General Tips and Ideas Lead Guitar Lead Guitar Tone Tone

Lead Tone 2: Core Concepts for Good Tone

This post looks at the balancing act of getting a good tone.

General Tips and Ideas Lead Guitar Lead Guitar Tone Tone

Lead Tone 1: Basics of Guitar Tone

This is the first in a series of posts which examine, in detail, the basis of lead guitar tone. This introduction covers the basics of frequency response, distortion and dynamics.

DIY Reviews

TremKing Review

The TremKing is a new design of tremolo, which the TremKing people call a ‘fixed-bridge’ tremolo.

DIY Gear/Effects/Accessories Reviews

Warmoth Parts Review

A review of the Warmoth Neck and Body. TremKing review coming next week.

Gear/Effects/Accessories Reviews Tone

Kinman Pickups Review

This is a quick review of the Kinman Pickups I installed in my strat. Next week I’ll do a review on the TremKing and Warmoth stuff too.

DIY Gear/Effects/Accessories

Making a Stratocaster

A walk through of the decision making process of organising a parts list for my first ‘DIY’ guitar. Essentially I talk about the ‘whys and the wherefores’ behind how I choose the parts for my dream strat.

If you’ve read the ‘About’ page, you’ll know that I am a classical guitarist, with barely any experience playing other styles. This entire website is a diary of sorts, documenting and discussing all the new techniques/experiences that I encounter as I ‘branch out’ into new styles.

Gear/Effects/Accessories Tone

String Gauge

Choosing your string gauge is a very personal thing and there is no right or wrong, but I can give you some food for thought.

General Tips and Ideas Practicing

Why Practice Slow?

Many students are reluctant to practice slowly, usually because it seems unnecessary and boring. In this post I’d like to share a typical scenario from my private teaching. Hopefully it will highlight the reason and benefits of slow practice.

Chords Scales Theory

Reading Chord/Scale Diagrams

Diagrams are an easy way to visualise where to put your fingers when learning chords or scales.

General Tips and Ideas The Great Debate Theory

TAB versus Music Notation

In this article, we have a look at the benefits and drawbacks of using TAB instead of standard notation. It looks at how TAB can be a great help to beginning guitarists, but possibly a hindrance for greater guitar development.