History of the Fender Jazzmaster

The Fender Jazzmaster guitar has been synonymous with certain musicians for decades, yet it retains a chameleon-like ability to fit into many different genres. Here we look at its long history.

Get The Sound: Ska

Every now and again we try and show you how to achieve the unique sounds, styles and tones of specific genres of music. In this article we’re going to focus on ska.

How To Sound Like Blossoms

From Stockport to Mercury Today on the blog we’re going to talk about a band who have come a long way in a short time. We’re especially proud of this lot seeing as they come from Cheshire, the same county as Dawsons HQ. We are of course talking about 2017 Mercury Music Prize nominees, and… Read More

6 Great Instagram Guitarists

 Gone in 60 Seconds The beauty of social media, and Instagram specifically, is that it’s possible to build an audience regardless of your skill level or approach to guitar playing. Post a video and get instant feedback, encouragement and if you’re lucky, a returning fanbase. The one minute limit on Instagram videos also means that… Read More

The Best Left-Handed Guitarists

Southpaw six-stringers flying the flag Apparently only 10% of the world’s population are left handed. It’s reasonable therefore to assume that one in ten guitarists would also be left handed. So how come it never seems that way? As a right handed person I realise I’m on the outside looking in to the world of… 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: Squarepusher

The Godfather of Glitch You can never say we shirk away from a challenge here on the Dawsons blog. We’ve ran a couple of these features now, focusing on amazing acts like Deftones and Hudson Mohawke, but for the next entry we wanted to make things difficult for ourselves. That’s because we’re looking this time at… 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 Sound Like Hudson Mohawke

Electronic mastery from Scotland’s finest There’s always something interesting about an unassuming musical genius. Someone who doesn’t feel the need to flaunt their talent, yet who almost secretly has been responsible for some of the most high profile music out there. Hudson Mohawke fits that bill perfectly. The Scottish producer has amassed an extremely prolific… Read More