25 Ways To Improve Your Playing

It isn’t fun to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes you can chase the musical muse down the metaphorical rabbit hole and get wedged in there, unable to back out or to go any deeper. It can feel pretty frustrating, and at a certain point a rut can discourage you from playing altogether. Or maybe you’re not in a rut: maybe you just want to get better, and fast. Either way, the trick to technical transcendence is often found in how you approach the guitar from a philosophical rather than physical point of view. We’ve compiled 25 tricks that will help you to up your skill level, whether you’re stuck in a rut or if you just want to bolt a new dimension or two onto your playing.

Gigging *Without* an Amp

  Now I know the image above will give some people fits. Just the idea of doing a gig without your favorite amp roaring behind you is enough to send people to their sheds, grabbing pitchforks and lighting torches.

Things To Think About Before Recording

By Jon Moody You did it, you finally did it! You booked recording time in a studio, filled out all the pre-production forms and possibly even sent in a deposit (if required) and your album is getting recorded. Or, maybe you just finally confirmed a date when you’re going into a friend’s basement to lay…

Top 10 Musical Resolutions for the New Year

Astronomically speaking, the beginning of a new year is pretty arbitrary. I mean, humans decided that January 1st would be the start of a new year (when we started counting 2016 years ago), instead of July 1st or March 30th. However, we tend to put a big significance on the end of one year and…

The Jam-To-Record Transition: 5 Tips to Recording Electric Guitar

Virtually every guitarist alive has a go-to sound that they enjoy jamming with on a daily basis. While there are no limits to the sounds we guitarists can come up with, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind when we cross the line from jamming to recording. Before we go any further, this…

Effects Basics: The Compressor

I am often asked by students about compressor pedals. What do they do? Do you use them for solo boosts? If I want a lot of sustain, do I crank the sustain knob? Sustain is good, right? I always tell them more or less the same thing: Compressors aren’t sexy. They don’t make your guitar…

The Importance Of Playing with Other Musicians

There are different kinds of “chops” one can have. Playing by yourself to a click or metronome with your DAW is worlds apart from actually having other musicians in the room and interacting with them. It’s almost but not quite an entirely different skill set. Not that the first set of skills don’t benefit the second: having solid home practice chops are nearly invaluable when playing with others as you’re better prepared walking in the door, but it takes learning – and retaining the ability – to take cues from one another and vibing as a group to become a fully well-rounded musician.

Warbringer On Making ‘IV: Empires Collapse’

We had the chance to catch up with Warbringer to chat about the experience of making their fourth album, IV: Empires Collapse, and some of the creative decisions with composition, gear selection and the process of making a studio album – Hope you enjoy and definitely check out the album – it definitely evokes a…

The Re-Ampinator: aka “D.I. Baby D.I.”

Lately I’ve become a huge fan of recording DI (direct-injection) guitar tracks in Pro Tools 10. This is done by plugging directly into the recording interface (in my case an Mbox II), and allows the ability to change amp emulations on the fly once you’ve recorded a performance you’re satisfied with – allowing insane amounts of tonal flexibility.

Make the Most of Your Studio Time

Time and money – two precious resources that musicians never seem to have enough of. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it’s time to record, especially in today’s era of tight budgets and high production values. A poorly managed recording burns time and money.

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