and guests were discussing newspaper ownership and how Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, has just bought The Washington post. Not heard about it? Read the ABC article here. The panel of journos...

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11 Feb

Just how important is a guitar stand?

WARNING To those of a delicate disposition the following might be a bit much to bear, but read on....just take it as a cautionary tale.  If you don't want to see the grizzly pics, just squint a little - you'll be fine. Names have been changed to protect the innocent. See this?  This may be the best $30 you ever spend on guitar gear.  Sure, the Wah is winner and yes, that tube...

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12 Dec

How often should I restring my guitar?

One of the most common questions I get asked is 'How often should I restring my guitar?" Well, without trying to over-complicate a pretty straightforward question there are a few qualifying questions that will help you make up your mind; 1. How do the strings sound? 2. What do they look like? 3. How much do you play? 4. When was the last time you...

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13 Nov

How do I restring my guitar?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that the last post was all about how often you should change your guitar strings.  Well, there's a lot of different answers to that one. If you haven't seen my post, check it out by clicking here. Similarly, how you restring your guitar is a subjective matter - let alone the type of strings you...

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22 Sep

6 String Deals – weird and wonderful guitar reviews

Every so often I'll post some content from another site in the guitar blogosphere... Today it is 6 String Deals. A friend of mine put me on to it and they review weird and wonderful fringe guitars - no Fender, Gibson or Taylors here.  Better yet, the guitar reviews are review affordable, individual guitars from new and established guitar makers. This review of the MusicVox Space Cadet is...

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18 Sep

4 Chords and the Truth

It never fails to amaze me that there are so many amazing (and not so amazing) songs written with just 4 chords. When you start really thinking about it, what's more astounding is that new, individual songs are written every day with the same four chords.Yet they don't all sound the same. You can even play the same four chords, in the same order, at...

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12 Sep

How do you remember all the chords?

My wife Amanda is an extremely talented singer, musician and songwriter. She writes a great music blog too. She wrote an absolute cracker today, and it applies just much to singing as guitar, so I thought I'd share it with you. Check out her blog at amandaeaston.blogspot.com.au and her website at www.amandaeaston.com. "How Do You Remember All the Words? Hi there, Remembering all the lyrics to a tune,...

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10 Sep

#15 – Crowdfunding

Thanks to Arts Hub, here's a great article on crowdfunding.  The do's, don'ts and very worth the read. http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/opinions/arts/what-makes-people-give-191507

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05 Sep

How do I buy an electric guitar?

I often get asked for advice on how to buy an electric guitar.  Which one is the best one? How much will it cost?  Any particular brands? Well I was going to write an article on that and out of interest I googled 'How do I buy an electric guitar?' and about one million links appeared, all with good info (I'll put some of the links at...

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23 Aug

It’s all in the….timing

Timing has an enormous affect on how good you sound as a guitarist. Just like other aspects of musicality, timing is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice! In order to improve your timing, it is important to understand that every beat can be played in three different ways: - before the beat, - right on the beat, - after the beat....

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20 Aug

#14 – How to get your stuff on the Radio

Hi, Just thought I'd pass along some excellent ideas from Amanda Easton on how to get on the radio. It's a great blog you should definitely check it out....this is part one of a three part blog - visit the blog at http://amandaeaston.blogspot.com.au and Amanda's website at www.AmandaEaston.com How to Get on the Radio, Part 1 Hi there, Having worked with 100s of indie artists through...

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20 Aug

Practice, Practice, Practice

The first post hey?  I thought we'd start with what'll be an irregular theme in the blog, practice tips.  It is the most fundamental thing about learning the guitar.  Regular, focussed, efficient, methodical, fun, rewarding practice. I remember how much my fingers hurt after getting my first steel stringed guitar, but loving the sound of it.  I remember sitting downstairs at home when I was...