I mentioned in a previous article that I switched from digital effects to analog, which meant that I needed to think about how I was going to carry around my pedals, but more importantly, how much it would cost me to keep these things in batteries. My digital setup just needed a wall outlet (one plug, maybe two), but owning a small arsenal of stomp boxes would require me to keep a case of 9 volts on hand. They would also have to accompany said pedals. [Read more…]
For my electric guitar, I used digital effects for years, mostly because it was more convenient to have a slew of effects available at the push of a button. Those of you who use digital gear for effects know exactly what I mean. [Read more…]
It’s called The Guitar Owner’s Manual and it covers just about every aspect of owning an acoustic guitar, including a few complex repairs.
But don’t confuse this with an official repair manual or detailed setup guide. It’s mainly intended for the owner who wants to learn more about their coveted instrument and how to enhance the playability of it. [Read more…]
When I was a kid and learning to play guitar, I never changed guitar strings unless one of them would break.
Back then it seemed my only choice for strings was Black Diamond. They’ve been around since 1890 and still produce quality guitar strings for both acoustic and electric guitar.
I can still remember the smell of the packaging, most likely the ink that was used on the paper envelope for each string. New strings always sounded amazing, too, probably because I (my Dad) couldn’t afford to change them very often.
But nowadays I tend to change strings every few weeks to a month or so for a couple reasons: [Read more…]
One of the bigger hurdles when first learning to read music is understanding the concept of sharps & flats.
First, I want to try and get the definitions in place and then I’ll use a few visual aids to help make it more clear. [Read more…]