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Making A Cheap Acoustic Guitar Sound Expensive

Inexpensive equipment lacks definition. It’s not that you can’t make it sound good, but time and time again I’ve found that certain cheaper versions …

Guitar

How to Write Strong Chord Progressions for Your Guitar Songs

01<p>of 05<p>Making Your Songs Stand Out<p>Have you ever stopped for a moment to imagine just how many songs, in total, have been written? Consider... many …

Electric Guitar

How to Master the Pentatonic Scale on the Entire Fretboard

Guitar instructor Paul Davids—the man behind GW favorites "Are We All Tuning Our Guitars Wrong?" and "Is This the Mother of All Finger Exercises?," …

Electric Guitar

Guitar Essentials: Soloing Strategies for Rock and Blues

We’ve all been there: watching in awe as a lead guitarist’s fingers fly across the fretboard, wrenching out notes we didn’t even know existed. And …

Electric Guitar

Bill Gates Reads 50 Books Per Year. But Only These 6 Leadership Books Made His List of Recommendations

Of all 186 books Bill Gates has ever recommended on his personal blog, six leadership books get special attention.<p>In a 2016 interview at the <i>New York Times</i>, Bill Gates said that reading is still the "main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding." He told <i>The Times</i> he reads about 50 …

Bill Gates

Best turntables you can buy, from affordable to absolute insanity

Audiophile

The Recording Guitarist: Tracking Yourself on Acoustic

<b>Photo 1: Tiny adjustments in angle between the guitar and mic dramatically alter your tone.</b><p>Miking guitar amps is one of the easiest studio tasks. …

Beyond Blues: Nail Those Changes!

Fishing around for some new ideas to enhance your blues licks? Check out this step-by-step approach that covers everything from guide tones to scales.

Develop your funk rhythm guitar grooves with these classic chord vamps

<b>Early funk is often associated with the Godfather Of Soul James Brown, who helped pioneer this style of dance music in the late 60s and early 70s.</b> …

How to Create Professional-Sounding Tracks at Home

0<p>SHARES<p>Hello, kids.<p>Every producer has his or her secrets. Some use gear, like a certain mic or pre or vintage amp to get a signature sound.<p>Sometimes …

Lick of the Day: Descending Pentatonic Phrase with Mark Tremonti

0<p>SHARES<p>Today's lick features Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge tackling a fast, descending pentatonic phrase that takes a Shawn Lane-inspired …

Step outside the pentatonic box with these fresh blues guitar solo approaches

<b>Every lead guitarist uses pentatonic scales - chances are that the first scale you ever learnt was the minor pentatonic.</b><p>Don't Miss<p>Like a comfortable …

Tastes May Change, but the Classics Remain: the Best Albums of 1968

For any rock music aficionado tracing the history of popular music, 1968 was a landmark year. There were an immense number of outstanding albums …

10 Sneaky Slide Licks

Coax extra mileage from a familiar lick by slipping in some sly slide moves.

Electric Guitar

Smooth Struttin’

188<p>SHARES<p>Do you admire how great bassists can effortlessly “walk” their way through any blues progression, but don’t have a clue how they do it? …

5 Acoustic Guitar Recording Tips you Have to Know - The Blogging Musician

5 Acoustic Guitar Recording Tips you Have to Know. The Blogging Musician @ adamharkus.com<p>Acoustic guitar is one of the first things aspiring …

Music Production

Learn 5 of BB King's game-changing guitar solo tricks

<b>The late BB King, also known as the King Of The Blues, was one of the hardest working bluesmen in history, performing an average of 300 shows a year</b> …

Test your technique with this 10-point blues guitar lead challenge

<b>When it’s time to take a guitar solo you’ll need an arsenal of authentic techniques.</b><p>Hone your chops with our challenge…<p>Technique challenge tab<p>1. …

Five hiking trails that will make you wish you lived in LA

Hiking is one of Los Angeles’ best-known activities, up there with movie-going, surfing, clubbing and taco-tasting. Angelenos are voracious hikers, and they have a lot of ground to work with. At 4,000 square miles, LA County is larger than some US states, and much of that is canyons filled with a …

How To Start Soloing In All 12 Keys [Lessons]

<b>Guitar Scales And Modes</b>: When most guitar players first start trying to play "guitar solos," their soloing is quite often confined to only a few …

The most expensive and the cheapest vacation destinations in the world [INFOGRAPHIC]

Looking for a cheap getaway in 2018? Well, the first thing you should do is avoid visiting Western Europe and North America. According to an annual …

The Intriguingly Exotic Sound of the C Lydian Hexatonic Scale

430<p>SHARES<p>In two older String Theory columns (March and April 2015 issues), I introduced a pair of hexatonic (six-note) scales that are comprised of …

10 apps to help you produce your next album on your phone

Forget bedroom producer. You can be a waiting-in-line-at-the-airport producer.<p>In the music industry of even 10 years ago, it was rare to produce an entire album outside of the studio. The launch of GarageBand 6 in 2010 changed that, ushering in a new type of musician: the bedroom producer. Home …

Music Production

These Are the Best Craft Breweries in the USA

The Best Craft Breweries in America<p>Cheers to the craft.<p>December 22, 2017<p>I don't think this is normal, but I was raised to love beer. My dad used to …

Beer

Guitar Essentials: How to Mix Chords with Blues Licks

503<p>SHARES<p>Mixing small chords into your blues licks is a great way to give your soloing a more polished sound. If you've never done this before, it …

10 things you need to do in order to quit your job and travel the world, according to people who have done it

Psssst — hey, you. Yeah, you. The one discreetly clicking on this article at work while your boss sits inches away. We know your secret: You're itching to drop everything and book a one-way ticket across the world.<p>We're not judging. In fact, we support you. At Travel + Leisure, we talk to people …

Learn How to Play “Silent Night” Fingerstyle

284<p>SHARES<p>This year, you can entertain your family and friends during the holiday season with this fingerstyle version of the Christmas classic …

Electric Guitar

Gary Clark Jr.’s Modern Mojo

Get inside the techniques of a modern blues master and add some fire to your solos.

Playing Chords In Key The Major Scale Harmonized With Chords [Lessons]

<b>Guitar Scales And Modes</b>: I’m going to begin by saying this is my first lesson so please go easy on me in the comments :)

Blues In A With The A Minor Blues Scale — Blues Guitar Unleashed Blog

Don’t you just wish sometimes you could sit down, grab a guitar, and just play?<p>I often call that “Playing On The Porch” style playing, because it …