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

7 Game Changing Instruments

Let’s Push Things Forward Music, like all forms of art, must evolve in order to survive. Fortunately for us, the creative manufacturing industry continues to develop amazing products that will push music into the 22nd century. In this blog we’re going to look at 7 instruments that changed the game. Fender Telecaster Where else could… 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

Where Are All The Guitar Heroes?

No More Heroes Any More? Strange things are afoot in our musical world. Whisper it quietly, but the notion of the guitar hero is dying out. Superstar guitarists are a dying breed. This article in the Washington Post said as much, so it must be true, right? Well, yes and no. It is an interesting… Read More

Gear DNA: Buddy Holly By Weezer

Getting The Sound From Weezer’s Breakthrough Track This is the first of a new series, where we’re going to break down a classic track for you from a musician’s point of view. Here though, we won’t be focusing on chord structures or time signatures. Oh no. Instead these articles will look at the gear, tones and… 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

The New Fender 2017 American Professional Series Has Arrived

Ionic Fender designs return with modern improvements It seems that the creative minds at Fender never sleep! 2016 alone has been responsible for producing some of the brands most beautiful designs, such as the Fender Offset Series and Fender Elite Series of guitars and it seems there’s no sign of stopping this freight train of creativity…. Read More

Fender Made In Japan – The FSR Japan Range Returns

Rejoice! The Fender FSR Japan series is back! The Fender Made in Japan range of electric guitars has now become a coveted series that players of all kinds, including collectors and touring musicians alike, search high and low to get their hands on. But why? Aside from the fact there’s simply not a lot around, it… Read More

Fender Offset Series Guitars & Basses Revealed

The return of the Fender offset guitar for the modern player The Fender offset series of guitars has been revisited in 2016 providing fans of the more “Alternative” looking (and sounding) guitars with a whole range of beautifully crafted instruments that give a firm nod to the designs of old with a slew of new features for… Read More