Is Your Thumb Position Killing Your Progress?
Is Your Thumb Position Killing Your Progress?
2nd July, 2021 by Stuart Shields
So you’ve plateaued again; reached that point where you can’t play that run, riff or lick any faster or accurately. Before you give up, the solution could simply be the position of your thumb.
The Importance of Rhythm Guitar
17th June, 2021 by Mitch Laddie
It is all too often to become distracted by the shiny promise and glory of lead guitar, but without solid rhythm chops, are you leaving the most important skills behind?
Improving Your Guitar Speed
4th June, 2021 by Stuart Shields
So, you’ve arrived at the speedy part of that solo or have designs on melting some faces with your alternate picking. Hold on champ, before you reach for the metronome here are some tips to muse over
How To Turn Effort Into Progress
25th May, 2021 by Sam Bell
What happens when trying your best isn't getting you where you want to be on the guitar? Effort is the key, sure; but how do you turn that effort into results? Sam Bell explores .....
How To Write A Great Guitar Solo
20th May, 2021 by Stuart Shields
As studious lead guitarists, we put stock in our ability to pull the right improvised guitar solo out of the ether. But what creative depths could be plumbed if you had the time to write a solo?
5 Ways To Find Your Own Voice As A Guitar Player
13th May, 2021 by Mitch Laddie
Sure, working on our techniques and building a solid repertoire of riffs, songs and solos is key, but all the best players have that special something; their own signature sound.
Which Guitar Skills Should I Focus On?
29th April, 2021 by Stuart Shields
No matter what your guitar goals, every ambition requires a skill set - from busking a 3 chord song to the heady heights of shred. A definitive guide would be helpful, right? Read on ….
The Top 4 Live Albums Of All Time
23rd April, 2021 by Stuart Shields
The live album - rock and roll’s very own time machine; capturing the greats at their creative peak of stardom. But how live were they? And which titles make the top 4?
Tension? Is It Holding Back Your Guitar Playing?
14th April, 2021 by Stuart Shields
Struggling to nail ‘that lick’? Sometimes feel you are ‘fighting’ your guitar just to get the notes out? The solution may not be better technique. We discuss the progress killer that is tension!
How To Play In Time
1st April, 2021 by Stuart Shields
It’s the skill most prized amongst serious and amateur musicians alike; transforming even the simplest guitar part into something magical. We dig deep into the topic of staying in time.
5 Ways To Improve Your Tone By Adjusting Your Playing
26th March, 2021 by Mitch Laddie
It’s not an old wives tale, tone really is in the fingers! So instead of swapping out your guitar or reaching for a gear based solution, Mitch Laddie shares some tips to improve your tone naturally.
Playing In Front Of People - Beat Those Nerves!
19th March, 2021 by Stuart Shields
Do your favourite riffs fall to pieces, even under the gaze of close kin and family pets? If you have ever uttered the words ‘I can play this perfectly when no-one is watching’; read on!
Do Cables Affect Your Guitar Tone?
4th March, 2021 by Stuart Shields
Another tone debate which has raged across online guitar forums - does your guitar cable have any bearing on your actual tone?
Mitch Laddie’s Top 5 Blues Guitar Tips
25th February, 2021 by Mitch Laddie
Licklibrary blues expert, Mitch Laddie helps you fast track your blues guitar playing with 5 tips used by the pros; guaranteed to instantly supercharge your skills and sound.
8 Steve Vai Facts Every Fan Should Know
19th February, 2021 by Stuart Shields
Who provides those voice overs on Passion & Warfare? Why is his signature axe called a JEM? What’s the deal with Frank Zappa’s ‘Black Page’? We look at 8 top Vai facts and talk a little about bees.
Who Invented Shred Guitar Techniques?
11th February, 2021 by Stuart Shields
Who tapped the first lick? Who swept that first sweep? And who do we have to thank for the slippery legato shred runs we all love to try and master?
Tips For Returning To The Guitar After A Break
28th January, 2021 by Stuart Shields
Picking up your guitar again after taking some time away doesn’t have to feel like starting all over again! We explore the positives of getting back in the guitar saddle after a musical break …
Learn Your Fretboard In 3 Easy Steps
15th January, 2021 by Stuart Shields
With 6 strings and (potentially) 24 frets, the fretboard offers 144 places to play only 11 notes! So how do you learn every note? There must be some short cuts, right? Indeed there are, read on …..