Kenny's Music Blog

12/05/2022

A Beginners Guide To Audio Interfaces

Interfaces, sound cards, little red lighty-up boxes? There are some truths behind all of those names when talking about Audio Interfaces – especially if you’re using a Focusrite – but today I’m going to give you a beginner’s guide to understanding them. If you’ve been recording using an audio interface for a while now, this article probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re a fresh-faced home recorder then keep on reading. What does an Audio Interface do? So let’s start at the very beginning; what actually is an audio interface,... Read More

10/05/2022

What are Alternate Tunings, and should I use them?

Hello, everyone out there in the guitar stratosphere! Hope you’re all keeping safe and well. Today is the day I talk about one of my favourite guitar subjects: alternate tunings! I absolutely love alternate tunings, and my self-appointed task is to try and convince you how great and inspiring they can be.  If you’ve been playing the guitar for a while then chances are you’re pretty comfortable with Standard Tuning (the ol’ EADGBE). If you’re feeling a little bit uninspired and want to breathe some new life into your guitar... Read More

09/05/2022

Get Free Music Lessons With ESP and Ltd Guitars

The lovely people at ESP/LTD have teamed up with Musicians Institute to make an exciting free musical education offer to customers who purchase an ESP/LTD guitar or bass by the 31st of December 2022. Customers will receive three months of free access to an expanded online sample course content from seven programs at the renowned Musicians Institute: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Drums, Visual Media, Keyboard and Music Appreciation! Also available will be a full PDF of the Musicians Institute guitar and bass technique course syllabus. The courses offered are identical to... Read More

05/04/2022

Who uses Boss pedals?

If you play the guitar, chances are, you’ve probably owned a Boss pedal in your career. Even if you haven’t owned one yourself, you’ve probably seen the iconic little colourful cuboids gracing a sticky stage floor or illuminated music shop cabinet.  Perhaps the most used guitar stompbox around, there are loads of artists who have integrated a Boss effect into their pedalboard! Today I’ll talk about some who have… Instead of talking about Kurt Cobain and Steve Vai, I’ll hopefully be able to introduce you to some less widely known... Read More

22/03/2022

Are expensive guitar cables worth it?

Today I’ll attempt to shed some light and give you my opinion on cables! How exciting. Although it may seem quite mundane, for the electric guitarist, cables are a very important piece of the puzzle. You ain’t gonna have much joy using your ’59 Les Paul and Hand-wired AC30 without a cable now, are ya?!  So, what’s the main difference between a £7.99 cable and a £40 cable? Let’s jump in.  First, I’m going to dispel some myths. I’ll be clear here, these are only my opinions, based on some... Read More

15/03/2022

The Ultimate C.F. Martin Guitars Buyer’s Guide

Hello, everybody! Today I’m going to attempt to take you through the wonderful world of Martin acoustic guitars. After reading this you’ll be equipped with all the knowledge needed to select the perfect Martin for you. If not, hopefully, it’ll at least be a half-decent read!  A lil’ bit of history of Martin Guitars… Perhaps one of the most iconic and long-lasting acoustic guitar brands, C.F. Martin & Co have been punting out acoustic guitars for 189 years! Credited with inventing the Dreadnought acoustic guitar body shape and the X-bracing... Read More

08/03/2022

Squier 40th Anniversary Collection: Our Top Picks

If by now, you’ve still not seen Squier’s 40th Anniversary Collection, where have you been?! There is a whole host of new guitars to browse; here I will pick out some of our favourites to get the ball rolling.  Fender have ‘blinged’ out the Gold Edition range with features such as gold anodised aluminium scratchplates, bound necks, block inlays and gold hardware.  For those of you who prefer a little less sparkle, there is also the Vintage Edition variants that are slightly more subtle but no less sweet! Here are... Read More

17/02/2022

Glasgow To Become UK’s No. 1 Music City

Great news, Weegies! VisitScotland and Glasgow Life have got together to launch an initiative to promote Glasgow as the number one destination for music lovers in the UK. Following two years of COVID restrictions, the city’s night-time industry desperately needs a shot in the arm, so this should be welcome news for all musicians and music venues. With a £90,000 budget, the campaign Glasgow:Music Nonstop will work to promote upcoming musical events of all sorts. Glasgow’s legendary music scene features everything from rock to classical to EDM to country, and... Read More

21/01/2022

Breedlove Acoustic Guitars: a History of Manufacturing Passion

It is time to look into an acoustic guitar company that – even though young – has been making a respectable name for themselves over the past 30 plus years. The Beginning In 1990, luthiers Larry Breedlove and Steve Henderson left their jobs with Taylor guitars in San Diego, California with the goal of taking their luthier knowledge and making guitars under their own name using the most modern methods, developing advances like graduated tops, bridge trusses, asymmetrical headstocks and winged bridges, all while discovering and introducing Oregon Myrtlewood (a... Read More

28/10/2021

[ENDED] Shop and Win Over £1,500 of Music Gear!

***THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED*** To celebrate the launch of the all new Kenny’s Music website, we’ve teamed up with our pals at Yamaha and Fender to offer a bunch of amazing prizes to anyone that shops with us between now and Christmas! Prizes After Christmas, we will choose four winners at random from all entries, who will each win one of the following products: Fender Player Stratocaster Yamaha P45 Digital Piano Yamaha APX600 Acoustic Guitar Pair of Yamaha HS7 Studio Monitors How to Enter To enter the competition, simply... Read More