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19/06/2022

Eight Dos and Don’ts When On Stage

There have been some iconic incidents on stage that have gone down in the history books.  In fact, coming across an article demystifying a fabled situation which involved Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and excrement inspired this blog post. Alas, to make sure that you don’t find yourself in such a precarious situation, let me take you through a list of eight different dos and don’ts when performing on stage. This list isn’t exhaustive, so please use your own discretion!  There are a few perspectives that you need to take into... Read More

24/05/2022

The Starcaster: Fender’s Overlooked Offset

Fender offsets are some of the most played and loved guitars out there, but there is one that I think deserves a lot more attention: the Starcaster. Orbiting into the guitar stratosphere in 1976, the Starcaster was the first ever semi-hollow offset that graced the market. With a curvy, two-tone headstock, it didn’t initially launch into widespread popularity. (Ed.: Right, that’s enough of the space puns.) The OG The original guitar was equipped with wide ranging Fender humbucking pickups, an arched laminated maple top and two f-holes. Fender decided 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

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

Golden Age of Gibson 15/06/2021
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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