Top tips for guitar players on overcoming stage fright


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It’s normal to get nervous before you play your guitar in front of people, be it a crowd of three or 300. In fact, a bit of nerves will probably even make you perform better. But too much stage fright can have the opposite effect, and stop you being best the guitar player you can […]

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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 essential Rock on Stage gig gear checklist


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When everything comes together at a show, the sound is great and the crowd’s loving your skills, there’s no better feeling. But behind every great gig is a bunch of preparation. Your guitar and amp are delicate, sensitive objects that need looking after, and there’s plenty more little bits and pieces you’ll need to succeed […]

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Tube Safety Control and preventing an amp-related apocalypse


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Back in the late ‘90s, one of Blog Of Tone’s esteemed writers once had the (mis)fortune to play an outdoor gig in front of a field of inebriated Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. Oversized motorcycles, beer and other related debauchery in abundance were the order of the day. Sounds like rock ‘n’ roll heaven, doesn’t it? Well, it […]

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Case study: how to overcome onstage sound problems at your outdoor gig


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A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog about what you can do to sound great at your outdoor gigs. Not long after that, one of our esteemed colleagues played an open air punk rock festival and was duly beset with onstage problems of axe-smashing proportions (and he swears he reads this thing!). Said colleague […]

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