Making Music With Limited Gear And A Tight Budget

Doing A Lot With Very Little We’re a music retailer, so we can be somewhat guilty of this, but sometimes, the amount of gear you’re told that you *need* to make music can be overwhelming, especially on a budget. We’re here to tell you that you can make music on a limited budget, and I’m… Read More

Gear DNA: Reptilia by The Strokes

I Know You’re Not Boring In this edition of Gear DNA we’re taking a look at a stone cold classic from 2004; Reptilia by The Strokes. 2004 was the year of dancefloor Indie, with debut albums from Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers. All bands who can thank The Strokes for making it acceptable… Read More

How To Sound Like: The 1975

Louche Pop Hooks From the North West of England   The North West of England has been responsible for some of the best known musical talent around the world. Oasis, The Beatles, A Flock Of Seagulls (!)…the list goes on. You can add The 1975 to that list now, as the Cheshire-based pop-rockers become the… Read More

How To Sound Like: Deftones

Getting That Steph Carpenter Sound Today we’re looking at a band who’ve seemingly been around forever, yet still they still retain a sound almost completely of their own. Background Deftones (note the lack of ‘the’ at the start of their name, purists) have been forging their own unique path since their debut album Adrenaline, dropped in… Read More

How to Learn Bass Improvisation in Four Simple Steps

Improvisation is Liberation   No matter what music you’re into, whether it’s hard rock, blues or spaced-aged jazz funk, if you’re a bass player, learning to improvise is one of the most rewarding skills you can acquire. Not only will learning to jam on the bass improve your learning, but it will also give you… Read More

How To Maintain Your Guitar And Amplifier

Basic guitar and amplifier maintenance Maintaining your guitars and amplifiers is a fairly easy task if you take a few simple steps to ensure they’re stored safely and looked after when you’re done playing with them. However there are a few extra things you can do to keep your instruments in good health. But before… Read More

Safe Humidity And Temperature Levels For Guitars

How humidity levels and changing temperatures affect your guitar Whether you have 1 guitar or 100, each one is going to be precious to you, so it makes sense to look after it as best you can. You’ve no doubt spent quite a lot of money on gig bags, hard cases and maybe even guitar polish… Read More

How To Use The Effects Loop On Your Amp

What is an effects loop and how does it work? If you’ve been playing for as long as you can remember, using a myriad of amplifiers and pedals in your rig, then you’re probably pretty up to date with how each pedal interacts with each other and how to get the best pedal order to… Read More

Our Guide On How To Build A Pedal Board

We look at what you need to create a pedal board – everything from the gear to how to chain your pedals together correctly. If you’re a guitarist, bass player or even a vocalist who relies on effects pedals to get their sound, chances are you’ve got a selection of different effects in your arsenal…. Read More

The Roadie Survival Kit – 12 Tools You’ll Need For The Job

So you’re about to go on tour with a band, and you’re unsure what you might need for the job. Well you’ve come to the right place if you’re wondering “how do I become a roadie?” or “what do I need to be a roadie?”. Aside from infinite patience, the ability to work harder than… Read More