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Recording Guitar Tone. Lessons from the studio

Recording Guitar Tone. Lessons from the studio

Andy | July 29, 2013 | 2 Comments

Don’t assume you know anything about ‘recorded’ guitar tone based on what sounds good ‘at home’ in your living room. Last month I found myself back in the studio for the first time in nearly 3 years. I had been planning my own Blues project for a long time now, (at least in my head) […]

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Tips For Left Handed Guitarists

Tips For Left Handed Guitarists

Andy | July 29, 2013 | 5 Comments

Left handed? Start here.  10% of us our left handed.  That makes about 32 million of us in America. When I started out wanting to learn guitar, I asked folks if I should learn left handed, or as a righty.  I was given the advice to try and learn as a righty. Actually, it may […]

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An Introduction To Ear Training

An Introduction To Ear Training

Andy | June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

What is ear training, and how can it help you improve musically? Well, for many centuries now, musicians have been fascinated with this wonderful aspect of the human ear and its capability to help anyone play instruments skillfully, gain a deeper grasp of any kind of music being played, and better appreciate music.  Have you […]

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Learn Guitar With David Brent

Learn Guitar With David Brent

Andy | June 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

If you’re a fan of David Brent AKA Ricky Gervais, then you might be surprised to know he’s also into playing guitar and actually has some videos entitled ‘Learn Guitar With David Brent’. Now i’m not sure how much actual guitar playing you’ll learn, but there’re certainly entertaining! He also covers some questions from his […]

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108 Rock Star Guitars

108 Rock Star Guitars

Andy | June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rock Star Guitars From Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jack White and Many More Featured in Exquisite New Art Book 108 Rock Star Guitars. By Photographer/Author Lisa S. Johnson with Foreword by Les Paul. This exquisite, 396-page art book, bound in embossed red leatherette, features 300 images that reveal—through Johnson’s signature macrophotography […]

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Buying your second acoustic guitar: A personal perspective

Buying your second acoustic guitar: A personal perspective

Andy | June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Now that you have a grasp of the fundamentals of the acoustic guitar, you can begin to indulge and treat yourself! So, let’s look at a few key factors, such as style, price, and features. Style – by this I mean body size. There are tons. Most of what you see is the ‘dreadnaught’. This […]

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Writing Guitar Solos

Writing Guitar Solos

Andy | June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Writing guitar solos can be a daunting task, in this lesson I will try to simplify the process of guitar soloing. In a lot of ways writing music is no different to writing stories, you set the theme, build up tension, portray emotion, all whilst keeping the reader/listener interested, engaged and hopefully moved by the […]

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Altered Tunings

Altered Tunings

Andy | June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rikky Rooksby talks about the opportunities a little re-tuning can offer songwriters. Think of songs such as Led Zeppelin ‘Kashmir’, The Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Women’, Joni Mitchell ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, Bad Company ‘Can’t Get Enough’, Stephen Stills ‘Love The One You’re With’, The Beatles ‘Dear Prudence’, Coldplay ‘Yellow’, Nick Drake ‘River Man’, Bob Dylan […]

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Blues Locations: Then & Now

Blues Locations: Then & Now

Andy | April 24, 2013

For this month’s Blues edition of Guitar Coach Magazine we decided to take a look at some of the famous locations and cities that birthed the Blues, and what music they’re famous for now. Memphis – Let’s start with Tennessee. Memphis goes hand in hand with the Blues, from the very first Blues sheet music. […]

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The Blues. Love it, or hate it?

The Blues. Love it, or hate it?

Andy | April 24, 2013

For the Blues The Blues is a fundamental part of every piece of music you listen to. All of them. And I’m going to prove it to you. First of all, let’s start at the obvious. The Beatles would have got nowhere without emulating their blues influences and bringing them to the mainstream. Don’t deny […]

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The Three Stages To Song Writing

The Three Stages To Song Writing

Andy | April 16, 2013

A THREE-STAGE ROCKET TO WRITING LYRICS by Robin Fredericks When NASA wants to blast a rocket into orbit, they do it in stages: There’s the big lift-off, then one or two smaller stages to get the payload into orbit and then fine tune it. So, what’s this got to do with writing lyrics? You can […]

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The Fmaj7th Chord

The Fmaj7th Chord

Andy | March 28, 2013

Welcome to our first Chord of the Month. This regular feature is all about looking at the more unusual chords (not standard majors and minors) explaining the fingering, their qualities and what chord sequences sound good with them, giving some examples of songs that use them effectively. These articles will develop your chord knowledge and […]

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Jimi Hendrix Profile

Jimi Hendrix Profile

Andy | March 28, 2013

Born: November 27th 1942 Died: September 18th 1970 Choice of Guitar: Fender Stratocaster     The Facts Jimi Hendrix was named Johnny Allen Hendrix when he was born and was nicknamed “Buster” as a child. He received an honourable discharge from the US army for being an “unsuitable” soldier. Records show he fell asleep on […]

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