The most wonderful Christmas present for a guitar lover

2021-12-02T19:46:39+00:00

Christmas is the most beautiful time of year. It is a season of joy and blessings. This is that time of year when we spend time with our friends and family. It's "indulgence season." Everyone feels wonderful, and it is the ideal time to bless your loved ones. It's wonderful to spend time brainstorming ways to delight our family members and provide them with the most remarkable gifts. Something they've always wanted or something that has the potential to improve their life. I like the latter because I adore the thought of gifts that last forever. I value experiences because they [...]

The most wonderful Christmas present for a guitar lover2021-12-02T19:46:39+00:00

What Sort of String Action Is Appropriate For You?

2021-11-24T15:58:08+00:00

What Is The ‘Action’? The action is a very important factor on a players guitar as it has a huge affect on how the instrument feels to play. The action is the height between the strings and the fretboard of the guitar, with a higher action requiring more strength to push the strings down to produce a clear note. Generally this means that the higher the action, the harder the guitar is to play. It is a fine balance though, meaning a lower action is not always better. Different musical styles will demand a different setup on the instrument to cater [...]

What Sort of String Action Is Appropriate For You?2021-11-24T15:58:08+00:00

Multi-Effects Pedals vs. Standalone Stomp-Boxes

2021-11-24T15:56:22+00:00

The decision to buy multiple stomp-boxes or to just stick with one multi-fx unit for all of your sounds is a decision that most guitarists will encounter at some point in their musical journey. Often there is some stigma surrounding multi-fx pedals in comparison to multiple more specialised single pedals, although as we will discuss there are many multi-fx units that have proved to be very popular amongst guitarists of all abilities and statuses. Advantages and Disadvantages of Both Let’s start with the obvious. Having a decent multi-fx unit on your pedalboard or as your entire pedalboard will have loads of [...]

Multi-Effects Pedals vs. Standalone Stomp-Boxes2021-11-24T15:56:22+00:00

What Does Reverb Do?

2021-10-07T15:14:15+01:00

So What is Reverb? There’s no doubt that every human has heard reverb before in their lifetime, whether they’ve realised it or not! Put simply, reverb is the persistence of sound after the sound is produced, meaning it is the decay of the sound after the actual sound source has occurred. The amount and size of the reverb will depend on the size of space the source is in, how many other objects are present in the space (such as furniture, carpets or other people) and how loud the original sound source is (for example how loud someone yells “hello”). Where [...]

What Does Reverb Do?2021-10-07T15:14:15+01:00

How the blues is relevant in popular music

2021-06-07T07:29:59+01:00

What is Blues? Blues music is an incredibly important genre to discuss not only for its timeless and instantly recognisable sound, but for its influence on the styles that would follow after its birth in the mid to late 1800s. This occurred around the time of theAmerican civil war, created by African-American slaves who worked in plantations and fields in the South of the USA. This music was sung in the form of call and response style chants, which would be a way to boost morale in the tough living and working conditions as a slave. Musically these chants were simple [...]

How the blues is relevant in popular music2021-06-07T07:29:59+01:00

How to practice with a metronome

2021-04-14T09:25:12+01:00

Why Should I Use a Metronome? Metronomes have been a popular (or sometimes not so popular!) practice tool amongst musicians for 200 years and have proven useful for many, particularly when it comes to improving their timing. The metronome should be used to keep a steady tempo, and to make sure that the player does not speed up or slow down through the duration of the piece that they are playing. It can also be used to work up to a faster tempo that may be unmanageable at first on the players chosen instrument, since by starting at a more comfortable [...]

How to practice with a metronome2021-04-14T09:25:12+01:00

How to approach electric guitar after learning on acoustic

2021-03-15T12:33:40+00:00

It is very common for those guitarists who start out on an acoustic instrument to want to branch out and try something a bit different to see what it’s like on the dark side, and by the dark side we of course mean the electric guitar! There are many factors that will be consistent across both instruments, although there are some differences to keep in mind such as technique, volume, tuning, and the tone of the electric counterpart. Technique The first thing to consider when moving to the electric guitar from the acoustic is if you will need to make alterations [...]

How to approach electric guitar after learning on acoustic2021-03-15T12:33:40+00:00

Importance of electric guitar tone

2021-03-10T13:38:18+00:00

Matching The Song You Want To Play Have you ever sat down to practice one of your favourite songs on the electric guitar, but found that although you were playing the correct notes and chords in time, it just didn’t sound like the original? One reason for this could be that your tone isn’t matching to the song. So what is guitar tone anyway? Guitar tone is the sound or timbre of the guitar which could mean the effects that are being used, what pickup selection is being used, is it played with a plectrum or fingerpicked, and many other factors. [...]

Importance of electric guitar tone2021-03-10T13:38:18+00:00

Tips to get the most from your guitar lessons

2021-03-01T11:23:04+00:00

Booking guitar lessons in London doesn’t automatically mean that you are going to turn into Frank Gambale. (However, with enough dedication, belief and enthusiasm you just might!) Some people pick up the guitar and learn really fast but for others, it can take a lot of time and effort. In fact, learning the guitar to a high standard can be a really long process however it is certainly worth it in the end. So, you have your guitar lessons in London booked and you are all set to embark on an exciting and rewarding hobby. The key to learning the guitar [...]

Tips to get the most from your guitar lessons2021-03-01T11:23:04+00:00

5 Ways to stay motivated when practising guitar

2021-03-02T11:39:18+00:00

Discover 5 ways to stay motivated when practising the guitar. Improve your practice routine and improve your guitar playing! All teachers have had conversations with students about practise routines and we’ve all dealt with students who are feeling less than motivated to practise. Here are 5 ways to stay motivated when practising. These tips can be used if you are a teacher with a student feeling the pinch of motivational depression or if you are a student looking to give yourself a boost. 1. Progress Chart For young students, I find progress charts are a great way to encourage them to [...]

5 Ways to stay motivated when practising guitar2021-03-02T11:39:18+00:00
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