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08/08/2015

To Jam or not To Jam that is the question

Some food for thought on why we should jam with other musicians, jam etiquette and how to get the best results from jamming with other musicians. We are all very different in the way we play music, this diversity means that we all have something to offer each other musically. Never let the lack of jamming experience get in the way of a true connection you can experience jamming with others, you will soon get the hang of jamming and we can grow as musicians together through this experience. Some... Read More

08/08/2015

STRINGS

The Spaghetti Junction that is the String buyers market, can often be just random luck or you can go forearmed, with a little knowledge from other guys in the know, what strings do I buy? Acoustic, Classical and electric guitars all use different types of strings and there are many brands that offer strings for all guitar types. After working out what type of strings you need you then have to choose from a huge assortment of brands. What brand to buy is as varied as the opinions on which... Read More

08/08/2015

Woodies Guitar Hangers

If your anything like me with an obscene amount of GAS and an ever growing collection of guitars, shut in cases, you’ll know game of guitar roulette. Guitar roulette where you pick a guitar much like pulling a card from the shuffled stack of beloved case’s, to find axes you almost forgotten you had. If this is at all similar to your experience, then this may well be an interesting topic, if not then this still will be an interesting topic. Ponderings of maple Firstly remember a guitar is not... Read More

For The Love of Plectrums

There comes a time in the life of most guitarists that tone, and pursuit of it , ends up with many changes of pickups, effects, amps, speakers strings and plectrums . One way we learn tone is to create texture and tone by the varied ways we attack the strings and where we attack them in relation to the bridge and neck. The amount of attack changes the volume and the angle of attack changes the tone. Picking near the bridge makes the notes brighter and the closer to the... Read More

Pitch-key Preset Alternative Tuning For Guitar

So I popped the little Pitch-key gadget onto my acoustic guitar today and gave it a little test run; here are my thoughts on it. The PK is a very simple installation, it just slides onto the strings by means of it hooking under, to give an easy access stable tuning key to drop or raise the pitch of any string accurately and on the fly. There’s an allen key grub screw pint that is a fine adjustment which means both regions are bang on the money in tune and... Read More

Pinz brass bridge pins

The Pinz brand aftermarket bridge pins are a great addition to an acoustic guitar, Pinz aren’t just a pimp up extra, but they have qualities worth looking into. I put a set of brass bridge pins into my Taylor 810ce and they look fantastic, giving the Taylor just a little more sparkle both to the eyes and a touch of brighter frequencies to the ears. They come in several ornate tops including mother of pearl, and Paua which an Australian abalone type material. Their natural shell tops make each set... Read More

Keep Calm and Practice Music

Article by Kiriakos Bouloubasis (Kiriakos GP – GuitarPower) John Dewey: The American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer. His theory about adult learning procedure can be applied to our guitar practice schedule. Want to know how? Here’s how to avoid frustration and get higher results from your guitar practice routine I am going to analyze 5 hints which can help you avoid frustration which is one of the most common reasons why people quit practice: • “Clearly define where you want to reach your skills”: Before start practicing you should think... Read More

Artist Spotlight – Dave Brons- Album Review “Based On A True Story”

It’s not often I get totally blown away by an album release but this is definitely the exception. Dave Brons took a huge leap of faith to quit his day job to peruse a dream of being a full time musician. Dave launched an online crowd fund to create the dollar to bring us this fantastic album “Based on a true story” I personally know Dave to be a really great, kind and thoughtful guy and a fantastic musician. You may or may not know so I’ll provide a little... Read More

7 String Guitars From Renaissance to Contemporary instruments, players and resources

Written exclusively by Dave Thompson of guitar addiction for strings direct 7 String Guitars From Renaissance to Contemporary instruments, players and resources Upon hearing the phrase “7 string guitar” most modern players will understandably first call to thought a number of players who’ve popularised the instrument in recent times. The likes of Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Fredrik Thorendal and Jeff Loomis, along with more recent icons such as Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor, Paul Wardingham and Ola Englund come to mind. All of those players are without a doubt worthy of... Read More

Pitch-Key: Preset Alternative Tuning For Guitar

So I popped the little Pitch-Key (PK) gadget onto my acoustic guitar today and gave it a little test run; here are my thoughts on it. The PK is a very simple installation, it just slides onto the strings by means of it hooking under to give an easy access stable tuning key to drop or raise the pitch of any string accurately and on the fly. There’s an allen key grub screw pin for fine adjustment which means both regions are bang on the money in tune and all... Read More