How to set up your first home recording studio


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Recording our own music is something many of us guitar players do these days. It’s just so easy and affordable, and you don’t need much gear to get things sounding pretty good. So, if you’re looking at taking your first tentative steps towards recording your guitar musings from the comfort of your own home, here’s […]

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How to approach a gig as a stand-in guitarist


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It’s happened to many a guitar player at one time or another. You’re at home one Saturday afternoon, quietly minding your own business, when suddenly the phone goes. It’s your mate, and he’s in a bind: his band’s rhythm guitarist has had to cancel the gig, and they need a last-minute replacement. So, if you […]

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Guitar effects and when, how and why to use them


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What do you need to create your own signature guitar sound? The answer is, of course, nothing more than an axe, an amp, a dose of inspiration and some crazy fretboard skills. But many of the greatest guitar tones ever were, and are, bolstered with effects too. This week, then, we take a look at […]

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GrandMeister MIDI recording masterclass with Pro Tools


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We know that lots of you guitarists like to make the most of your amp’s MIDI capabilities when you’re playing live shows. After all, MIDI gives you the freedom to access a wealth of different guitar tones at the touch of a button, and it can be much easier than having a big board of […]

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How to keep yourself motivated to practice guitar


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Plugging your axe into your amp, turning up to 11 and playing like a guitar god is more fun than should be allowed, but learning the six-string ropes isn’t. In fact, guitar practice can be downright awful if you don’t keep things fresh and exciting. Read on, then, if you want to inject some inspiration […]

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Should you record your music at home or in a ‘proper’ studio?


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Technology has given us musicians the freedom to record our masterpieces from home, and for little money. With nothing more than a guitar, amp, microphone, computer and a few connectors, it’s possible to bring whole pieces of good quality music to life from the comfort of your bedroom. What’s more, this home recording lark is […]

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AC/DC and the no gain, no pain secret for great guitar tone


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We all love a bit of gain, don’t we? Indeed we do, but it’s amazing how overused this one little control on our amps has become these days. In fact, gain has become an essential tool for every 21st century guitarist, as well something of a mask for sloppy players to hide behind. Now, we’re […]

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