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

Expand Your Tone With Footswitches


Pedal to the metal Guitarists have never had it so good. No matter what style you play, how you use your gear or what budget you run to, there is proper quality out there for everyone. As pedal manufacturers further expand their ranges into the nano/micro realm, there is now more choice and a smaller… Read More

20 Best Apps for Making Music

Best apps for making music

Making music, mobile style No doubt many musicians will be receiving a shiny new tablet device for Christmas this year. If it’s your first foray into mobile music-making then you’re in for a real treat, because the sheer amount of creative weaponry at your disposal is staggering. Everything is there from audio oddities designed with… Read More

Music Endorsements – The Myths, Busted.


Money for nothing and your kicks for free The life of a mega-selling rockstar must be pretty cool, right? Your day job involves doing something you’ve spent your life doing for fun. People respect/love/buy your creative output, and you get to travel the world performing to those very same adoring fans. You get to experience… Read More

iOS Music Gear Focus

iOS gear guide

A portable studio in your palm of your hand The list of superlatives you often hear when people talk about Apple’s iDevices are becoming a touch overplayed now. We all know about the amazing apps it can run, and the weird and wonderful sounds which can be achieved as a result, but how many people are actually… Read More

Bass Guitar Tuning Guide


How to get your low-end in check… How do I tune my Bass? This question has come up a lot recently and whilst writing this post I’ve been mindful to keep things simple and avoid the theoretical element of tuning, as it might leave the majority of people who are new to bass playing ‘in… Read More

5 Essential Blues Licks

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Master these and never buy another beer again… Looking for some inspiration, tired of playing the same old licks? Welcome to the club! Sometimes just a few new licks can spur you on to great things. Here we look at 5 Bluesy licks and how you could use them. (Remember, you can always alter the… Read More

The Truth About True-Bypass

BOSS Pedals

Your True-Bypass pedals may be killing your Guitar’s Tone, read on to find out why… What is True-Bypass? True-Bypass is a term that has become synonymous with bespoke, boutique, high value effects pedals and is often used in the manufacturer’s sales pitch. The premise is that the pedal’s circuitry is completely by-passed when not in… Read More

The 4 Cable Method Guide and Benefits

FX Loop

Looking for a way to make your Multi-FX and Amp sing? Here’s our definitive guide to the Mythical 4 cable method. What is it? Quite simply, it’s a method of using 4 guitar cables to hook up your Multi FX such as a BOSS GT100 or a Line 6 POD HD 500 to your amplifier…. Read More

How To Break Into The Music Industry

Kingsley Rich

A question I am often asked at clinics, during lessons and via email is “How do you break into the Music Industry?” Here are some real-life options. When I am asked this question, my answer is often in the form of a question such as, “what is it that you’d like to do?” The reason… Read More