If you don’t know Greg Koch he’s a monster player, really tasteful, knowledgeable guitarist. He’s been a product demonstrator for Fender for years (I remember meeting him in Boston in 2001 ). This a great full clinic that hopefully will stay up on YT for a while. Please support this guitarist, it’s great to have… Continue reading Greg Koch Full Guitar Clinic
I am sure we are all a bit frustrated when it comes to tuning our guitars. As much as things have become easier by using a tuner of some sort, I always feel I have to always fine-tune my guitar as I start playing. If you don’t want to go as far as installing the… Continue reading Not Happy With Your Tuning? How To Fine Tune Your Guitar
Just wanted to share this great video that explains in simple words the complex physics behind string vibration and how we perceive sounds and notes. Great stuff!
A couple of great videos by Wayne Krantz on how to practice with a metronome. You might like his style of playing or not, but you cannot deny that his time feel and ability to ‘lock in’ is phenomenal. There are great metronome apps these days, so no excuses: you can have a metronome at your… Continue reading Wayne Krantz: How to Practice with a Metronome
I am always looking for new exercises to stretch and make gigging less of a physical chore. If you have ever played a whole week of four-sets-gigs with a heavy Les Paul on you shoulder, you know you will feel better if you stretch before and after your gig, even just for a few… Continue reading Shoulder Stretches
I bumped into this great video a few days ago: Great stuff. Those that have read my instructional blues book know how I advocate constructive criticism, where you try to fix problems without putting a negative spin on what you are playing. I was lucky enough to read the Inner Game of Tennis early on and focus on the process… Continue reading Constructive Criticism – No Negative Thinking.
Finding our tone is a process of elimination in small incremental steps, trying to remove things that do not please our ears and trying to improve the signal path with better materials or with things that more please our ears. At the time of writing I am playing around 200 gigs a year, and every… Continue reading Considerations for a better guitar tone.
In this post I want to show how to put together a guitar pedal if you have basic soldering skills and basic knowledge of electronics. With this I mean recognising different components, knowing what’s the correct orientation of diodes and electrolytic capacitors and being able to read a basic circuit just in case there is some troubleshooting… Continue reading How to make guitar pedals – From a kit.
I play a lot of gigs of all kinds and styles of music , as I always enjoyed doing that. I always considered myself a bit of a ‘session guitarist’ always trying to ‘fit in’ rather than ‘stick out’. When somebody approaches me at the end of a gig and says how well I complemented the… Continue reading Thoughts on Guitar Amp live EQ Settings
I have seen this so many times…and I just wanted to add my two cents. Today I bumped into this video: This video makes perfect sense…so why is true bypass so popular, and used by most boutique pedal makers?…it cannot be just a hype or a selling point, it would not have lasted this long. I mostly… Continue reading True Bypass vs Buffers