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

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 […]

Mythbusting The Modes

Modes For Rock Guitar Players | Learn Modes the easy way

The Modes… The keys to the musical Ferrari. The secret knowledge of guitar virtuosos. The Holy Grail of being able to play anything you want. You’re here because you’ve heard guitar players talking about something called “Modes”, but you still don’t understand what they are, how to play them, or where to use them in […]

Handle with caution: Advice from famous guitar players (even when they’re great)

Marty Friedman definitely sweep picks

When you’re trying to learn guitar and improve your guitar playing, you could be forgiven for thinking that going straight to the source would be a pretty safe bet. After all, what better advice to follow and who better to learn things from than the original person who did it? The truth is that interviews […]

How to quit guitar by mistake

Broken Guitar quit guitar

Imagine yourself quitting guitar. Giving up on trying to get better. Eventually not playing again. You probably think this would be a decision you’d give a lot of thought to before making. Perhaps you think it’s a decision you’d never make yourself. You’re serious about learning to play or being the best player that you […]

Five Reasons Your Vibrato SUCKS

Vibrato Visualiser

Being a good musician starts and ends with being able to make one note sound awesome. If you can’t make one note sound really great, then it doesn’t matter what else you can do — you’ve already lost the battle. Before we go any further, know that I’m not one of these guys who thinks […]

Examples of Modes in songs and rock music

Modes song examples

When you’re trying to learn the Modes, one of the most important things is to have examples of real music that use them so that you can get their sound into your head. Having these examples will really help you recognise the unique sound quality and distinctive “attitude” of each Mode. So, without further ado, […]