Month: July 2015

How to test drive a guitar in the store
Guitar Tips

10 Tips for Test Driving and Choosing a Guitar

In my experience, choosing a guitar always presents an odd paradox: I’m completely relaxed walking in to the store to hang out or try out the latest guitar model, but the moment I decide I’m going in to actually buy a new axe the place suddenly feels stifling and uncomfortable.

Perhaps that’s been your experience or maybe you need some fresh ideas to make the most out of your guitar-buying experience. Either way, I believe that these 10 tips for testing your next guitar at the guitar store should be invaluable.

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10 Tips to Master Palm Muting on the Guitar
Guitar Tips

Power in the Palm of Your Hand: 10 Tips for Mastering Palm Muting

Guitarists are always on the lookout for ways to alter or distort their sound, and a very useful tool for the more aggressive styles of guitar playing is palm muting. As the name suggests, palm muting involves the use of the palm of your picking hand to dampen, or mute, the vibrations of the strings—on purpose!

Palm muting creates a “chugging” sound. While it is mostly associated with heavier styles of music played on electric guitar with lots of distortion, it’s also used in other forms of music, including country and folk. Palm muting is a technique you should know whether you play electric or acoustic guitar.

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