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Artist Spotlight – Big Star

Artist Spotlight: Big Star

artist spotlightBig Star is a critically-acclaimed rock band considered to be a pioneer of the “Power Pop” and “Indie Rock” musical genres.

Inspired by bands like the Beatles, Byrds, Who and Velvet Underground, they recorded three albums in the early 1970s, but remained virtually unknown until the first two records were re-released as a single album in the UK in 1978.

But it wasn’t until well into the 1980s that a lot more people started to take notice, when several indie and alternative rock bands mentioned Big Star as an influence. Over time, the legend of Big Star has only continued to grow.

In the beginning, though, they must have felt like the unluckiest band of all time… (more…)

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Best Guitar Capo

What is the Best Guitar Capo?

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Looking for the best guitar capo? Since most capos serve a similar purpose, deciding which one is “best” may depend on your individual needs, and often comes down to personal preference.

A capo is a guitar accessory used to clamp down the strings of the guitar in order to alter the tuning. They can be quite useful for guitar players, especially beginners.

They come in many different shapes and styles, and sorting through the various options can definitely be confusing.

In this article, we’ll take a look at several different types of capos, and recommend the best capo for acoustic guitar, electric, 12-string and classical. We’ll highlight several capos that provide the best overall sound quality, functionality, and value.


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Fingers Hurt From Guitar Playing? What Can You Do About It?

Fingers Hurt From Guitar Playing? Common Causes & Solutions

guitar fingers hurtMany people learning how to play guitar quickly encounter a very annoying problem: their fingers hurt from guitar practice. As if learning to play wasn’t hard enough already!

Consider it a rite of passage – we’ve all been there.

Playing a guitar can definitely lead to sore fingers and hands, especially for beginners. We’ll go through some of the reasons why it happens in this article, and what you can do about it.

Fear not, brave but sore-fingered lover of stringed musical instruments, there is good news on the horizon: the pain usually doesn’t last very long.


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7 Beginner Guitar Tips – Avoid These Common Mistakes

Beginner Guitar Tips

guitartipsforbeginnersThere’s no denying that learning how to play guitar can be tough. So we’ve got some beginner guitar tips to help make the process a little smoother.

Think of these suggestions as building blocks in your guitar playing knowledge base. Learning proper technique early on helps provide a solid foundation, and as you add new skills, you build it up little by little, brick by brick.

Good habits and proper technique lead to big results.

Here are 7 key guitar tips for beginners, to help take your guitar playing up to 11. (more…)

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The Best Way to Learn Guitar in 2017

What is the Best Way to Learn Guitar?

teach yourself guitarA lot of people say they want to learn how to play guitar. Someday. But how many actually do it? And where do you start? What is the best way to learn guitar?

In this article, we’ll go through the best methods you can use to teach yourself guitar.

You’ll learn about different styles and types of guitar lessons online, and some great guitar learning tools and resources to bookmark.

I’ll also provide suggestions on which guitar and accessories you’ll need to get started, and some ways to accelerate the process to help you figure out the easiest and fastest way to learn guitar.

Hopefully one of these options will resonate with you. It might even change your life. (more…)

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The Art of Musicking – Interacting With Music

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How would you feel if I told you that you’re a musician, even if you can’t play a note?

Read on to learn why.

It’s clear that music has always been a part of human culture. Throughout our history, we’ve enjoyed and interacted with music in all kinds of different ways.

Now the world is a little more sophisticated in the modern age, but music has never been more popular.

When you interact with music in any way, you are “musicking”, changing how the music is created or consumed. And increasing your engagement will improve your quality of life. (more…)

25 best guitar solos of all time

The 25 Best Guitar Solos of All Time

best guitar solo25 Best Guitar Solos of All Time

Rock n’ roll and guitar solos have gone hand in hand for nearly seventy five years.

Ever since Chuck Berry played the first few measures of ‘Johnny B. Goode’, rock fans have been mystified and amazed at what can be done with an electric guitar and the proper motivation.

But still, some guitar solos are better than others. And rock fans have been comparing and contrasting them for eons.

So we decided it’s about time we got our shred on, and counted down the 25 Best Guitar Solos of All Time. (more…)

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Top 10 Most Underrated Beatles Songs

Top 10 Most Underrated Beatles Songs

Over the next few months, I’ll be writing a series of articles about underrated songs, bands and albums. And what better band to start with than the Beatles? Step right this way, and check out the 10 Most Underrated Beatles Songs.

Of course, since we’re talking about the most popular rock group of all time, defining “underrated” can be a little tricky. Most Beatle songs are pretty well-known, especially when it comes to singles and radio staples. I tried to avoid listing some of the Beatles’ more beloved album tracks, because though some casual fans may not be familiar with them, most fans rate them just fine (‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’, ‘Norwegian Wood’, ‘In My Life’, etc.)

Before the Beatles came along, most albums contained a few singles and a lot of filler. The Beatles were one of the first groups to treat each album as a single artistic work.

So there are quite a few album tracks and b-sides worth exploring. And it was definitely hard work cutting down this list to only 10 songs. (more…)