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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 and her website at "How Do You Remember All the Words? Hi there, Remembering all the lyrics to a tune,...

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.