Archive for the ‘Instruction’ Category

Flat-Pole vs Staggered-Pole Pickups

Monday, March 29th, 2010

We recently had a discussion around flat-pole and staggered-pole pickups and which characteristics differentiate the two types of design.  The great debate on which is better is really a matter of personal preference but there are some interesting considerations to take into account when considering your options.  Adjusting the height of your pickups is a great way to further tweak your guitar’s tone. (more…)

Review: TouchChords Songbook The Rolling Stones

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

products-stones-overview-imgThis week we had the pleasure of test driving one of TouchChord’s newest iPhone apps – the TouchChord’s Songbook Rolling Stones.  TouchChords has built a new way to learn music and practice guitar using your iPhone.  They’ve built a suite of iPhone apps and have recently released a set of “songbooks” that include music from The Rolling Stones, The Police, Cat Stevens and James Taylor among others.


Acoustic Guitar Magazine Publisher Launches Real World Music School

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

string-letter-music-schoolAs readers of Fretbase know, we are big fans of Acoustic Guitar Magazine.  Launched over 20 years ago, the magazine is one of the best offline sources for information about acoustic guitars and the artists that play them.  Recently (well, pretty recently), the magazine’s publisher String Letter Publishing opened a music school in the picturesque town of San Anselmo, California. (more…)

How About a Guitar Lesson From John Butler?

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

one_way_road_john_butler_trio_albumNothing better than getting your guitar lesson directly from the horse’s mouth.  Here’s a sweet video of John Butler teaching you how to play his song “One Way Road” from his upcoming album “April Uprising”.  Butler plays the song on a National Model “D” Western tuned to Open G (DGDGBD).  Check it out.


Guitar Tube Amps vs Solid State

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Vintage AmplifierGuitar amplifiers have come a long way since the early days of electric guitars. However, innovations in technology may not have made the impact on the industry that was expected. Vintage equipment such as tube amps still reign as the royalty of the industry. Tube amps still provide the warmest sound with the highest quality. These amps are the tried-and-true favorites of most electric guitar playing musicians on Earth today. However, solid-state technology has always come in as a close second in the contest of guitar tube amp vs. solid-state.

Dweezilla: Guitar Boot Camp with Dweezil Zappa

Friday, March 5th, 2010

dz-imageLooking to improve your chops, hang out with a famous guitarist and a host of other great musicians all in the beautiful setting of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York?  Well Dweezilla just might be the ticket for you.  Coming up this summer Dweezil Zappa and friends are hosting a boot camp for musicians at the Full Moon Resort.


i-tab: The Worlds First Portable Guitar Tab Player

Monday, March 1st, 2010

PrintHere’s something that seems pretty cool and handy for guitar players – a portable tab player that connects right to the headstock of your guitar.  The i-tab allows users to download backing tracks and video cover lessons from a library of fully legal tabs, tracks and lessons on


Free Downloadable Fretboard Trainer Software From

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Boy Teenager With Electric Guitar Amp And, a website directory of guitar courses, is attacking the problem of guitarists with insufficient knowledge of the guitar fretboard by offering a free software application designed to teach players the basics of fretboard navigation and allow them to practice their skills with and without their guitar.  Check it out.


Dave Grohl On Playing The Guitar

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

git-grohl-homme-850-1001Here’s a cool article from MusicRadar about Dave Grohl and Josh Homme on how they approach guitar playing.  We thought it was particularly interesting to hear how Grohl thinks about the guitar.


Guitar Scale Magnets: Cheat Sheet for Learning Scales

Friday, February 5th, 2010

guitar_scale_magnetsHere’s a cool idea to help beginner guitarists learn their scales – put a magnetic strip along the top of the neck that shows the player where to put their hands to start playing a particular scale.  “My products are meant to be utilized alone or in conjunction with music theory and any educational tools available to stimulate the individual’s creativity that music offers,” says creator Jason Ellestad.