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Choosing Guitar Strings: A Player's Guide to tension

Choosing Guitar Strings

Without strings, a guitar isn't much more than a shiny plank—better suited as a quirky clothes hanger than a music maker. The strings you select are pivotal, influencing your guitar's sound and how easy it is to play. In this Guitarticle, let's unravel the mysteries of guitar strings to help you make sound choices when it's time for a fresh set.

Before we dive in, a quick note: we're going to get up close and personal with electric and acoustic steel strings....

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First Gig Tips: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Your Debut Performance

First Gig Tips

When I started playing guitar, I was a quiet bedroom guitarist with no intention of performing to anyone but my Lara Croft poster. Fast forward 24 years and I'm playing to hundreds of people on a weekly basis and my performing career has taken me across Europe.

If you, like me, want to build a career around what you love or whether you just want a fun side hustle for swill money on the weekend, there's some things you need to do before setting off for your first gig.

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Loop Masters: 5 Essential Songs to Elevate Your Guitar Looping Skills

Embrace the Art of Guitar Looping: A Versatile Skill for Performers and Hobbyists Alike

Discover the transformative art of guitar looping, a technique that's as beneficial for the bedroom musician as it is for the live performer. This guide delves into how looping can add depth and complexity to your solo performances, and also serve as an invaluable tool for non-performers looking to enhance their guitar practice. Whether you're honing your skills at home or captivating an audience,...

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The First Step on Your Guitar Journey: What to Expect in Your First Guitar Lesson

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step

Welcome to the rich and exciting journey that is, learning the guitar! It's normal to feel a little nervous leading up to your first guitar lesson. Especially if you are an anxiety pig like myself.

  • What if your guitar teacher isn't into the same kind of music as you?
  • What if they make you take your shoes off to walk in to the studio?
  • What if they spend the whole lesson comparing every musical concept to cheese?

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