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45 Ways You Can Become A Better Guitarist April 10 2015

bandIt’s really easy to get into a fixed mindset when learning the guitar, and if you’re teaching yourself it can be hard to know to break through that barrier and improve. It’s absolutely crucial that we see ourselves make progress, or it can really kill our motivation.


On this page I’ve looked at 45 points which have personally helped me both improve my technical skills and ability to write songs. Some tips are obvious and some aren’t. But if you’re a newish guitarist with just a few years experience, hopefully you’ll learn a thing or two. So let’s get started!

Inexpensive Pedal Clones - A List January 05 2015

There are a lot of great pedals out there manufactured by some of the big manufacturers. Unfortunately most of them are relatively expensive and will easily cost over £100.

However there is a big market of guitar pedal clones out there. They essentially make the clone sound like the original by using similar components and circuit designs.

All About Wireless Guitar Systems November 03 2014

Even though they've been out for a few years, it's safe to say that many of us don't know all that much about wireless guitar systems. And those that do may be a bit sceptical of them due to a lack of knowledge.

Since we've recently started stocking the Joyo JW-01 wireless system, we thought it was the perfect time to write a quick guide on the systems which hopefully tells you everything you wanted to know.

Alternative Chords & The Bands Who Use Them May 14 2014

Chords which sound a little bit different have always appealed to me, mostly because bands like The Mars Volta, The Fall of Troy and The Dillinger Escape Plan rank amongst my favourites.

Once I was good enough to attempt to play some of their songs, I noticed how odd some of the chords looked. Here I'll share a few of my favourite chords which could be described as “new” or “unusual” to beginners.

The Essentials of Setting up & Ordering Your Guitar Pedals March 03 2014

Ok, you've got a few pedals but don't actually have a clue which way you should be connecting and powering them. Well if you want a little guidance about the basics then this is the article for you.

There's a lot of obvious stuff here (which new players may not know about) so feel free to skip to the relevant section below.

What Is True Bypass? A Simplified Explanation February 18 2014

true bypass pedalsWhen you're buying your first guitar pedals, you'll probably notice one term keep coming up over and over again – true bypass. We even use it frequently in our guitar pedals section. However it's not always clear what it means.

There's a lot written about true bypass online, and it can get very technical and hard to understand. In this guide we'll keep things simple and tell you about the basics of true bypass; hopefully in clear and simple language and without the need for complex schematics!