10 Essential Drum Rudiments

Getting your drum rudiments in order Drum rudiments are essential for any drummer looking to develop and apply patterns. Rudiments are the foundation of playing drums, yet some players develop a stigma towards the practice of the 40 rudiments (the Percussive Arts Society took the ‘essential’ rudiment count from 26 to 40 in 1984) that are… 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

Build An iPad Recording Studio

Create a studio you can use on the move There’s a lot to be said for portability when it comes to recording your music. Sure, it’s great having a dedicated space setup to capture ideas, but every now and again a change of scenery can provide you with a burst of creative inspiration which you… Read More

A Guide To Drum Tuning

Underlining the importance of drum tuning One of the most common questions I am asked by fellow drummers is “How do you tune drums?” I also remember the days when I found myself asking this regularly too. You can get quite ambiguous responses to this question and there isn’t solely one technique to this sometimes… Read More

Tools To Improve Vocal Performance

Gear to help you hit the high notes It must be great to be a singer. No instruments to carry around, other than yourself. No lusting after 1950s custom shop reissues. No arguing over different brands of preamp valves. You just turn up, sing, and go home. Dead easy. Except, of course, it’s not like… Read More

How To Create Ambient Guitar Sounds

Creating atmospheric textures using just your guitar (and a few pedals…) Everyone knows guitars do ‘loud’ very well. We’ve all seen, heard and witnessed the power of an electric guitar playing through an enormous stack of amplifiers, and our ringing eardrums will bear testament to the fact that guitars are indeed very good at being… Read More

Misconceptions About Studio Sessions

Getting it right on the light For many artists, the time will come when they are ready to enter into a proper studio environment where someone with a very specialist set of skills will work their magic on polishing and presenting your tunes in the best way possible. If you’re an unsigned artist, studio time… Read More

Optimise Your Rehearsal Space For Recording

Tips to help change the way you use your practice space For many artists, having their own private rehearsal space is a vital component in writing, managing a band and generally keeping sharp. Most people tend to start practising at home or at school, but once you reach a certain point you need to find your… Read More

Using Your Computer In A Live Situation

Tips for getting the most out of your set… With the sheer amount of sounds, instruments and effects stored on computers these days, it’s only natural you’ll want to investigate how you could potentially take advantage of them in a live situation. The modern computer is such a powerful thing that everything from guitar amp… Read More

Adding Sounds To Your Looping Setup

The musical world is your oyster If we said the phrase ‘one man band’ to you, you’d perhaps imagine one of those old boys with a harmonica wedged into his face, a huge kick drum strapped to his back and an acoustic guitar propped precariously around his neck. You see, in ye olde times, this was… Read More