Let’s Learn About Quick Links For Guitar Tone

I spend as much time as any guitar player tweaking knobs to find great tones. Here are some links that have helped me in the quest:

1. The effect of pickups on guitar tone:

Even though we each have different ideas about our ultimate tone, I think we’re all looking for a rich sound – rich in harmonics, that is. Lots of harmonic content = lots of ‘tone’. If you have lots of harmonic content to start with, you can easily use other sound shaping tools (tone controls on the amp, in particular) to sculpt your favourite and unique sound. It’s a bit like giving an artist every colour he could wish for to paint a picture. If you only give him a pencil, he can still draw a great picture if he’s really good, but has limited options.

2. The principles of rock guitar tone:

The best rock tone is from saturated power tubes directly driving a guitar speaker hard, with no load or attenuator getting in the way. The only really satisfactory way to get actual cranked tube amp and speaker tone with almost no room noise is to use a speaker isolation cabinet and its attendant gear.

3. Finally, the mother of

Learn More The Rule Of Mixing

I’m amazed when I compare Glyn Johns’s early mixes of Let It Be with Phil Spector’s final release. The music and performances are the same, but the mixes couldn’t sound more different. Shouldn’t these men, both professionals practicing a time-honoured craft, have created similar mixes with the same material?

Of course, no two listeners hear music the same way – a truism easily proven by arguing with Linkin Park fans about what constitutes good rock – and mixing engineers themselves must contend with this subjectivity in our senses. But it often appears that music production lacks any rules; that mixing engineers essentially just follow their whims behind the console.


Indeed, most so-called “rules of mixing” are no more than guidelines. For example, “boost EQ in wide bands,” and “use a slower attack when compressing drums.” Both are great tips, but hardly true in all situations.

However, one overarching principle does apply in every mix, to every song, and to every mixing engineer. I think of it as the Rule of Mixing:

Make only those changes which improve the song.
Though it may at first appear trite, this rule simply and powerfully covers the fundamental practices of mixing. A good mix

Some TIps About Vocal EQ

Here are some tips and techniques for treating vocal tracks with EQ while mixing.

Most importantly: Every voice is different, and every song is different. That advice bears remembering, even if you’ve heard it dozens of times. When you find yourself approaching a vocal mix on auto-pilot, applying effects “because they worked last time,” consider disabling the EQ altogether to gauge just how badly the adjustments are needed.

Reasons to EQ: The 3 main reasons to filter a vocal with EQ are
1) to help the voice sit better in the mix,
2) to correct a specific problem, and
3) to create a deliberate effect, like “A.M. radio voice.”

If you’ve EQ’d a vocal track for some other reason, be sure the result is improving the mix.

Gentle boosts: The “cut narrow, boost wide” guideline applies to vocals perhaps more than any instrument. Our ears have evolved remarkable sensitivity to the sound of human speech. (Consider how easily we pick up a single conversation in a crowded noisy room.) So we’re immediately, instinctively aware when a voice has been processed unnaturally.

High-pass: Most vocals – though of course not all – benefit from a low cut filter. The average fundamental frequency in an adult male

Tips For Making the Best of a Cheap Mic

For most home recordists, working with cheap microphones is a fact of life. “Amateur” and “budget-constrained” are practically synonymous in audio engineering.

But cheap doesn’t have to mean bad. With a little effort, even the most cost-conscious mic owner can capture great sounds.

To that end, here are 7 tips for getting the most from your cheap microphones.

1. Understand your mic’s shortcomings.
Correct use of a mic depends on knowing its characteristics, and cheaper mics tend to share some common traits. Cheap condensers can sound overly bright and tinny, where their dynamic counterparts tend toward a boxy, midrange sound. Keeping this in mind will help you decide when and where your mic should be used.

2. Don’t assume your most expensive mic is best.
If you have several microphones, and especially if you have a choice between different types (condenser, dynamic, ribbon,) resist the temptation to reach for the most expensive mic every time. Many professional engineers, with gear lockers full of names like Neumann and Earthworks, still swear by the SM57 for certain tasks. What’s “best” changes from musician to musician, and instrument to instrument. So try all your mics, and record with the one that sounds best, even if it didn’t

Some Tips To Improve Your Recordings and Mixes, on the Cheap

Some of the easiest ways to improve your recordings are also the cheapest. In fact, the most effective techniques require no money at all.

Here’s a collection of tips you might find helpful the next time a pricey piece of gear stands between you and great recordings.


Have a friend perform: Home recording, especially for singer/songwriters and electronic musicians, often involves a single musician writing and recording all the music. But artists in this situation can find themselves too close to the song, at mix time, to make decisions critically.

Working with other musicians might initially complicate recording and mixing. However, creating a great mix depends, in part, on your ability to remove unnecessary details, and most of us are more comfortable objectively critiquing someone else’s work. So asking a friend (or some professionals) to perform a track or two will ultimately make mixing easier, and more effective.

Get more ears on the mix: With any task requiring attention to detail, it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees. And so it goes with mixing. A second or third opinion can draw your attention back to details you’ve glossed over.

And outside opinions needn’t come from other musicians and engineers. (Although

Guitar Tabs About The Dark Side Tips

You want to slap me across the face. You want me to hurt for even suggesting that tabs have a dark side. Those sacred, blessed things that are tabs. Perfection in form, right?

How can something so good be bad?

Right? Well before you get all steamed about me, your humble writer and guide, just hear me out.

Tabs are great. You know that. Heck, I taught you that here. I know how great tabs can be. They’re like cliffnotes — and when you get to the Shakespeare level of playing guitar, it’s great to have cliff notes to read instead of that mumbo-jumbo.

I get it. Believe me, I do. I get it because I was there too. Picked up my guitar, learned a few chords and then started downloading tabs for every song I could think of. Every song I’d heard. Every song I thought my dog might like to hear me practice.

I got loaded up on riffs. I could play the first few lines of songs for hours. Actually learned a few songs too. But something was wrong — and that something, dear friend, is the dark side.

Practice Ritual Tips For Guitar

The first part of it is that guitar playing is very habit-driven. Very ritualistic. Guitar players from all genres and sorts have their own little quirky warm-up routines. And I’m willing to bet that if you didn’t allow them to complete that ritual, they’d go berserk!

Rituals are good here. Warm-ups are necessary. Practice is vital. So it’s your job to combine them. You want one warm-up ritual before you practice. That’s your duty.

And it’s our duty to teach you how.

We’ve settled on three minutes because it makes things manageable. You can always spare three minutes. It’s quick, easy, painless. It’s like sitting through one round of commercials.

Clear Out The Clutter & Kick Out The Jams

Alright, here’s your first step. Get rid of everything around you. Well, not everything – just anything that may be distracting for you. Put your remote far away and power down a laptop. Put your iPod on rest for now – it’s your turn to play music not it!

Practicing is methodical. You want to “get in the zone” as some might say. All of these things will only make it harder to

Easy practice a guitar

It’s a must. A no-questions-asked detail. It’s a footnote to the whole thing that you can’t ignore.

You gotta practice.

And, as far as I’m concerned, there’s really only two ways to go about practicing. One is to go on your own and make your own schedule. Lead your own way.

The second is to use our program, StringNinja. Especially for a hard question like “how to practice” it just simply removes ALL the stress from the situation.

How? Because it breaks down the whole practice endeavor for you. Day by day, it tells you what to do. How to get better. All you have to do is listen, abide and rock!

The How To How To Question

Right, so here’s where you ask me how to practice?

Because it’s not like homework. There’s no teacher, no grades. Just you and a goal.

The sad truth is, most people don’t know how to practice their guitar.

So here’s the lowdown on how to practice, especially if you’re a beginner.

At this point, your skills aren’t tremendous. You’re not tearing up Madison Square Garden. That’s okay though,

The secret to play guitar tips

This article is going to be a bit different than some of the others on our site. Well, it’s probably going to be a bit different than most articles you’ll ever read. Especially articles about guitars.

This article is going to be about the intangibles – the little things that many guitarists won’t tell you about. Or don’t even know about. Or don’t even know are things to even tell.

Some may be obvious. But what’s obvious to you may not be to me, and me to you. Some may just change your life.

Alright, let’s get on with it then!

To Structure Or Not To Structure

There’s two parts to this one. The first is that as a learning guitarist, you want structure. A structured regimen and beginning plan is really the fastest and most efficient way to learn guitar.

StringNinja is a perfect example of this – as it breaks down practice schedules, what you should be practicing and uses all of that to progress on to the next step. It’s really the perfect way to learn.

If you don’t want to do that, I still say you have

Learn guitar faster tips

It’s not that you need to play every chord perfectly. Perfectionism is one of those things that some guitarists will tell you to leave for their accountants.

Fine. You can listen to those guitarists if you want. But there’s no question you’ll want to nail chords down well.

And, to be honest, after a few go-rounds with specific chords and chord changes, you’ll have them perfect anyway.

You’ll get down the clustering, the shared fingers and all the detailed jazz that goes along with chords. Won’t even think about ’em, just play.

So, yeah, maybe “perfectly” is a bit much for us. But we care about you. We care about your guitar playing – so we’re going to work toward perfect. And you’ll find it along the way.

The Zen of Chords

Your first goal has nothing to do with your guitar. It has everything to do with sitting, though.

To play a chord perfectly, you’ll need a sort of zen in your body. You’ll need to sit straight up — relax your shoulders. You can’t be slouching to play a chord right.

For this, you’ll want to put YouTube

The Barre Chord Guitar Tips

Well learning barre chords are a tipping point in their own right. I can’t promise it will be the tipping point in your quest to learn guitar fast – but I can say with certainty that things will begin to roll on quicker after you learn them.

Why so regarded?

Well because barre chords are a staple in the guitar playing recipe book. They’re mixed in the recipe to make almost any song you’ve ever heard.

The barre chord is to guitars as salt is to cooking. Always there. Often unnoticed.

But barre chords are another thing too: the dip. The dip is the point in your beginning guitar career when things can get tough. When you may be tempted to get discouraged or, worse, quit. It’s important to know that barre chords are tough – but you can get through them!

Passing The Barre

Alright, alright — so what’s a barre chord? And how can you conquer it?

A barre chord is a chord in which you “bar” or “barre” a whole fret with your pointer finger. This acts sort of like a capo, making it so your pointer is

Guitar TAB Tips To Read

Coming to the guitar world can feel like you’re a third grader amongst adults – and the material is all the same. It just all seems so easy for them.

I get that. I was there too once. Afraid I’d pee my pants in front of the whole class. Watching the older kids throw down solos while I was still getting my fingers to actually play a C chord.

But then I came across tabs.

And suddenly it was like holy shit, the third grade is easy. Really, really easy. No wonder everyone’s got this down so well.

Tabs are a wonderful system that links third graders to rocket scientists. At least their guitar-playing equivalents.

Riffin’ On Numbers: The Real Schoolhouse ROCK

Reading tabs is easy because tabs rely on numbers. Numbers never change. You’ll understand 1 as 1 and only 1. This ain’t no Matrix, keep it simple.

These numbers correspond to the frets on your guitar. You play the fret that corresponds to that tab note you’re reading.

Any tablature will have six lines drawn and numbers placed on them. These six lines refer to your

All About The Strum and Keep Rhythm Tips

It’s a common mistake for guitar teachers to focus on playing notes and chords only. It makes the whole thing a “one-handed” affair. The truth is, guitar playing is very much a two-handed, two-wrist and two-arm endeavor.

You’ll need both to know that its doing.

You’ll always strum with your strong hand (righties the right, lefties the left). You’ve probably become accustomed to using this hand for most things – so the responsibility of strumming shouldn’t be too daunting.

But make no mistake, it’s mega important to get this down. It won’t matter if you can play 50 chords or slide down the guitar neck ever-so-perfectly if you can’t get your strum patterns down right.

Keep in mind, its this hand that’s actually PLAYING while your other hand decides what that sound will be like. You need the strumming hand, while you don’t necessarily needs notes & chords. They’re just nice.

We’ll break down the introduction to strumming and rhythm techniques into two parts: Mechanics and Exercises.

Strum’s The Word: Mechanics

I see this all the time. Kids pick up a guitar and start strumming. They’re playing along and I notice

Master In Chord Guitar Tips

You’ve probably noticed some changes – maybe you’re holding your fork like a C Major Chord?

Yeah, we’ve all been there buddy.

Learning chords is fundamental – so I’m glad you’re there. But its fundamental because you need chords to play a song. Of course, you’ll need more than one chord to do this. And you’ll need to play those multiple chords in rhythm, in time, and without exerting too much effort.

Sound like a lot?

It’s not. Once you learn how to change chords, your fingers will essentially program the technique in to your body. This is called muscle memory and it’s going to be a good friend to you for a while.

All Together Now: The Let No Finger Linger Policy

So here’s where you say – “just tell me the best way to change from an Em to Dm.”

Can’t do it. Sorry.

It’s not that I won’t do it. I can offer you some tips later on it. But for now, you should find the best way to change chords on your own.

Yes, I’m giving you a longer leash on this one.


Faster Learn Piano Tips

Here are some of the practical lessons I learned after playing the piano for 10+ years:

1. Learn how to read music early: Read a book, go to a Theory of Music class, whatever. Just learn all the clefs, notation and dynamics you can. You’ll feel less daunted whenever you open a piece if you understand what all those italian words mean. Don’t jump the gun and attempt to play by ear (yet).

2. Chunk it down: At the beginning of a new piece, my piano teacher NEVER let me attempt to play the entire piece in one go. Instead, he made me chunk the piece into ever-expanding discrete sections (bars are usually the most logical at the beginning, then lines, then phrases, then pages) and practice those sections repeatedly. This was absolutely the right way to do it- others who tried to bite off the whole piece early on would usually have trouble mastering the detail a couple of months later. Hard to prove causality here, but I’m sure it exists 🙂

By the time you get to the page / piece level, you’ve done so much work that you’re tinkling away with your eyes closed. This is when it