Why every guitar player needs Guitar Pro

Guitar Pro 7.5 Virtual Cover - Guitar Pro Review

Guitar Pro Review and Guide Contents What is Guitar Pro? About Me Guitar Pro vs Normal Tabs Guitar Pro Interface Main Features Audio Playback Slow Down Loop Sections Mix Controls Additional Useful Features Retune (change Global Tuning) Turn off Standard Notation Count-in/Metronome Navigation Where to get Guitar Pro Tabs (free) Guitar Pro Negatives What is […]

5 things Rocksmith will never teach you about guitar

In the last decade there has been an explosion in popularity of music and guitar related video games. These games can be great fun to play with friends, and deserve credit for introducing many people to rock music and guitar playing that they might not otherwise have listened to. Most of these video games are […]

Why Speed Matters – Even If You Don’t Care About Playing Fast

Hyperspace image representing speed

Let’s be honest. When we find something too hard to play – whether it’s a well known song, or our own idea we’re trying to bring to life – most of the time it’s ‘too hard’ because it’s too fast. Obviously speed is not the be all and end all of playing guitar, but, when […]

How To Work Out The Tempo Of A Song

How To Work Out The Tempo Of A Song

 Today I will show you how to work out the tempo of a song or any piece of music for yourself, with confidence and accuracy. Let’s get started! Find the beat Straight away, let me tell you that working out the tempo of a song is very straightforward. Anyone can do it. In fact, most […]

Blues Guitar Backing Tracks

Blues Guitar Backing Tracks Blues Jam Tracks

Practicing and jamming with backing tracks is one of the best ways there is to improve your playing – especially when it comes to blues guitar.  There are lots of good backing tracks available on Youtube, but it’s not always easy to tell what key they’re in, what tempo they’re at, whether they’re major or […]

The singlecoil pickup instant noise fix

Fender strat singlecoil guitar noisy pickups gain distortion

Single coil guitar pickups have a distinctive character and gorgeous sound, but they have also have a significant disadvantage – background noise. Single coils sound great clean, but they start to hum and buzz with noise when you use them with distortion or overdrive, even when you’re not playing (which is the reason the doubled-coiled […]

Metronomes don’t make you faster – YOU do

Today I want to clarify a common misunderstanding among guitar players who are starting to think seriously about their technique.  This is the widespread belief that “practicing with a metronome” makes you faster, or builds your technique. Now, virtually every technically-able musician uses a metronome at least some of the time, and nobody denies that the […]

Why the fretboard is hard to learn | In defense of guitar players

Why the guitar fretboard is harder to learn than the keyboard

If you’ve ever tried to learn the notes on the guitar fretboard then there’s a good chance you’ve heard a comment like this: “You don’t find players of ANY other instruments who don’t know the names of the notes they’re playing. It’s ridiculous! If a piano player didn’t know this stuff you’d just laugh at […]

The Jimi Hendrix Chord explained – What it is, how to play it, and why it sounds so good

Hendrix wanted to learn music theory

The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968 Jimi Hendrix was a one of a kind musician who revolutionised the guitar. Although he is often best remembered for his incendiary solos and lead work (and rightly so), his rhythm playing style was no less innovative and influential. Like a scientist having a new species or planet named […]

Why Drum Tab is pointless and why drummers should learn music notation

Drumkit, Rock kit, Drum Tab, Drum notation

First of all, I’m not a notation snob and I’m definitely not anti-tab. Without guitar tab, myself and tens of thousands of other players would probably never have stuck with the instrument long enough to get anywhere, so I’m very grateful it exists. Tablature – known as tab for short – is a system for […]