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How to get good blues lead guitar tone

I love the sound of a Fender Super Reverb or Twin cranked up all the way. Same with an old Marshall Plexi. Those amps start to really bloom when they are pushed.

There is an obvious problem ...

» How to get good blues lead guitar tone

Posted by Robert Renman on March 29 2015

How To Become The Guitar Player You Want To Be

As a guitar teacher, I get all sorts of questions from students. Some want to learn about the pentatonic scale, others want to learn common basic chords, and some want to learn the modes o ...

» How To Become The Guitar Player You Want To Be

Posted by Robert Renman on March 10 2015

Unpleasant Surprise Fuzz Demo

This is a fuzz pedal by Fairfield Circuitry, made in Quebec, Canada.

It's got a very thick and fat tone, I really like it. ...

» Unpleasant Surprise Fuzz Demo

Posted by Robert Renman on February 13 2015

Hammer Jammer Percussive Guitar

The Hammer Jammer is an interesting device you can put on your guitar, for percussive guitar playing.

The Hammer Jammer provides incredibly fast hammering techniques, unique sounds and unusual patt ...

» Hammer Jammer Percussive Guitar

Posted by Robert Renman on January 28 2015

Write an essay and win $2,000

Well, it could happen. If you like writing and love music, you should enter this contest.

TakeLessons.com has just started running ...

» Write an essay and win $2,000

Posted by Robert Renman on January 27 2015

2014 - best of iTunes - music, books, apps, movies

2014 has been a good year for music. Ben Howard, Taylor Swift Foo Fighters, Sam Smith, The War On Drugs, Eric Church, Jungle, are some of the top picks on iTunes.

I have collecte ...

» 2014 - best of iTunes - music, books, apps, movies

Posted by Robert Renman on December 16 2014

Easy Songs & Chords for Teaching Kids to Play the Guitar

Teaching kids to play the guitar might seem like a difficult and stressful task to undertake, but it doesn?t have to be! The key to successfully teaching kids how to master ...

» Easy Songs & Chords for Teaching Kids to Play the Guitar

Posted by Robert Renman on November 26 2014

Oh! Susannah on Clarinet and Guitar

Amalia loves to play music, and she is definitely a natural - picks up melodies really fast.

She has been taking piano lessons for a while, but recently switched to the Cl ...

» Oh! Susannah on Clarinet and Guitar

Posted by Robert Renman on November 07 2014

BIAS Desktop Review - guitar amp plugin

The BIAS Desktop plugin from Positive Grid is a very nice tool for your digital audio workstation. It is provided in AU, VST, RTAS and AAX formats for Mac and PC as applicable.

You can ...

» BIAS Desktop Review - guitar amp plugin

Posted by Robert Renman on November 03 2014

Amalias Halloween Song

I wrote this little melody last year, and I almost forgot about it. I figured it would be fun little piece to finish about this time of year!

It's actually a really fun chord progression to improvise over. ...

» Amalias Halloween Song

Posted by Robert Renman on October 31 2014

John Mayer no longer a Fender Artist

So, what happened? John Mayer has tweeted two messages which seem to indicate that his relationship with Fender is over.

The famous artist recently wrote to his 588,000+ followers on Twitter: ...

» John Mayer no longer a Fender Artist

Posted by Robert Renman on October 17 2014

Targeting chord tones on guitar

Focusing on chord tones as you play lead guitar is very important. Chord tones are the notes from the chord you are playing over, and knowing which they are for each chord in the progression is extremely ...

» Targeting chord tones on guitar

Posted by Robert Renman on October 11 2014

Tohpati Tribal Dance Review

Tribal Dance is Indonesian guitarist Tohpati's third album for Moonjune Records. He is joined by bass guitarist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Chad Wackerman for an impressive album of progressive jazz rock and ...

» Tohpati Tribal Dance Review

Posted by Robert Renman on September 26 2014

Limited Edition American Standard Stratocaster Channel Bound

I just noticed this on Fender's website. These models have colours I adore. Aren't they just beautiful? I look forward to a chance to try one out some day.

Notice that ...

» Limited Edition American Standard Stratocaster Channel Bound

Posted by Robert Renman on August 28 2014

Marbin - Last Chapter of Dreaming

THE NEW MARBIN'S ALBUM "THE THIRD SET" IS AVAILABLE NOW ON MOONJUNE RECORDS!

THE BUSIEST HARDWORKING LIVE BAND IN THE USA!

For more info, go to the direct link: ht ...

» Marbin - Last Chapter of Dreaming

Posted by Robert Renman on August 26 2014

Johnny Winter Passed Away

We have lost another blues legend, the blues rock giant Johnny Winter died in his hotel room in Switzerland on July 16t 2014. He was 70 years old.

He was playing his heart out until the end, and had ...

» Johnny Winter Passed Away

Posted by Robert Renman on July 18 2014

Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 Review

The Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 is a small but powerful floor board, using the AMPLIFi technology. It provides a quick and fun way to get a great tone.

The tone matching feature is quite useful. You can dial up ...

» Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 Review

Posted by Robert Renman on July 15 2014

How To Know Where To Play a Guitar Lick

Someone asked me how to count in a song, to know exactly where to start a lick. Truth is, you need to forget about counting. You need to always know where you are in the progression, but counting j ...

» How To Know Where To Play a Guitar Lick

Posted by Robert Renman on July 03 2014

The best compressor pedal

I've never used compressor pedals much, but that has now changed. This is my favourite compressor pedal. It makes my tube amps really come alive at any volume, and it's especially awesome for the wonderful sem ...

» The best compressor pedal

Posted by Robert Renman on July 03 2014

V-Picks Review

Here are some of my V-Picks in action. My favourite V-Picks are the blue and dark red ones - the Jalapeno and the Red Rocker. I also like the white/pink/glow-in-the-dark ones.

Give V-Picks a try and let me know wh ...

» V-Picks Review

Posted by Robert Renman on July 01 2014

Stout Drive - Overdrive Pedal

This overdrive is powered by two vintage russian millitary MP38 transistors for silky smooth drive tones bordering on fuzz.

It's a very cool pedal, and I find the pedal works best with humbucker gui ...

» Stout Drive - Overdrive Pedal

Posted by Robert Renman on June 28 2014

E Major Scale Diagram

To make it easy to follow the notes of the Major scale, here is a neck diagram showing you all the notes of the E Major Scale.

The indicators on the notes refer to the Intervals, or Scale Degrees. The Root n ...

» E Major Scale Diagram

Posted by Robert Renman on June 13 2014

New Gibson ES-Les Paul Guitar

Gibson has introduced the brand new ES-Les Paul guitar. It's a marriage between the solidbody Les Paul Standard and semi-acoustic ES-335 - probably the two most famous models they have ever created. And no ...

» New Gibson ES-Les Paul Guitar

Posted by Robert Renman on June 11 2014

Understanding Tube Amps

This book by Dave Hunter provides a good insight into different kinds of tube guitar amplifiers, their differences in design and construction.

You will find many ...

» Understanding Tube Amps

Posted by Robert Renman on June 08 2014

Toontrack Classic Amps Pack Demo

I've been playing with the Toontrack Classic Amps EZmix Pack for EZmix 2 lately, and I decided to give you a demo.

In this track, I used the Classic Amps Pack, the new EZDrummer 2 & EZKeys fr ...

» Toontrack Classic Amps Pack Demo

Posted by Robert Renman on May 07 2014

NAMM 2014

I went to the NAMM show in January, and here's a late report on what I experienced.

The highlight was the music. Totally. The gear stuff you can get tired of after a while. I saw some great shows that ...

» NAMM 2014

Posted by Robert Renman on May 05 2014

Booking a hotel

Book a hotel here

Ok, this is silly, but I have set up a site where you can book hotels through me. If you use this site to book your next stay, I may get a few peanuts in commission.

I know - it's kind of silly, but I was settin ...

» Booking a hotel

Posted by Robert Renman on May 01 2014

Taylor guitar from century-old Engelmann spruce

Logged Old-Growth Trees Reincarnated as Guitars to Provide Clean Water and Reforestation in Central America

April 15, 2014 - In an unprecedented part ...

» Taylor guitar from century-old Engelmann spruce

Posted by Robert Renman on April 15 2014

Classic Amps EZmix Pack from Toontrack

Toontrack has announced the release of the Classic Amps EZmix Pack for EZmix 2.

The Classic Amps EZmix Pack presents 50 complete signal chain presets including amps, stomp boxes, speakers an ...

» Classic Amps EZmix Pack from Toontrack

Posted by Robert Renman on April 09 2014

Epiphone Acoustic Guitar AJ-220S Review

If you are looking for a nice but inexpensive acoustic guitar, you will want to check out this beautiful guitar from Epiphone. Dressed in a beautiful finish, and fea ...

» Epiphone Acoustic Guitar AJ-220S Review

Posted by Robert Renman on March 11 2014




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