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Simple Shortcuts Pro Guitarists Use To Improve Your Playing

No matter what stage of our guitar journey we are at, we all want to improve. And as fast as possible, in order to retain our motivation and reach our goals. Learning easy guitar songs, or solos really provides us with the stimulus and inspiration we need to look forward to the next stage in our guitar-playing journey.

So what are some of the key secrets pro guitarists use to keep on improving? Take a look at the list below and try to use as many as possible…

1) Leave your guitar out of its case

If you put it on a guitar stand it is much easier to pick up and stops you thinking “I can’t be bothered to get it out of the case.” Even a two-minute twiddle from time to time can help you master something you are in the middle of learning; or just picking it up to play anything or mess around will hone your skills and techniques. It keeps the fun element alive.

2) Set yourself short term goals.

Try and have a simple plan of what you want to achieve in, say one week, whether it be a chorus, a lick, an intro, whatever. This will help you focus to achieve your goals in small manageable chunks.

3) Limit the number of long practice sessions.

Practicing for too long can demotivate you and you will find progress is limited as you get tired and, possibly, bored. Play in short bursts of, say, 20 minutes, and you will find you progress much more quickly.

4) Know What You Want to Practice

If you know what you want to achieve in one of your sessions, stick to it. This will help you eradicate mistakes but also keep you stimulated as you try and master that chord sequence or lick. It may take you over your 20/25 minute session, but hopefully not by much, and it will be worth it.

5) Use a metronome

Using a metronome is essential in being able to learn a solid sense of rhythm, timing and practicing effectively. You can slow down the speed if you are struggling to master something new and speed up as you become more confident and mistake-free. And best of all, you can download loads of free metronome apps from your phone.

6) Do not play too fast.

Make sure you always start off slowly and eliminate any mistakes before you start to increase the pace to the correct speed. Doing this in conjunction with using your metronome is a winner.

7) Listen back to what you have played.

Try recording a practice session or piece you are playing and play it back. This will give you a real feel of what you need to do to improve. It is much easier than trying to analyse absolutely everything whilst you are playing and concentrating.

8) Try not to be too robotic

Whenever learning something new, in the back of your mind always have a thought or two on how you can stamp your own style on a piece. That’s not to say do not learn it perfectly, but be able to play subtle variations using tools and techniques you have in your armoury. It is very rare that recording artists play each track the same way each time!!!

9) Play what you enjoy

Sounds obvious, but this will ensure your passion remains intact and will drive you to perfect anything you are learning…otherwise your patience will be tested if, for example, you are trying to learn a new song you don’t really want to learn.

10. Play with other People

This is probably the best tip ever! Every guitarist has their own individual style, experience, weaknesses and strengths and you will learn so much playing and jammin’ with others – especially if combined with all the other tips in this list.

They might be able to share with you new or different ways of voicing chords, a unique rhythm style, or simply turn you on to new influences. You’ll have the opportunity to play dual-lead guitar, you’ll be able to quickly hone your rhythm while someone else plays lead (or vice versa). Remember a guitarist’s best friend is another

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Best Music Making Apps for iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPad or iPhone, the iOS market is full with chances for production of music. For those who do not know, the chances are growing every day. You could read full news here.
Apps that include mixing, mastering and recording, educational, sequencers, virtual instruments, effects processing, and strange interfaces that cannot be really branded are being provided by huge manufacturers together with tons of independent creators.
Protocols such as Ableton LINK currently make it possible to wirelessly synchronize devices and apps with ease. You could route Audio and MIDI streams out and in of your iOS devices to your controller and/or computer with interfaces such as the iConnectMIDI and iConnectAudio.
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1.)Image-Line FL Studio HD (£13.99)
FL Studio is present both for iPad and iPhone in somewhat various versions and provides a diversity of decent instruments, audio editing, and recording, plus additional features such as MIDI. Audiobus is supported by the current version of this app so you could utilize other compatible instruments and apps with it. Useful projects created in the mobile application could be exported into the computer so it is good for interpreting those inspiration moments on the bus into complete projects in your house’s studio.
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2.)Blip Interactive NanoStudio (£9.99 )
Another application that is universal to all latest iOS phones. This app has its own proceeds on recording, sequencing, and programming. You could mix up to 6 instruments. However, this is expandable with additional instruments. Instruments include a performance activating pad (TRG-16) and 16 voice synth (Eden). Sampling is completed through the iPad/iPhone/s microphone as well as resampling. Also, there is an outline sequencer for compressing the entire project together. This application is a very proficient substitute to the big producers.
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3.)Yamaha TNR-I (£13.99)
The groundbreaking Tenori-ON hardware of Yamaha was a great contender for an IOS port. Also, its software version is very enjoyable to utilize. Though, do not think of this as an old-style sequencer. It is a 16×16 light grid and when you press a button, it would activate a sound within a definable sequence. You could play around 16 various sounds together and save 16 patterns that could be activated within a performance. Aside from being ideal for starters, TNR-I has a true feature depth for professionals too. If you want to buy the original hardware, you should prepare around £800. So, buying this app with the price given above is really amazing.
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4.)BeepStreet iSequence HD
Created by a single developer, this application is an ideal all-in-one music making software with an eight-track cycle and 160 fixed instruments. You get an exact diverse sound set (anything from acoustic to atmospheres to synths) and a really adaptable setting in which putting them altogether as instruments aren’t certain to tracks so you could utilize various ones on every track. There is a great option of effects plus a sampler making. BeepStreet iSequence HD is a very proficient mobile sequencing application that is certainly good for MIDI programming.
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5.)Propellerhead Figure (£0.69)
This is a new application in the music-making industry. The app offers several easy sections in which you could make variations and draw patterns in the unique Propellerhead style. It utilizes lead and bass sounds from drums from Kong (Reason’s Drum Machine) and Reason’s Thor synth. You could put easily melodies and beats together both in key and in time with a very easy control method. The latest update included SoundCloud and AudioBus compatibility making this app a must-have application, especially with its price.
Korg iPolysix Review
6.)Korg iPolysix (£20.99)
Korg is an expert at making iPhone and iPad versions of several of its traditional analog synths. This software is a great application based on the hardware synth of 1981. You could put 2 of them altogether within the Polyseq step cycle together with a Kaoss pads, mixer, and machine that add a welcome performance feature to records. Of course, with a sound instrument based on a 1981 synth, you are restricted to that retro music. However, you are sure to discover new genres that would welcome this application with the analog sound going out and in of fashion.
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7.)Propellerhead ReBirth
ReBirth was one of the 1st PC application of Props and also one of the 1st all-in-one “appropriate” software versions of hardware. What hardware you asked? Well, the best Roland drum machines (TR-909 and TR-808) combined with the 2 Roland TB-303s could be utilized to achieve a good acid effect. It is ReBorn here for iPad and iPhone so you get complete touch control through an assembly of functions and you could combine easily those traditional dance sounds using the on-board cycle. You could also drive the entire project via on-board and built-in effects. Propellerhead ReBirth is extraordinarily ideal analog beatbox. A great version of a traditional device.

Best 7-string guitars under $500

Here are 5 of the best 7-string guitars you can get your hands on for less than $500. This is for beginners interested in 7-string guitars as well as the enthusiasts who are strapped for cash. Check them out! You won’t be disappointed.

Can’t be bothered reading the whole list?

Well, for those on a super tight budget you can’t go wrong with the Jackson JS22-7 Dinky. It is a phenomenal price for a 7-string guitar and you can sell it on for damn near as much as you bought it for.

For those with a bit of extra cash its got to be the Ibanez RG7421. Like I said in my article on 8 string guitars on a budget, I’m a sucker for Ibanez.

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15 Best Acoustic Guitars For Every Budget

What started as a Top 10 article, has spun slightly out of control coming to a rest at the 15 Best Acoustic Guitars For Every Budget.

I’ve made sure to cover all my favorite guitars over a large range of price starting from the obscene under $5000 dollars right the way down to the budget friendly at under $200.

For those of you who don’t know much about acoustic guitars have a look at the small guide I’ve put together below. It shows you the main points you’re going to look for when buying an acoustic guitar.

If you have a certain guitar price range in mind, click on one of the links below to get taken to that section.

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Guitar Pro 6 Review – Your Gateway to Song Writing Mastery

I’ve been using guitar pro 6 for more than 6 years and could not be happier!

This tablature software allows you to easily write songs on a variety of instruments using tab notation. And you can find fan-made tabs of loads of popular songs to download and learn from.

It is without a doubt the absolute best tool for learning the guitar.

Guitar Pro is endorsed by a lot of big names in the guitar world, most notably Arch Enemy, Michael Angelo Batio and none other than one of Djent Hubs favorites, TesseracT!

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The Best Guitar Case – Acoustic, Electric, Hard Or Soft We’ve Got It

There are a lot of factors that decide what the best guitar case for you is. For instance, do you just need a soft gig bag to walk down the road with? Or do you need the best guitar case for flying? In which case you’ll definitely need a hard case!

And the same guitar case for an Electric guitar definitely will not fit an Acoustic guitar!

So I’ve broken this list down into acoustic cases and electric cases as well as soft cases and hard cases.

Now the main feature you want from a guitar case is that it will keep your guitar safe. Yes, it makes transportation a lot easier, but you want to be completely comfortable that your guitar will arrive safely at its destination.

With that in mind, read on to find the best guitar cases available!

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Best Guitar Strings For Metal

So you love to play metal. As a fellow metalhead who’s been rocking out since a young teen, I don’t blame you! With the crazy intricate solos and heavy booming rhythms what’s not to love! Well, to play proper metal guitar you need to get yourself the right strings. Guitar strings for metal need to be a heavier gauge to help deliver that really thick heavy sound. They also need to retain the right tension when you tune down.

Sure having looser strings makes fretting easier so can speed up your playing dramatically but it comes at a cost. Loose strings cause you to lose sustain in your playing, they can cause fret buzz on your guitar and they can fall out of tune easier. This is why you’ll want to stick with a heavier gauge.

But a heavier gauge makes your playing a bit harder and slower, right? And more than a few metal guitarists love speeding around the top-end for solo’s, shredding at speeds that would leave an amateur with fingers like confetti. This is where the heavy bottom skinny top comes in. Having a heavy bottom will allow you to have punchy rhythm while having a light enough top to tear up the fretboard while soloing.

Which leaves us with two options, go all heavy and accept that you might not be able to play as fast in solos and that bending will be harder. Or you can go heavy bottom and light/medium top, so can still play down low thrashing out disgustingly heavy metal riffs while playing lightning fast solos that would make Michael Romeo weep. Now there’s no one size fits all so I’ve picked out the three best guitar strings for metal.

Best Guitar Strings For Metal

Best Guitar Strings for Metal

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Best 8-string Guitars On A Budget

If you are looking for a cheap 8-string guitar look no further! Here is a rundown of the best 8-string guitars you can get on a budget, each with a short review. 8-strings still aren’t as cheap as their 7-string counterparts but you can still get yourself a good one for a great price.

Early summary for those who can’t wait. My personal favorite is the Ibanez RG8004. It is perfect just to play around with if you’re getting used to the 8-string. Then, if you decide to get more serious you could easily swap out the stock pickups for something more serious! Click here for Price & Reviews

Or for those looking for something a little next level but are still on a budget then the Javier Reyes ESP is a phenomenal guitar for the price. Click Here to check it out on Amazon!

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Best Guitar Pedals for Blues -The Foundations of Great Blues Tone

So you’re looking for the best guitar pedals for blues? Look no further!

I’ve round up and talked about all the best guitar pedals for blues, where to get them and why you might want them.

Now, to me, every great blues tone starts with a great overdrive pedal. From there you can branch out if you wish and get some other pedals, maybe a wah pedal or a reverb but without the overdrive, you’ve got nothing.

In days gone by no guitar pedals were used by blues guitarists, just loud fuzzy sounding amps. Nowadays, we have an abundance of different guitar pedals available to us that we can use to get exactly the sound we want.

Combine these pedals with our guide on the best strings for the blues and we’ll be flying!

Of course, blues is a genre encompassing decades of experience, in other words, it is not an easy genre to define! So everyone’s idea of a blues tone will be different.

But for those of you looking to get started with a great blues tone read on.

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Elixir Guitar Strings Review – Nanoweb or Polyweb?

Elixir strings are some of the cheapest premium guitar strings you can get and they come in two very unique flavors: Elixir Nanoweb Guitar strings and Elixir Polyweb Guitar strings. Both of these types of guitar strings offer fantastic life thanks to their high standard of manufacture.

Elixir Guitar Strings Review

The main difference between the strings is that the Polyweb coating is much thicker than the Nanoweb coating which leads to a totally different sound and feel. The Polyweb strings give a warmer sound while the Nanoweb strings give a brighter sound.

Before we move on to the nitty gritty you should know the main problem with these strings. If you keep them on your guitar for a very long time (I’m talking up to a year or more of at least semi-regular playing) then they can start to shed their coating leaving you with guitar strings that look and feel like old rope.

But no guitar strings will last you that long and if it gets to that point you are way beyond needing to change your strings!

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