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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