The best way to control your guitar’s volume onstage: the power soak


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It’s commonly accepted knowledge among guitarists that a full stack is too loud for most stages. These days, thanks to improved technology and PA systems, a smaller amp setup will do the job in almost any circumstance – except, perhaps, if you want to look cool. But even diminutive tube amps can be too loud […]

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Your practical guide on how to be the perfect guitar sideman


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Not every guitar player makes his or her living playing their own solos or singing their own songs to their loyal fans. No, there’s another breed of player out there – a hired gun, a mercenary, a travelling axe-slinger who joins other artists on the road to help out. Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to the […]

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Studio, production and guitar recording tips from a legendary producer


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It’s always great to get guitar-based advice from more experienced musicians, because learning from those who have been there and done that can only make us better at what we do. When we interviewed Alan Parsons recently, we got to learn some of the wisdom from a man who’s been at the top of the […]

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How to make a living out of playing guitar: Alastair Greene interview


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Lots of us want to ‘make it’ as guitarists and as rock stars. But what does that actually mean? Having a string of platinum albums and playing your own songs and solos to 20,000 people every night? Because most of us have no chance of ever achieving that. To become a modern-day pro six-stringer, you […]

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