If I learned anything at Summer NAMM this year, it’s that there are more types of picks in this world than I ever imagined. The expo offered a plethora of picks, ranging from your standard flat pick to intensely designed 3-D picks. I’m sure some people will always prefer the classic simplicity of a standard […]
As we musicians surely know, playing your instrument – in my case the acoustic guitar – is often a source of great joy and happiness. To be sure, mastering a certain technique or learning a difficult piece of music can be frustrating, aggravating, or annoying if your progress isn’t what you desire. But the sense […]
Danish electronic musician and author talks with Making Music about creating his ninth book, Pedal Crush How do you write a guitar effects encyclopedia that is exhaustive but not exhausting? You dive down the rabbit hole of guitar stompbox pedals and see where it takes you, said Kim Bjorn, Danish electronic musician and co-author of […]
The Hal Leonard Pocket Guitar Chord Dictionary is a compact reference guide that includes: over 2,700 guitar chord diagrams in all 12 keys; 58 chord qualities and four voicings for each chord; instructions on reading chord diagrams; and music theory to aid in chord construction. Measuring just 4 by 6 inches, this info-packed volume is […]
The Astral Destiny is a compact and powerful modulated octave reverb pedal that features eight reverb modes with eight editable presets, assignable expression control, tails for natural reverb decay when the effect is bypassed, and a super cool stretch feature that doubles the length of the reverb while adding an adjustable pitch bending effect.
A Manual for Getting the Best Sounds from Electric Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Pedals, and Processors An essential manual for getting the best sounds from electric guitars, amplifiers, effect pedals and digital processors, Introduction to Guitar Tone and Effects with online audio features easy-to-follow instructions with more than 75 photos to teach the basics of guitar […]
Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten had humble beginnings in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but she would go on to launch a storied musical career that spanned four decades, gaining national renown and the title of oldest woman to ever win a Grammy.
In the 30-plus years I’ve been playing music, I’ve owned dozens of guitars. Sometimes a new guitar is something you’ve been dreaming of for years, sometimes it’s a guitar that scratches an itch, and sometimes it’s a deal that’s too good to pass up. That said, I don’t think I’ve ever owned more than eight […]
The EVH Wolfgang Special QM features a basswood body with an arched quilt maple top and a robust graphite-reinforced bolt-on quartersawn baked maple neck. The neck is carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s exacting specifications and features a hand-rubbed satin urethane finish on the back. Primed for high performance, energetic riffing and blazing leads, […]
Teach Yourself to Play Guitar has been created specifically for the student with no music-reading background. With lesson examples presented in today’s most popular tab format, which also incorporates simple beat notation for accurate rhythm execution, Teach Yourself to Play Guitar offers the beginning guitarist not only a comprehensive introduction to essential guitar-playing fundamentals, but […]