If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the men on your list this year, I have some simple words of wisdom – young or old, boys like their toys. A gender stereotype? Perhaps, but it’s a pretty safe bet that if it moves, plugs in, makes loud noises, or comes with a manual, it will put a smile on their face. So skip the sweater and shaving kit and opt for something a little less “practical” and a lot more fun!
Last week we discussed the gear that you would need to sound like some of your (and our) favourite acoustic players. This week, in Part 2: electric guitars, we are discussing how to sound like some of the top electric guitarists over the past half-century. Read on and discover how to sound like electric guitar masters - Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Keith Richards.
We'd all love to play guitar like our favourite pros. Even better, we’d love to sound just like them. Getting the right gear can really help. This article is the first of a two part series where we will look at some of our favourite guitarists, discuss some of their gear and give some tips to sound just like them. This week, we are discussing the acoustic sounds of: Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow and Mumford & Sons.
The day will soon come (or perhaps it has come and you have delayed making a decision) when you will hear that question many parents dread:
"Can I take music lessons?"
Fear not! You are in great company. Mr. and Mrs. McCartney, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight (Elton John's parents) and Mrs. Keys were probably in the exact same position once. Follow their lead and you never know, the end result may be the same for your child as it was for Paul, Elton and Alicia.
If you have ever wanted to learn how to play the piano, then Casio has built the perfect keyboard to help you do that. The Casio 61-Key Electric Keyboard (LK-280K3) is perfect for the beginner as it has some awesome step up lessons built-in that are accompanied by a lit keyboard that shows you exactly what keys to press and even what fingers that you should use. But the nice thing is that once you have mastered the piano, this unit has enough advanced features that you can grow into it and use it for years to come.
I started hammering on the drums back around the time Queen released “We Will Rock You”. And if that’s too far back for you to remember, it was a time when computers only appeared in Scooby Doo episodes and drums, all drums, were acoustic. Fast forward a bunch of years and I’m about to experience electronic drums for the first time on a Roland TD-4KP.
For musicians who like to travel around, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Interface is one of the best portable interfaces on the market for the money. The 2i2 interface is small, light, and very durable so you can take it with you with confidence. Focusrite has 25 years of experience and is known for producing award-winning preamps and the 2i2 has two of them. For an excellent quality interface that is solid enough to take on the road, the 2i2 is a great choice.
Are you looking for a true rocking guitar? If yes, please read this! If no, read it anyway! You will probably change your mind! I've road tested this very nice series of electric guitars made by LTD/ESP!
WARNING : Only for guitar players who wanna rock seriously!
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Hey there! it`s been a while since my last blog! I'm more than happy to be back on track!
This week I`m writing about the Shure PG24/PG58 wireless microphone system: a great mic for your karaoke nights, your concerts or your conferences! If you have anything to add please feel free to interact and comment!
I recently posted on the top 5 things to look for in your first guitar, and now I will discuss what accessories you need for that guitar. There are some obvious must-haves like guitar picks, but there are also some less obvious ones like a humidifier. I will talk about the top 5 essentials and then the top 5 nice-to-haves, which are not as important but definitely worth considering. The nice thing is that playing guitar is not an expensive hobby, as most of these accessories at relatively inexpensive.
A lot of people at some point in their lives decide to play an instrument, and the guitar is a popular choice – easy to learn, sounds great, portable, and versatile. If you have decided to learn to play the guitar there are a lot of resources available to help you, and with steady practice you will be making some pretty sweet music fairly quickly. Assuming you will be in the market for your first guitar, here are what I think are the five most important things to consider in buying that first instrument.
Hey folks, its been a while since I wrote something! Hope you had great Holydays! This week, the guys at Digitech were kind enough to send me a sample of their nice iPB-10 multi-effects pedalboard. As usual I've sacrifice myself for you and tested it. Here`s the review of my dangerous journey! Have fun!
It’s that time of the year again – Hearts, flowers, and the promise of a chocolate hangover are in your immediate future, because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
If you find yourself struggling for the perfect gift every year, you’re not alone. Most people have trouble finding that special item they can use to express how they feel. But this year, you’ll be ahead of the game, because we’ve put together a gift guide for you filled with gifts for him, her, and a few that work well for both. Check out what’s on the best of the best gift list this year:
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Electronic keyboards provide a great way to explore music and learn to play an instrument. They are easy to learn, easy to play, and because they are portable can go anywhere – unlike the traditional piano. You can create some fairly rich music because of the all the additional instrument sounds and percussion rhythms that can accompany your keyboard music. They come with built-in speakers so you have everything you need to be a one-person band. Casio has a great lineup of extremely affordable keyboards, which I will guide you through and compare so you can determine which one is best for you.
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I've just tested two products that are made to plug your guitar into your iPad, iPod and iPhone. Here are the details of my experience! For those who already own one of these, let me know your toughts!
New Year’s resolutions – we make them every year...but will this be the year you actually start keeping some of them? This year, learning how to play the guitar is at the top of my resolution list...unfortunately it has been at the top of my list for two years now.
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As part of this year’s celebration of Queen’s 40th anniversary, Queen drummer/songwriter/singer Roger Taylor launched a North American talent search to offer “hot vocalists and musicians” the opportunity to star in the Queen Extravaganza Live Tour. Auditions began in September and the tour, booked by powerhouse agency CAA, launches in 2012. “The Queen Extravaganza will not be a traditional tribute show,” says Taylor. “It’s a brand-new show specially designed to enable fans to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart-stopping event.” Our very own Jason Dupreez submitted a video entry for the competition and was shortlisted to perform live for Roger Taylor in LA a few weeks ago. We sat down with Jason to ask him a few questions about this amazing journey.
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For those of you that have a budding musician at home, this blog post is for you. Once you buy the initial instrument, it can be a daunting task to find the right accessories and gadgets to accompany them. With the world gone digital, the sky is the limit with many great new products in the market that bring those future Lady Gaga’s, Nickleback’s and Justin Beiber’s to life.
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