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29/06/2021
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Schecter Guitar Research: From Repairs to Renown

It’s that time again folks. Time for us to delve into the annals of history and look at how one of our manufacturers became the company they are today! This week we will be looking at Schecter, a brand predominantly known for their “metal” focussed guitars, although this is by no means the whole story. Definitely Not Partscasters Schecter, or Schecter Guitar Research to use their full name, were originally established in 1976 by David Schecter. The company was set up as a guitar repair shop, which also made replacement... Read More

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The Golden Age Of Gibson

“Golden Age Gibson”. It’s a term that gets bandied about a fair bit in nerdier guitar circles (I would mock, but these are my people), but maybe isn’t really explained. In simple terms, The Golden Age of Gibson refers to the period between 1950 and 1965 when Ted McCarty was president of the company (these dates are a ballpark, and vary depending on which guitar nerd you are conversing with). So you have the when, but that doesn’t really give you any scope of the why. Rather than giving you... Read More

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Future Fridays: The Lines

Future Fridays is about championing local unsigned music. If you’d like to be considered for inclusion, full info and entry form can be found here. This week, we’re featuring The Lines from Monifieth with their track “Wanna Know Your Name”: The Lines · Wanna Know Your Name So who are The Lines?We’re a 4 piece alt. rock high school band from Monifieth with influences ranging from The Smiths to The Stone Roses. Tell us a bit about how you made the track, including the instruments, hardware and software that you... Read More

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How Indie Rock Reshaped the Music World

Although indie rock has gone through a lot, it has stood the test of time when it comes to popularity. Here, we’ll delve into how it has changed music forever. Hope for Rock Enthusiasts Figure 1: Dark concert halls were a common place for indie rock gigs to take place. Debauchery was often synonymous with alternative music styles like indie rock. With R&B & rap dominating the music scene globally, you may have wondered if rock will conquer the music charts again? For many like myself, this question leaves us... Read More

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Four Tips to Improve Your Guitar Improvisation Skills

Throughout their musical journey, guitar players learn a lot of things and work on several skills. These include chords, scales, alternate picking, note reading, songwriting, music theory and techniques such as tapping, vibrato, string bends, hammer-ons and pull-offs, among others. However, the ultimate skill that players work toward – by combining all of these guitar knowledge and arsenal of techniques – is improvisation. That said, you won’t be able to improvise well unless you become good – and we mean really good – at all of these. If you think... Read More

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Smarter Singing: 5 Tips to Improve Your Voice Today

A musical voice is one of the most misunderstood instruments on the planet, and for good reason. One of the beautiful things about it is that everyone believes they sing because everyone has a voice. For this reason alone, shows like American Idol have made a fortune off of bad performances, and people – unfortunately – believing that they can sing. As painful as it is to watch some of the auditions from the video above on American Idol, what’s even more difficult is to realize how a singer could... Read More

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Digital Piano Buyer’s Guide

Buying a piano can be a significant investment, so it’s worth making sure you spend your money wisely. Although reading other people’s reviews can be helpful, it’s worth remembering that what works for one person may not work for someone else. After all, we live in different spaces, we have different tastes, and our levels of ability vary hugely. So in this article I will focus on what different factors you need to consider when deciding on a piano that will hopefully be uniquely right for you. Size & Shape... Read More

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Jazzmaster vs Jaguar: What’s the difference?

I get asked a lot of questions while I’m in the shop: “Can you restring this, please?”, “Can I have a go of this?”, “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” You know, the usual everyday guitar store questions. However, one thing I get asked at least once a week is as follows: “What is the difference between a Jazzmaster and a Jaguar?” Well today ladles and jellyspoons, we shall answer that question! But before we get into the main differences, let’s first give a little background to these... Read More

04/11/2020
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What Should Musicians Do Once Lockdown is Over?

Today’s guest post comes from Kore Studios, a London-based recording studio that has worked with artists including The Cranberries, Florence and the Machine and Amy Winehouse. Visit the Kore Studios blog for news, articles, and guides for music lovers, as well as professional recording artists. What Should Musicians Do Once Lockdown Ends? With lockdown coming to a close, many musicians are optimistic. That being said, with every update there are new questions as to when and where musicians can perform safely or record new music. Since many musicians have seen... Read More

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The SG: Gibson’s Unsung Hero

Ask a group of guitar players* which is the most enduring guitar in Gibson’s long line of historic guitars. Most will probably say the Les Paul, or perhaps even the ES-335. Close, but Gibson’s longest standing model is actually the humble SG! The SG is the only model in Gibson’s illustrious history that hasn’t either been discontinued at one point or another, or been completely axed from the catalogue (it did receive a name change, but more about that later). It’s often confined to the shadows of it’s widely praised... Read More