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Nitro vs. Poly – Which guitar finish is Best?

Close your eyes and picture your dream guitar. Perhaps you are thinking about a bright, shiny Fender Stratocaster, its solid color gleaming under bright stage lights? Or maybe a vintage Les Paul with stories to tell. In addition, its nitro finish has checked and is worn unevenly from decades of passionate play. Guitar finishes No matter what type of guitar you like. Most guitars have some thin coating around the body and the neck, known as a finish. It helps protect the guitar and dramatically enhances the instrument's look and how it feels and sounds. Beautiful acoustic guitar. [...]

2022-11-21T20:23:49+11:00Tags: , , |

Guitar Triads and Spread Triads | a Caged System Alternative

This video tutorial will show you how to use triads instead of the caged system to further your playing skills. The CAGED system is an important technique that I recommend you learn. However, using the CAGED system and not getting a good grasp on triads also limits your playing potential. This tutorial of 2 parts will cover advanced triads and spread triads voicings. Part one - Triads vs. caged system Our tutorial is for advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Of course, anyone can watch, and if you do, I hope you get something from it. Also, this [...]

It’s Incredible How Musical Instruments Help Your Brain

Studies indicate that the popular activity of learning to play a musical instrument will decrease the age-related decline in hearing for adults. We are going to discuss why playing musical instruments helps your brain. Companies that are offering brain training are doing an enormous business. Companies such as Lumosity, BrainHQ, and Cogmed are parts of a business making millions. Those businesses are growing and are expected to exceed $3 billion by 2020. However, do their programs for brain training benefit your brain? Some researchers do not believe that they do. The University of Illinois has decided that there's little or [...]

2022-02-20T10:43:18+11:00Tags: , |

A Glossary of Gibson Les Paul Guitar Terms

Some of the glossaries of terms for the Gibson Les Paul electric guitar described here are also valid for many other electric guitars and acoustics. That is to say, many of these terms are worth remembering; alternatively, bookmark this page for future reference. Gibson Les Paul Guitar Terms 60's neck The flatter, thinner neck profile was adopted on Les Pauls and most SG Electric guitar models in the 1960s. Conversely, the slim-taper neck is another name for it. Pickup 490R A neck (or R for rhythm) pickup from Gibson's Modern pickup range uses Alnico 2 magnets to deliver conventional [...]

2022-03-11T14:19:24+11:00Tags: , |

Distortion Effects Explained

Distortion, in context to the electric guitar. A specific type of tone often described as a "gritty," growling or ballsy. Its usually achieved by high gain settings on an amp. The opposite to distortion is, referred to as a "clean" or low gain tone. Distortion pedals are designed to allow the player to dial in the type of distortion desired. For most players, the level of distortion is key to their overall tone. A distorted guitar sound is a crucial component for many genres like rock, blues, metal, acid, and punk, to mention a few. Distortion pedals - what's the [...]

Best Guitar for Small Hands – What You Must Know

"My hands just aren't as big as they should be...can I still learn to play the guitar?" It's a pretty common question from people considering taking the plunge and trying to learn how to play guitar. It's understandable why some may think that! Even more, seasoned players may struggle with playing specific chord fingerings, let alone full out barre chords that may go across the entire neck or solos with superhuman finger stretches to reach that last high note. The best guitar for small hands But in the grand scheme of things, does having small hands matter? We say - [...]

2022-02-17T11:54:20+11:00Tags: , , |
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