Friday Feeling Playlist – The TGIF Rock Version!

21 of the best songs to get your weekend started There’s simply no other day like it. Friday. That wonderful day where we don’t really mind heading in to work because the weekend is a mere 8-ish hours away. It’s come down to the last hour of the day – all your documents are saved,… Read More

Best Wah Pedal Songs Of All Time

Iconic pedal takes centre stage As far as guitar effects go, there are few as well known and widely used as the famous wah pedal. Since its creation in the mid 1960s, wah wah has featured on countless records by bands and artists from pretty much every genre of music. If you want a bit more… Read More

How To Be A Star Wars Rockstar

Make sure you know your Kloo horns from your Fanfars before you apply to Jabba’s Palace! Ever wanted to front your own Jatz Band? Think you’ve got what it takes to join Max Rebo on an interplanetary tour across a galaxy far, far away? Well before you decide to join the musical hall of fame… Read More

10 Unusual Christmas Songs That You’ve Never Heard (But Really Should)

Sick of Slade? Weary of Wizard? Try our alternative selection… Yes, its that time of year again, when every radio station, shopping centre and office is full of the sweet sound of Christmas music. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with ‘White Christmas‘ or ‘Fairy Tale Of New York‘, but listening to any song on… Read More

What Are The Benefits Of Playing A Musical Instrument?

Why do musicians do what they do? Ask any musician, from the striving busker to the thriving megastar, if they’re glad they took the time to learn an instrument and you can guarantee the answer would be positive. Put simply, there are no downsides to it. You develop a new skill, open up the opportunity… Read More

How To Prepare For Your First Gig

Allaying those first gig fears So you’ve written some songs, or diligently learnt someone else’s, and your band is pretty tight after countless hours of practice and fine-tuning. You’re ready to play your music to a group of very fortunate people, who will always be able to say they saw your first show. Exciting, isn’t… Read More

Best Gear of 2014

A vintage year for non-vintage gear It’s always fun looking back over the past year and revisiting some of the exciting nuggets of musical innovation we’ve been offered over the past 12 months. And there has been some great gear for musicians to get stuck into too. For guitarists, the drive has been to shrink… Read More

History Of The Sleigh Bells In Music

The bells are ringing out for Christmas time Picture credit – Wikimedia Commons When researching this article, we tried to think of other examples of where a musical instrument is so intrinsically linked to a period of time, or a particular celebration. You see, the sound of sleigh bells goes together with Christmas like overpriced… Read More

Most Played Christmas Songs Of All Time

The songs remain the same Christmas time means Christmas music. That much is true. Love them or hate them, every year the same old songs will be wheeled out and played in shops, pubs and on TV adverts, reminding you that Christmas is here and simply cannot be ignored. Typically, people go through the whole… Read More

Novelty Gifts for Musicians

Updated 20/11/15 Stocking fillers for the discerning muso As we hurtle ever closer to Christmas, so it figures that the non-musicians in our lives may be wondering what to buy us. Thankfully, our chosen past-time is one which is stuffed full of toys, gadgets and accessories with which we can improve and augment our rigs…. Read More