Late last week, the gang at Reverb.com posted their latest "Potent Pairings" video. The series shows guitarists how to sound like their favorite bands using various modern pedals—pedals that, in most cases, were never used by the bands themselves. This time around, Potent Pairings checked in with the Beatles.
In this holiday edition of InSound, Julie Ruin guitarist and Adorama Learning Center contributor Sara Landeau tells us her top last-minute gift ideas for any hard to shop for musicians and gearheads in your life.
I’ve never been the kind of musician who enjoys practicing. I’m always looking for ways to hack the system and trick myself into enjoying my practice sessions, whether that’s by using exercises that don’t suck or ensuring I take breaks to let loose and shred mindlessly. I’m constantly asked about ear training on YouTube, and the consensus seems to be that there aren’t enough quality ear-training lessons available.
At some point, Kennis Russell bought a used Stratocaster at his local guitar shop. Within a few seconds, however, Russell—a guitarist who provides backing tracks, gear demos and reviews on YouTube—realized it was a fake. "Someone had rubbed off the Squier logo from the headstock and put a fake Fender waterslide on it," Russell says.
Getting better on guitar is all about learning. You may think you’re doing fine, but all players can improve with some thought about what they’re doing. Here are 20 practical and conceptual tips to help you play better.
Guitarists have a lot of reasons to avoid learning music theory.