A Good Case For Becoming Literate

Posted by - October 7, 2011

I should’ve taken up piano instead of guitar.
The piano’s design is simple: low pitches on the left, high pitches on the right. Middle C occurs in exactly one place.
I can get my head around that.
Guitar, on the other hand, is laid out like a labyrinth. Middle C appears in five different places. Five different places.

Playing With Spiders Or Getting More From The 1-2-3-4

Posted by - October 5, 2011

Practicing it in a straight ascending and descending form ad nauseam isn’t going to help you with a lot of long term musical goals. Today, I’ll show you a variation I call “the spider” (because it seems to crawl over the fretboard in what is, for many people, an unfamiliar way). In addition to posing some technical challenges, it also assists with visualizing octaves and may even help you navigate your way around the fingerboard a little better.

Composing With Handicaps

Posted by - August 12, 2011

Writing with handicaps is strange in that with all the barriers you can put up it can often end up being more fun than writing without handicaps and probably actually stands a better chance at coming up with things that sound cooler than if you just meander around over a backing track hoping to defy laws of probability and garner something that you could confidently show others.

Road Runner

Playing Fast Can Keep You Single And Songless

Posted by - August 12, 2011

Many guitarists out there (perhaps a few are reading this right now) whomostly focus on building speed and strength. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that–if you want a fan base that’s almost entirely comprised of fellow guitarists.


EHX’s Effectology With Bill Ruppert

Posted by - July 7, 2011

Whether you just picked up your first stompbox or you have a rig that would make Steve Vai jealous, you’re probably having some trouble dialing in that perfect tone. Don’t worry: you’re not alone. Tinkering with effects pedals is an art that few have perfected, and no one knows this better than Bill Ruppert, the mastermind behind Electro-Harmonix’s Effectology series.

Guitar Neck Set Action

Setting Your Guitar’s Action

Posted by - June 15, 2011

Action: By definition action is the height of the strings from the frets. It is important to have the correct action when playing your guitar. The overall setup of the guitar can affect the action of the instrument. Also, the way you set the action can be determined by your preference or what type of guitar you are playing. Basic guitar set up: Make sure these basic components are adjusted and set correctly before setting your string height.

Fender Guitar Amp

A Novice’s Guide to Recording Guitar Amps

Posted by - June 14, 2011

Are you recording a guitar amp for the first time or just looking for some guidance in the process? This article will give you a general overview of what’s involved when recording guitar amps and help you start recording some killer guitar tracks.