• Compression Pedals: What’s the Big Deal? (Part 1)

    By Stefan Vos
    In May 13, 2010
    During the course of our lives as guitar players and enthusiasts, many of us have developed a particularly dire malady. I guess it may be traced back to the hours spent drooling over the latest cool guitar/amp/effect pedals that arrive at our local music store, or perhaps the sense...
  • Compression Pedals: What’s the Big Deal? (Part 2)

    By Stefan Vos
    In May 13, 2010
    Welcome back to our discussion regarding compression pedals. Last time I mentioned being under-awed by a compressor when trying it out at a store. After taking some advice, I returned for another go and this time set the compressor quite subtly and then left it on for about 10...
  • The Benefits Of Having Lessons With An Instructor

    By Daniel Widmonte
    In Apr 19, 2010
    Correct Application Without someone to show you the proper way to execute finger patterns, chords, scales, arpeggios etc. You run the risk of learning incorrectly and creating some seriously bad habits. Even something as simple as holding the guitar. Hold it wrong and you’ll end up fighting with the...
  • Guitar Lesson

    How To Get The Most Out Of Your Guitar Lesson

    By Richard Oldfield
    In Apr 19, 2010
    Being prepared for your guitar lesson will ensure that you get the most out of your time spent with your teacher. Following the few steps listed below will help facilitate a better understanding of the material covered in the lesson. No Distractions Keep all distractions at bay for the...
  • The Role of the Bassist in a Band

    The Role of the Bassist in a Band

    By Daniel Herber
    In Apr 19, 2010
    The role of the bassist in a band is the sonic link between the rhythmical and melodic elements of any band. With drums, it provides the backbone. In addition, the traditional function of the bass guitar is to flesh out any bands’ sound. By being played in such a...
  • Fender Stratocaster

    Fender Stratocaster: The Industry Standard Guitar?

    By Stefan Vos
    In Apr 14, 2010
    The Fender Stratocaster has been with us for quite a while now. Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Freddie Tavares designed the Stratocaster in 1954 as a follow-up model to the Telecaster. It incorporated more ‘space-age’, futuristic elements than the flat slab of the ‘Tele’: a double-cutaway, a contoured body...