How To Memorise The Notes of The Guitar Neck

2022-05-05T22:10:42+01:00

Many guitarists will reach a point when they want to understand more of what they are playing, rather than relying on shapes or thinking about fret numbers! Memorising the notes on the fretboard is a great way to do this, and can be achieved a few different ways. Learning the guitar is quite a unique experience when it comes to learning the theory behind what you are playing, or even what notes you are playing. This is due to the guitars layout across the neck, being much less visually helpful when it comes to memorising the notes of the fretboard. This [...]

How To Memorise The Notes of The Guitar Neck2022-05-05T22:10:42+01:00

Buying Your First Guitar Effects Pedals!

2022-03-18T10:10:06+00:00

Starting your guitar effects pedal journey can be an overwhelming process for some, due to the excessive amounts of products available from companies all over the world. Over the past 50 years or so the popularity of guitar pedals has been rapidly increasing, first seen in regular use by the late great Jimi Hendrix with his use of fuzz boxes and wah wah pedals. With a million different flavours of effects in all different categories it can be hard for some to pick what their first guitar pedal will be, so where should you start? Where Do I Start? Looking back [...]

Buying Your First Guitar Effects Pedals!2022-03-18T10:10:06+00:00

How Jimi Hendrix’s Playing Is Heard All Over Modern Pop Radio!

2022-03-18T10:08:37+00:00

The influence of Jimi Hendrix has been heard throughout all generations of guitarists since he burst onto the scene in 1967, even being heard today on some of the most popular songs of the past few years. Listeners of what is currently trending in the charts are regularly hearing Hendrix’s influence, even if they don’t realise it. What is The Hendrix Playing Style? Jimi Hendrix is considered a pioneer of the electric guitar. Before Hendrix became a household name in 1967 following his performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, the guitar was seen as a very different instrument. Previously it was [...]

How Jimi Hendrix’s Playing Is Heard All Over Modern Pop Radio!2022-03-18T10:08:37+00:00

5 Things You Can Do To Care For Your Guitar At Home

2022-01-19T20:27:16+00:00

Don’t place in direct sunlight It’s a simple tip, but you would be surprised at how bad direct sunlight can be for an instrument. This is not only the case cosmetically, causing the paint to fade and crack, but also the functionality of the instrument could be altered. Warm temperatures and direct sunlight will result in the strings of the guitar expanding causing them to sound flat or lower than usual, which is not ideal to keeping the instrument sounding consistent. Not only is direct sunlight bad, but also placing any instrument next to a heater of any sort (radiator, furnace, [...]

5 Things You Can Do To Care For Your Guitar At Home2022-01-19T20:27:16+00:00

The most wonderful Christmas present for a guitar lover

2021-12-08T20:18:47+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 lover2021-12-08T20:18:47+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

Is the guitar relevant in pop music?

2021-08-15T11:27:57+01:00

Why is the guitar less prominent these days? To most people, pop music these days means slick, polished production that appears near perfect, although the sound of pop and what exactly is pop music is something that has changed drastically throughout the decades. Pop music of the 1960s and 1970s was far less “perfect”, as this was an age of minimal editing of the band or artists performance once they had been recorded in the studio, as the performance was already committed on tape. These days however, digital audio workstations (DAW’s) allow for endless editing meaning the performance that goes into [...]

Is the guitar relevant in pop music?2021-08-15T11:27:57+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

Modes in popular music

2021-05-14T08:56:52+01:00

What are modes? The modes of the Major scale are a concept that many students struggle with on their theory journey due to the many different approaches one can take to view how each mode is formed. To put it simply, modes are really just scales, just like the Major scale, Pentatonic scale or the Natural Minor scale. This title of ‘modes’ is used as all of the modes are related to each other through their intervalic relationship and the notes that are used from one relative mode to the other. The seven modes of the Major scale are: IONIAN (Major [...]

Modes in popular music2021-05-14T08:56:52+01:00
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