The ultimate guitar quiz. The results are in!

 Guitar heroes, hand cramps and evolving guitars In April 2016 we asked all of our social media followers to offer their opinion on all things guitar and amazingly hundreds of you replied, stating who your favourite guitarist is, how you prefer to shop and the real reasons why we all don’t practice as much as… Read More

Classical vs. Acoustic Guitars – which is right for me?

Nylon String guitars vs. Steel String Acoustic – choose your weapon So you’ve decided to start playing guitar! First of all, congratulations, you’re about to embark on a rewarding musical journey that will undoubtedly change your life for the better – yes, guitar is that good! The journey begins at deciding what type of guitar… Read More

The Top Five 7-String Guitars from £200 – £750

Updated 8/7/16 A beginners guide to the 7 string guitar The 7 string guitar can often be looked at by guitarists, especially those like me, who have only ever played a 6 string as something of an anomaly, something to be looked at but never touched for fear that we embarrass ourselves on it, only… Read More

5 of the best 12 string guitars you really need to play

These are the 12-string guitars you’re looking for…  The 12 string guitar, such an awesome instrument that has appeared on everything from folk records to heavy metal albums. If you’re a Fairport Convention fan, Springsteen aficionado or Led Zeppelin fanatic the 12 string guitar will undoubtedly appeal to you, but even if you’re not a… Read More

Coolest Guitars at NAMM 2016

From the beautiful to the outright crazy, these are the coolest guitars we saw at NAMM 2016 The National Association of Music Merchants or NAMM as it is widely known, offers musicians, gear geeks and guitar lovers a chance to see all the new and exciting products that some of the world’s biggest brands. Translation:… Read More

Must Have Vintage Inspired Gear

Updated 08/07/16 A trip down music gear memory lane The world of musical instruments is quite odd really. In what other walk of life is there equal lusting after equipment which is cutting edge modern, and gear which would look at home 100 years ago? On one hand, there are the progressive types who want all… Read More

Guitar Riffs The BBC Missed From Its Top 100…

An alternative list of stonkers, bangers and cheeky little neck twitchers Writers of ‘top 100’ style lists are on a hiding to nothing, generally. Especially when said list has wildly exaggerated titles like “TOP 100 GREATEST GUITAR RIFFS OF ALL TIME EVER.” See, music is different to, for example, sport. By its very nature, music is almost exclusively… Read More

Dawsons Music Spotlight Sessions: Fort Hope

The third installment of our Spotlight Sessions series features rising stars Fort Hope. Jon and Andé from the band kindly dropped in to our studio and chatted to us about their recent signing, the music industry and their fans amongst other things. They also gave us a great acoustic performance which you can see at 10:08… Read More

Dawsons Music Spotlight Sessions: We Caught The Castle

In our second Spotlight Sessions video we met with We Caught The Castle, a female-fronted five-piece from Reading and chatted to them about everything from football to their latest music video. They also gave us an acoustic performance of “Answers” from their debut album “Time to Grow”. We Caught The Castle are a Reading based… Read More

What Is A Pull Off?

When playing legato passages, these are your friend – but what is a pull off? When learning to play guitar, once you start to move on from the standard, fretting notes or chords with one hand, and strumming/ plucking with the other, there are some techniques that you read about, or come across in tablature,… Read More